Homemade blueberry sauce is easy to make with just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes! The perfect way to use fresh summer blueberries and goes great over ice cream or yogurt, waffles or pancakes!
Are you all loving the fresh blueberries that seem to be just exploding everywhere? I feel like I'm seeing them by the bucketfuls at the grocery store and farmer's market.
And I'm so loving it!
But I keep buying them and then I gotta find a hundred ways to use them. #goodproblemtohave
Homemade blueberry sauce to the rescue!
This uses a lot of blueberries -- a whole pound! -- and is great for having on hand all summer long. (It stores beautifully in the fridge or freezer.)
A jar of this in your fridge and you will be ready to serve up some fancy ice cream, top some pancakes or waffles (even my whole wheat blueberry waffles), or just drizzle a bit on your yogurt. Shoot, drizzle it on some toast. It’s that good.
(Love strawberries too? Be sure to check out my easy strawberry sauce.)
And homemade blueberry sauce couldn’t be simpler to make.
Just boil some fresh blueberries with sugar, a pinch of salt and a splash of orange juice, then blend it up, cook the mixture in the pan to help it reduce a little, cool and store.
That’s all folks. 15 minutes and you’ve got the sweetest, prettiest little sauce stored away. Ready for brunch, dessert or any other way you can find to use it. 💙
Plus, you can pop some of this in the freezer and you can enjoy a taste of summer freshness throughout the winter months. Just leave a little room at the top of the jar so it can expand in the freezer.
It also makes a wonderful hostess gift or a new-neighbor or teacher gift. Slap a tag and a ribbon on a little jar of this blueberry sauce and you are going to be making lots of new friends.
(Need even more ways to use up your fresh blueberries? Check out my no-bake frozen blueberry pie or this blueberry crumble pie that I've been dying to try!)
Word to the wise: Don’t be so lazy that you stick your immersion blender right in the big pot on the stove. It will splatter all over your kitchen and despite some very good scrubbing, two days later you’ll find you have some ants visiting. Ugh.
Instead, transfer the mixture to a blender or to a smaller container better suited for an immersion blender. (Or just off the heat for a couple of minutes.)
Lesson learned. At least J likes pointing at the ants when he finds one and saying, "Oh!" Mama is not quite so smitten. 😔
Round up all the fresh blueberries you can and get your sauce on.
Homemade blueberry sauce is easy to make with just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes!
- 1 pound blueberries (about 3 ½ cups)
- ¾ cup granulated (white) sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon orange juice (or you can substitute lemon juice)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Add blueberries, sugar, salt and orange juice to a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, remove from the heat and carefully add to a blender, or to a container to use with your immersion blender. Blend - carefully - then return to the pot.
- Return the mixture to a low boil and cook for 7-10 minutes. The sauce will thicken and should adhere to the back of a spoon when you run your finger across it (see picture above).
- Remove from the heat. Skim the foam if needed (I usually don’t) and stir in the vanilla. Let cool.
- You can strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to make it more smooth or to remove any blueberry skins, if you have some remaining. Otherwise, pack the sauce up in jars and store in the fridge (for up to a month) or the freezer (for up to 3 months).
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Carbohydrates: 1ggSugar: 1gg
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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Oh my gawsh, Kathryn - I LOVE fresh fruit jams, sauces, spreads, etc. And I have totally not made ONE yet this summer! What in the world is wrong with me? I'm a space cadet- clearly! Thank you so much for posting this! Not only do I LOOOOOOVE me some blueberry sauce - on EVERYTHING- but yours looks seriously scrumptious! AND I'm thinking maybe I make THIS to bring over to my new found neighbors!? Butttt... Now that I think about it, this probably won't make it out of my house, I'm pretty sure my belly will want to consume all of this blueberry sauce and not share! 😉 Cheers, pretty lady- to a fab week! Oh, and PINNED! <3
You could totally take this to your new neighbor! Add some fresh bread or muffins and you'll be instant friends 🙂 Cause you can't go wrong with blueberry sauce! But yes, it does have to make it out the door first... which is why this recipe makes so much - so I can dive in and still have some extra to freeze or share!
Oh this looks delicious!!!!! Lovely and simple recipe, Bec x
Thanks Bec! It's so easy and so good to drizzle on ALL.THE.THINGS! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
I use frozen blueberries all year long for smoothies, but I love adding fresh blueberries to oatmeal when they are so gorgeous and sweet this time of year. This sauce looks fantastic!
Thanks Karyl!! I've been eating ALL the strawberries this spring and summer it seems 🙂
Oh my goodness! This sounds delicious! I can completely see drizzling it on some pancakes or waffles. I can also see pouring a bit over a bowl of sliced bananas.Yum! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and we hope you'll link up with us again at You Link It We Make It! - Kim @ knockitoffkim.com
Those are all great ways to enjoy this - it's a lovely summertime staple to keep on hand! And thanks for hosting Kim!
Could I use frozen blueberries?
Hi Ruth! Yes, I think frozen would work just fine here. Just thaw them (overnight in the fridge) and make sure they don't have any extra liquid that would water down the sauce. Hope you give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
I could eat this with a spoon! I bet it is terrific on ice cream or a slice of pound cake. We love blueberries!
Thanks Tricia! A spoon is definitely a good option 😉 But yes to ice cream and pound cake as well! 💙
Can I opt out the citrus
The citrus helps enhance the flavor of the blueberries, but yes, you can skip it if you prefer!