Easy Blueberry Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


3/4 cup

Updated: Aug. 10, 2023
Looking for a blueberry sauce recipe for cheesecake? Look no further! This luscious blueberry topping is perfectly sweetened to put on anything from a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a slice of angel food or pound cake. —Doris Dezur, Eugene, Oregon


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually whisk in water until smooth. Add blueberries, lemon zest and juice; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes (some berries will remain whole). Serve warm or chilled over ice cream.

Blueberry Sauce Tips

How do you thicken a berry sauce?

This homemade berry sauce gets its thickness from cornstarch and cooking. If your sauce is too thin, you can cook it longer on low to medium heat to allow more water to evaporate, thickening the sauce. Here are other tips for how to thicken sauce.

Can I make blueberry sauce without sugar?

It’s possible to make blueberry sauce with no sugar, but it will likely taste tarter and may be thinner. Instead of cutting out the sugar altogether, try reducing the amount you use. Alternatively, you can use a different type of sweetener, such as honey, agave or maple syrup. Here are more tips for reducing sugar in recipes.

How do you can homemade blueberry sauce?

To preserve blueberry sauce, try this simple recipe for canned blueberry jam which puts your fresh summer fruit to work. It's best to process the jam in a water bath canner which works well for high-acidity ingredients, including fruits.

Should I use fresh or frozen blueberries?

You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries to make homemade blueberry sauce. However, if you use frozen blueberries, use them without thawing to avoid adding extra moisture to the recipe. Research contributed by Teddy Nykiel, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 97 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.