Balsamic Thyme Blueberry Sauce

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  • Looking for you new favorite verstile sauce? Skip the usuals and go for this savory blueberry sauce!

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    Balsamic Thyme Blueberry Sauce is perfect for adding that special “something” to your beef, pork or chicken. Fresh blueberries with thyme, shallot and balsamic reduction sauce.

    Not all fruit sauces are sweet. The is savory blueberry sauce is perfectly balanced with a little bite from balsamic vinegar, but a sweet smooth flavor from brown sugar and the base of red wine. Similar to my Cherry Balsamic, but a little more for the cooler months.

    Blueberries, but nature, are a little tart with a hint of sugar. Since they teeter on the edge, you can easily transform them into savory or sweet dishes and even some that are spicy.

    fresh blueberries in a glass bowl

    Plentiful in the summer, you are use fresh, but frozen (thawed) are also acceptable for those winter blueberry emergencies. Bonus- they are full of good-for-you vitamins and antioxidants.

    What can you serve savory blueberry sauce on?

    Pork. Pork pairs so well with fruit sauces. Just think about pork chops and apple or applesauce. One of my favorite recipes on the blog are easy pork chops with dried fruit.

    Season your pork with salt and pepper, grill, bake or pan fry and spoon this velvety sauce over for a slamming good meal.

    ingredients for making savory blueberry sauce
    Ingredients for Savory Blueberry Sauce

    Desserts. While this is a savory sauce, just omit the black pepper and serve it over ice cream, cheesecake or custard. My favorites are homemade vanilla bean, butter and salted caramel ice creams or vanilla pound cake.

    Beef. Yep, you read correctly. This batch of savory sauce was actually served over my reserve sear beef tenderloin. You don’t need much to go a long way and just look at this presentation! I do love a good horseradish sauce, but I also love to have a sweet option, so I serve both!

    close up of reserve sear beef tenderloin

    Brie. Whether you just took a slice of triple cream brie out of the fridge to serve with crackers or you prepared brie en croute or brie beignets, this blueberry sauce is perfect for topping or dipping.

    You can even use it on goat cheese with a little honey drizzle.

    hot blueberry sauce in a saucepan

    In review, serve this sauce over:

    • Pork
    • Ice Cream
    • Cheesecake
    • Pound Cake
    • Beef
    • Brie
    • Goat Cheese

    Questions you might have about how to make blueberry sauce:

    Can I freeze blueberry sauce? You sure can! Make a double, even triple batch and freeze it for up to 6 months.

    Can I make blueberry sauce ahead of time? Be my guest! It stays good in the fridge for up to 5 days if stored properly.

    Do I serve blueberry sauce hot, at room temperture or cold? You can serve this fruit sauce at any temperature you wish. It really depends on the dish you plan to serve it with.

    blueberry sauce dripping off a spoon

    For beef or pork I serve it warm or hot. But for desserts, room temperature or slightly chilled is acceptable. If it is too cold, like right out the fridge, it will be a little hard so let it come up to temperature slightly.

    Why is the pepper optional? The pepper is optional based on the recipe you plan to use it for. While you can certianly add when it is intended for a dessert, I usually omit it.

    spooning out fresh blueberry sauce

    For proteins and savory dishes, I add it back in. Use black or white pepper, but make sure it is finely ground so you don’t get huge bits. You can also give it a quick whirl in the food processor or immersion blender to smooth it out.

    Or even drain it through a fine colander to remove large bits. Me, personally, I like the texture.

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    Here are more recipes that use blueberries:

    • Cran-Blueberry BBQ Sauce
    • Berry Buttermilk Pound Cake
    • American Flag Sugar Cookie Cake
    EASY Fruit Pizza
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    This Dessert Pizza with fresh fruit, cream cheese frosting and a crispy cookie base is a fun and tasty treat the whole family will go crazy for!
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    Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
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    Savory Blueberry Sauce

    This Savory Blueberry Sauce is perfect for adding that special something to your beef, pork or chicken. Fresh blueberries with thyme, shallot and balsamic reduction sauce.
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Cooling Time10 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Condiment, Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: blueberry sauce, fruit sauce
    Servings: 2 cups
    Calories: 302kcal



    • Heat unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Add minced salt and saute until soft, approximately 3-4 minutes.
    • Add red wine, fresh blueberries, thyme, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and kosher salt.
    • Bring to a low simmer, stirring every so often. Reduce about 3/4, approximately 10-15 minutes.
    • Sauce will be thinner than you’d expect and will start to thicken and become syrupy as it cools.
    • Remove from heat, remove thyme sprigs and set aside to cool slightly.
    • Add freshly ground pepper at this time, if desired.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


    *Approximately 2 tablespoons.


    Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1176mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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