Fresh Cherry Sauce

 

Who else loves fresh cherries?! Cherry season is one of my favorite times of the year and this Fresh Cherry Sauce ranks pretty high on my list of fresh cherry recipes!

 

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

Fresh Cherry Sauce is a delicious topping for desserts like ice cream sundaes, pound cake and more. A great way to use fresh cherries!

Here are two things you might not know about me.

  1. I love fresh cherries. Cherry season means I spend way too much money and can eat a pound a day. I know, it’s kinda scary. But cherry season is so short and fresh cherries are do darn good! In fact, I have trouble even making fresh cherry recipes, because I eat so many while I’m making them!
  2. I also love 80’s music. So I can’t eat cherries or make a cherry recipe without singing Warrant’s Cherry Pie in my head. Over. And over. And over again.

Which means that as I was making this fresh cherry sauce recipe, I started with more than 3 cups of cherries and sang Cherry Pie more times than I can count. It also means that a lot of fresh cherry recipes get made in my house, though this cherry sauce is one of my favorites.

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

Cherry sauce is typically considered a topping for desserts. I love adding this to my ice cream sundaes, though you could also serve it with other desserts, like vanilla pound cake.

But I also use cherry sauce on delicious savory dishes, like pork. Add a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme and ladle it over pork or chicken.

While you technically can use frozen cherries for this recipe, I recommend using fresh cherries if you can! Clearly there is no way around this during the winter months and I’d rather have frozen cherries than no cherries at all.

 

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

If you want to make this cherry sauce recipe without cornstarch, you can substitute arrowroot in the same amount.

You can also make this into a spiked cherry sauce by adding just a tablespoon or two of brandy or Grand Marnier. The alcohol will not have time to burn off, so this is not appropriate to serve to children, non-drinkers or women who are pregnant.

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

If you like this Fresh Cherry Sauce, you may like these other easy fresh cherry recipes:

Tools for making Fresh Cherry Sauce:

Cherry Pitter– I used to think this was an excessive gadget I didn’t need. I was wrong.

Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range.

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

 

5 from 8 votes
This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com
Fresh Cherry Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! 

Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry sauce, dessert topping, fresh cherry recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh cherries (about 3 cups) ,stems removed and pitted*
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch**
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or brandy
Instructions
  1. Heat cherries, sugar, lemon juice, fine sea salt and cornstarch in a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Continue to simmer and stir until sauce starts to thicken and becomes sticky, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. If adding liquor, stir in now.
  5. If you try this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how you enjoyed it! 

Recipe Notes

*You can also use frozen cherries, but it may take slightly longer to simmer down to a sticky sauce. **Two tablespoons arrowroot can be substituted for cornstarch.

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Cherry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Sodium 49mg 2%
Potassium 167mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 33g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 7.6%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Fresh Cherry Sauce is a yummy way to use fresh cherries. Spoon over ice cream, cake, waffles and more! #cherrysaucerecipe #freshcherryrecipes #desserttoppings www.savoryexperiments.com

Comments

Nancy Hannah

How do you get the Pitts out

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Hi Nancy! You can use a cherry pitter (small handheld device you can get at most grocery stores) or you can use a paring knife, cutting around the pit. They should come out pretty easy!

camila

love me a good cherry sauce for my ice cream!! So delicious!!

Emily Hill

This cherry sauce looks perfect for waffles. Totally pinning!

Kristine

Okay, I’ve got to be honest, I’ve never made anything with cherries before! I love them, but I usually just eat them right out of the bag! I’m inspired, going to try this yummy sauce!

Sandhya

What a mouthwatering and versatile sauce! I like teh grand Marnier idea as well 🙂

Marie – Not Enough Cinnamon

I’m obsessed with fresh cherries too and this sauce looks amazing! Such a beautiful color 🙂

linda

I love cherries too but my husband loves them just as much as you do! if i could buy cherries all the time he would be the happiest man alive. lol but seriously, this cherry sauce sounds amazing! and i just made a pound cake and have vanilla ice cream in the freezer so what better to top it with than this yummy cherry sauce. bye, i’m running out to get some more cherries!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    It is sad the season is so short.

Sarah M

I LOVE cherry season! It is short and sweet. I am going to make this recipe next week for my moms birthday. thanks so much!!!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Yay! Make sure to come back and let us know how you liked it!

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