Move over, IHOP! My strawberry syrup is SO easy to make, and it takes only 4 INGREDIENTS! It’s perfect for pouring over the top of a big stack of pancakes.

Strawberry Syrup in a jar


It’s strawberry season, and their prices are amazing! I recently paid $0.88 a pound, and pick up a ton for baking, freezing, making jam, and this strawberry syrup recipe. 

I even tested a couple of ways to store strawberries, and the best method kept strawberries for nearly three weeks. Check out the post: How to Make Strawberries Last Longer.

I made 4 cups of this strawberry syrup recipe, and it disappeared within a week! We used it as strawberry pancake syrup, made strawberry milk, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry frappes. 

Strawberries stacked in a white bowl. A stack of pancakes that have been cut into and placed on a fork.

Making this strawberry syrup is SUPER easy. Plus, you need only four ingredients. Let me show you how!

How to make Strawberry Syrup:

How to Make Strawberry Syrup - Step by Step photo collage

  1. Assemble your ingredients.
  2. Hull and cut the strawberries, and place everything into a large pot with a lid.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Cover and boil.
  5. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
  6. Pour the strawberry mixture in.
  7. Use a wooden spoon to press any liquid out of the strawberries.
  8. Return the strawberry liquid to the pot.
  9. Bring to a low boil—Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid reaches a syrupy consistency.
  10. Cool the mixture thoroughly. Store the syrup in sanitized glass jars or bottles.

Overhead shot of a stack of pancakes with strawberry syrup.

If you’re looking for more homemade syrup recipes, then try this buttery buttermilk syrup, lemon syrup, and blueberry syrupA spoonful of strawberry syrup pouring over a stack of pancakes

Cook’s Note – Strawberry Syrup Recipe:

  • The Vanilla Bean Paste is entirely optional in this recipe. I love the flavor it adds, but I like seeing those little vanilla seeds in my syrup. You can use a good-quality vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean paste.
  • This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, or at room temperature for a week.
  • This recipe makes about 4 cups of syrup. It can easily be halved or doubled!
  • Use this Strawberry Syrup to make my favorite Strawberry Lemonade recipe!

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Kitchen Equipment:

  • large pot with lid
  • strawberry huller 
  • strainer
  • wooden spoon
  • syrup jars                    

A large stack of pancakes with strawberry pancake syrup on them.

A bottle of Strawberry Syrup
4.67 from 12 votes

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
16 servings
Strawberry Syrup Recipe - it's SO easy, and you need only 4 ingredients! It's perfect for pouring over the top of a big stack of pancakes. 


  • 8 cups (1 kilogram) strawberries hulled and sliced in half
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


  • In a large, lidded pot add all the ingredients. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry mixture, and work the mixture through the strainer. Use a wooden spoon to press the strawberries to release their liquid. Place strawberry solids in a container to use later (perhaps freezer jam).
  • Return the strawberry liquid back to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low boil. Continue to boil, with the lid off, for about 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency.
  • Let the syrup cool to room temperature, about 1-2 hours (it will thicken even more as it cools). Finally, pour the syrup in sterilized jars or bottles.



This recipe makes about 4 cups of syrup. 


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Can you use raspberries instead of strawberries? Would it be the same amount?

  2. Ron Weinberg says:


    1. I have not tested this recipe using sugar alternatives, but I’m sure it will work. You may need to cook the sauce longer to get it to thicken.

    2. Can I freeze the syrup?

  3. celia serrato says:

    Can you make this with other fruits that are in season like peaches or blueberries and would you use the same amounts of fruit and sugar? Also, can you use frozen fruit like strawberries, for example?

    1. Yes, you can use this recipe with other fruit. Use the same amount of sugar, and frozen fruit is ok.

  4. How long is it good for in fridge/freezer?

    1. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, or at room temperature for a week.

  5. Carolyn Paugh says:

    Can you seal this in canning jars?

  6. Terri Agee says:

    I love the taste of this syrup, not overly sweet, just right. I ended up allowing it to simmer a bit longer in order for it to simmer off some of the water to thicken slightly. I will make this again, but maybe add a little less water(?) to get a better consistency. Thank you for the recipe.