5-minute Simple Berry Syrup

Are you looking for a quick fruit syrup to add to the breakfast table OR a beautiful yummy sauce for ice cream or a fancy dessert?  I have the perfect {FAST} recipe for you.  This 5-minute Simple Berry Syrup adds beautiful color, delicious flavor and a touch of sweetness. Add it to breakfast or dessert for a sweet berry twist.  Not only does it taste great but it’s so quick, from start to finish!

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I love adding fresh and whole fruits, especially berries, to breakfast and dessert because it has a natural way of making things feel lighter, more healthy.  On mornings when I want to add a lighter sweetness to my breakfast, I turn to this simple berry syrup recipe.  It’s sweet but not as sugary as a traditional jam or marmalade and still packs a delicious fresh fruit flavor.  It’s a syrup but also has bits of fruit in it, which I love.  And the best part, you’ll have it made in about 5 minutes.  Love that!  This syrup is great with breakfast but also can add a nice berry touch to a scoop of ice cream, slice of cheesecake or other yummy desserts.  It will only take 5-minutes and 3 ingredients (if you count the water 😉 ).

Here’s how you’ll start.  Pick your preferred berry: strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry or even mixed berries would be fantastic.  I love making simple strawberry because my family loves strawberries AND we always have a couple quart size bags of whole frozen strawberries in our freezer on any given day.  In a sauce pan add the berries (fresh or frozen-thawed), water and sugar.  If using fresh berries, it might take a bit longer because the berry will need to cook down a bit.  When frozen berries thaw, they berry becomes very soft.  If using fresh frozen berries, this syrup come together extremely fast (5-minutes or so).

Add ingredients

Next, mash berries with a fork or potato masher. This helps break down the fruit and spread the flavor.

Mash berries

Lastly, over medium high heat, bring to boil and cook 3-5 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken and the sugar has dissolved.


You have your very own berry syrup, ready for a tall stack of flapjacks or a scoop of ice cream.

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This syrup is perfect for pancakes, waffles or french toast–especially if its on a piece of this yummy French Toast Bake. YUMMMM!!!

Enjoy with breakfast

If you happen to have any left (I could drink it straight from the jar), store it in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Store in fridge

What do you top with your pancakes, waffles or french toast?

5-minute Simple Berry Syrup

This 5-minute Simple Berry Syrup adds beautiful color, delicious fruit flavor and a touch of sweetness. Add it to your breakfast or dessert for a sweet berry twist.

Servings 2 cups
Author Rachel


  • 2 cups berries of your choice (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) fresh or frozen-thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a sauce pan, add all ingredients. Stir and mash berries with fork or potato masher.
  2. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Boil 3-5 minutes or until berries begin to break down and mixture begins to thicken.

  3. Serve immediately or cool and store in refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Recipe Notes

If using fresh berries, chop before adding to pot. Fresh berries may extend cooking time.

5-minute Simple Berry Syrup | KitchenCents.com

5-minute Simple Berry Syrup | KitchenCents.com

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13 Responses

  1. shelah says:

    That syrup is a beautiful, vibrant color. It would taste amazing poured over pancakes.

  2. I bet my daughter would love this! She’s crazy about strawberries.

  3. Ali Rost says:

    This looks so good. I think I’ll make some and add it to my afternoon smoothies! Thanks for a fun post!

  4. candy says:

    Berry syrup are so easy and quick to make. Plus experiment and combine different berries together.

  5. Natalie says:

    Oh my that looks and sounds delicious! And so simple to make too.

  6. Wow this is so simple! I bet it’s delicious too!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  7. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    I love making syrups like this for crepes, french toasts, and ice cream. Your recipe looks so good. Need to give it a try!

  8. Kelly says:

    Great idea! I love this as an alternative to sugary maple syrup!

  9. I didn’t realize how easy this would be to make, and it would sure be a wonderful way to take waffles to the next level. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  10. Ari says:

    Yum! This would be delicious on pancakes or strawberry shortcake!

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