Easy, Homemade Cherry Sauce

Easy, homemade cherry sauce is a must make for all your favorite cherry dishes, from topping ice cream to gluten free turnover filling, you just can’t go wrong!

Homemade cherry sauce in a jar

Easy, Homemade Cherry Sauce

I love the flavor of fresh cherries. They are perfect in savory dishes like this Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce, or in sweet dishes. Lately one of my favorite things to make with cherries is this homemade cherry sauce. It’s perfect for all kinds of dishes. Turnovers, over ice cream, or even in these Gluten Free Cherry Cheesecake Bars (coming soon!).

My favorite thing about it is how easy it is. Just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time.Cherries in a bowl

How to Make Homemade Cherry Sauce

This homemade cherry sauce starts off with a pound of fresh cherries. Cut them in half and make sure there are no pits. Frozen cherries that are completely thawed can also be used (about 14 ounces since the pits are already removed).

Once they are cut you add the sugar and let them macerate for about 10 minutes before cooking them down into the sauce.

macerated cherries

Macerating the cherries helps the juices to start coming out before you begin cooking them down.

Once they have macerated, it’s just a matter of cooking them down and adding a little cornstarch to thicken. You can leave the sauce chunky or throw it through the blender if you want a smoother sauce.

Usually, I keep it a little chunky.

Close up off homemade cherry sauce

Endless Uses

Honestly, I first developed this sauce as a filling for Gluten Free Cherry Turnovers (I used Schar Gluten Free Pastry Dough), and they were just amazing. We then went on to top anything and everything with this sweet cherry sauce.

Cherry Cheesecake bars will be coming tomorrow. It’s also perfect for making milkshakes.

Gluten Free Cherry Turnover

What are some of your favorite uses for cherries?

Let me know in the comments!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Homemade cherry sauce
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4.33 from 28 votes

Easy, Homemade Cherry Sauce

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound fresh cherries pitted and cut in half
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch


  • Combine cherries, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Mash slightly.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Pour cherry mixture into sauce pan and bring to boil, stirring frequently over medium heat.
  • Lower heat to medium low and continue to cook, mashing and stirring, for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in one tablespoon of cornstarch.
  • Continue cooking and mashing for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from stove and allow to cool.


Frozen cherries can be used, about 14 ounces since they are already pitted. Be sure to thaw completely.
Sauce can be pureed if a smoother sauce is desired.

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    June 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

    4 stars
    Make sure to mix corn starch in a little cold water before adding to sauce, or you’ll get lumps of corn starch. Lesson learned

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    August 3, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    How long does the sauce last? Refrigerated?

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      August 3, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      About 2 weeks in the refrigerator! Thanks!

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    July 17, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator/freezer?

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      July 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      About 2 weeks in the fridge and several months in the freezer!

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    August 31, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Looks yummy! Love cherries, this would be great over some oatmeal for breakfast!

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    Alisa Fleming
    August 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Now I’m going to have to look for cherries at the grocery store today. This looks SO good!

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    Jules Shepard
    August 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I need to get more cherries in my life! This looks so yummy!

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    linda spiker
    August 29, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous sauce. I would pretty much drizzle that on everything under the sun!

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    August 28, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I love cherries with pork, but I think I could eat this cherry sauce with a spoon!

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    jenna | the urben life
    August 28, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    What a great recipe! A Cherry Turnover sounds divine right now.

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    August 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    wow this looks so good!! I am not even a cherry fan but it looks so fresh and you can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients!

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    August 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    This sounds so yummy! I love cherries.

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    Annette Dattilo
    August 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Yum! My whole family could use this in our life. Thank you for sharing.

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    August 27, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Wow! This easy Cherry sauce of yours looks amazing! And, if you are making Cherry Cheesecake bars tomorrow, please share that recipe too! pinned

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    August 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Yum, I bet this would be delicious on vanilla ice cream!

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    August 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I love cherry sauce! It’s great on so many things — especially ice cream!

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