Learn how to make a delicious and easy blueberry coulis at home! This classic fruit sauce is perfect for drizzling over pancakes, yogurt, and more. Use up fresh or frozen blueberries for this simple, 3-step recipe. Get ready, it's time to make a coulis!
Whether you have extra berries on hand and are wondering how to use them up before they go bad or are looking for a quick sauce you can make with that bag of frozen berries in your freezer, a fruit coulis is the answer.
Quick to make and packed with bright fruit flavor, a blueberry coulis is one of the simplest and most versatile sauces you can make at home. Made in a matter of minutes with just a few kitchen staples it’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket whether you want to add an elegant finish to dessert or serve it instead of syrup with pancakes or waffles.
What is a Coulis?
A coulis is simply a fruit sauce that’s made from fruit that’s been pureed with a little sweetener and strained to create a silky smooth sauce that’s not too sweet and has lots of bold fruit flavor. The best thing about a coulis is that it can be made any time of year since you can use either fresh or frozen fruit with equally good results.
What’s the Difference Between a Coulis and a Sauce?
What distinguishes a coulis from other fruit sauces is that it generally contains less sugar and is not thickened with cornstarch or other thickeners. It’s a smooth sauce that sits somewhere between a syrup and a sauce. Coulis is thicker than syrup but thinner and more pourable than sauce.
(Here are a few notes about the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. As always find the full list of ingredients and directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- Blueberries - You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries to make a coulis or even mix in other berries if you'd like.
- Sweetener - I like to use maple syrup as a sweetener but you could also use honey if you'd prefer.
- Lemon Juice - A hint of acidity balances out the flavors.
How to Make Blueberry Coulis:
This time of year I like to make blueberry coulis but you can really use any berry you’d like or a mix of berries. There are three basic steps to a coulis:
- Combine your fruit and sweetener with a little lemon juice and water and simmer for a few minutes until the fruit releases its juices.
- Puree the cooked fruit and juices in a blender until smooth.
- Press the puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any bits of seed or pulp and refrigerate until needed. Coulis can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
How to Serve:
The versatile sauce can be served with just about anything you can think of. Here are a few ideas:
- Over pancakes, waffles or crepes for breakfast
- With cheesecake, lemon cake or pound cake for dessert.
- Stirred into yogurt
- Layered in parfaits
- Swirled into chia pudding
- As a topping for ice cream
So the next time you want to add a special touch to breakfast or dessert try a blueberry coulis!
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Packed with flavor and ready to be swirled into or drizzled over almost anything you can think of, blueberry coulis is the classic fruit sauce everyone should know how to make at home.
- 10oz/280g fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup/60ml maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons/30ml filtered water
- 1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice
- Place blueberries, maple syrup, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until berries have softened and released their juices (about 5-7 minutes).
- Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain mixture into a bowl, pushing mixture through firmly with the back of a spatula to collect as much coulis as possible in the bowl.
- Transfer coulis to fridge and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. If the coulis is too thick after chilling, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
VARIATIONS: Use any combination of fresh or frozen berries instead of blueberries.
STORAGE: Store in fridge for up to a week.
HOW TO SERVE: Serve once chilled poured over or swirled into desserts or breakfast. To make a parfait like the one pictured layer yogurt with blueberry coulis, top with additional coulis and fresh berries.
DIETARY INFO: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g
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Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.