This easy, 3-ingredient sauce takes under 10 minutes to make, start-to-finish (plus chill time). It can be refrigerated and eaten within a week or frozen to enjoy throughout the year.
It's so versatile! When I make our favorite Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, King-Man and I like to try out different toppings. This raspberry sauce is our definite favorite. It's a delicious topping or mix-in for lots of other things, too:
It's rustic by design. Many raspberry sauce recipes have you strain out the seeds and pulp to make a smooth syrup. I prefer a more rustic sauce with the texture and fiber of the fruit left in. Plus, it's easier this way. But, you can pour it through a metal mesh strainer if you prefer a smoother sauce.
It's so easy! I figured out how to make this sauce in the microwave, just to keep it simple and avoid using my stove in the summer heat. Boy, is this easy. Boy, does it taste yummy. Last night King-Man crowned vanilla bean ice cream topped with this sauce as his #1 favorite dessert. (To be honest, that could easily change as soon as I make another of his favorites. Like Velvet Hot Fudge Sauce.)
Nutritional Information appears at the end of this post, just below the printable recipe.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raspberries (fresh or frozen), sugar, fresh lemon juice.
ABOUT THE RASPBERRIES:
Step 2. Measure 2 cups of the raspberries and add them to a 2 quart microwave-safe bowl. Save the remaining raspberries to add in later. (I'm using fresh raspberries in the batch pictured here.)
Step 3. Add the sugar. (You can substitute white sugar--I tested it both ways, and they both were good. However, I think the brown sugar gives the sauce a richer taste and color.)
Step 4. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. 1 lemon should yield enough juice.
Step 5. Give all that a quick stir.
Now it's time to put it in the microwave. First, I want to show you why it's important to use a bowl that is at least 2 quarts. This is what happened when I tried to cook the sauce in a 1 quart bowl. The sauce foamed up as it cooked and spilled over the side resulting in a big sticky puddle of wasted sauce in the microwave. What a mess:
Step 6. Microwave, uncovered, at full power for 8 minutes.
Step 7. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the remaining raspberries into the hot liquid, just until combined. Stirring these whole raspberries in at the end results in a chunkier sauce, because the uncooked ones hold their shape--they cook just slightly while they sit in the hot mixture.
Step 8. Let the sauce sit on the counter for 30 minutes uncovered. It will thicken some as it cools.
Step 9. Cover and put it in the fridge to cool completely. I store mine in half-pint mason jars.
This sauce will keep for up to a week in the fridge. Maybe longer, but ours hasn't lasted long enough to find out.
Freeze it! When raspberries are in season, I make up several batches of this easy sauce to freeze and enjoy throughout the year. It only takes 30 minutes to make 3 microwave batches of sauce that yields 6 half-pint jars. They keep in the freezer for at least 6 months.
It's such a treat to have this fresh-tasting summer sauce in the middle of winter. To thaw, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before use. For faster thawing outside of the fridge, partially submerge jar in a bowl of cool water.
It tastes as good as it looks, it only had 3 ingredients, and you can make it in under 10 minutes--what's not to love about this recipe?
Make it a Yummy day!
Here's a recipe you might like that uses this raspberry sauce:
Eton Mess Sundae recipe
Here's another yummy 10-minute sauce:
Microwave Blueberry Sauce
Weight Watchers SmartPoints per 2 tablespoon serving: 3
This is an updated post that was originally published August 3, 2011.