This easy homemade raspberry sauce is the perfect topping for yogurt, ice cream, cakes and other treats. It’s ready in less than 15 minutes and adds an elegant and flavorful touch to any dessert!

This raspberry sauce is thick, glossy and packed with raspberry flavor. Serve it over a bowl of ice cream, layer it between pound cake cubes to make a trifle, or pour some over your morning oatmeal. It is one of my favorite berry desserts along with berry chantilly cake, blueberry shortcake and strawberry lemon cake.

A jar of homemade raspberry sauce surrounded by fresh raspberries.

One of my favorite tricks for easy entertaining is to purchase a high quality store bought item and dress it up with a little homemade touch. I’ve been known to buy a dessert like ice cream or chocolate cake, then add a drizzle of homemade raspberry sauce to make it extra special. Best of all, this easy sauce can be made in minutes and keeps for days in the fridge.

If you want to make your whole dessert from scratch, enjoy this sauce over some of my favorite desserts like Nutella cake, a heart cake and chocolate pudding cake.

Raspberry Sauce Ingredients

When you make this raspberry sauce you will need frozen raspberries, sugar, seedless raspberry jam, cornstarch and water.

A pan of frozen berries.

How Do You Make Raspberry Sauce?

To make this raspberry sauce recipe, first place your frozen raspberries in a pan or saucepan and cook them until they thaw. After the raspberries cook, add the sugar and jam to the raspberries. Bring everything to a simmer. Finally, a little cornstarch mixed with water goes in at the end as a thickening agent. In just 15 minutes you can have raspberry sauce that you can use in countless ways!

Berries cooked in a skillet.

Tips For The Perfect Raspberry Sauce

  • I use seedless jam in this recipe because the frozen berries contribute plenty of seeds to the sauce.
  • If you don’t want any seeds, simply let the sauce cool a bit and strain the sauce through a sieve or fine mesh strainer to remove seeds and make the sauce more like a raspberry coulis.
  • You can use fresh raspberries if you like.
  • This recipe makes enough sauce to serve a crowd, but can easily be halved if you’re serving a smaller group.
  • Typically I make a full batch to go with whatever dessert we’re having, then serve the leftovers over banana pancakes, buttermilk waffles, cheese blintzes or French toast casserole the next day.

Quick Tip

Make sure you mix your cornstarch in a little cold water to make a cornstarch slurry before adding it to the sauce.

A cup of vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.

Recipe FAQs

What can I do with extra raspberries?

If you have extra raspberries, serve them whole on your dish or freeze them to use them at a later time.

How long does raspberry sauce last?

You can keep raspberry sauce in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Homemade raspberry sauce served over ice cream cake.

How Do You Use Raspberry Sauce?

Raspberry sauce is the perfect component or finishing touch for a number of foods including:

  • Yogurt
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cake
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Trifle
  • Angel food cake

Flavor Variations

This raspberry sauce is sweet and delicious as-is; however, you can change the recipe to suit your own taste.

  • Lemon juice: For a more tart flavor add a little lemon juice.
  • Berries: You can add other berries such as strawberries, blueberries or blackberries to this sauce.
  • Vanilla: Try stirring in a little vanilla extract for a rich flavor.

Enjoy this sauce as a dessert or breakfast topping. Once you taste this sweet sauce over your favorite dishes, you will want to make it all the time!

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Raspberry Sauce

AuthorSara Welch
A jar of homemade raspberry sauce surrounded by fresh raspberries.
This easy homemade raspberry sauce is the perfect topping for ice cream cake, and it’s ready in less than 15 minutes!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 8


  • 4 cups frozen raspberries unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • Place the raspberries in a medium pot over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until raspberries are thawed and starting to break down.
  • Add the sugar and jam and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Add the cornstarch to the raspberry mixture and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has thickened. Cool, then enjoy!


  1. If you don’t want any seeds, simply let the sauce cool a bit and strain the sauce through a sieve to remove seeds.
  2. This recipe makes enough sauce to serve a crowd, but can easily be halved if you’re serving a smaller group.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. This looks like a great neighbor gift for Christmas. Is it possible to bottle it so it will last longer

      1. I think you could freeze this sauce, but it will likely be more watery when you thaw it!

  2. A local restaurant used to serve this on the side with rice pudding. It was wonderful. They are no longer here so I hope this is similar to theirs. Sure looks the same!

  3. Wow this OREO Premium Ice Cream Cake looks amazing with the sauce. I will have to make some raspberry sauce this weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  4. 5 stars
    Where is that drooling emoji with heart eyes? This looks so super yummy and only takes 15 minutes? It’s perfect for all the upcoming holiday parties!

  5. I need this raspberry sauce in my life! It’s perfect for toppings on cake especially cheesecake and it’s nice to have in ice cream as well. There’s so much that you can do with it!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow. This raspberry sauce would be fantastic in most desserts and on a slice of freshly baked bread! Never knew it was that easy to make! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  7. Ooh, some raspberry sauce would be amazing for some of our desserts! Awesome idea to use it with the Oreo Ice Cream Cake!

  8. 5 stars
    I don’t know what I want more right now; that amazing Oreo ice cream cake or that tasty raspberry sauce. They both look so delicious and I am sure they make for a heavenly combo!

  9. Oh I love the idea of making up this raspberry sauce. What a delicious treat this would be for the family one night for dessert. Thanks for giving the recipe out!

  10. 5 stars
    That is absolutely mouthwatering. I think this would be perfect over ice cream or a pound cake. I mean, in addition to being on the Oreo pie, of course. Om nom nom.

  11. 5 stars
    That raspberry sauce looks so good! Props for the creativity, too! Most people do strawberry or cherry. I can’t wait to try this!