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.

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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.

How do you make raspberry sauce?

To make raspberry sauce, you’ll need frozen raspberries, sugar, seedless raspberry jam and a little cornstarch. The frozen raspberries go into the pan and cook until they’re thawed.

A pan of frozen raspberries.

After the raspberries are cooked, the sugar and jam are added to the mix. The cornstarch goes in at the end as a thickening agent. In just 15 minutes you can have raspberry sauce that’s ready to be used in countless ways!

Easy raspberry sauce in a skillet.

How do you use raspberry sauce?

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

  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Cake
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Trifles

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

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 pancakes or french toast the next day.

Homemade raspberry sauce served over ice cream cake.

I use seedless jam in this recipe because the frozen raspberries contribute plenty of seeds to the sauce. If you’re looking for a smoother sauce, you can press the finished sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds.

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Raspberry Sauce Video

5 from 9 votes

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 serve on OREO® Premium Ice Cream Cake from the grocery store.


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

This post is sponsored by I Love Ice Cream Cakes. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Dinner at the Zoo possible! This post was originally published on October 18, 2017 and was updated on May 3, 2018 with new content.

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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

  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!