The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce | Family Cuisine

This is a recipe for how to thicken raspberry sauce. Raspberry sauce is a delicious, tart dessert topping that can be made in minutes. It's also one of the easiest things to make and it's very versatile.

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The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce. Are you ready to learn how to thicken your next batch of raspberry sauce? This blog post will teach you everything you need to know to have the perfect thickened sauce.

The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

What Is The Difference Between A Raspberry Sauce And A Raspberry Coulis?

What is the difference between a raspberry sauce and a raspberry coulis? Great question.

A coulis is typically cooked and strained, sauces don’t have to be. So, if we are getting technical, this “sauce” I am showing you is actually a raspberry coulis that has been thickened. Let me show you just how it is done!

This is can also be called a raspberry puree as well. Or a thicken raspberry puree.

What Makes This The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce?

  • It is made with frozen raspberries and has an amazing flavor all year round! If you have fresh berries, you can certainly use those!! Just know your cooking time will be a little shorter in the first step as the berries won’t need to be thawed.
  • This sauce is simple to make, it all comes together in about 15 minutes.
  • It holds well for up 7 days in the fridge! So, make it ahead to save yourself time.
  • The thick raspberry sauce goes so well with so many things! Think cookies, cake fillings, swirled brioche, etc. There are so many options!
  • It tastes delicious. I used to work in a bakery that used the bagged fillings. Compared to this, those are so lifeless and bland. This tastes amazing.

How To Make The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

  1. Heat your frozen raspberries, lemon juice, water, and sugar in a saucepan for about 5-10 minutes. You can also easily make this with fresh raspberries as well, just know cooking time is shorter.
  2. Strain the sauce if you are going seedless as I did.
  3. Return the sauce back to your pan.
  4. Make your cornstarch slurry. There are other ways to thicken the sauce, but this one is so simple.
  5. Mix in the cornstarch slurry to your sauce, making sure to whisk constantly.
  6. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and use or store.

Frozen Berries

Now, in cooking this sauce, make sure you have a pan with a thick bottom, it can be burned, but you reduce those chances with a thick bottom pan like this Cuisinart I have been using forever. That isn’t my actual pan. I buy mine from TJ MAXX or Marshalls individually and love them!

woman adding frozen raspberries to a stainless steel pan

This only takes a little water, as the berries will release a lot of liquid when they thaw. Sweetened with a little sugar. You can also use honey here if you prefer. The swap-out is simple.

woman adding sugar to frozen raspberries for sauce

Lemon juice is a must with berries.

woman squeezing lemon juice into a stainless steel pan.

Bring all ingredients to a simmer, making sure the berries are melted and sugar is dissolved.

raspberry sauce

Straining the sauce

I didn’t want seeds in my sauce, so I strained. This is a personal preference, so if you don’t mind them, skip this step. It will take a little persuasion to get it all through the strainer. I used the back of a spoon and slid it across the strainer to get all the juices through.

woman straining raspberry sauce

The Last Steps

Pour the sauce back into the pan. There is no need to dirty another pan here.

woman pouring sauce back into saucepan

Cornstarch Slurry

What is a cornstarch slurry you might ask? Well, it is simply a slurry made with cornstarch and water that is used to thicken liquids. I like it for a few reasons- it is simple and thickens quickly, it is gluten-free, and unless you really overdo it, you can’t taste the cornstarch at all.

Add your water to the cornstarch and mix to form your slurry. You want this to be very slightly thick. Mix well to make sure you don’t have any little cornstarch lumps.

Pour it slowly into the sauce, whisking constantly as you do. That means one hand is whisking, while the other is pouring. DO NOT dump it all in at once, then mix. You will wind up with tons of thick lumps in your sauce.

woman making a cornstarch slurry

Return your sauce to the heat and cook another few minutes until the sauce is thickened. One thing to note, it will thicken even more as it cools, so take that into account. If it is not as thick as you would like when you finish, you can also make a smaller batch of slurry and mix it in, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Let that cook in and check for thickness.

woman mixing raspberry sauce in pan

The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

Once it is thickened, pour it into a container and allow it to cool. That is it. Like I said, there are a few steps to this, but none of them are too hard.

The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

This is the thickness I was going for. Pretty thicc, right :).

The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

Now it is ready to go! I used this for my raspberry rolls and this yummy raspberry swirl bread. Both were so delicious and the sauce was perfect for them!

The Best Thick Raspberry Sauce

What Can You Use This Sauce For?

How about topping for toast, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, etc. Just put it out there on the breakfast table.

You can also bake this into your favorite muffin recipe, yes it is so good!

How about this thick raspberry sauce for cheesecakes?

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