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fruit compote in a glass bowl with silver spoon and fresh strawberries on the side

Fruit Compote

Beth Lee
Fruit compote is a simple recipe made with fresh or frozen fruit. Whether you make strawberry compote, raspberry compote or mixed berry compote, the end result is perfect for pancakes, yogurt, ice cream or just to eat as a dessert all on its own.
4.57 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 45 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries washed, if fresh
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or use honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or date syrup
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest about ½ of a medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. This should take about 5 minutes.
    Ingredients for berry compote in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Turn down to medium low and let slowly simmer for about 10 more minutes until the fruit starts to break down but is still whole. For a smoother compote, use a masher or wooden spoon to crush the chunks of fruit.
    Berry compote boiling in the pot on the stove.
  • Take off heat and let it cool down before using. It will thicken up a bit as it does.
    Fruit compote in a clear bowl with a silver spoon and strawberries in the background.


  1. Be creative with your flavors - use alternate citrus such as oranges or limes or add cinnamon, ginger, allspice or cardamom. You are only restricted by your spice drawer or imagination!
  2. This compote recipe can be made with the freshest fruit or as a clean-out-your-fruit-drawer dish. Have fun with this and see what happens when you mix berries, add in other fruits like figs, or mix frozen and fresh or even add in some dried fruit pieces!
  3. Remember to taste your berry compote because the amount of sweetener you need will depend on how sweet your fruit is to begin with!


Calories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 11gPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 37.3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword berries, fruit, pancakes
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