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Macerated Strawberries

Learning how to make macerated strawberries barely requires a recipe. You simply add sugar (or alcohol) and the magic ingredient of time. Making macerated strawberries is a technique that you can use with any type of berry. Use this juicy goodness to top pancakes, shortcakes, ice cream, pound cake, or trifle.

Fresh strawberries in a glass bowl

How do I make Macerated Strawberries?

Your first question might be what are macerated strawberries? It’s just a fancy way to say berries soaked in sugar and sometimes alcohol.

The process to create macerated strawberries is straightforward.

  • Start with a bowl of beautiful, fresh strawberries.
  • Add sugar or alcohol
  • Let time do the work. Stir occasionally. That’s it!

I like making macerated strawberries in the spring when the berries aren’t at their top shape just yet.  This simple trick of adding sugar and letting time do the “work” pulls the natural juices out of the berries.

Here’s the video to learn how to macerate strawberries:

How do you use Macerated Berries?

You’ll find that you won’t run out of reasons to use these macerated strawberries.

  • They are a wonderful topping for pancakes,
  • for a quick strawberry shortcake,
  • as a layer in strawberry overnight oats,
  • for a simple pound cake,
  • or for a bowl of ice cream.

I first shared this idea when making my pavlova with strawberries and was asked more about how the berries became so juicy. No water is added– just strawberries and sugar which brings out the natural juices of the strawberries.

What other ingredients could I use to macerate berries?

  • An alcohol– liqueurs such as Amaretto make tasty marinated strawberries in liqueur
  • A small amount of vinegar such as balsamic vinegar pairs nicely with strawberries
  • A light, white wine like chardonnay

You can even use just the macerated strawberry syrup as a mixer for drinks. Or puree the whole mixture to make a quick and easy berry coulis. Yup, just another fancy word for fruit puree which makes a luscious topping for vanilla ice cream, pavlova, or simply just whipped cream on its own.

Here is the Step by Step process to make macerated strawberries:

Clean and hull the strawberries.

Strawberries ready to be hulled on a wooden cutting board

2. Slice the strawberries

sliced strawberries on a wooden cutting board

3. Add the sugar

Sugar added to fresh berries for macerated strawberries

4. Let the berries sit for 15 minutes, then stir again.

wooden spoon stirring sugar and cut strawberries

5. Use after 30 minutes or place in the refrigerator overnight.

Beautiful macerated strawberries in bowl after sitting overnight

Look how beautiful the berries are as a topping on pavlova!

Macerated Berries as a topping on pavlova on green cake platter

Here’s the Macerated Berries Recipe:

Yield: 8 servings

Macerated Strawberries

Beautiful macerated strawberries in bowl after sitting overnight

Making macerated strawberries is an easy process-- all it takes is berries, sugar and time!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 pints of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Macerate the berries: Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over the 2 pints of sliced strawberries in a glass bowl.

Toss gently to combine. Leave uncovered at room temperature for 30 minutes, mixing the berries once to distribute the sugar.

Use immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.


Macerated berries make a beautiful topping for pavlova, ice cream, yogurt, or pound cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 large spoonful

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

This data was provided by Nutrionix and is considered an estimate only.

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Kitchen Tools used for Macerated Berries

The strawberry huller I used is no longer in stock, but it is similar in function to this strawberry huller by Oxo.

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