This mixed berry compote is a delicious sweet berry sauce that can be used as a topping for your favorite breakfast or dessert! It's perfect poured over ice cream or pancakes, or stirred into yogurt. Made with frozen berries and sugar, this simple berry compote is ready in just 15 minutes!
You only need 2 simple ingredients (and some optional add-ins) to make this frozen mixed berry compote!
Berries - If you happen to have an abundance of fresh berries, you can definitely use those! However, I like using frozen mixed berries for this compote because they're much cheaper and still taste amazing! Any combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries would be delicious.
Sugar - Just a little sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the berries and helps them release their juices. However, you could substitute with honey
Lemon Juice - Adding a little lemon juice helps balance the sweetness of the berries, but you can leave it out. If you have fresh lemon, you should also add a few teaspoons of lemon zest!
Fresh Mint - This is optional, but I love adding a little fresh mint to compliment the berries.
You can add in a ton of different extracts, herbs, or spices to suit your own taste and the season!
- Fresh Basil - Instead of mint, you can substitute fresh basil for a more herbaceous flavor!
- Dried Lavender - You can use either 1 teaspoon of dried culinary grade lavender or ¼ teaspoon of lavender extract to add some lovely floral flavor!
- Vanilla - Adding vanilla extract or a whole vanilla bean is a classic! Add ½ to 1 teaspoon.
- Almond Extract - I also just love adding ¼ teaspoon of almond extract to the berries.
- Orange - Instead of lemon juice and lemon zest, orange juice and orange zest are a great option!
- Ground Cinnamon - Adds a little warmth to the berries that's delicious in the fall or winter! Ground cardamom would also be delicious! I'd start with just a pinch up to ¼ teaspoon.
- Alcohol - You can also add flavor to the berries with liqueurs like Chambord, Kirsch, Grand Marnier, or Amaretto. Start with just 1 tablespoon.
The complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.
How to Make Berry Compote
Add the frozen berries to a large nonstick pot over medium heat. Add in the sugar, lemon juice, and fresh mint and stir to combine.
Once the fruit begins to break down, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook gently for 10-15 minutes stirring frequently (the longer you cook the compote, the thicker it will become). You can leave the pieces of fruit whole, or use your spoon to gently smash some of the berries.
Remove from the heat and transfer the mixed berry compote to a glass jar to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Yes! Once the compote has cooled, store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To freeze smaller portions, you can freeze in ice cube trays! Defrost in the fridge overnight before using.
This mixed berry compote is delicious cold or at room temperature, but if you want to serve it warm (like over pancakes) you can reheat it in the microwave in intervals of 20 seconds.
Yes! This recipe will work with any type of berry or stone fruit (like peaches, cherries, plums, etc). If you're using a more tart type of fruit, you may want to increase the sugar slightly.
The longer you cook the compote, the thicker it will get. However, if you want to thicken it more you can create a cornstarch slurry with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of water, and add it to the compote while it's still cooking, stirring constantly while it thickens. Alternatively, you can add 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds to the compote after removing it from the heat.
A compote is a simple cooked fruit sauce made with fresh or frozen fruit and sugar. A compote is typically left chunky instead of being pureed like a coulis.
Recipes you can top with mixed berry compote!
This mixed berry compote is delicious served a variety of ways!
- Pour over Greek yogurt or oatmeal
- Use to top pancakes, french toast, crepes, or waffles
- Serve with cheesecake, pound cake, or scones
- Enjoy over vanilla ice cream
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Mixed Berry Compote
- 16 ounces frozen mixed berries, substitute fresh
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, more or less to taste
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, sliced (optional)
- pinch kosher salt
- Add the frozen berries to a large nonstick pot over medium heat. Add in the sugar, lemon juice, and fresh mint and stir to combine.
- Once the fruit begins to break down, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook gently for 10-15 minutes stirring frequently (the longer you cook the compote, the thicker it will become). You can leave the pieces of fruit whole, or use your spoon to gently smash some of the berries.
- Remove from the heat and transfer to a glass jar to cool completely.
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