A jar of oven roasted strawberries in your fridge will make your summer strawberries last even longer! They make the best topping for your morning oatmeal, on pancakes, and even ice cream!
These super easy, juicy, roasted strawberries can be used in a variety of ways! A very versatile recipe.
I love summer strawberries. Ontario strawberries in summer are super sweet with a deep red color. While my favorite way to enjoy strawberries is just as they are – fresh, sweet, juicy; I do like to buy strawberries in bulk sometimes. But then of course, I need to figure out how to keep them for longer.
Yes, you can make strawberry jam, strawberry relish, strawberry shortcake (or strawberry shortcake ice cream!), and even strawberry based drinks like this strawberry shrub. But I do love the simplicity of roasted strawberries!
Why I love making roasted strawberries
- This is better than making strawberry coulis on the stove top because,
- Roasting strawberries concentrates the strawberry flavor, and you end up with a flavorful sweet strawberry syrup along with softened strawberries as well.
- You can roast them for a shorter time to keep the strawberries more firm, or roast them longer for a softer strawberry mix. So it’s easy to customize.
- Speaking of customizing, you can add all kinds of other flavors to infuse your roasted strawberries to make them even better!
- A very versatile recipe. Endless ways to use these roasted strawberries!
How to make roasted strawberries
- Strawberries – Fresh strawberries are best, but you can absolutely use frozen strawberries too.
- Sweetener – White sugar, honey or maple syrup.
- An acid – This helps to brighten the strawberry flavor. Lemon is the best choice to keep it more neutral. You can also use a nice vinegar (not white vinegar).
- Flavoring – Here I add classic vanilla and some salt, but you can add other flavors too.
To make oven roasted strawberries, first preheat the oven to 400 F / 205 C.
Rinse and dry the strawberries with a kitchen napkin or paper towel. Halve or quarter the larger strawberries, so that they are roughly the same shape. The smaller strawberries can be kept whole.
Place the strawberries in a bowl and add all the additions. Toss to combine. Spread the strawberries out in a baking dish and bake in the preheated oven.
The smaller the baking dish and the more crowded the strawberries are, the more syrup you get from your strawberries. This will result in a more “stewed” strawberry. In contrast, the larger the baking dish and more spread out your strawberries are, you will get less syrup, and more of a “roasted” strawberry.
So you can choose the baking dish and alter the results of your roasted strawberries to your liking. I like having more syrup, so I use a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
You can bake these strawberries for as little as 25 minutes, or go for 40 minutes for softer strawberries.
Once baked, let the roasted strawberries cool IN THE PAN, and then transfer them into a jar or container.
These oven roasted strawberries can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week in an air-tight container. But make sure to use clean spoons when scooping out the strawberries to prevent contamination.
You can also store this in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Adding more flavor to your strawberries
To make your roasted strawberries more flavorful, you can try different flavor combinations that complement or enhance the strawberry flavor.
Instead of lemon juice, use balsamic vinegar to make roasted balsamic strawberries.
Add some rose water extract or orange blossom extract along with vanilla, which will add a wonderful floral note to your summery strawberries.
Freshly cracked black pepper will add a little heat to the sweet strawberries. This is one of my favorite additions! If you have pink peppercorns, even better!
Change the sweetener from white sugar to honey or maple syrup to add more depth to the sweetness in your roasted strawberries.
Uses for the roasted strawberries
- As a topping for breakfast foods such as,
- Oat meal
- As a topping for desserts such as,
- Ice cream
- Angel food cake or sponge cake
- To make strawberry flavored desserts such as,
- Strawberry ice cream (like this strawberry shortcake ice cream!)
- Strawberry cheesecake
- Strawberry buttercream
- To serve as part of an appetizer with,
- Whipped feta or goat cheese
- Any cheese board
Oven Roasted Strawberries
- 450 g strawberries stems removed
- 3 tbsp white sugar or honey or maple syrup
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400°F / 204°C.
- Wash and dry the strawberries, and cut them in half (in quarters if they are bigger).450 g strawberries
- Place them in a bowl, and add the white sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Mix to combine.3 tbsp white sugar, Generous pinch of salt, 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Evenly spread the strawberries out in a quarter sheet pan (9 x 13 inch pan) or half sheet pan (will be more spread out).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 – 40 minutes (25 for firmer strawberries, and 40 minutes for very soft strawberries).
- Remove from the oven, and stir the vanilla extract in with the hot strawberry mix.2 tsp vanilla extract
- Let the roasted strawberries cool to room temperature in the baking dish.
- Transfer the strawberries and the syrup into an airtight jar or container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or 2 months in the freezer.
Tips & Tricks
VariationsYou can add ½ tsp cracked black pepper for a lovely spicy kick. Add 1 tsp of rose water extract or orange blossom extract for a floral note.
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