A Simple and Tasty Blueberry Compote Recipe

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10 minutes
10 servings

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy and delicious Blueberry Compote recipe. Perfect for pancakes, French toast, hot oatmeal or chilled overnight oats, crepes, or yogurt parfaits! There’s no substitute for berries served this way.

A bowl of blueberry compote with plum blueberries.

Fresh blueberries, with their vibrant flavor, are the star of this easy Blueberry Compote recipe. Combining them with their bestie, fresh lemon juice, enhances their natural taste, making every spoonful a delightful experience. This versatile compote is a must-have, perfect on homemade waffles, pancakes, with sweetened whipped ricotta, or spooned over cheesecake. Its make-ahead convenience sets it apart—it keeps in the fridge for up to a week. While frozen blueberries can be substituted, in-season fresh blueberries intensify the flavor. For a balanced approach, use half fresh and half frozen. The result is a smooth, velvety, rich texture that epitomizes your farmer’s market haul!

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Blueberry Compote isn’t just for breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes; it also shines as a delightful conserve for various desserts, including pavlova, as a topping for brunch cake, and spooned alongside cheesecake. Its smooth, velvety texture and rich flavor profile make it a versatile addition that can bump many sweet treats up to new heights.

A spoonful of blueberry compote.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

·         Seasonal Goodness – Utilizing fresh blueberries at the peak of their season ensures the best taste and supports local farmers and markets. Seasonal produce is often more affordable and sustainable, making this compote a tasty and producer-friendly choice.
·         Perfect for Make-Ahead –This blueberry compote is ‘make ahead’ and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify.
·         Beautiful Presentation – The deep, vibrant color of the blueberry compote adds a stunning visual appeal to any dish, making your meals look as good as they taste.
·         Great for Preserving – If you have an abundance of fresh blueberries, making compote is an excellent way to preserve them. You can enjoy the taste of summer berries even in the off-season by freezing or canning the compote.
·         Fiber and Nutrients – Blueberries are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, making this compote a nutritious addition to your diet. It’s a delicious way to incorporate more fruits and nutrients into your meals without unnatural sweeteners.


Ingredients in Blueberry Compote

The natural sweetness of fresh blueberries means you can use less added sugar, creating a healthier dessert option that still satisfies your sweet tooth. Use fresh lemon juice for a truly spectacular flavor to the berries.

Ingredients required to assemble a blueberry compote recipe.
  • Fresh Blueberries – Use in-season for the best flavor. Prime months in the U.S. are June to August.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – Enhances the blueberries’ natural taste. Add a teaspoon of lemon zest if you love a pronounced lemon flavor. 
  • Granulated Sugar – Sweetens the compote to perfection.
  • Cornstarch – Thickens the compote, giving it a smooth, velvety texture.
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See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Variations

  • Vanilla Extract or Ground Cinnamon – Use 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon for a warm, sweet undertone added after cooking.
  • Real Maple Syrup –Substitute 1/3 cup of white sugar with 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup for a rich, caramel-like flavor.
  • Honey – Replace the sugar with 1/4 cup of honey for a floral sweetness and additional health benefits.
  • Agave Syrup – Use 1/4 cup of agave syrup instead of 1/3 cup of sugar for a mild, clean sweetness that lets the berry flavor shine.
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Tip: Prime Months for Fresh Blueberries

The best time to buy fresh blueberries in the U.S. is June to August, when they are at their freshest, most flavorful, and often more affordable.


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This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!

Step-By-Step Instructions

The following instructions are written using blueberries. To switch it up, try using other berries like raspberries or blackberries for a variation on this compote. Each berry will offer a unique flavor profile and texture.


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Tip: Prepping with Frozen Blueberries

No need to thaw frozen blueberries for this recipe—add them directly to the saucepan and proceed as usual to retain their shape and gradually release juices.


Images demonstrating the method for assembling a blueberry sauce.
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons water to create a cornstarch slurry. Set the slurry aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine and simmer 2 cups of fresh blueberries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water over medium heat. Stir constantly as you increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting once the mixture boils. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly until the compote thickens slightly. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools, so remove it from the heat before it fully thickens.
  4. Allow the berry compote to cool before transferring to an airtight container in the fridge.
Big bowl of blueberry sauce for cheesecake.

How to Serve Blueberry Compote

Enjoy the delightful flavor of this easy blueberry compote, perfect for breakfast or dessert. It’s a versatile and delicious addition to any meal! It also excels as a topping for various desserts and pairs wonderfully with vanilla ice cream. Its smooth, velvety texture and rich flavor make it truly versatile.

Accompanying Desserts

  • Pavlova – A classic pavlova, with its crisp shell and soft center, is perfectly complemented by tangy blueberry compote. The compote balances the meringue’s sweetness. Spoon it over the pavlova before serving for a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
  • Brunch Cake Conserve – Enhance your brunch cake with a generous helping of blueberry compote. This compote adds moisture and flavor, turning any pound cake, coffee cake, or lemon loaf into a fresh, fruity delight.
  • No-Bake Pies and Cakes – Blueberry compote is perfect for no-bake pies and cakes, especially creamy ones like cheesecake. Its vibrant color and tangy taste contrast beautifully with the smooth filling. Spoon the compote as a blueberry topping for cheesecake before serving for an elegant touch and delicious berry flavor.

Pairings

  • Wine Pairings – Pair with a light, fruity wine like Moscato or a dry Riesling. The sweetness complements the blueberry flavor.
  • Beer Pairings – It may seem crazy that I am suggesting beer pairings with blueberries, but the two work surprisingly well together. Try a wheat beer or a light lager. Their mild flavors won’t overpower the compote’s taste.
Blueberry topping on a cheesecake.

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

  • Refrigerate – Store the fully cooked and cooled compote in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This allows the flavors to meld and intensify.
  • Freeze – The compote can be placed into the freezer for longer storage. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

Jenny’s Recipe Pro Tips

  • Use a Heavy-Bottomed Saucepan – To prevent the compote from burning, use a heavy-bottomed saucepan, ensuring even heat distribution and better control over the cooking process.
  • Monitor Consistency – If the compote becomes too thick during cooking, you can add a tablespoon of water to thin it out
  • Incorporate Citrus – Besides lemon juice, add a bit of orange zest or juice for a citrusy version.
What is the difference between compote and puree?

The Culinary Institute of America classifies fruit sauces into two categories: coulis, which consists of smooth, pureed fruit, and compote, which features a chunky blend.

How do you thicken berry compote?

There are two ways to thicken the compote: use lemon peel, which contains pectin, a natural thickener, or use a cornstarch slurry if fresh lemon isn’t available.

Can you ‘can’ blueberry compote?

Yes, you can blueberry compote using a water bath canning method to preserve it for longer storage.

A bowl of blueberry compote.

A Simple and Tasty Blueberry Compote Recipe

Jenny DeRemer
Made with fresh blueberries and a touch of lemon juice, this easy blueberry compote offers a smooth, velvety texture and rich flavor. It's easy to make and stores well in the fridge, making it a versatile addition to your menu!
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Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 10 servings
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups blueberries fresh; may use 2 cups frozen or half fresh, half frozen
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons water divided
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
    1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups fresh blueberries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water. Stir constantly over medium heat, then increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil.
    2 cups blueberries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons water
  • Reduce the heat to low once the mixture boils. Add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until the compote thickens slightly. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon, and a line should remain when you run your finger through it. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools, so remove it from the heat before it fully thickens.
  • Allow the berry compote to cool before transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the fridge.

Notes

Using Frozen Blueberries – if using frozen blueberries, do not thaw, rather add the frozen berries directly to the saucepan and proceed with the recipe as written.
Make-Ahead – refrigerate the fully cooked and cooled compote in an airtight container up to 1 week. 
To Freeze – the compote can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

The nutrition value can vary depending on what product(s) you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.

Please note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not deviate unless otherwise specified.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
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