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Easy Sour Cherry Sauce

Easy Sour Cherry Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sour cherry sauce, tart cherry sauce, cherry sauce
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Laureen King
Quick and easy recipe for delicious Sour Cherry Sauce
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  • 6 cups sour cherries pitted and stems removed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-3 tbsp water to make a slurry


  • Add pitted cherries to large saucepan.
  • Stir in sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and pinch of salt.
  • Bring to boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes until cherries release all their juices.
  • Taste and add more sugar if you like sauce a bit sweeter. 
  • In small bowl combine together cornstarch and water.
  • While constantly stirring add cornstarch slurry to cherries and cook for additional 3-4 minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and cool. Sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for several days and also freezes very well.


Serving: 4cups | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.7mg