Delicious Strawberry Cabernet Sauce Recipe

Attention all food lovers and wine enthusiasts! I’m excited to share with you my recipe for the ultimate indulgence: strawberry cabernet sauce. This decadent sauce is a blend of sweet and tangy strawberries and dry red wine, perfectly combined to complement your favorite meals.

Whether you’re looking to add some excitement to your grilled meats, such as filet mignon or glazed salmon, or simply want an elegant topping for your ice cream, this recipe has got you covered. The strawberry cabernet sauce is so versatile that it can be paired with any dish, from roasted chicken to duck.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients, yet the result will impress all of your guests. The combination of fresh strawberries, brown sugar, and rich cabernet sauvignon make for a deliciously robust sauce that will elevate your meals.

But why stop at just dinner? This sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce for appetizers or drizzled over a salad for an added burst of flavor. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Grab some fresh strawberries and a bottle of cabernet sauvignon and let’s get started making this mouthwatering strawberry cabernet sauce. Trust me, it’ll be love at first bite!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Strawberry Cabernet Sauce
Strawberry Cabernet Sauce

Are you looking for a new recipe to add to your collection of amazing dishes? Look no further! I have the perfect recipe that will surely impress all of your family and friends.

Introducing the Strawberry Cabernet Sauce Recipe. This recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves rich, bold flavors. The combination of strawberries and cabernet creates a delectable sweet and tart taste that perfectly complements many foods.

This sauce recipe is not only easy to make but uses ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens. You will need fresh lemon juice, frozen unsweetened strawberries, vanilla extract, brown sugar, dry red wine, ground black pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

The best part about this recipe is its versatility. The strawberry cabernet sauce can be used as a marinade or glaze for meats such as chicken, steak, filet mignon or duck. It can also be served as a topping for desserts like ice cream or as a dipping sauce for appetizers like glazed salmon.

Additionally, the strawberry cabernet sauce can be easily adapted to suit various dietary needs. For instance, it can be made vegan by substituting the brown sugar with maple syrup or agave nectar.

This recipe is sure to impress your guests and make them keep coming for more. So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Let your taste buds dance with the luscious flavor of this Strawberry Cabernet Sauce!
Let your taste buds dance with the luscious flavor of this Strawberry Cabernet Sauce!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Strawberry Cabernet Sauce:

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or a Bordeaux blend)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For serving and pairing:

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Sweet and sour cream or whipped cream
  • Grilled steak, chicken, duck or glazed salmon
  • Vanilla ice cream

For the strawberry BBQ sauce variation:

  • 2 tbsp black peppered strawberry cabernet
  • 1 tsp barbecue sauce
  • 38 strawberries, sliced

With these ingredients on hand, you can make an irresistible strawberry cabernet sauce that is perfect for any meat dish or dessert.

The Recipe How-To

 This sauce is the perfect pair for your steak and grilled meats, and it's surprisingly easy to make!
This sauce is the perfect pair for your steak and grilled meats, and it’s surprisingly easy to make!

Now let’s move onto the recipe how-to for our Strawberry Cabernet Sauce.


  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the dry red wine, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and black pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and add in the unsweetened frozen strawberries.
  3. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add in the fresh sliced strawberries and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and add in the fresh lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  6. Use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree until smooth.
  7. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds or pulp from the strawberries.
  8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy this delicious Strawberry Cabernet Sauce on top of grilled chicken, filet mignon, glazed salmon or even drizzled over some ice cream for a dessert treat.

Substitutions and Variations

 Enjoy the richness of the Cabernet wine enhanced by the sweetness of the strawberries.
Enjoy the richness of the Cabernet wine enhanced by the sweetness of the strawberries.

The great thing about this strawberry cabernet sauce recipe is that it’s versatile and can be adjusted to your liking. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to switch things up:

– Strawberries: If you don’t have fresh strawberries, frozen unsweetened strawberries work well too. You can also use other berries such as raspberries or blackberries or a mix of them.

– Wine: Cabernet sauvignon or another dry red wine works best for this recipe, but you can also try using a Pinot Noir, Bordeaux blend, or any red wine you prefer. Keep in mind that the type of wine you use will affect the taste of the sauce.

– Sugar: Brown sugar adds a nice flavor to the sauce, but you can use granulated sugar instead. You may need to adjust the amount depending on your preference.

– Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice is recommended for this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use bottled lemon juice instead.

– Black pepper: A touch of ground black pepper adds some spiciness to the sauce. You can adjust the amount to suit your taste.

– Balsamic vinegar: For a tangier flavor, try adding 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the sauce.

– Strawberry BBQ Sauce: Add 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce to the strawberry cabernet sauce as an alternative variation for a strawberry bbq sauce.

These substitutions and variations will help customize your strawberry cabernet sauce according to your taste preferences or what’s available in your pantry. Experiment with different combinations and enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Drizzle the sauce over ice cream, cakes, and desserts for a fruity surprise.
Drizzle the sauce over ice cream, cakes, and desserts for a fruity surprise.

This decadent strawberry Cabernet sauce recipe is the perfect accompaniment to a range of dishes. The subtle fruity sweetness of strawberries mixed with the deep, complex flavor of Cabernet wine creates a savory sauce that pairs well with meats and desserts.

For a savory meal, this sauce pairs well with grilled steaks, chicken, duck or glazed salmon. It elevates the flavor profiles of filet mignon and enhances the deliciousness of barbecued dishes like pulled pork sliders and strawberry BBQ chicken. The black pepper in the recipe adds a spicy kick to balance the sweetness of the strawberries and Cabernet.

On the dessert spectrum, this sauce makes for an excellent topping for ice cream, specifically vanilla bean ice cream. The sauce also goes well with baked goods like chocolate cake, brownies or cheesecake when drizzled over them. For those who want a lighter dessert, consider serving this wine sauce alongside fresh sliced strawberries.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this strawberry red wine sauce with other types of red wines as well. A Pinot Noir would create a sweeter flavor profile while a Bordeaux blend may make it earthier notes.

Overall, this strawberry Cabernet sauce recipe is sure to impress your guests with its versatility and deliciously blended flavors.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 If you're looking for an elegant twist to your traditional dishes, this sauce will not disappoint!
If you’re looking for an elegant twist to your traditional dishes, this sauce will not disappoint!

This Strawberry Cabernet Sauce Recipe is not only a delicious addition to your meals but it is also very convenient as it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. To make ahead of time, allow the sauce to cool to room temperature and then transfer it to an airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When reheating the sauce, it’s important to do so slowly over low heat. Place the sauce in a saucepan and gentlyheat it, stirring occasionally until it’s heated through. Do not overheat the sauce or microwave as this may alter its texture and flavor.

One tip for reheating this sauce is that you can add some extra dry red wine to thin out the sauce if it has become too thick during storage. Also, if you prefer a sweeter taste, you can stir in some additional brown sugar before reheating.

This sauce can be used in so many ways, pour over your favorite chicken or grilled steak for a touch of sweetness or use it as a dipping sauce for glazed salmon fillets or roasted duck. It’s also lovely drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream for a sophisticated dessert option.

Whether you’re making this sauce for a special occasion or simply prepping ahead, the make-ahead storing and reheating tips ensure that you can enjoy this delicious strawberry cabernet sauce recipe at any time with ease.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Create an Instagram-worthy meal by adding this tantalizing sauce to your dishes!
Create an Instagram-worthy meal by adding this tantalizing sauce to your dishes!

A perfect strawberry cabernet sauce can turn your meal into a luxurious dining experience. To ensure that your sauce is as rich and luscious as possible, follow these tips for perfect results:

Firstly, make sure to use high-quality wine. A good cabernet sauvignon or a Bordeaux blend can bring complexity and depth to the sauce. Avoid using cheap wine or wine that has been open for several days, as it can greatly impact the flavor.

Secondly, allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for at least 20-30 minutes. This allows the flavors to fully develop and intensify. Be careful not to overcook the sauce, as it may become too thick and syrupy.

Most importantly, taste your sauce frequently throughout the cooking process. Adjust the seasoning as necessary with additional salt, black pepper or sugar to create a balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Another tip is adding brown sugar instead of Granulated Sugar which brings depth to the sweetness of the strawberries’ flavor.

Lastly, If you want a thicker consistency of your sauce let it simmer for an extra 15 minutes under low heat with constant stirring until desired thickness of your mind has been obtained.

By following these tips, you’ll have an irresistible strawberry cabernet sauce that will elevate any dish into a classy meal.


As a sommelier, I have come across numerous questions about wine and pairing dishes. To help you better understand the recipe and make it even more enjoyable, let me address some common inquiries regarding this delicious strawberry cabernet sauce recipe.

Is Cabernet good for sauce?

Craft a delectable and flavorful red wine sauce with a fine cabernet. This luscious option perfectly complements roast beef, steaks, and lamb, and it works as an exceptional sauce for venison too.

What red wine is best with strawberries?

A Pinot Noir is considered to be a top-notch wine to pair with strawberries due to its red fruit undertones that complement the intense flavor of ripe strawberries.

What goes well with strawberry wine?

On a warm summer evening, indulge in the perfect dessert by serving a delicious combination of raspberries, meringue, and freshly whipped cream – or even better, complement it with a moist almond cake. You can’t go wrong with this delectable pairing.

Is there such a thing as strawberry wine?

Strawberry wine is a flavorful alcoholic beverage crafted from strawberries. In earlier times, the traditional method of making the wine involved infusing wine with the berries and then sweetening it with sugar or honey. Nowadays, wine yeast is used for fermentation to produce a berry-rich concoction.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the strawberry cabernet sauce recipe is an incredible addition to any kitchen. It is a unique and flavorful combination of red wine, fresh strawberries, and brown sugar that is sure to impress anyone who tries it. From the rich and decadent flavor to its versatility as a condiment or glaze, this recipe has something for everyone. This sauce goes well with steak, salmon, chicken, filet mignon, duck, or even ice cream.

If you want to take your culinary skills to the next level and impress your guests with a dish they won’t forget, give this recipe a try! With its simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be whipping up batches of delicious strawberry cabernet sauce in no time. And don’t forget to try out some of the variations and substitutions mentioned above for even more creative ways to use this recipe.

So go ahead and indulge in the rich flavors of this delectable sauce. Whether you’re looking for a new way to jazz up your weeknight meals or trying to impress at your next dinner party, the strawberry cabernet sauce recipe is sure to be a hit. Trust me as a sommelier; it’s worth it!

Strawberry Cabernet Sauce

Strawberry Cabernet Sauce Recipe

This deep red sauce is good served warm, at room temperature, or chilled over ice cream or pound cake. Use a good cabernet in the sauce. Posted for safekeeping; I have not tried this recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Calories 52.4 kcal


  • 3/4 cup cabernet sauvignon wine or 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cabernet sauvignon wine or 1 tablespoon dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  • Combine 3/4 cup wine and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat.
  • Place wine mixture, vanilla and half of strawberries in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Pour pureed strawberry mixture in a large bowl.
  • Coarsely chop remaining strawberries. Add chopped strawberries, 1 T wine, and lemon juice to pureed strawberry mixture; stir to combine.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 59gCalories: 52.4kcalCarbohydrates: 9.4gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 3mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 7.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Berries, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sauces, Spring, Strawberry, Summer
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