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Quick Berry Compote

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¾ cups 1x


Learn how to make a berry compote with this simple 4-ingredient recipe.



4 cups frozen or fresh berries of choice (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

Pinch salt

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)


Bring berries, maple syrup, cardamom, and salt to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook berries, stirring and smashing with a spoon frequently, until broken down and juicy, 10–15 minutes.

Off heat, stir in vanilla bean paste.

Cool slightly before serving or transfer to a container, cool completely, then cover and refrigerate until needed. Reheat on stove top over low heat, or in the microwave, when ready to use.


Store compote in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up t 6 months.