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Blueberry Compote (Easy Recipe)

This blueberry compote is the perfect topping for pancakes, cake filling, or vanilla ice cream.

It’s sweet, tart, and bursting with fresh blueberry flavor. It’s like summertime in a jar.

Homemade Blueberry Compote in a Jar
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If you’re looking to make your morning oatmeal or protein bowl more appetizing, this blueberry sauce is the way to go.

It’ll add a pop of color to waffles, pancakes, French toast, and more! And that bright berry flavor is unmatched.

Next time you want a burst of berries, give this blueberry compote a try!

Blueberry Compote

Need a delicious and effortless way to enjoy blueberries all year long? Great – you’ve come to the right place.

Unlike traditional blueberry jam, which requires hours of cooking, this compote comes together in just 15 minutes.

Yet it’s thick and sticky and explodes with a bright flavor that showcases the natural sweetness of blueberries. 

Spoon it over yogurt, pancakes, or ice cream, or use it as a filling for cakes and pastries.

This compote is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. 

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Blueberries take center stage in this recipe. This means that it only needs a few key ingredients to create a thick and sticky sauce. Here’s everything you’ll need.

  • Blueberries. I mean, duh. You can use either fresh, canned, or frozen blueberries for this recipe. There’s no need to thaw the berries if they’re frozen.
  • Sugar. For sweetness and also to preserve the compote longer. Adjust the measurement to your liking. 
  • Lemon juice. Because blueberries and lemon are a match made in heaven. Lemon juice brings out the flavor of the blueberries even more. 
  • Water. To thin out the compote and keep it from burning as it cooks down.

How to Make Blueberry Compote

It’s so easy, you’ll be done in less than 20 minutes! Check out how quickly it all comes together.

1. Rinse the blueberries. Run them under cool water to remove any debris. 

2. Cook half of the blueberries. add half of the blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice to a saucepan. Then, cook the mixture over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Cook the remaining blueberries. Adding blueberries in two parts delivers chunks of whole blueberries. Once added, continue stirring for about 8 more minutes. Then, remove from heat.

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4. Serve. Serve immediately, or ladle into jars, and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

Blueberry Compote in a White Dish Bowl

Expert Tips and Variations

Check out these expert tips and flavorful variations so your compote is the picture of perfection. 

  • Thicken as needed. The compote thickens as it cools. But if it’s still too thin, thicken it with a cornstarch slurry. Dissolve  1 tablespoon of cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water and stir it into your compote over medium heat.
  • Try fresh blueberries. This recipe uses frozen blueberries. If you’re using fresh, you may not need to cook them as long.
  • Thin the compote. If you prefer a thinner blueberry sauce, add more water, bit by bit.
  • Make it vegan. For a vegan compote, use organic sugar. You can also try other sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, and monkfruit sweeteners. Just note that it won’t taste the same depending on which one you use.
  • Add more flavor. For more flavor, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a cinnamon stick to the compote as it cooks.
  • Swap out your citrus. Aside from lemon juice, you can also use other citrus fruits to flavor your sauce, such as orange and lime.
  • Make it boozy. For an adult-friendly compote, add a splash of rum or bourbon towards the end of cooking.
Stack of Pancake Topped With Blueberry Compote Dripping Sauce

How to Serve Blueberry Compote

Here comes the fun part: using the blueberry compote to transform breakfasts and desserts!

There are so many ways to use this heavenly sauce, and here are some of my favorites:

  • Ice cream
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • Oatmeal
  • Spread for toast or biscuits
  • Smoothies and milkshakes
  • Cupcake filling
  • Layer cakes

How to Store

I love having blueberry compote on hand when I need a fusion of blueberry goodness. Here’s how to ensure it stays fresh for as long as possible. 

  • To Store. Allow the compote to cool completely, and then transfer it into an air-tight container. Refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze. Pour cooled compote into ice cube trays and freeze for up to 3 months. That way, you can use single portions without having to thaw the entire batch.
  • To Reheat. Transfer the compote to the fridge and leave it overnight. Reheat it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until warmed through.

Best Ways to Use Blueberry Compote

Old-Fashioned Pancakes
No-Bake Cheesecake
Lemon Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Danish

Blueberry Compote (Easy Recipe)



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This blueberry compote is so full of delicious flavor! Made with just 4 simple ingredients, you’ll have a homemade treat in less than 20 minutes.


  • 2 cups frozen blueberries

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine half of the blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the remaining half of the blueberries and cook for another 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm and enjoy!


  • The compote will continue to thicken as it cools.
Blueberry Compote

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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