Blueberry coulis is a delicious condiment made with just 3 ingredients. Perfect to drizzle over ice cream, cheesecakes and cakes. This is a vegan and gluten-free fruit sauce recipe.
The vibrant colour, intense blueberry flavour, extremely smooth texture and fancy-sounding name make this dish gourmet! But in reality, this is an incredibly easy blueberry coulis recipe that doesn't need any kitchen skills to prepare and is one of the best beginner's recipes.
The advantage of using frozen blueberries is that you can prepare coulis any time of the year and need not wait until berries are in season. It requires minimal prep, in fact, the only time-consuming part is defrosting the blueberries.
Why you will love coulis?
Made with just 3 ingredients
Super easy to prepare
No cooking involved
What is coulis?
Coulis is a French word that roughly translates to "strained liquid". It is typically made from pureed vegetables or fruits and then strained to extract a thick smooth sauce.
- Blueberries: I have used frozen blueberries, but feel free to use fresh blueberries. Perhaps this is the best blueberry recipe to use up the bountiful of berries when in season.
- Sweetener: I have used light brown sugar.
- Lime Juice: Fresh lime juice is essential to balance the sugar and elevate the taste. You could use fresh lemon juice instead but I wouldn't suggest bottled juice.
Find the quantities and a short video in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
How to make blueberry coulis?
Place the colander on a wide plate/tray and put frozen blueberries in a colander and keep it aside for 4 hours to defrost.
Once blueberries defrost completely, transfer them to a blender.
Add sugar and lemon juice to the blender jar.
Blitz for 5 - 10 minutes or until blueberries turn smooth. Add a little water only if necessary.
Pour the pureed fruit through the fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl.
Push and stir the puree with the back of a spoon or spatula until all the sauce is extracted.
Discard the seeds in the strainer and store the blueberry coulis sauce in the fridge or freezer.
Substitutions and Variations
Sweetener: Refined white sugar could be used instead of brown sugar.
Spices: This is a basic recipe but spices add a kick. Cinnamon adds a lovely flavour and a warm spicy touch.
Vanilla and blueberry make a delightful combo and this blueberry coulis is fabulous drizzled over vanilla ice cream.
Serve cheesecakes or cakes with blueberry coulis poured over. It is not only eye appealing but takes the classic desserts a notch up with rich taste.
Use it in yogurt granola parfait. Just a spoonful elevates the flavour and taste.
Drizzle it over pancakes and crepes instead of syrups.
Fridge: Coulis can be stored in the fridge for up to 5-7 days in a clean jar with a tight lid.
Freezer: For longer shelf life consider freezing. Divide this thick fruit sauce and store it in small containers for up to 3 months.
Defrost: Take one container out of the freezer and heat the blueberry sauce in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and use it as required. The timing may vary depending on the power of the microwave.
Tips and Tricks
Defrost: Ensure the blueberries are fully defrosted before you puree them.
Strain: Press the pureed fruit hard with the back of the spoon or spatula to extract as much liquid as possible. It will take a little longer to strain as the coulis is thick.
Water: Add a little water at a time rather than adding it all at once. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons, blitz, check the consistency and add more only if required. Water is required not only to adjust the consistency but also to make the blending process easier. Remember coulis has to be thick.
Blender: Any blender, food processor or even immersion blender works for this recipe.
You may have to scrape the sides of the blender jar a few times while blending.
Coulis is made of pureed vegetables or fruits and strained to get a smooth thick sauce. It is often used as a garnish or as a topping for desserts. Whereas sauce is a thickened liquid and a generic term used to refer to various types of foods. Few sauces are used as an accompaniment to complement the food. A few such sauces are - yogurt mint sauce and honey mustard sauce. The other variety is used in preparing other dishes such as pasta and curries. Check out a few pasta sauce recipes from the blog - pink sauce pasta, hidden vegetable sauce pasta and carrot pasta. A few curry sauces from the blog are - paneer butter masala and paneer korma.
The texture is the main difference between coulis and fruit puree. To make coulis sauce pureed fruit is strained. So the coulis is smooth whereas fruit puree is not.
Fruit or vegetable puree is strained to get the smooth coulis sauce whereas the compote is not strained. So the main difference is coulis is smooth but the compote contains chunky pieces of fruit. Generally, coulis is uncooked whereas compote is made by cooking fruit and sweetener over medium heat.
Of course, you can. However, you may have to reduce sugar or leave it out completely as most canned fruits already contain sugar. Check the package and decide whether to add sugar or not.
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📖 Recipe Card
Easy 3 Ingredient Blueberry Coulis
- 1 Blender
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- 273 gms (or) 1.5 cups Frozen Blueberries
- 55 gms (or) 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice
- Place the colander on a wide plate/tray and put frozen blueberries in a colander and keep it aside for 4 hours to defrost.273 gms (or) 1.5 cups Frozen Blueberries
- Once blueberries defrost completely, transfer them to a blender.
- Add sugar and lemon juice to the blender jar.55 gms (or) 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice
- Blitz for 5 minutes or until blueberries turn smooth. Add a little water only if necessary.
- You may have to scrape the sides in between while blending.
- Pour the pureed fruit through the fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl.
- Push and stir the puree with the back of a spoon or spatula until all the liquid is extracted.
- Discard the seeds in the strainer and store the blueberry coulis sauce in the fridge or freezer.
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