Instant Pot Fresh Berry Compote

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Berry Compote is a quick, easy-to-make fruit topping. Simply place sweet fresh strawberries and blueberries in your Instant Pot and you’ve got the perfect topping to your favorite desserts, breakfast treats, and more

mason jar of Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Berry Compote

As you may know, Instant Pot cheesecakes are a favorite at my house. As are pancakes, waffles, and ice cream. And the one addition that’s always guaranteed to upgrade each of these delicious meals?

A homemade fresh berry compote. 

This compote recipe is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. It has all the natural fruit flavors of blueberries and strawberries, in a spoonable, drizzle-able sauce.

And it really couldn’t be easier to make, thanks to our Instant Pot / pressure cooker. Unlike stovetop recipes, there’s no fear of boiling over or making a sticky mess! 

Update: We use generous helpings of this berry compote on everything from breakfast to dessert, so we updated the post and recipe just in time for summer berries. Enjoy!

overhead shot of an Instant Pot cooking pot filled with diced fresh strawberries and blueberries, ready to go into the pressure cooker.

How to Make Berry Compote in Your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

This easy Berry Compote recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

If you’re used to making fruit compote on the stovetop, you’ll notice a few differences in this pressure cooker recipe. For starters, it’s cleaner, quicker, and easier. 

This pressure cooker recipe is as simple as tossing in your ingredients, bringing the pot up to pressure, releasing, and mixing in a simple cornstarch slurry. 

Be sure to let the slurry boil for a minute or so after adding. This ensures there’s no raw starch flavor in your berry compote. 

a 45 degree shot of berry compote in a mason jar, with fresh strawberries and blueberries in the background

How Much Liquid to Add to Make the Berry Compote

This recipe is a little different from the majority of other Instant Pot recipes because it doesn’t add cooking liquid at the beginning.

As the fruit cooks under pressure, it releases water, which becomes your cooking liquid.

This means that Instant Pot berry compote has a stronger, fruitier flavor that’s less diluted by additional cooking water. 

💡 Tip: If you’re nervous about making this berry compote recipe without adding water, you can always use the pot-in-pot method.
• Place the ingredients in a 7×3-inch cake pan.
• Place a trivet and 1 cup water in the pressure cooking pot.
• Use a sling to carefully lower the cake pan onto the trivet.
• Continue with the recipe as directed.

What Fruit Is Best for Instant Pot Berry Compote?

I love using fresh blueberries and strawberries for this compote recipe. However, any fruit with a high water content is great for compote in the pressure cooker. Think

You can also use berries like raspberries and blackberries, as long as you don’t mind the seeds. (They taste delicious and cook up amazing!)

Close up overhead shot of Instant Pot cheesecake topped with berry topping and placed on a white cake stand with red, white, and blue napkins in the background.

Can I Use Just One Fruit?

I like to add a small amount of blueberries because they give the topping a deeper, rich red color. However, if you want to omit the blueberries from this recipe, you can.

If you want a blueberry-only version, see my blueberry compote recipe

Close up shot of Instant Pot cheesecake topped with berry topping and placed on a white cake stand with red, white, and blue napkins in the background.

Can I Use Frozen Fruit to Make Berry Compote in the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker?

While our recipe calls for fresh berries, you can definitely make this compote with frozen strawberries and blueberries if you like. Follow the steps in my blueberry compote recipe.

If you opt for frozen fruit, be sure that it’s no-sugar-added. The sugar in the recipe helps the berries release their liquid as they cook. (Essentially, the berries macerate as they cook under pressure.)

Also, for strawberries, for the best results, I recommend using sliced frozen strawberries.


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mason jar of Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Berry Compote
Yield: 2 cups

Instant Pot Berry Compote

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Fresh, juicy strawberries and blueberries cook up quick in this Instant Pot Berry Compote. You're just a few minutes away from taking your favorite desserts and breakfasts to a new level.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice to the pressure cooking pot, and stir to combine.
  2. Lock the lid in place and select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
  3. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Add to compote in pressure cooking pot. Bring to a boil using the saute function, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining blueberries.
  5. Transfer to a storage container and cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

*The compote will thicken once cooled. However, If you prefer your compote thicker and more syrupy, add an additional 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

How to Use Homemade Berry Compote

The possibilities are endless when it comes to upgrading your favorite treats with this Berry Compote.

Here are some of my family’s favorite recipes to enjoy with a heaping scoop of Instant Pot compote:

You can also keep things simple and drizzle your Instant Pot berry compote onto vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or on a warm biscuit. Yum!

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