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Citrus and Spice Strawberry Compote

4-6 Servings

20 minutes

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This compote is only lightly sweetened so the focus is on the surprisingly delicious combination of fruity, floral strawberries and the spicy, savory chili powder (or garam masala) and cracked black pepper. Grated citrus zest nicely ties together the disparate flavors. We briefly cook then mash only a portion of the berries, then pour them while still hot over the remaining berries. The residual heat softens the fresh fruit ever so slightly. Serve over ice cream or yogurt.



20 minutes


  • 1

    pound strawberries, hulled and quartered

  • 2

    tablespoons white sugar, divided

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Holly C.
September 27, 2023
Good and different
It was good. The garam masala was a new flavor to me. I made it using oranges. I will definitely make it again.
Jonnieann S.

how far ahead can this be made? will it be ok in the fridge for a couple days?

April D.

Jonnieann - You can make this compote and keep it in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- The Milk Street Team

Erin R.

Is this recipe a candidate for canning?

Lynn C.

Hi Erin -

We haven't tested canning this compote but most compotes are good candidates for canning.

The Milk Street Team

Maarten W.

Made this with the lime and the Garam Masala. Great success. Flavor are balanced with a nice spicy kick, thought not too strong. The lime provided some ‘fresh’ notes and the Garam Masala a well rounded spice flavor.