If you’re looking for a delicious treat that is simple to prepare, you will love caramelized blueberries. Once caramelized, blueberries make a tasty topping for desserts including ice cream and cheesecake or they can be a dessert on their own by topping them with whipped cream. Use caramelized blueberries instead of strawberries for a new twist on shortcake. They can also add pizazz to a special breakfast when served with pancakes, crepes or yogurt.

Things You'll Need

Rinse the fresh blueberries under cold, running water in a strainer or colander. Pick off any stems still attached to the blueberries and remove any debris that was not rinsed off.

Place a medium saucepan, preferably one with a heavy base, over medium heat on the stove. Pour 3 cups sugar into the pan for each 2 cups of blueberries you’re caramelizing. Stir the sugar until it turns a light amber color.

Add the blueberries and 1/2 cup water for each 2 cups of blueberries to the sugar in the pan. Stir well until the blueberries are covered with the sugar and water mixture.

Turn the heat down to low and allow the blueberries to caramelize for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir 1/8 cup lemon juice into the mixture for each 2 cups of blueberries.

Serve the caramelized blueberries warm to keep the mixture from becoming too hard or pour it on a dessert and allow it to set to create a thick, caramelized coating on top.


  • If the sugar begins to turn brown too quickly, turn the heat down.

  • If you have a candy thermometer, use it to check the temperature of the blueberries and remove them from the heat when they reach 320 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Add some more water if the mixture is too thick when you add the blueberries.