Made with just two ingredients, this Passion Fruit Sauce is the PERFECT topping for ice cream, cheesecake and more! Learn how to make this easy passion fruit coulis and the best ways to use it in sweet and savory applications. Ready in 20 minutes or less!
This sweet and tangy sauce, also known as coulis or syrup, adds a vibrant touch to a number of desserts, including cakes and ice creams, as well as savory items, like grilled fish, if sweet and savory is your thing.
This passion fruit sauce has got the tropical flavors I adore. After all, anything that sings of the vibrant sweet and tangy passion fruit taste is delicious in my book.
The beauty of this TWO ingredient sauce is that you can use seedless passion fruit pulp or seeded passion fruit pulp. Look how pretty it looks in this passion fruit ice cream!!
Seedless can be far easier (and cheaper) to find. However, if you can get your hands on fresh passion fruit, the seeds add a delightful crunchy texture to the mix. They’re also so beautiful. It’s an experience worth having if you have the opportunity.
With so many delicious ways to use, and since this a quick and easy recipe to put together, there’s no reason not make some!
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do!
- Passion Fruit Pulp – purchase passion fruit pulp at your local Target, Walmart or grocery store. It’s typically in the freezer aisle. Finding this is a hit or miss, depending on where you live. You can also visit Latin grocery stores and your local Brazilian market, too. Alternatively, you can make your own passion fruit pulp from fresh passion fruits as I teach in this post, and you can choose to keep or remove the seeds at that point.
- Granulated sugar — also know as white sugar, this adds sweetness to the tart passion fruit pulp and will give us the texture we need. I do not suggest substituting another sweetener or using a different type of sugar in its place.
- Cornstarch — this is totally optional. Add it if you’d like your passion fruit sauce to be thicker.
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How to Make Passion Fruit Sauce
Combine the sugar and the passion fruit pulp in a sauce pan.
Simmer on high until the sugar melts and the liquid cooks down so it looks like a loose jelly. This will take about 10-15 minutes.
And that’s it!
As the sauce cools, it will thicken to a perfectly pourable syrup consistency (like in the image below). If you want to ensure your sauce will be thicker than that, you can add in the cornstarch.
To thicken the passion fruit coulis a bit more, add a half teaspoon of cornstarch. All you need to do is make a slurry with about one tablespoon of cold water and whisk in the cornstarch. Then whisk the slurry into the sauce when it’s nearly done and it will thicken up like a charm.
How to Store:
Allow the passion fruit syrup to cool completely before refrigerating, which can take 1-2 hours.
The sauce can be refrigerated like a compote.
You can also put it in an airtight container that is freezer safe and freeze it for later. Let it defrost in the fridge before using.
How to use and serve:
This passion fruit sauce is perfect to use on…
- Ice creams – like this passion fruit ice cream
- Cheesecakes – I love it to jazz up plain cheesecakes, or to pack an extra punch on my passion fruit cheesecake!
- Cakes – like this orange pound cake, or this fluffy angel hair cake!
- Yogurt and granola
- Pancakes – I love it on these bacon pancakes!!
- A delicious fruit salad
- A cheeseboard
- Pan fried fish – just a little drizzle brings a tropical twist to your simple seared, grilled or even baked salmon.
- Pan Seared Chicken – similar to the salmon, just add a little drizzle to your simple chicken to have a sweet and savory tropical main option.
The options are endless!
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Passion fruit puree is NOT the same thing as juice. Passion fruit puree (also referred to as pulp). Technically, the puree is the flesh of the fruit without the black seeds, and pulp is everything inside the fruit, which includes the flesh, seeds and all. Since the seeds are edible, using puree or pulp becomes mostly a personal preference – learn more here.
If passion fruit does not grow in the climate where you live, that could contribute to the cost of the fruit itself. If it needs to be shipped cross-country or even internationally for you to enjoy, it could become more expensive.
Since a simple syrup tends to be equal parts water and sugar, no, this is not the same thing as a passion fruit simple syrup. It’s a more intense passion fruit syrup since it’s made with just the fruit puree and sugar.
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Passion Fruit Sauce
- 1 cup passion fruit pulp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Stir the passion fruit pulp and the sugar to combine in a saucepan over medium to high heat.
- Simmer 10-15 minutes until the sugar melts and the sauce thickens to a sauce-like consistency and coats the back of a spoon.
- Let cool completely and transfer to a mason jar to keep cold in the fridge until ready to use.