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Cherry Sauce smeared on a white plate.

Easy Cherry Sauce for Duck (With Frozen Cherries)

The easiest Sour Cherry Sauce you are ever going to make, this recipe comes together in 15 minutes and is made with frozen cherries, so can be enjoyed in any season! What is more, you won't even need any wine for this sauce - just a dash of balsamic vinegar! This is a perfect sauce to go with duck, pigeon, pheasant or even beef or venison. We used sour cherries but dark sweet cherries will work too!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Pantry Ingredients, Sauce
Cuisine European
Servings 3 -4 portions
Calories 70 kcal


  • 200 g frozen cherries we used sour cherries
  • 20 g light brown sugar
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Place frozen cherries, 2 tbsp of water, sugar, nutmeg, a pinch of salt and pepper in a saucepan. Heat on low-medium heat until the cherries soften and release the juices, helping them along by stirring pressing down with a spoon. This will take about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce through a fine sieve and squeeze any juices from the cherries pressing them down with a spoon against the sieve. Discard the cherries, and pour the sauce back into a saucepan. Add the balsamic vinegar to the cherry sauce.
  • In a small bowl. mix the cornflour and a tbsp of water. Pour the mixture into the cherry sauce and stir. Heat the sauce, stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes. It should thicken ever so slightly (add a splash of water if it thickens too much) and have a lovely shine to it!
  • Serve the sauce warm with duck, pigeon or other gamey meat!


Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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