Fresh Cherry Compote Recipe

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Lynn Curtis Modified: March 22, 2022
Fresh Cherry Compote Recipe

How To Make Fresh Cherry Compote

Amp up your desserts with this simple cherry compote, made with hints of orange and balsamic vinegar, for that zesty-sweet topping!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • 1lbwhole Northwest cherries,unpitted
  • 2tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1tsporange zest,finely grated
  • ¼cuporange juice
  • pinchkosher salt
  • 1tspbalsamic vinegar


  1. Use a cherry pitter to remove the cherry pits and cut them in half, leaving a few whole cherries, if desired. If without a cherry pitter, gently press on the cherries with the heel of hand to flatten them.

  2. In a medium non-reactive saucepan, combine the pitted cherries, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Adjust the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often for about 4 minutes or until the cherries release their juices and the sugar dissolves.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vinegar.

  5. Pour into a clean glass jar, let cool to room temperature, cover with the jar’s lid and refrigerate.

  6. Serve over scones, toasts, and desserts, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The compote will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. It can be frozen for up to 12 months.


  • Calories: 625.53kcal
  • Fat: 1.55g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.28g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.35g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.39g
  • Carbohydrates: 158.20g
  • Fiber: 14.79g
  • Sugar: 133.65g
  • Protein: 7.95g
  • Sodium: 1911.17mg
  • Calcium: 107.21mg
  • Potassium: 1712.87mg
  • Iron: 2.75mg
  • Vitamin A: 30.34µg
  • Vitamin C: 98.21mg
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