A Recipe for Lemony Wild Blueberry Sauce {Recipe Redux Cooking Contest}

I’m a giant fan of wild blueberries. Every August here in New England, I can find the tiny, nutrient-packed gems at the farmers’ market, but for the most part, I buy them frozen year round at my local supermarket. At my house, wild blueberries find their way into smoothies, muffins, pancakes, quick breads, and even chocolate cupcakes, and for my newest recipe, they’re the star ingredient in a lemony blueberry sauce.

Lemony Wild Blueberry Sauce over chicken via www.MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

This wild blueberry sauce is versatile. My family has already devoured it on top of waffles and cheese blintzes, but for the most part, I’ve served it as a topper for chicken and grilled salmon. Sweet meets savory …

I created this recipe for a cooking contest hosted by the Recipe Redux and sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. (By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.)

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If you want your kids to get more fruit into their diets, make this sauce! It’s super easy—takes just five minutes—and it’s packed with great nutrition. Wild blueberries may be tiny, but they’re more nutritious than their larger, cultivated cousins. Wild blueberries have more flavor and double the antioxidants thanks to the harsh climate and thin glacial soil of their growing region: Maine, Eastern Canada, and Quebec. Brain health, anti aging, and heart health are just a few of their many health benefits.

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The recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients: Frozen wild blueberries, lemon juice and lemon zest, ground ginger, a pinch of salt, and agave. As a savory option, you can toss in a few fresh, chopped thyme leaves.

Lemony Wild Blueberry Sauce

Makes 4 Servings

This sauce is perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Serve it as a topping for sauteed chicken or grilled meat or fish, or stick with sweet by drizzling over pancakes, waffles, and blintzes.

  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1½ cups frozen wild blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • A few leaves of fresh chopped thyme, optional

1. Place the lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until well combined. Place the wild blueberries, cornstarch mixture, agave, lemon zest, ginger, salt, and thyme as desired in a small saucepan and stir well to combine.

2. Place the blueberry mixture over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened and heated through, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1/4 cup):  80 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated), 60mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 0g protein, 10% vitamin C

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For the chicken, I took one pound of thin slice boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (which was 4 pieces), seasoned with kosher salt and pepper, and then breaded them in one egg, whisked with 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and then 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs. I added a tablespoon of canola oil to a nonstick skillet and then sauteed the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

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For more creative wild blueberry recipes, check out the other Recipe Redux blog posts!

 

10 Responses to “A Recipe for Lemony Wild Blueberry Sauce {Recipe Redux Cooking Contest}”

  1. I was wondering if you guys were far enough up North to get fresh wild blueberries in the summer. I’m a new fan for sure after this contest and I love that you can go savory with this sauce – totally going to try it with chicken and salmon.

    • Liz says:

      You can find local wild blueberries here … but it’s really a treat when you’re up in Maine and find them for sale at roadside produce carts!

  2. Diane Boyd says:

    I second Deanna’s comment that I “love you can go savory with this sauce”!
    I can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Your sauce looks fantastic! And looks so simple to make. It adds nice color to what ever you serve it over.

  4. Min says:

    Ooh! One of these days I hope to try fresh wild blueberries! I really love the combination of ginger, blueberries, and lemon so this sauce sounds divine! I’m def making this soon.

  5. Maine is on my travel-to-do-list, mostly for kayaking & fresh wild blueberries! Love the idea of picking them up at a roadside stand. This sauce looks delicious, I am going to try it on grilled tofu :)

  6. Annemarie says:

    Great recipe! I love the idea of a sweeter sauce on chicken, and you can’t beat the blueberry/lemon combo.

  7. I love the idea of a blueberry sauce on the savory side used on top of poultry but I could totally eat this sauce right out of the bowl all on it’s own.

  8. sandra says:

    I love the flavor of berries on meat – was introduced to this when in Sweden having lingon berry sauce on reindeer. I must remember to tr this at home.

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