This homemade kiwi coulis (also known as kiwi sauce) is a delicious sweet and tangy fruit sauce made with fresh green kiwis. It adds a refreshing twist as topping and filling for desserts as well as breakfast. Add it as topping on ice creams, cheesecakes, pancakes and as a filling in mousses, yoghurt or even oats for a delicious kiwi flavored dessert and breakfast.
Making this kiwi coulis is very easy. After all, you only need 3 simple ingredients and you can have the coulis ready in under 30 minutes.
This is a cooked coulis recipe, and you can also make an uncooked kiwi coulis. Cooked coulis will last longer, hence I prefer to cook it. There is difference in color when you make cooked versus uncooked kiwi coulis. The uncooked version retains the vibrant green color of the fruits, while the cooked one will be in a moss green color and not as bright as the uncooked version. They are both nevertheless, great in terms of flavor (in retaining the flavor of the fruit) and taste.
What is Coulis?
Coulis is a term often used to for pureed vegetables and fruits. In a typical fruit coulis, the fruits are often cooked until soft and then pureed to make a smooth sauce. It is also sometimes strained to remove any pulp or skin of the fruits.
Unlike coulis, a fruit compote contains fruit chunks. Compotes are typical made in a similar manner as coulis, but instead of pureeing the fruits or mashing them up to form a smooth sauce, compotes are deliberately left with fruit chunks.
How to Make
- Kiwi fruit (either the green or the gold kiwi fruit)
- White sugar
- Lemon juice
Cooking the coulis
- Start by peeling the kiwis. Remove all the skin with a knife or a vegetable peeler.
- Wash and chop the fruits into small pieces.
- Place the chopped kiwis into a medium pot.
- Add the sugar.
- Follow with the lemon juice.
- Turn on the heat and cook the kiwis over medium heat.
- As the fruits get heated up, there will be liquid released. Continue to cook until the fruits turn soft (for approximately 15 minutes). If you notice the liquid drying up, turn down the flame to low heat. You will also notice the color of the fruits changing from a bright green to a paler moss green color. Turn off the heat and the let kiwi cool down slightly.
- Pour the fruits into a food processor and blend to a puree. You need not blend for too long. Suffice if the there are no large chunks of the fruits visible, unless you want a perfectly smooth coulis. In that case, strain the pureed fruits in a fine sieve.
- Transfer the fruit puree (kiwi coulis) into a dry container. Let it cool down completely before covering and refrigerating.
- Keep the coulis refrigerated until ready to be used.
How to choose kiwis to make the coulis?
- There are 2 varieties of Kiwis commonly available, i.e. the green variant and the yellow variant (the golden kiwi fruit). Both of these can be used to make the kiwi coulis and depending on whether you use green kiwi or the gold kiwi, the color of the resulting coulis will also be in accordance of the fruit color.
- For best results, choose fresh kiwis that are ripe. To know if a kiwi is ripe, it should not be hard to press. If it is, it is best to let the fruit ripen on the counter (at room temperature) for a few days.
Can you replace the lemon juice with lime juice?
- Yes, you can. Replace it in the exact same quantity as indicated in the recipe.
Can maple syrup be used to make this sauce instead of sugar?
- Yes, it can. Add it to the recipe as a substitute to the white sugar. Adjust to suit your taste as maple syrup may be sweeter than regular white sugar. It is advisable to add in small increments.
What can you use this fruit sauce for?
- This kiwi coulis makes a sweet and tangy fruit sauce with a refreshing kiwi flavor. You can use it both as a filling as well as topping.
- You can use it in mousses (like this kiwi mousse), cheesecakes and yoghurt and can also use it as a topping for ice cream, waffles, pancakes, panna cotta, ice creams, and other desserts.
How long with the coulis last and how to store it?
- Cooked coulis (like this recipe) will last longer as compared to the uncooked version. For this recipe, the kiwi coulis can last for a good 5 to 6 days provided it is kept in an airtight container or bottle and refrigerated at all times.
Like this easy fruit sauce recipe? Here are my other recipe ideas you might want to check out
- Cherry Coulis - Easy Homemade Cherry Sauce
- How to Make Lemon Curd - A Homemade Recipe
- Strawberry Filling Recipe
- Blueberry Filling Recipe
- Pineapple Filling (How to Make from Scratch)
- Ube Jam (Ube Halaya)
Here is the full printable version of my kiwi coulis recipe card.
Kiwi Coulis (Kiwi Sauce)
- 6 Kiwi fruits
- 75 g White sugar
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice (strained)
- Peel the kiwi fruits. Chop them into small pieces.
- Add the chopped fruits into a medium sized pot.
- Add sugar and lemon juice to the kiwi fruits.
- Turn on the heat to a medium flame and cook the fruits until soft, for approximately 15 minutes. Stir constantly to avoid the fruit from burning.
- Turn off the heat and let the fruits cool down slightly. Transfer into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Pour the kiwi coulis into a clean and dry container and let it cool completely to room temperature before refrigerating.
- Keep the kiwi coulis refrigerated until ready to be used.
And that's how you make easy kiwi coulis.
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