Here are all the best strawberry recipes for enjoying those sweet ripe berries, from strawberry shortcake to smoothies to pie!
Who doesn’t love strawberries? These ruby red bursts of summer flavor seem to be everyone’s favorite. They’re ideal for classic dessert recipes, from strawberry shortcake to crisp to pie. But you can use them for so much more! Try a refreshing strawberry salad with a tangy strawberry vinaigrette, blend them into smoothies and margaritas, make a sauce for waffles or bake them into muffins. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it, so let’s get to the list!
At the top of our strawberry recipes? This perfect strawberry crumble! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor: far greater than the sum of its parts. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! Either way: it’s a true stunner.
Introducing…the best-ever fresh Strawberry Pie! It highlights the best ripe berry flavor, perfectly sweet tart with a delicious hint of cinnamon. Our neighbors promptly declared it was “the best pie I’ve ever had.” Don’t believe us? Well, you’ve got to test for yourself!
Another classic strawberry recipe: shortcake! It’s got tender, biscuit-like shortcakes, juicy sweet berries, and fluffy, homemade whipped cream. It’s so ridiculously good, it’s perfect for special occasions of all kinds: cookouts, patio parties, birthdays, and anytime you come across a load of ripe, beautiful berries.
Here’s a recipe that's even more delicious than you might imagine…these insanely tasty Strawberry Muffins! Imagine: a muffin with a tender crumb: just sweet enough and delightfully moist. Then top that with a strawberry cream cheese swirl, that coats everything in sweet savory richness.
Here’s a breakfast treat that will blow you away: strawberry waffles! This stunning recipe is easy to make and full of flavor, perfect for Sunday brunch or any time you need to impress.The waffles are perfectly fluffy, full of big flavor with a short ingredient list. And the strawberry sauce…it’s thick and sweetened with maple, full of beautiful strawberry flavor.
Here's the most perfect strawberry smoothie! It's light and creamy, with just the right icy and airy texture. Often smoothies are too bitter or overly sweet, but this one's just right. It's lightly sweet, with just the right berry essence. Make it, memorize it, and make a perfect healthy smoothie on repeat!
Another at the top of our strawberry recipes? This strawberry spinach salad! Oh yes. It starts with a tangy and lightly sweet strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (yum!). Then we’ve got spinach, strawberries, and thin sliced red onion. Top it off with chopped pecans and a bit of salty feta, and you’ve got one extremely delicious side salad. We like it with pizza, with salmon, with pasta: ok it goes with just about everything!
Strawberry puree is a blend of fresh strawberries, sweetener and lemon juice. It’s uncooked and only lightly sweetened, unlike a strawberry syrup which is cooked with a hefty amount of sugar. Use the fresh puree to dollop on pancakes, oatmeal, waffles, and cakes, or eat with a spoon like applesauce.
Here’s a healthy drink that will quickly rise to favorite status: Strawberry Water! This delicious flavored water has the essence of that red berry and is irresistibly refreshing. Make a big pitcher and you can sip off of it for days: or it’s perfect for entertaining. If you like, add a splash of sparkling water and drink it as a low calorie alternative to soda.
First up in our best strawberry recipes: strawberry rhubarb crisp! It’s all about carefree summer days, and has just a tinge of healthy. Most of all, it tastes really, really good. The crisp topping is oats and oat flour. And there’s no refined sugar: it’s all maple syrup! Some strawberry rhubarb crisp recipes call for boat-loads of sugar: for this one, we’ve used just enough. It results in a sweet tart crisp that’s seriously nostalgic.
This strawberry lemonade is bright and beautiful, citrusy with a hit of berry on the finish. It tastes infinitely better made at home: the flavors are brilliantly fresh. This recipe is fast and easy: you don’t even need to cook down a syrup! Simply blend and go.
Next up in our strawberry recipes: you know the yogurt pie wtih graham cracker crust, Cool-whip, and artificially-flavored strawberry yogurt? This one's an all natural version with real organic yogurt and real strawberries. Made with strawberries, yogurt and maple syrup, it’s got a tangy, pure strawberry flavor. And the oatmeal cookie crust is cinnamon-scented and lightly salted!
If you love berries and you love sangria…then you must drop everything and make this now. Presenting…the perfect strawberry sangria! This one is Spanish style, full of nuance and character. The berries sing and the dry rosé notes peak through just enough. Serve it with a splash of sparkling water and a skewer of fruit, and it’s pretty darn perfect…we think.
This easy strawberry sauce is sweetened with maple syrup, done in 10 minutes, and full of big berry flavor despite the short ingredient list! This glistening red sauce makes magic when spooned over vanilla ice cream or thick Belgian waffles. If you’ve got ripe strawberries on hand, it’s the perfect fast dessert to whip up after a meal. And can you imagine it over cheesecake?
The classic mimosa stars orange juice and champagne: but why not add bright red strawberries to the mix? Pureeing fresh strawberries with the orange juice adds fruity berry notes to the flavor palate. Even better, the color is vibrantly rosy! It’s a stunning brunch cocktail that makes any occasion more festive…even if it’s just a celebration for yourself!
This simple strawberry tart is one of those perfectly classic strawberry recipes! It’s got a crunchy rye pie crust that’s very simple to put together and has a unique, toasty flavor. On top of that crispy crunchy pie crust are delightfully sweet seasonal strawberries, sweetened mascarpone, and a thin layer of strawberry jam. This strawberry tart is all summer and perfect for any festive occasion.
Mix up this Strawberry Vodka Cocktail right in the glass, and enjoy the pairing of beautifully fresh flavors! It stars a homemade strawberry syrup, citrusy lime juice, and a spray of brilliant bubbles. Add a sprig of mint, and it’s all about barefoot, porch-swing sipping flavor.
Did you know you can make strawberry jam in just 15 minutes? And it's not just any old jam. It's the most delicious strawberry jam you've ever tasted. You'll want to spread this sweet-tart glistening red jelly on just about everything: toast, bagels, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes. Or just eat it off a spoon: we won't judge! The magic? It uses chia seeds that naturally make the gel like texture, and maple syrup to sweeten it just enough.
Love margaritas and want another spin? Try this tasty and refreshing variation: a Strawberry Margarita! This one is icy and fruity, full of berry flavor but perfectly complimented with tangy lime and the bite of tequila. The marg pairs perfectly with fruit, and you'll fall in love with this one's vibrant color and sweet tart flavor.
Last up in our strawberry recipes: Strawberry Soda! It's sweetly refreshing, pairing a spray of bubbles with the sweet berry flavor of homemade strawberry syrup. It’s essentially the mocktail variation on this strawberry vodka cocktail, making it the perfect non-alcoholic option to serve alongside.
Buy ripe, in season strawberries!
If you live in the US, you can buy strawberries at the grocery store any time of the year. But out of season, most grocery store strawberries are devoid of flavor: tart and mealy! When strawberries are in season, they are exponentially tastier than buying out of season berries flown across the country!
Strawberries are best in the summer months in the US, or check for local berries from a farmers market. My first time biting into a local strawberry here in Indiana was transcendental. It was a bite of the purest pure strawberry flavor I had ever tasted. THIS is what a strawberry is supposed to taste like, I realized! These strawberry recipes taste great with any strawberries. But if you use sweet, ripe local strawberries, they will taste extraordinary.
6 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make the filling: Quarter the fresh berries. Or if using frozen, run the berries under warm water for about 1 minute in a strainer (they will still be mostly frozen but starting to thaw on the outside). Then mix with the filling ingredients in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nuts (if using) and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly (this will vary based on your oven and berries: it may be shorter or longer so keep an eye on it). Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers.
*For a very forward orange flavor, use ⅓ to ½ teaspoon orange zest.
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