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, right? These ruby red burst of sweet flavor are everyone’s favorite berry. There are all sorts of great sweet recipes, from strawberry shortcake to strawberry pie. But these versatile berries work with savory ingredients as too! Try our refreshing strawberry salad with double the strawberries: they’re both sliced and blended into a strawberry salad dressing. And of course try them in smoothies and margaritas… We’re getting hungry just talking 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Another of our favorite strawberry recipes: this strawberry cornbread cake! It’s terrifically tasty as either a breakfast or brunch recipe. Or, top it with whipped cream as a dessert! Sweetened with maple and naturally gluten-free, it’s moist and hearty. The cake is made of cornmeal, oat flour and almond meal, with fresh orange juice to give it a zing.
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! Now, we’re not here to shame you for buying out of season berries. Just know that when strawberries are in season, they are exponentially tastier than buying out of season berries flown across the country!
In season, ripe strawberries, are intensely sweet. You might be able to find 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 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.