10 fresh strawberry recipes that will have you heading to farmer's market! Easy desserts, simple cocktails, and plenty of ideas to keep you in fresh strawberry bliss all season long.
Don't miss the expert tips at the end.
❤️ Why you'll love it
One of the best things about summer is the ripe, juicy berries. There are tons of ways to use them but these recipes are some of my very favorites!
Strawberries are best when they are fresh and in season - usually late February to the middle of June here in Texas. There's nothing like the bright, sweet flavor of that plump, juicy bite to make your day a little happier.
Here are some of my best strawberry recipes for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just celebrating any day all season long.
Shoney's Strawberry Pie
This easy, no bake strawberry pie was my favorite dessert (and sometimes breakfast) at Shoney's Big Boy when I was growing up. Since it's not baked the flavor of the berries really explodes in every bite.
Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake
Some people call it a trifle but here in the south it's known as a punch bowl cake! Layers of berries, angel food cake, and whipped cream piled in a pretty punch bowl. It's SO easy!
Strawberry Vodka Lemonade
You'll love this spiked strawberry lemonade made with fresh berries! It's refreshing, delicious, and just exactly right for weekend sipping!
If you can make a meringue you can make this easy strawberry recipe! It's especially pretty for Mother's Day brunch!
This French style fruit tart has a layer of pastry cream topped with sliced berries and then brushed with a sweet glaze. It's a delicious as well as beautiful strawberry recipe!
Now, growing up we called this an Italian Cream Cake but now I'm told it's a Chantilly Cake. Delicate vanilla cake with fresh berries and an amazing cream cheese frosting is good no matter what you call it!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
When I think of strawberry recipes this old fashioned pie tops the list. It's a classic ( my aunt's recipe) and you'll want to dive in head first.
Strawberry Watermelon Margaritas
These easy margaritas by the pitcher are amazing for Cinco de Mayo or a summer picnic! They're definitely easy to drink.
Strawberry Pound Cake
This vividly pink pound cake recipe gets it's intense flavor and color from Koolaid! It's dense and delicious!
No Bake Strawberry Dessert Recipe
This is so pretty for any springtime celebration! An angel food cake is hollowed out and filled with strawberries and cream. It's So easy!!
Expert Tip: Hull strawberries easily by pushing a drinking straw up through the bottom to the top. The center and stem will come right out.
- Most of these recipes can be made with raspberries or blackberries.
- Choose bright red, fully ripe berries that don't have bruises.
- Make sure the leaves look bright and fresh - not dry or wilted.
- Check the top and bottom of the container to make sure none are moldy.
- Check again as soon as you get home and remove any that are bruised or moldy. They'll cause the whole carton to go bad quickly.
- Don't wash until you are ready to use them!
- It's best to use fresh, in season fruit in these strawberry recipes unless the instructions say otherwise.
🥫 How to store
When you get the strawberries home remove them from the original container and put them in a container lined with paper towels. Don't wash or stem them until ready to use.
Refrigerate promptly. They'll stay fresh for about 5 days.
You can also keep them in a quart jar in the refrigerator. Use the screw on lid - don't wash them first.
Wash the berries and let dry on a towel. Don't soak them in water or they'll lose flavor.
Strawberries are easy to freeze so if you find them on sale get a bunch! They will be a little mushy when they're thawed so don't plan on using them in salads or for dips.
To freeze whole: put the berries in a single layer on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until solid. Place them in freeze containers.
To freeze sliced or crushed: you can sweeten the berries before freezing or leave unsweetened. To sweeten you'll add about half a cup of sugar per quart of berries. Just put them right in freezer containers and freeze.
You can keep them frozen for 3 months according to the experts but I've used them after 6 months and they've been fine.