How To Make Strawberry Pies


How to make strawberry pies: I want to share a recipe that my Grandma used to make when I was a kid. I remember making them with her all the time and we had so much fun in the kitchen. My dad would always eat 2 or 3 right away, but they were so good, I’d usually save at least 1 for later! She made them all year round, not just during berry season. It was just about one of my most favorite things she made. So much flavor!

Strawberry Pie

This is my favorite pie. It is very easy to make. I got the recipe many years ago in North Jersey. It is from the Sussex County Strawberry Farms.


Recipe Summar


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  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Step 2In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell.
  • Step 3Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe
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It’s been a while since I shared a homemade pie recipe with you guys! I believe the last pie I shared on here was in February for a strawberry galette but if that doesn’t count, the last pie was my sweet potato pecan pie last Thanksgiving. Despite having lots of pie recipes in the archives, I tend to shy away from pies because of the labor of love that goes into it. This homemade strawberry pie recipe is no different. It takes some time and some love however, it’s always so worth it in the end. Nothing beats a warm fruit filling in a flaky crust and ice cream. 

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Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

This homemade strawberry pie recipe came to fruition because we went strawberry picking recently. Since the beginning of summer is upon us, we have all been craving some of our classic summer activities. Luckily, strawberry picking is one of those things that is easier to do in a socially distant manner. We got the kids out and hit one of our local farms, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD. 

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

We all had a great time and came home with A LOT of strawberries. After eating as much as humanly possible, I got to work on baking. Each family member was asked what they wanted. My son wanted strawberry ice cream and my husband wanted pie. Naturally, I agreed to both and this strawberry pie was the first thing to happen. My son will have his strawberry ice cream,…stay tuned for that soon. 

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

For this homemade strawberry pie recipe, I wanted to make sure it is BURSTING with strawberry flavor as this is a hallmark summer pie.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

To take this strawberry pie to a whole new level, I added freeze-dried strawberries to the pie crust. So on every level of this pie, you get strawberries. I picked up this trick from Bake from Scratch last summer and it has changed my pie-making life. 

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

So to recap, this pie starts with a strawberry-infused buttery pie crust…

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

and is filled with sweet, juicy fresh strawberries cooked to perfection and is topped with another layer of that pie crust.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

Everything about this pie screams summer and I hope you get to experience it. 

To put it simply, this strawberry pie is amazing. If you have time this summer, please add this homemade strawberry pie recipe to your summer bucket list. You will not regret it. 

Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

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Homemade Strawberry Pie Recipe

A simple homemade strawberry pie with a flaky crust infused with dried strawberries and a juicy filling.PREP TIME 40 minutes COOK TIME 1 hour ADDITIONAL TIME 3 hours TOTAL TIME 4 hours 40 minutes



  •  2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  •  ½ cup freeze-dried strawberries
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  •  14 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  •  Ice cold water
  •  1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for egg wash
  •  Turbinado sugar for sprinkling


  •  5-6 cups fresh strawberries
  •  Zest and juice of a 1/2 lemon (or to taste)
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  •  ½ cup granulated sugar
  •  1/3 cup brown sugar
  •  ¼ cup cornstarch or all-purpose flour
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

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  1. Prepare ½ cup ice-cold water and keep in the fridge. In a food processor, pulse flour, dried strawberries, sugar, and salt. Add in half of the butter and pulse for 30 seconds. Add in the rest of the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like a coarse meal.
  2. Sprinkle about 6 tablespoons cold water over mixture and pulse until the dough comes together in clumps. If dry, add a little bit more water (1 tablespoon at a time) until the dough comes together.
  3. Remove dough from the processor and bring it together. Divide dough into two disks; one slightly bigger than the other and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least an hour or overnight. The dough can be made up to 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.
  4. Let stand at room temperature a few minutes before rolling out.
  5. Roll out larger disk on a lightly floured surface to a large circle. Fit into an ungreased 9-inch pie dish, trim the edges leaving an inch or two overhang. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with zest and lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Toss in sugars, cornstarch, salt, and ground ginger and make sure berries are well coated and cornstarch disappears. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie
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A strawberry pie can make any day feel like a sunny summer afternoon. Learn how to make strawberry pie with this four-step Fresh Strawberry Pie recipe. It’s packed with juicy strawberries and topped with a sweet whipped cream that will make your mouth water. Use Pillsb… 



  • 1crust from 1 box (14.1 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Pie Crusts (2 Count), softened as directed on box


  • 3pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries
  • 1cup sugar
  • 3tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2cup water
  • 4to 5 drops red food color, if desired


  • 1cup sweetened whipped cream


  • 1Heat oven to 450°F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.
  • 2Meanwhile, in small bowl, mash 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries with fork to make 1 cup mashed berries. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch; stir in mashed strawberries and water. Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. If desired, stir in food color.
  • 3Place remaining strawberries, whole or sliced, in cooled baked shell. Pour cooked strawberry mixture evenly over berries. Refrigerate at least 3 hours until set, before serving.
  • 4Just before serving, top pie with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • Tip 1One frozen Pillsbury™ Deep Dish Pie Crust may be substituted for the refrigerated Pillsbury™ Pie Crust in this recipe. Bake pie crust as directed on package for One-Crust Baked Pie Shell.
  • Tip 2For added style, drizzle your finished strawberry pie recipe with melted chocolate for a sweet presentation.
  • Tip 3For best results, eat your Fresh Strawberry Pie within 24 hours.
  • Tip 4Can’t get enough of this Fresh Strawberry Pie? We’ve got even more strawberry pie recipes for you to try.
  • Tip 5Are you new to pie baking? Check out our comprehensive How to Make Pie guide and become a pro in no time.
  • Tip 6If you like berry pies, try Fresh Raspberry Pie.

Easy Strawberry Pie

It’s bursting with fresh berries!
strawberry pie recipe


You know spring is in full swing when the weather has warmed up and fresh berries are in abundance. It’s the perfect time to make this strawberry pie. Sure, canned pie filling exists, and yes, you could use strawberry Jell-O to fill your crust, but when the season is right, the only pie recipe you should be searching to make is a fresh strawberry pie! With just five ingredients, this easy strawberry dessert brings the flavors of the season right to your family celebration.  

How do you make strawberry pie from scratch? 

First, start with a baked piecrust. To keep things easy, you can use a refrigerated piecrust and bake according to the package directions. If you love to make your own crust, or have been stashing a ball of Ree Drummond’s Perfect Pie Crust in your freezer, use that! You will need to blind bake the crust completely through before filling. Blind baking (or pre-baking) is simple to do—check out our guide for how to blind bake a piecrust.

Then, make your filling. On the stove top, cook a mixture of fresh strawberry puree, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch to make a lightly sweetened, thickened sauce. Mix in fresh, halved strawberries and transfer this mixture to the fully baked crust. Let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours. Finally, serve with homemade whipped cream (or Cool Whip to keep things super simple). You can also try a few easy twists, like adding 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for a chocolate whipped cream, or 2 teaspoons lime or lemon zest, for a citrus kick.

What’s the best way to cut strawberries for pie?

Prepping your strawberries for pie couldn’t be easier! Start by cleaning your berries. Then, cut off the green stems and slice your berries in half. Take 1 1/2 cups of the halved strawberries and mash them with a fork. These mashed berries will be cooked down with the other filling ingredients and the remaining halved strawberries get folded in at the end for a chunky, fresh strawberry flavor.

How do you thicken strawberry pie filling?

To thicken strawberry pie filling, you’ll need to cook it on the stove and use a starch such as cornstarch (or a cornstarch substitute like tapioca starch or flour). A cooked flour mixture can leave your filling a bit cloudy in appearance, whereas cornstarch and tapioca starch will cook clear and hold their thickness for about 48 hours. And since cornstarch is a common pantry item that most cooks keep, it’s the perfect thickener to use for this easy strawberry pie. Chef’s tip: Some recipes call to use strawberry Jell-O to thicken, but the fresh flavor of whole, mashed strawberries for the puree cannot be beat!

Why is my strawberry pie runny?

There are a few ways to prevent your strawberry pie from coming out runny. First, your recipe needs the right amount of cornstarch (we’ve got that covered!). Second, the cornstarch needs to be dissolved first in a cold liquid, then heated to its boiling point in order to fully activate its thickening power. Third, be sure to let the mixture cook for the entire time that the recipe recommends. Cooking the mixture thoroughly will help to reduce the liquid in the filling, thus making it thicker. And since the fresh strawberry pie isn’t baked after it comes together, it’s important to fully cook the filling on the stovetop before you pour it to the crust. Lastly, once the pie is assembled, be sure to let it cool completely in the refrigerator before slicing.
YIELDS:8 servingsPREP TIME:0 hours 15 minsTOTAL TIME:5 hours 30 minsIngredients1 

refrigerated piecrust 1 1/2 qt. 

fresh strawberries, stems removed, halved3/4 c. 

granulated sugar1 tsp. 

vanilla extract3 tbsp. 

corn starch 

Whipped cream, for serving Directions

  1. For the crust: Bake one refrigerated piecrust according to package directions. Let it cool completely. 
  2. For the strawberry filling: Mash 1 ½ cups the berries with a fork and combine with the sugar, vanilla and ¼ cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring and mashing frequently, and cook until the fruit begins to soften and break down more, about 5 minutes. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and ½ cup water. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the simmering strawberry mixture and return the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and fold in the remaining fresh strawberries. Immediately transfer the strawberry mixture to the piecrust.
  4. Let cool slightly, about 15 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 4 hours. 

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