How To Make Strawberry Pudding


How To Make Strawberry Pudding? It’s easier than you think and it couldn’t be more delicious. If you love to cook or like to bake than you should try this easy recipe for Homemade Strawberry Pudding. There is nothing better that a homemade strawberry pudding dessert on a hot summer night.

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How To Make Strawberry Pudding

Homemade Strawberry Pudding is so delicious! Made from scratch using fresh ingredients and no additives or artificial colorings

Homemade Strawberry Pudding is so delicious! Made from scratch using fresh ingredients and no additives or artificial coloring. Makes for a great dessert hot or cold.

Gosh, there is nothing better than a creamy, smooth strawberry pudding, other than it must be homemade!

If you’re used to buying the instant pudding mixes and then you try this homemade recipe, I am sure you won’t go back to those packets ever again!

This is a quick and easy recipe and uses regular ingredients that most of you will have in your pantry already.

The trick to making this pudding smooth is simply to stir, stir, stir!

If you leave it whilst it is cooking, you will end up with a lumpy mess, so grab your spoon and don’t forget to stir!

In this recipe, I have advised tasting the pudding as you are cooking for sweetness. Simply because everyone has a different preference.

I have used fresh strawberries, so I tasted a strawberry first for sweetness, and then when I was making the pudding, tasted again to make sure I had added enough sugar.

I have also not used any additives or colorings. You will notice in the packet mixes, the strawberry pudding can often be a bright pink color. This recipe is all-natural and fresh!

What can I use strawberry pudding for

Strawberry pudding can be used for so many desserts, such as our Easy Strawberry Dessert or you can use it instead of a regular custard or jello pudding in a custard, for example, our lovely strawberry and coconut trifle.

You can serve it on its own, hot or cold, use as a pouring sauce over a nice slice of cake or fruit cobbler, add as part of a chilled dessert, such as a trifle. Really, the sky’s the limit, so use it however you wish, and most of all, please enjoy!

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

5 Minutes

Serving size

2 Cups


  • 1/2 Cup or 100 g Sugar**
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups or 350 ml Milk
  • 7 oz or 200 g pureed fresh strawberries
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • **Adjust the sugar to your taste


1. In a saucepan, add the sugar, cornstarch, salt, pureed strawberries, and milk.

Stir so there are no lumps and bring to a gentle boil, stirring all the time. As soon as it boils, remove from heat.

Homemade Strawberry Pudding showing mixture in the saucepan
Be patient, keep stirring until it starts to thicken!

2. In a bowl, add the egg yolks and lightly beat.

Then slowly pour in half of the milk mixture, stirring as you pour.

Return the bowl mixture to the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, stirring all the time then add the remaining milk mixture until it starts to boil. At this point, have a little taste to see if you have the amount of sweetness to your liking.

If you need more, simply add a tablespoon of sugar at a time and taste as you go along.

Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, stir, then serve or transfer to a bowl to cool if desired.

Homemade Strawberry Pudding is so delicious! Made from scratch using fresh ingredients and no additives or artificial coloring. Makes for a great dessert hot or cold. |

Homemade Strawberry Pudding

  • yield: 2 Cups
  • prep time: 5 minutes
  • cook time: 5 minutes
  • total time: 10 minutes
  • Homemade Strawberry Pudding is so delicious! Made from scratch using fresh ingredients and no additives or artificial colorings


  • 1/2 Cup or 100 g Sugar**
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups or 350 ml Milk
  • 7 oz or 200 g pureed fresh strawberries
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • **Adjust the sugar to your taste

Homemade Strawberry Pudding

Utterly irrisistible Homemade Strawberry Pudding Recipe! If you like Banana Pudding, you will LOVE this Easy Pudding Recipe made from scratch, with real berries.

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Let’s Make Homemade Pudding

Hey pudding lovers, I have a special treat for you!

If you are crazy over the creamy decadence of southern-style banana pudding layered with fresh bananas, vanilla wafers (or shortbread cookies) and whipped cream, you are going to absolutely love our strawberry southern pudding recipe today.

That’s right, it’s like nostalgic banana pudding, but made with real strawberries and milk, instead of extracts or powdered pudding mix.

Pudding from scratch… What could be better?

Plus, this pudding recipe is easy to assemble a day or two before an event, for an impressive and comforting treat.

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Strawberry Pudding?

Why strawberry pudding? I have found most people either think of banana pudding as completely alluring, or totally gross.

Yes, it’s true. Not everyone likes bananas.

Yet almost everybody loves strawberries, for obvious reasons. They are tangy, sweet, and blushing with berry flavor.

Using frozen strawberries packed in syrup makes it easy to cook perfect strawberry pudding year-round.

And yes, you do need to cook it, but just for a few minutes.

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Our Favorite Pudding Recipe (From Scratch)

Because instant pudding mixes are readily available, most people don’t realize how easy it is to make pudding from scratch.

What is pudding, really? Milk, sugar, a thickening agent, and flavoring. That’s pretty much it.

Our easy made-from-scratch strawberry pudding requires just a handful of ingredients, mostly found in your pantry.

The secret ingredient in this recipe, used for flavor and additional thickening, is cream cheese.

The cream cheese gives the pudding a lovely strawberry cheesecake flavor, and allows the pudding to set a little more firm than normal puddings, so it can be easily lifted out of the pan.

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Southern Layered Pudding Dessert for Parties and Events

Do you have to stack homemade strawberry pudding with cookies and whipped cream?

Of course not! You can make this bright berry pudding and enjoy it as-is. It tastes fresh and creamy, even without the whipped cream.

However, the idea of a southern-style pudding is that it offers varied tastes and textures in the same treat.

The cookies create a base for the pudding to rest on. They absorb some of the moisture from the pudding and whipped cream, so they soften and are easy to cut, almost like a thin cake layer.

Layering the pudding elevates the overall appeal, making it a dessert you will be proud to share with friends.

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Strawberry Pudding Ingredients You Will Need

For the Strawberry Pudding:

  • Frozen sliced strawberries in syrup – I like to keep these in the freezer so I can make this pudding on the fly. Make sure to thaw before using.
  • Whole milk
  • Cream cheese – For flavor and thickening.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch – For additional thickening.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt – Just a little!

For the Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar

For Assembly:

  • Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies – Instead of vanilla wafers.
  • Fresh strawberries – To garnish the top.
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How To Make Pudding

  1. Puree – Blend all the strawberry pudding ingredients until very smooth.
  2. Thicken – Pour the pudding mix into a saucepot and simmer over medium heat.
  3. Whip – Make fresh whipped cream using heavy cream and sugar.
  4. Layer – Stack Chessmen shortbread cookies, strawberry pudding, more cookies, whipped cream, and fresh berries.
  5. Chill – Place the southern pudding in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill and set.
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Recipe Summary

  • Prep:
  • 20 mins
  • Additional:
  • 2 hrs
  • Total:
  • 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings:
  • 12
  • Yield:
  • 1 9×13-inch pan


Strawberry Pudding Dessert Walt Drawl
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies (such as Nilla®)


  • Step 1Hull strawberries and slice in 1/4-inch thick slices, about 3 slices per strawberry.
  • Step 2Mix whole milk, condensed milk, and pudding mix together in a bowl; condensed milk will sink to the bottom, so mix well. Fold in whipped topping without mixing too much.
  • Step 3Layer a 9×13-inch baking pan with 1/2 of the wafer cookies, followed by 1/2 of the strawberries. Pour in 1/2 of the pudding mixture over top. Repeat with a second layer of wafers, strawberries, and pudding.
  • Step 4Refrigerate to let dessert firm up before serving, 2 to 3 hours.

Strawberry Pudding Recipe: 4 Ways to Make Strawberry Pudding

What Is Strawberry Pudding?

Strawberry pudding is an egg yolk-based custard containing strawberry purée or strawberry flavoring. All homemade pudding recipes, including vanilla pudding and chocolate pudding, start with a pastry cream base. You can find pastry cream in chocolate eclairs, fruit tarts, and doughnuts. Home chefs can add different forms of flavorings to a pastry cream base to make a custom pudding—for example, melted chocolate, flavor extract, or in the case of homemade strawberry pudding, a fruit purée.

People sometimes call another dessert—a dish similar to a classic Southern banana pudding—a strawberry pudding. However, this other version includes layers of whipped cream, fresh or macerated sliced strawberries, and vanilla wafer cookies—and no actual pudding

4 Different Ways to Make Strawberry Pudding

A pastry cream recipe is the standard base for any pudding, but there is more than one way to make custard and impart a strawberry flavor.

  1. Add strawberry preserves. The addition of strawberry puree is a more common method of making strawberry pudding, but you can substitute preserves. Strawberry preserves have chunks of strawberries in a silky, sticky gel. Preserves tend to contain more sugar than a purée, but you can offset that with an acid-like lemon juice or coarse salt. The base custard recipe might require more cornstarch than normal to keep the pudding mixture at the right thickness.
  2. Boost strawberry flavor with extract. If your fresh strawberry purée doesn’t have enough strawberry flavor due to seasonality, you can use strawberry extract to amp up the strawberry flavor. For the most natural-tasting flavor, look for a strawberry extract that is clear, without any artificial colors, artificial flavors, or other artificial ingredients.
  3. Substitute heavy cream for whole milk. Usually, a custard has whole milk in it, but for a luxuriously thick and creamy custard, you can try using only heavy cream or a combination of whole milk and heavy cream. Cut back on the cornstarch when you’re using heavy cream because it is already thick; you won’t need to add much thickener to achieve the right consistency.
  4. Use instant vanilla pudding. If all you have in the kitchen is instant pudding mix, you can use it for an easy strawberry pudding. Pudding mix contains sugar, a flavoring of some kind, and thickeners. Just add cold milk and strawberry purée to the pudding powder and stir until everything is fully combined. Add the strawberry mixture first, so you can control the thickness of the pudding while adding the milk.

How to Use Strawberry Pudding

Owing to its pink color and cool texture, strawberry pudding is a quintessential dessert around Valentine’s Day and during the warm summer months. It’s also versatile, as you can serve it alone or mix it into other recipes. Here are four ways you can use strawberry pudding:

  • No-bake cheesecake: Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, whipped cream, gelatin, and strawberry pudding. Pour it all into a crust of graham crackers or vanilla wafers. This cheesecake only requires refrigeration to allow the gelatin to set, unlike a baked cheesecake, which requires a long baking time to set the cheesecake custard.
  • Pudding pops: Creamier than frozen yogurt but not as luscious as churned ice cream, pudding pops are simple to make. Spoon strawberry pudding into ice pop molds and store them in the freezer until the pops become fully frozen. They won’t freeze completely solid, so they remain creamy.
  • Strawberry shortcake: Use either a lightly sweetened biscuit or a soft sponge cake as the base for a shortcake. Fill it or top it with homemade strawberry pudding and sweetened whipped cream. Garnish the creation with sliced strawberries.
  • Trifle: A layered dessert of cake, whipped cream, and a crunchy element, a trifle also includes pudding. Make a strawberry pudding trifle with pound cake, whipped cream, strawberry pudding, and crushed wafer cookies.

Strawberry Pudding Recipe


  • 7 ½ ounces fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup sugar, plus ¼ to use as additional sweetener
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Prepare the strawberries. Cut the green tops off of the strawberries and cut them in half. In a high-powered blender, blend the strawberries until they are puréed and smooth. To get rid of seeds, push the purée through a mesh strainer.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the ½ cup sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch. If your strawberries are out of season or are not very sweet, you can add more sugar to the cornstarch and egg yolks.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the milk, strawberry purée, salt, and vanilla over medium heat until the liquid is just about to boil.
  4. Turn off the heat and temper the eggs—add one ladle at a time of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Once you’ve combined all the milk mixture with the egg mixture, add the custard mixture back to the saucepan.
  5. On medium-high heat, bring the custard mixture to a boil and cook it until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes, whisking often to prevent the custard from burning on the bottom of the pot.
  6. Remove the pudding from the stove and stir in the unsalted butter. If there are lumps, run the pudding through a mesh strainer. If not, pour the pudding into a separate bowl and refrigerate it until it’s chilled completely, at least an hour.
  7. Serve the pudding cold with whipped cream and fresh, sliced strawberries.

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Strawberry Pudding

Strawberry pudding is a smooth, creamy fruity twist on pudding! It’s made almost the same way as vanilla or chocolate pudding, but made with fresh strawberry puree instead. This creamy, luscious pudding is great as a layer in mini banana pudding trifles, creating a fun strawberry banana pudding. Also, this recipe only requires stovetop cooking, no oven baking.

Two bowls of strawberry pudding with whipped cream on top.

Strawberry pudding

Making pudding from fruit, rather than chocolate, is a wonderful way to switch up your Spring dessert game! You can even use this small batch strawberry pudding as one of the layers in a large recipe for banana pudding, if you want. Everyone loves the combination of strawberry and banana, and I highly recommend using it as a layer in my mini banana pudding trifles.

Strawberry Pudding

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However, we keep our serving sizes small around Dessert for Two, and this recipe is perfect piled in two small ramekins. Other ramekin desserts we love are mini funfetti cakes in ramekins and chocolate cake for two. We can’t forget my personal favorite ramekin dessert, lemon cake for two.

Bowl of strawberry pudding with bite missing.

If you’ve never tried making pudding with fresh fruit or berries, this is your day! If you’ve made the strawberry milk and loved it, this pudding is the next thing to make.

Ingredients for strawberry pudding:

  • strawberries: fresh or frozen is fine; just half a pound of them.
  • water
  • orange juice: freshly squeezed or from the carton is fine, because we’re only using one tablespoon. However, if you’re making the optional orange whipped cream for serving, grab a fresh orange because we’ll use the zest for the cream.
  • sugar
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • heavy whipping cream: For an optional orange whipped cream on top, you’ll need heavy cream and the two ingredients below.
  • orange zest
  • powdered sugar

How to make strawberry pudding:
Ingredients in small bowls on marble table.

  1. Reduce: First, we’re going to cook the fresh strawberries down into a reduction that is pure strawberry flavor. Combine the strawberries, water and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    Whole strawberries in pan with sugar.
  2. Simmer: Once the mixture simmers, cook for 3-4 minutes, while mashing the berries to make it as jammy and pulpy as possible.
    Cooked strawberries in shallow pot.
  3. Strain: Drain the strawberry mixture through a strainer or sieve, and use a wooden spoon to press on the berries to extract as much juice as possible. We’re straining to leave behind the seeds.
    Straining strawberry puree into clear bowl.
  4. Combine: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly whisk in the strawberry puree mixture.
    Clear bowl with flour and sugar.
    Strawberry puree on flour mixture.
  5. Heat: When the strawberry and flour mixture is perfectly smooth (no visible lumps can be seen!), pour it back into the pan used for making the strawberries. Turn the heat to medium low, and cook while whisking constantly. The mixture will come up to a very gentle simmer and begin to thicken. If you can dip a spoon in it, and run your finger quickly through the mixture and the line holds clean, it’s done. This is how we test to see if a pudding has properly thickened, but do know that this mixture will thicken more as it cools.
    Cooked strawberry pudding with spatula in pan.
  6. Stir: Once the mixture comes off the heat, add the butter and stir it to stop the cooking process. Finally, add the vanilla extract.
    Side by side bowls of strawberry pudding.
  7. Chill: Divide the strawberry pudding mixture into two ramekins, press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding, and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
    Ingredients for orange whipped cream.
  8. Whip: Just before serving, you can make the optional orange whipped cream: beat together the heavy cream and orange zest until very soft peaks form, about 1-3 minutes. Add one tablespoon of the powdered sugar, beat to combine, and then taste it to see if you’d like more sugar.
    Freshly whipped cream in clear bowl.
  9. Serve: Dollop whipped cream on top of each strawberry pudding and serve.


1. May support heart health

Strawberries are rich in colourful pigments which have a protective effect – these anthocyanidins are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, including prevention of inflammatory conditions and heart disease. Observational studies appear to link regular berry consumption with fewer heart-related deaths.

2. May regulate blood sugar

Consuming strawberries appears to slow down our digestion of glucose and moderates our use of insulin, especially when they are eaten with a high carb meal. It’s the colourful anthocyanins which appears to action this effect.

3. May be helpful for those with type 2 diabetes

Strawberries contain protective plant compounds called polyphenols, two of which – ellagic acid and ellagitannins – have shown promise in helping to manage some of the effects of type 2 diabetes. In particular, they appear to regulate blood sugar and manage blood pressure. More research is needed to validate these effects in humans.

4. May be cancer protective

Studies suggest that strawberries may prevent certain cancers. The protective effect is thought to be thanks to a combination of polyphenols including ellagic acid and ellagitannins, which appear to halt the growth of cancer cells in animal studies. More human studies are needed to establish the correct method of action and to confirm the effects.

5. May help weight management

Strawberries have a low glycaemic index (GI) and as such help moderate blood sugar release. Studies suggest that a diet with plenty of low GI foods may be beneficial for weight management and for reducing the incidence of obesity-related diseases. Strawberries are also low in calories, yet sweet tasting so may be helpful as a sweet fix.

Easy Strawberry Pudding FAQ


Combine flavoring, milk, cornstarch, and sugar. Then simmer until thick. Learn more about it in the recipe below.


Pudding usually lasts for up to a week. Make sure to cover and refrigerate it until ready to serve.

Strawberry Pudding Dessert

This is a chilled strawberry fruit dessert. Easy to make but hard to keep in the fridge for long.

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