How To Make Strawberry Shake


Have you ever wondered how to make Strawberry Shake? After all, you’re a rather busy person, but you want to drink the best Strawberry Shake in town.

It’s a good news for those who want to make strawberry shake. I mean, it’s good news because I’m going to teach you how to make strawberry shake.

How To Make a Perfect Strawberry Milkshake

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It’s hot out, so let’s get down to basics: a good old-fashioned strawberry milkshake. Why eat dinner when you can drink a shake? This is a serious strawberry milkshake, too; it isn’t messing around. It doesn’t involve anything fancy or difficult — nothing “gourmet.” This tastes like pure strawberry; not too sweet, but not too milky either. Creamy, thick, pale pink, just strawberry-strawberry-strawberry — all as it should be. Here’s how to make your own. Don’t you want a sip?

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I adore a good strawberry milkshake, but I almost never drink them. They tend to be extremely disappointing. Fast-food milkshakes are fake-flavored, dyed pink, worse than bad. No, no, no. And yet homemade shakes often let me down as well. In ill-inconceived attempts to make them “healthier” people water them down with milk, or up the quotient of strawberries, until they are just sharp and icy. Now, smoothies are well and good, but when I want a milkshake, it needs to be a milkshake, OK? It’s an occasional indulgence, and therefore it needs to indulge. Got it?WATCHPerfect Strawberry Milkshake

I feel like I finally figured it out, my perfect strawberry shake. It’s not groundbreaking; there’s no gastronomic secrets here. But it delivers the goods. This is no fake-flavored strawberry, but it doesn’t have icy chunks of strawberry in it either. It is just totally all strawberry, all the way.

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The Best Ingredients for the Perfect Strawberry Milkshake

The key, as all milkshake devotees know, is the ice cream. I like to use ice cream that doesn’t have any eggs in it; I find that the custard taste distracts from the purity of the other flavors. For this shake, I prefer the simplest Breyer’s formulation — just milk, cream, strawberries, sugar. And for the berries, you hardly need me to tell you: Get them ripe, get them fresh, make sure they are sweet as can be.

Lastly, I like to add malted milk powder, which adds just a bit of extra depth and a hint of malty flavor without turning the shake into a true malt. If you opt to use regular powdered milk, it will also add a bit of richness and creaminess. But the powders are not necessary.

Happy slurping; if you love strawberry milkshakes I hope you get to try this one soon.

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How To Make a Perfect Strawberry Milkshake

Creamy, thick, pale pink, just strawberry-strawberry-strawberry — all as it should be. Here’s how to make your own.

YIELDServes 2 to 4, Makes 2 large or 4 small milkshakes (about 32 ounces)

PREP TIME10 minutesShow Nutrition


  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder or regular powdered milk (optional)
  • 1 pint high-quality strawberry ice cream (no fake flavors or dye)


  1. Prepare and freeze the strawberries. Hull 8 ounces strawberries, then thinly slice them. Place in a medium bowl, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and toss to combine. Place in the freezer for about 1 hour.
  2. Freeze the glasses. Meanwhile, place 2 pint glasses or 4 smaller glasses in the freezer to chill.
  3. Blend the strawberries and milk. Place the strawberries in a blender, and scrape in all the syrupy juice that has accumulated at the bottom of the bowl. Add 3/4 cup whole milk and blend until the strawberries are pulverized. There should be no big chunks left at all.
  4. Add the malted milk powder, if using. Add 1 tablespoons malted milk powder or powdered milk if desired and blend. (Note: The malted milk powder gives just a bit of extra depth and a hint of malty flavor without turning the shake into a true malt. If you opt to use regular powdered milk this also will just add a bit of richness and creaminess. But the powders are not necessary.)
  5. Add the ice cream. Take the blender jar off the base, and add 1 pint strawberry ice cream. Stir it into the milk and strawberries by hand. Blend thoroughly. If it won’t blend very well or gets stuck, carefully add up to 1/4 cup more milk. Stir or shake if necessary.
  6. Pour into glasses. Pour the milkshake out into the chilled glasses and garnish with strawberries. Slurp immediately!

Strawberry Milkshake

A sweet and refreshing strawberry milkshake is the perfect drink for summer. They can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast beverage, for an energizing snack or even as a light(er) dessert. Here I share with you two different but equally delicious ways to make my favorite strawberry milkshake recipe – a classic shake prepared with milk, and a plant-based vegan version made with almond milk.

strawberry milkshake topped with strawberry slices in two glasses on a reddish pink tray

About Strawberry Shake

I love to make all kinds of fun recipes whenever strawberries are in season. From Shortcakes to Cream Cakes, strawberries are a perfect ingredient to use in your favorite sweet treats.

Not only are strawberries great to bake with, they’re terrific to include in other dishes like Fruit Salad and many no-cook summer recipes. When I have an abundance of strawberries but don’t have the time (or simply don’t feel like) cooking, this strawberry milkshake is my go-to way to use fresh berries.

Not only are fruit shakes delicious, they are easy to make in just 10 minutes with a handful of wholesome and tasty ingredients.

Plus, you can customize this recipe of strawberry milkshake to fit your tastes. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions to prepare a traditional shake made with milk or a vegan strawberry shake that uses almond milk or your preferred plant-based milk substitute.

These milkshakes with strawberries can also be prepared thin or thick, however you like! I often make this milkshake without ice cream, and therefore this drink has a slightly thin consistency but lots of vibrant strawberry flavor. But it is easy to make this recipe with ice cream – dairy or vegan-friendly – for a richer, thicker shake.

Make your milkshake however you prefer for a tasty treat anytime of the day!

Speaking of fresh strawberries, you should check out these Strawberries Recipes for even more ideas of how to use a bounty of berries:

Step-by-Step Guide

Prep Strawberries

1. First, rinse and drain 250 grams (about 22 to 25 small to medium) of fresh strawberries.

strawberries in a dark blue colander

2. Slice off the green leafy part from all the strawberries. This is also called as hulling the strawberries. Then roughly chop them.

cutting strawberry on a white chopping board

3. Add the chopped strawberries to a blender jar.

strawberries in a blender

Step-by-Step Guide

Make Strawberry Milkshake

4. Add 2 to 2.5 cups of chilled milk, depending on whether you want a thinner or thicker strawberry milkshake. You can also add one or two scoops of vanilla or strawberry ice cream to make a thicker and creamier shake.

milk in the blender to make strawberry milkshake recipe

5. Add sugar as required. If the strawberries are very sweet or you’re using ice cream, then you don’t need to add any sugar. I added 3 tablespoons of raw sugar, but you can use granulated white sugar also.

Feel free to add 2 to 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream at this point for a much thicker and creamier shake.

sugar in the blender

6. Blend the milkshake until smooth.

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7. Pour into two tall glasses and serve the strawberry shake immediately. You can also add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream at the end for an extra sweet treat.

strawberry milkshake topped with strawberry slices in two glasses on a reddish pink tray

Vegan Strawberry Shake

This strawberry shake version uses chilled plant-based almond milk for a delicious vegan milkshake. You can also prepare it with coconut or cashew milk, if you like.

Either way I recommend adding a scoop of vegan vanilla, strawberry, banana or chikoo (sapota) ice cream either while blending or as a topping before you enjoy.

Before you make this recipe be sure to check out my handy post on How to Make Almond Milk from scratch. (Note: It keeps well for about 2 to 3 days when made fresh.) Almond milk is a very good and super healthy alternative if you are allergic to milk or are a vegan.

Here are the easy steps for making a fresh and yummy vegan strawberry milkshake:

  1. First, hull and chop 200 to 250 grams of fresh strawberries (22 to 25 berries).
  2. Add them in a blender cup along with 2.5 cups of almond milk, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (or vanilla powder or half of a small vanilla bean scraped), plus 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw sugar or powdered jaggery or maple syrup. You can also add a scoop of non-dairy vanilla or strawberry ice cream or sapodilla ice cream when blending for an extra thick vegan shake.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into two tall glasses. If you like, place a scoop of the plant-based ice cream in the milkshake. Vegan vanilla ice cream and strawberry ice cream are my favorites for this recipe.
  5. Garnish the milkshake with some chopped strawberries or nuts. I topped with some vegan sapodilla ice cream (chikoo ice cream).
  6. Serve the strawberry almond milkshakes immediately.
two glasses of vegan strawberry shake topped with strawberry slices and ice cream with a pink and brown fabric around on a wooden board

Helpful Tips

  • Strawberries: If possible use sweet and ripe strawberries. This will eliminate the need to add any extra sweeteners, and therefore makes this a healthy milkshake recipe.
  • Creamy thick shakes: You can also make a thicker, creamier shake by using frozen strawberries. Flash freeze fresh strawberries by rinsing, hulling, and placing on a baking sheet. Then place in the freezer for an hour or so before blending.
  • Flavoring options: Feel free to add your choice of flavorings like vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, mint leaves, lavender or ground green cardamom while blending.
  • Ice cream shake: For an even creamier thick milkshake, add a two to three scoops of vanilla or strawberry ice cream while blending.
  • Sweeteners: Including any sweetener is optional and I recommend that you only add it if your strawberries are not sweet. Add your preferred choice of sweetener such as jaggery, granulated sugar, maple syrup or coconut sugar.

Delicious Healthy Strawberry Shake

My Mom used to make this for me when I was a kid. I loved it then and I still love it! Especially on hot days!


Delicious Healthy Strawberry Shake


Recipe Summary

Total:10 minsPrep:10 minsServings:2Yield:2 servings


Decrease Serving2Increase ServingAdjustOriginal recipe yields 2 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1In a blender, combine milk, honey, vanilla and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.n

Strawberry Milkshake

Time -0:25CaptionsFullscreenWATCH: Strawberry Milkshake

Adding frozen strawberries to our classic vanilla milkshake is a major upgrade (and in our opinion, superior to most strawberry ice creams). To keep the milkshake decadently thick, freeze the strawberries first. You can add more strawberries if you want it thicker and blend for a little less time of you like the strawberry chunks. And, of course, don’t forget to top it off with some freshly whipped cream. For a chocolate covered strawberry version add some cocoa powder to your milkshake or drizzle your glass with some hot fudge. 

If strawberry desserts are your favorite, you need to try our Strawberry Tart next. 

Have you tried this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below! YIELDS:2 SERVINGSPREP TIME:0 HOURS 5 MINSTOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 10 MINSINGREDIENTS8 

frozen strawberries, quartered1 c. 

milk1 pt. 

strawberry ice cream

Whipped Cream, for serving

Strawberries, for garnish DIRECTIONS

  1. Place frozen strawberries and about ¾ cup milk in a blender and blend until strawberries are smooth. 
  2. Add remaining ¼ cup milk and ice cream and blend until combined. Add more milk, if needed, to thin the milkshake to your desired consistency. 
  3. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry for garnish.

Strawberry Milkshake Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Easy Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake prepared with this recipe is simply heaven because it uses bare minimum ingredients like fresh strawberries, milk and ice cream to bring out three good qualities of any shake; fresh, creamy and flavorful. However, if you are looking forward to make it a bit different or give it a custom touch, then tips and variations provided below with help you make it the way you want it to be.

6-8 (fresh or frozen) Ripe Strawberries (approx. 1 cup halved Strawberries)
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Ice Cream (Vanilla or Strawberry)
1 teaspoon Honey or Sugar, optional
  1. step-1Wash the strawberries and pat dry them. Remove stems and cut into halves.
  2. step-2Add milk, ice cream and halved strawberries in a blender jar. If you like, you can add 1 teaspoon sugar or honey for extra sweetness.
  3. step-3Blend until smooth puree. Pour it into serving glasses. Garnish with strawberry and serve.
  • Use frozen strawberries to make thick milkshake.
  • Add more ice cream and less milk make it thicker and creamier.
  • This recipe does not prepare very sweet shake to allow strawberry flavor to be strong. However, if you like sweeter taste, then increase the quantity of sugar according to your taste.

Taste: Sweet and creamyServing Ideas: Strawberry shake prepared with milk and honey is a best drink for kids party. Savor its flavorful taste and creamy texture as breakfast drink or party drink.

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