In mid-spring, few signs feel sweeter than the sight of the ruby-red strawberries piled high in cardboard quart containers. Strawberry season’s fleeting nature means no berry should go unused, and when you get a little zealous at the you-pick-em field, strawberry recipes let you get creative with ways to use up the haul. Whether you want them encased in pastry for a fruit-loaded pie, muddled into a cocktail, or blitzed into a soup, these 11 strawberry recipes offer jammy, savory, warming, and cooling ways to use up the fruit.
11 Strawberry Recipes for Eating and Drinking
The luscious, strawberry milkshakes from your childhood vacations get a glow-up in this dessert martini. From Blu Oyster Bar + Sushi in Johns Island, South Carolina, this cocktail pairs vanilla bean-infused Bailey’s with a homemade berry compote for a classic berries-and-cream flavor. The compote recipe is versatile, and you can make it with a blend of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, or choose one to take the spotlight.
Before July tomatoes become the standard for bruschetta, let spring strawberries sub in as a sweet spin on the appetizer. A blend of chopped strawberries, fresh mint slivers, and deeply flavored balsamic vincotto top whipped goat cheese for a bite that blends both sweet and savory. Do like they do at Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing and prepare this strawberry recipe with fresh focaccia from your local bakery.
Give your gazpacho a springtime makeover by using strawberries as the base for this silky, pureed soup. Chef Erik Niel of Easy Bar & Bistro adds texture and color with an array of garnishes, including sliced strawberries and crushed marcona almonds plus a swipe of creamy sheeps milk cheese around the side of the bowl.
Give your margarita a spring-fever makeover in this strawberry cocktail recipe. Muddled strawberries and Aperol add color and a sweet bitterness to this drink while herbaceous fennel and rhubarb keep it from becoming too saccharine.
Like the kind from the toaster but so much better, these sleek strawberry hand pies envelop a fresh strawberry filling with a pie crust-like dough. You can prep them in advance and keep them, unbaked, in the freezer to heat and serve later for a quick breakfast on-the-go or a spur of the moment dessert.
Local honey, grated fresh ginger, and flecks of ripe strawberries add all-natural flair to this nostalgic spin on malted ice cream. This recipe eliminates the laborious churning process by relying on a stand mixer to quickly combine the ice cream base, letting you simply fold in the fresh fruit before freezing.
This spongey olive oil cake acts as an earthy, nutty base that you can send over the top with liqueur-spiked strawberries and a homemade lemon sherbet. While written as a trio, you can use this versatile cast of ingredients with other desserts or enjoy them by themselves.
Upgrade your special occasion cake with this strawberry recipe that concocts three ways to use the fruit. A jammy strawberry keeps the layers of yellow cake moist while a fresh berry buttercream swathes the dessert. Plus, the bundle of strawberries garnishing the top are the first clue of the cake’s character.
A bed of bitter arugula presents a canvas for crunchy hazelnuts, salty feta, and juicy strawberries in this vibrant salad. Make extra of the cocoa-dusted hazelnuts for sprinkling on ice cream or as a sweet snack.
Peak season strawberries mingle with smoky whiskey in this citrusy, fruity cocktail. The recipe uses a strawberry bounce as its base, making it an easy way to preserve ripe berries and enjoy their flavors over summer and into fall.
With bright berries, fluffy shortcake, and a velvety creme anglaise, these mini-mason jar trifles package springtime’s quintessential dessert into a portable, picnic-ready version. Macerated strawberries made with Grand Marnier and sugar release their juices, for a ready-made fruit syrup to drizzle between the layers.
A classic strawberry pie with a fat-latticed crust turns bruised berries into an elegant centerpiece for the dessert table. A sprinkle of demerara sugar over the crust before baking adds sparkle and a subtle crunch. A secret ingredient in the filling (apple) adds to the texture and helps thicken the jammy fruit in this strawberry recipe.