Enjoy this fresh and easy homemade Strawberry Pie recipe. Made with fresh summer strawberries, this old-fashioned recipe hits the spot. And it's made without jello!
While the crust is baked, this is a no-bake recipe made with a satisfying strawberry filling. Just like you've had at Shoney's, Perkins, Bob Evans, or even McDonalds, you can't beat a homemade recipe made from scratch.
This summer or spring recipe is perfect for the 4th of July or Easter when the strawberries are ripe. Or try it during the winter months for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentine's Day.
Ingredients for Strawberry Pie
Below is a list of ingredients needed to make this fresh fruit pie. Use our tips on ingredients for the best recipe experience.
- Pie crust- You will need either prepackaged or homemade crust. Use Gluten Free crust if you are needing to make this pie gluten free.
- Strawberries-Wash rinse and de-stem. You will be cutting some strawberries and mashing the others for the glaze.
- Sugar- For the glaze and to sweeten the pie use white granulated sugar.
- Water- Cold or cool is best for this recipe because you will be mixing corn starch with it.
- Lemon juice- Lemon juice helps with both the coloring of the pie and adding a nice tart taste.
- Corn starch- An easy ingredient to thicken the strawberry glaze without jello. Before we used corn starch we used jello to make this pie but once we tried corn starch we loved it so much more. The texture is much better and it keeps that fresh taste because it doesn't use artificial flavoring.
- Vanilla- A delightful flavor addition. It also brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
See recipe card for quantities.
How To Make Strawberry Pie
The following steps and pictures will help you make the strawberry pie. Use the pictures as a reference during the cooking process.
- After cutting fresh strawberries, set them aside. Cut more strawberries and with a spoon or potato masher, smash the strawberries.
2. In a separate bowl whisk together the cornstarch, lemon juice, and water until smooth.
3. Add the corn starch mixture and crushed strawberries to a sauce pan and simmer on medium low heat. A glaze should form.
4. In apre-baked pie crust add the fresh cut strawberries mixed with the strawberry glaze. Let the pie set in the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.
Hint: The process of making the strawberry glaze is really similar to making our homemade strawberry compote.
- Graham Cracker Crust- To make this a complete no-bake meal, use a graham cracker crust. With a graham cracker crust, you get the fresh strawberry taste paired with the golden honey taste.
- Blueberry Strawberry Pie- Half the strawberries and replace them with blueberries for a tasty blueberry strawberry pie. Yum!
- Gluten Free- To make this gluten free, use a gluten free crust. The filling is already naturally gluten free.
To get the consistency you are looking for, it's important to mash a portion of the strawberries. It helps make the glaze fresh and tasty without using jello or artificial flavoring. When I last made this for a family picnic, my family loved the consistency.
How To Serve
Serve this tasty homemade pie with a dollop of whipping cream or cool whip on top. It makes for a great strawberries and cream flavor. You can also serve it with vanilla ice cream.
Learn From Us
As I was recipe testing, it kept on not setting up right. Part of the key to that is getting the right ratio of glaze to fresh strawberries. It might be tempting to add more fresh strawberries because it seems like there is plenty of glaze, but don't do it or it won't set up correctly.
How to Store Strawberry Pie
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for optimum freshness.
We don't suggest freezing this pie, it doesn't do well frozen. When it thaws, the strawberries start to break down leaving a mushy mess.
Make sure to use cool or cold water when mixing the corn starch! It will dissolve much easier.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 1 pie crust prepackaged or homemade
- 6 cups strawberries about 3 pounds, washed and hulled
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water cold or cool
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup corn starch
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Bake pie crust according to directions.
- Rinse, dry, hull and quarter 3 ½ cups of strawberries. Pat dry and set aside for later.
- Rinse, hull and roughly chop another 2 ½ cups strawberries. Crush the strawberries using a potato masher or pastry blender.
- In a bowl, whisk together the cool water, lemon juice, and corn starch. Refer to the process photos in the post.¾ cup sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup corn starch, ¼ cup water
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add the crushed strawberries then stir in the sugar then the corn starch mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture should darken and become translucent. Remove from heat, and stir until it stops boiling then stir in the vanilla.½ teaspoon vanilla
- Pour glaze over the chopped strawberries and mix to combine. Place mixture in cooled pie crust and refrigerate until set up, about 4 hours.
- Use red, fully ripened strawberries that are full of flavor. The main flavor of your pie will come from your strawberries, so it's important to choose the best ones you can.
- It's important to use cold or cool water, as the corn starch will dissolve much more easily.
- Using corn starch helps thicken the strawberry glaze. We use corn starch instead of jello to give it a real strawberry taste.
- Store in the refrigerator and eat within 3 days for the best taste and texture.
- We do not recommend freezing this pie.
Using chopped strawberries and crushed strawberries you can make a no-bake strawberry pie in a traditional pie crust. Make a glaze by simmering the crushed strawberries with lemon juice and corn starch. Mix the glaze and fresh cut strawberries together to make a tasty filling. Add it to the pie crust and enjoy.
Strawberry pie filling is made with fresh-cut strawberries that have been mashed. They are then added with lemon juice, water, and corn starch. In a medium saucepan bring them to a simmer for a couple minutes until the strawberries start to break down and a glaze is formed. This method is without jello.
The strawberries begin to break down making the pie have a watery texture. Another reason could be because the glaze wasn't simmered enough. You need to evaporate a large portion of the liquid to make a glaze that will set.
You can cut strawberries into quarters, 4 equal pieces, or slice them into half inch slices. You don't want the slices to be too thick, but you don't want flimsy, thin slices.