Why this recipe works
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with ice cream. This strawberry ice cream recipe does not disappoint. Using ripe strawberries and a few other simple ingredients, you can have a fresh strawberry ice cream for dessert worth of an ice cream parlor.
This is a Philadelphia-style ice cream made without eggs, which makes this recipe that much easier. You don’t need to make a custard base on the stove-top! Just blend it all together and pour into your ice cream maker.
Fresh strawberries are truly the star of this homemade strawberry ice cream recipe. Creamy and refreshing, it’s the perfect solution to beating the heat on a hot summer day.
You’ll love this recipe because:
- strawberries – For best results, use in-season fresh strawberries for this recipe. If it’s out of season, use frozen strawberries instead as they are picked at the height of their ripeness and then frozen. Out of season strawberries are available at the grocery store, but they lack flavor. To use frozen strawberries, let them thaw completely and then drain them before proceeding with the recipe.
- lemon juice – Use fresh lemon juice from a lemon for this recipe. You can also add some lemon zest if you’d like. I can normally get 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice from one lemon.
- whole milk – Use whole milk for this recipe to make a super creamy ice cream. If you use skim milk, 1% milk, or lower fat milks it will throw off the fat ratio and will result in a thinner and icier ice cream.
- vanilla extract – Use pure vanilla extract for best results, not imitation vanilla extract. You can also add some vanilla beans to the ice cream if you’d like. The vanilla bean flecks show up really nicely in this strawberry ice cream recipe.
If strawberries are in season, use fresh strawberries for this recipe. If it is not strawberry season, use frozen strawberries instead for best flavor.
For this recipe, he only special equipment you’ll need is an ice cream machine. I have two ice cream makers in my kitchen that I use regularly for making ice cream. I use both my Cuisinart ice cream maker and my Breville compressor ice cream maker.
The Cuisinart ICE30BC is a 2 quart ice cream maker that churns ice cream using a cold ice cream bowl. You will need to freeze the bowl for at least 24 hours before churning, otherwise the ice cream will not solidify. I typically will churn the ice cream for about 25 minutes in this ice cream maker.
The Breville Smart Scoop BCI600XL Ice Cream Maker is a compression ice cream maker that has a built-in compressor to constantly cool the ice cream as it churns. You do not need to pre-chill the ice cream bowl for this machine, or any compression ice cream maker.
I’ve had my Cuisinart ice cream maker for over 12 years and it’s still working great, so that’s the one I will typically recommend you use and start with. The Breville compression ice cream maker is great if you are short on freezer space or are making multiple batches of ice cream in a day and can’t wait between churns for the bowl to freeze. However, since it is a compressor ice cream maker, it is much more of an investment.
This strawberry ice cream recipe is very easy to make at home!
Follow the step-by-step instructions below with matching pictures to help you make this ice cream recipe perfectly every time.
For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe, and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries. In fact, if strawberries are not in season, I’d suggest using frozen strawberries as they’ll have more flavor. To use frozen strawberries, let them thaw and then strain them before proceeding with the recipe as frozen strawberries will have more moisture than fresh strawberries.
This recipe uses heavy whipping cream and whole milk which helps it get the proper fat content ratio. I do not recommend substituting either as it will change the fat content.
This recipe is naturally gluten-free as written. You can serve it with store-bought gluten-free ice cream cones. As always, check all ingredients to be sure that they are in fact gluten-free. Sometimes products are made on the same manufacturing lines as gluten which is something to watch for if you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy.
hints & tips
Strawberry ice cream is great served in a bowl or in a gluten-free ice cream cone. However, you can take this ice cream to the next level, too!
Make an ice cream sundae with a few scoops of this strawberry ice cream and a drizzle of my homemade strawberry coulis.
Make a peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich by sandwiching a scoop of ice cream between two of my flourless peanut butter cookies.
Serve a scoop over my gluten-free strawberry shortcake recipe for a frozen take on the summer classic.
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Strawberry Ice Cream
- 1 lb strawberries (sliced or quartered (3-4 cups / 450g))
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (divided (250g))
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (30mL)
- 1 cup whole milk (8 fl oz / 240mL)
- 2 cups heavy cream (16 fl oz / 480mL)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Add the strawberries, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, and lemon juice to a large bowl. Stir together. Let sit at room temperature for an hour to let the juices release from the strawberries.
- Add the strawberries and their juices to a food processor. Process until smooth.
- Pour the strawberry mixture back into the large mixing bowl. Add remaining sugar, whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Churn ice cream according to your ice cream machine's directions (mine took about 30 minutes), until it is a soft serve consistency.
- Scoop the ice cream into a shallow container or loaf pan and freeze for 3 hours, or until firm.
- Let the ice cream sit out at room temperature for a few minutes to soften before you scoop and serve.
- This recipe makes 2 pints of ice cream as written.
- The nutritional information that is provided is an estimate and is based on 8 servings total from 2 pints of ice cream.