There are few things I look forward to more than strawberry season. Those green pint containers of sweet, ruby red berries are undoubtedly the highlight of late spring and early summer. My first order of business is to savor them just as they are. Then it’s time to get in the kitchen and put these summer gems to work.
There are so many irresistible recipes to choose from and not nearly enough time (or berries, or room in your food budget to keep buying all those berries) to make them all. Don’t worry — we’re here to help save you time and make the decision a little easier by narrowing down the absolute best, most delicious strawberry recipes. Whether you have just a small stash of berries or a whole lot, these are the 10 strawberry recipes you’ve got to make as soon as you can get your hands on some fresh berries.
1. Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake
If had to pick just one berry-laden dessert, it would be this simple cake — no doubt about it. It’s a riff on our one-bowl vanilla cake, with inspiration from skillet cornbread and a nod to the sweetness of a classic upside-down cake.
Get the recipe: Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake
With just three ingredients, you can be sure that strawberries shine front and center in this not-too-sweet, not-too-fussy smoothie.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Smoothie
3. Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
4. Easy Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes with Cardamom Whipped Cream
5. No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
No matter the occasion, there is always a place on the table for this classic no-bake treat. Best of all, you only need strawberries, whipped cream, and graham crackers to pull it off.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
6. Strawberry Honey Butter
Of course, you can use this strawberry honey butter on toast, waffles, scones, and muffins. But more than anything I love stirring a pat of this berry-kissed butter into a bowl of warm oats.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Honey Butter
Dessert doesn’t get much simpler than this, you guys. Ripe berries don’t need much help, but soak them in some red wine and add a dollop of whipped cream, and they’re better than you can even imagine.
Get the recipe: Red Wine Strawberries
If bar cookies are your jam, this is the only dessert you need to know. Sweet berries partner with white chocolate chunks to give blondies a summery twist.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Blondies
9. Towering Strawberry Shortcake
I’m hard-pressed to find a more quintessential summer dessert than a simple strawberry shortcake.
Get the recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake
10. How To Make Easy No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam
When you’re sitting on a giant haul of strawberries, jam is always a good idea. And if you don’t have the time, space, or patience required for traditional jam-making and canning, this simpler version is for you.
Get the recipe: How To Make Easy No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam