Our Best Strawberry Recipes Let the Fruit Shine Like Never Before

Ripe, juicy strawberries are iconic staples of summer. Here, our favorite ways to make the most of them

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Peak-season strawberries of all sizes Kristy Mucci

When fresh local strawberries hit the farmers’ markets in late spring, we can’t get enough of their deep, juicy sweetness. A ripe strawberry is delicious all by itself, but we also adore them in all sorts of strawberry recipes, especially desserts and drinks. Sweet strawberries and rhubarb are lovely together—combine them with Greek yogurt, orange juice, and honey to make refreshing yogurt pops. Or use them in cheesecake topped with charred rhubarb compote and sliced strawberries.

But if you ask us, one of the best ways to eat strawberries is in a good, old-fashioned pie. Our version is pretty traditional, with orange juice and zest serving to offset the sweetness of the berries. Or you can’t go wrong with a simple tart that pairs strawberries with rich pastry cream in a buttery shell. For a great summer cocktail, turn to juicy strawberries, which can be muddled and shaken with citrus and bourbon or stirred into a gin and tonic.

Then there’s ice cream. Even with all the inventive flavors out there, we still love classic strawberry. From ice cream and shortcake to a bright, fruity cocktail and even a savory focaccia, these are our favorite strawberry recipes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Pastry chef Anna Posey of Chicago’s Publican blackens rhubarb in a wood-fired oven for the cheesecake’s compote topping. A standard oven will also do the trick. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake »

Strawberry-Beet Sorbet

Red beets intensify the color of this strawberry sorbet and add an earthy note to the sweet fruit. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Beet Sorbet »

Strawberry Tart

Jewel-like summer strawberries are perched on a bed of velvety pastry cream in this simple tart. Get the recipe for Strawberry Tart »

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Strawberry Ice Cream

This quintessential summer dessert calls for a full pint of ripe strawberries. Get the recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream »

Strawberry Spritz

This pretty-in-pink spritz tastes like a boozy strawberry egg cream. Get the recipe for Strawberry Spritz »

Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions

Strawberries go savory with an assist from caramelized onions and fresh basil in this summery bread. Get the recipe for Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions »

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint

Ground almonds add body and flavor to this creamy Swedish cheesecake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint. Get the recipe for Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint »

Shortbread Parfait

This recipe, originally from Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport, Oregon, uses homemade shortbread cookies. Store-bought cookies can be substituted for a simpler, no-bake version. Get the recipe for Shortbread Parfait »

Strawberry, Watermelon, and Tomato Gazpacho

This refreshing summer soup, adapted from La Guarida restaurant in Havana, is meant to be served lightly chilled. Olive oil, garlic, pink peppercorn, and smoky grilled shrimp round out the sweetness from the strawberries and watermelon. Add ¼ teaspoon of sugar if the fruit is more tart than sweet. Get the recipe for Strawberry, Watermelon, and Tomato Gazpacho »

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Shortcake

Making one generous biscuit instead of individual shortcakes lends this classic dessert a grand presentation. Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake »

Strawberries with Wine

Red wine is reduced with spices and bright citrus zest and then drizzled over fresh strawberries, ice cream, and grilled bread in this delicious, simple dessert. Get the recipe for Strawberries with Wine »

Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops

These simple, summery frozen treats are made with fresh strawberries and lemons. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Ice-Pops »

Strawberry Lemon Cake

At New York’s Milk Bar, Christina Tosi makes this towering cake every spring, when sweet and tiny tristar strawberries are in season. This is by no means an everyday cake, but it’s worth the work that you’ll put in, and worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lemon Cake »

Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit

Instead of coating his pâte de fruit with plain sugar, William Werner of San Francisco’s Craftsman and Wolves flavors Demerara sugar with Clément Créole Shrubb, a spiced liqueur made of aged and white Agricole rums and bitter orange peels. It adds a clean, bright flavor to the glittering topping. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pâte de Fruit »

Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes

Boozy, macerated strawberries top vanilla ice cream in this simple sundae. Get the recipe for Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes »

Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub

A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed fruit salad. Get the recipe for Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub »

Rumtopf

This German method of preserving fruit in rum is more a ratio than a recipe: two parts fruit to one part sugar, covered with rum by at least an inch, with fruit continually added as it comes into season. Use the best fruit you can get your hands on (at season’s peak) and allow for resting time (at least 2 months of aging at room temperature, though longer is better). Do it right and your crock never empties out; as the seasons progress, so do your additions of fruit, this year’s nectarines mingling with the whispers of decade-old grapes. Get the recipe for Rumtopf »

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

These refreshing frozen treats come from pastry chef Jen Yee at New York City’s Lafayette. Get the recipe Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops »

Pavlova

Few desserts are as pretty and as easy to make as a pavlova. For this one, we’ve combined the best elements of versions by Robyn Hedges and Pip Hoar, respectively, two New Zealand bakers featured in Dave Lieberman’s homage to the dessert, “Light Fantastic” (August/September 2009). The key to a successful pavlova is patience: allow the meringue to cool completely before transferring it to the plate or cake stand. You’ll prevent any crumbling that can occur when the process is rushed. Get the recipe for Pavlova »

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Rhubarb takes the spotlight in this bright, rose-colored crisp, sweetened with strawberries and topped with a crunchy poppy seed crumble topping, from Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Brooklyn’s Ovenly. Get the recipe for Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp »

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

A creamy peanut butter swirl suspended in strawberry- and jam-enriched ice cream turns the classic Smucker’s Goober–peanut butter and jelly, all in one jar–on its head. Get the recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream »

Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar

Sour cream gives this ice cream a tang that’s balanced by a rich rum, strawberry, and brown sugar swirl. Get the recipe for Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar »

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts »

Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Muddled strawberries and mint star in this refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes »

Kentucky Buck

“Bucks” are a family of drinks that consist of ginger beer plus a spirit and citrus—a category that includes this fruity refresher as well as the classic Moscow Mule. Get the recipe for Kentucky Buck »

Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts

This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas’ Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts »

Strawberry Cachaça Shake

Use an aged cachaça like Avuà Amburana to add warm depth to this fruity drink. Get the recipe for Strawberry Cachaça Shake »

Strawberry Pie

In this pie, orange zest nicely offsets the sweetness of fresh strawberries. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pie »

Strawberry Pimm’s Cup

A twist on the British classic, this summer cooler takes on spicy, herbal notes from Kaffir lime leaves, while strawberries lend sweet balance to the pleasingly bitter liqueur. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pimm’s Cup »

Strawberry Compote

Strawberries macerated with gin, lime zest, and cardamom make an unexpected compote. Get the recipe for Strawberry Compote »

Plymouth Gin Tonic

Sweet-tart strawberries and spicy peppercorns make for a fruity twist on the classic gin and tonic. Get the recipe for Plymouth Gin Tonic »