Strawberry Ice Cream

Creamy homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry chunks throughout.

Creamy homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry chunks throughout. Recipe at

Next to apples, strawberries are my favorite fruit. So sweet and juicy. As a kid, I remember picking strawberries from my backyard and being given baskets of fresh strawberries from neighbors. The best Spring/Summer fruit… depending on your region. In New England, we don’t see really good strawberries until June. It amazes me that strawberry season has apparently already passed for California. It just seems so early.

I am truly jealous of the longer duration fruit and vegetable seasons other areas of the country have, BUT I definitely prefer to enjoy my fresh and local strawberries in the warmer months. They kind of go hand in hand with watermelon season, or at least in my mind. And that probably has a lot to do with the growing seasons I’m familiar with.

Creamy homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry chunks throughout. Recipe at

Something that definitely isn’t seasonal, ice cream. But, this definitely has a fun seasonal flavor. Ripe, juicy strawberries. It kind of screams Summer to me. And none of that funny artificially flavored strawberry business. I love strawberry ice cream, but it has to be naturally sweetened and with chunks of strawberries. There is nothing more depressing than getting a bowl, scoop or cone of strawberry ice cream only to find out there isn’t a single piece of actual fruit in it. It should be packed full of fruit.

This one is! It had to be.

Easy, homemade creamy strawberry ice cream loaded with chunks of fresh juicy strawberries. And because strawberries freeze so well, you can make this year round! Just remember to thaw them first to pull out all of that amazing strawberry juice! This is an absolute must make for strawberry fans!

Creamy homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry chunks throughout. Recipe at

Strawberry Ice Cream

Creamy homemade strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry chunks throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 3 C strawberries
  • 1 C granulated sugar divided
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1 C whole milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg yolks


  • Prepare strawberries by removing stems and chopping into 1/2-inch size pieces. Add strawberries to a large bowl with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and lemon juice, toss to combine. Cover and chill 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • Meanwhile, add 1 cup heavy cream and vanilla to a medium bowl with mesh strainer set on top. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar with whole milk, 1 cup heavy cream and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar. When mixture begins to steam, while whisking, pour 1 cup hot liquid into egg yolks. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Stir occasionally, cooking over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour through mesh strainer into remaining heavy cream. Cool over a water bath and chill overnight.
  • Prior to churning, combine strawberry liquid and custard base, reserving strawberries. Churn according to manufacturer's directions, adding strawberries in during the last 10 minutes of churning.
  • Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid. Allow ice cream to sit for 5-10 minutes at room temperature prior to serving. Heat a metal ice cream scoop if necessary for easier scooping.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
*If necessary, divide mixture into two batches to churn. Combine churned ice cream in the same freezer safe container and freeze until solid.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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21 Responses to “Strawberry Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — April 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Mmm… strawberry ice cream is one of my favourites and i totally agree that the ice cream has to be full of little strawberry pieces.

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      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      So glad you agree :)

  2. #
    Leah — April 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I love strawberries and that real fruit swirl looks delicious!!

    • #
      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Leah!

  3. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    YUM! My favorite ice cream, when I was little, was always strawberry :-) So good!

    • #
      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Always a favorite :)

  4. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Too funny that we both have strawberry ice cream! Great minds!

    • #
      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Absolutely! :) Cracked me up when I saw yours this morning.

  5. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Strawberries are in my top favorite fruits too! And strawberry ice cream has to be the best. This looks incredible, I have to try making it at this summer home Rachel!

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      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Sally! You should definitely give it a try :)

  6. #
    Sam @ Sugar Spun Run — April 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This ice cream looks fantastic! I’ve never made my own ice cream before, but now I really want to try it!

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      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Oh you absolutely must! It’s so much better homemade :)

  7. #
    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Yummy strawberry recipes! I can not wait for strawberry season!

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      Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Me too!! I sure am enjoying what my store has but am anxious for local berries :)

  8. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful strawberry ice cream, Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — April 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Stacy!

  9. #
    Lisa H. from My Lemony Kitchen... — April 23, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Love the chock full of chunky strawberries in my ice-cream :D
    Gorgeous photos :)

    • #
      Rachel — April 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Lisa!

  10. #
    Jaclyn — April 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Strawberry ice cream is one of my favorite flavors, your version looks so good! And could your scoops get any more perfect? Nice work! Oh and I’ve gotta try that homemade fruit leather – yum!

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      Rachel — April 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Jaclyn! :)

  11. #
    Anita — September 10, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Hello Rachel!
    Strawberries are getting cheap, and I am looking for some refreshing recipes. This one looks delicious, but I would just sweeten it with honey.

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