We're right in the middle of strawberry season, and that means the sweet, juicy berries are taking over gardens across the country. They're lovely eaten fresh from the patch, but if you've got a big haul you're going to need to find some other ways to use them. Luckily, there are no shortage of ways to take advantage of fresh strawberries. Desserts like pie and strawberry shortcake are the most obvious choices, but strawberries are wonderful for adding a touch of fruity sweetness to savory dishes like baked goat cheese dip or drinks like lemonade and pisco punch. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find the perfect use for your harvest in this collection of 20 of our favorite strawberry recipes.
Oven-Baked Strawberry-Chipotle Wings With Avocado-Blue Cheese Dip
These wings are flavored with a handful of ingredients that work together much better than you might expect: sweet strawberries, smoky chipotle peppers, and acidic balsamic vinegar. To make things even stranger, we serve the wings with a creamy, tangy dip made with avocado and blue cheese. Rather than breaking out the fryer, we air-dry the wings with baking powder and salt and bake them until crispy.
Balsamic-Strawberry Baked Goat Cheese Dip
We stay with the combination of sweet strawberries and sharp balsamic vinegar to make the topping for this goat cheese dip. To give the it a fluffy texture that stays light and dip-able, even after baking, we whip up the goat cheese with cream cheese and honey. Along with the strawberries and balsamic, we also top the dip with torn basil for freshness.
Strawberry-Almond Baked Oatmeal
The stovetop and microwave might be the most common ways to make oatmeal, but you can't beat the oven if you're looking for something hands-off. All you have to do is scatter the oats and mix-ins (in this case quartered strawberries and sliced almonds) in a dish; pour in a mixture of brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk, and melted butter; and bake until just set.
Once you get past the name (which comes from the way the cake collapses over the filling), a buckle is essentially a fruity coffee cake. This version is made with a simple coffee cake batter that we mix strawberries into and sprinkle with a gingery crumb. The fruit floats above the batter in the oven, giving the cake three distinct layers.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Our rhubarb crisp is delicious, but might be a little tart for some. In this recipe we replace some of the rhubarb with strawberries to give the crisp a sweeter, more complex flavor. The streusel topping starts simply with brown sugar, whole wheat flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, and lots of butter, but we add anise and Chinese five-spice powder to give it extra depth.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote With Fennel
Here we turn the combination of of strawberry and rhubarb into an anise-spiked compote, cooking the fruit down until luxuriously soft. This compote is super versatile—by adjusting the amount of sugar you can make it appropriate for dessert or for more savory applications.
Perfect Strawberry Jam
If you've got a serious strawberry patch, you might not be able to eat all the berries even with the help of our recipes. If that's the case, then try preserving them for the rest of the year by making them into this simple strawberry jam. We keep the recipe pretty basic—our one trick is to replace some of the sugar with fragrant honey.
5-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcakes
These strawberry shortcakes are amazingly quick and easy and they require just five ingredients and 25 minutes. The biscuits are nothing more than self-rising flour, sugar, and cream, and we top them with macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream. No one will guess you made this comforting dessert in less than half an hour.
Strawberry Shortcake on Steroids
Looking for a bigger project? This deconstructed strawberry shortcake is an all-day affair, but the result is a total show-stopper. We replace the biscuits with ginger- and lemongrass-flavored choux puffs filled with strawberry pudding and serve them with macerated strawberries and buttermilk granita.
The Best Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry ice cream is often disappointingly bland and icy. We give ours tons of fresh flavor by using a mild, eggless base and adding in raw puréed strawberries and we tackle the iciness problem by adding half a cup of corn syrup. To complete the ice cream we mix in chopped strawberries macerated in sugar and booze.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt is one of the easiest desserts around—at its simplest it is just made of yogurt and sugar. For this recipe we flavor that base with strawberries that are simmered with lemon zest and sugar until sweet and tender. We use Greek yogurt because it has less moisture than regular yogurt, which helps balance out the juicy strawberries.
Sweet Strawberry Pie
It's just not summer without strawberry pie, and this one sticks to the basics with a filling made of strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch or tapioca starch for thickening. Make sure to taste your strawberries before adding in the sugar—some strawberries are much sweeter than others.
Summer Strawberry Pie
In the dead of summer the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. Fortunately, this no-bake pie is perfect for the hottest days of the year. We make it with a graham cracker crust that we fill with macerated strawberries, strawberry purée, and gelatin. Leaving the strawberries uncooked keeps your house cool, but it also preserves the fruit's fresh flavor.
Tangy Strawberry Fools
A classic British fool is made with stewed fruit and custard, which is delicious but just a little heavy. Our lighter version replaces the custard with a mixture of whipped cream and Greek yogurt and incorporates the fruit two ways: reduced into a jammy compote and macerated with sugar.
Strawberries and Cream Pavlova
Pavlova is one of our go-to summer desserts because the baked meringue can be layered with just about any fruit that looks good at the market. This recipe uses strawberries, which we layer with whipped cream between perfectly cooked meringue fortified with ground almonds.
Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
It's hard to improve on a plain old glass of lemonade, but that hasn't stopped us from experimenting with new flavors. This one takes rose-colored strawberry lemonade—a classic twist—and adds sliced jalapeño to give it a subtle, refreshing kick. We macerate both the fruit and peppers before mixing them into the lemonade.
Horchata, the milky Mexican refresher made with rice and almonds, is everywhere these days. For something a little more unusual try horchifresca, a pastel-pink variation made by blending horchata with fresh strawberries and adding agave nectar to taste for sweetness.
Fizzy Strawberry Pisco Punch
Moving to boozy beverages, this complex pisco punch is the perfect recipe for your next party. We mix the pisco with the bittersweet French aperitif Bonal, sweeten it with a strawberry-thyme syrup, and stir in plenty of tart lemon juice. A bottle of sparkling wine gives the punch a pleasant effervescence.
I'm not normally a big vodka drinker, but its clean, neutral flavor is great for letting other ingredients—like the fresh strawberries and mint in this summery cocktail—shine. Beyond the vodka and produce all the drink needs is lime juice, club soda, and simple syrup to taste.
Strawberry-Balsamic Tequila Sour
The combination of sweet strawberries and tangy balsamic vinegar works in drinks as well as it does savory dishes. Case in point: this take on the tequila sour flavored with fresh strawberries and balsamic syrup, which you can buy at a store or make at home by reducing balsamic vinegar and sugar on the stove.