Summer Strawberry Pie Recipe

Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti

Why It Works

  • Using gelatin to thicken the pie keeps the flavors fresh and eliminates stovetop cooking.
  • Macerating the strawberries softens their texture, and the natural liquid drawn out of them in the process is used to bind the pie filling.
  • Strawberry puree increases the strawberry flavor and keeps the texture of the filling soft.

This no-bake, no-cook strawberry pie really makes the most of perfect summer berries. Macerated strawberries and strawberry puree are gently held together in a graham cracker crust, delivering juicy slices and fresh-picked flavor. It'll keep your kitchen nice and cool, too.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 5 hrs
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 pie

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For the Crust:

  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted, using more if needed

  • 14 ounces graham crackers (about 24 crackers), crushed into fine crumbs in a food processor or blender

For the Strawberry Filling:

  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled, divided

  • 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon juice from 1 lemon (optional; see note)

  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving


  1. For the Crust: In a medium bowl, stir butter into graham cracker crumbs until evenly incorporated. Firmly press into an even layer lining the bottom and sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate; it helps to use the bottom of a measuring cup to flatten bottom of crust evenly. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

  2. For the Strawberry Filling: Place 12 ounces of strawberries in a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth puree. You should have about 3/4 cup puree (it's okay to have up to a cup ).Transfer to a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and set aside.

  3. Cut remaining strawberries into 3/4-inch slices, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the sugar. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until berries release about 3/4 cup liquid, about 1 hour. Measure out enough macerating liquid to combine with strawberry puree for 1 1/2 cups total. Drain macerated berries of any extra liquid; reserve extra liquid for another use or discard.

  4. Place 2 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle gelatin evenly on top and let stand 5 minutes. Microwave gelatin mixture in 10-second intervals until gelatin is melted and hot, about 10 seconds.

  5. Scrape melted gelatin into a large bowl, then gradually whisk in strawberry puree mixture until well combined. Whisk in salt.

  6. Add drained macerated strawberry chunks and stir to combine. Adjust taste with lemon juice, if desired, then immediately pour into the prepared pie crust. Turn the berries on top skin side up for best presentation. Refrigerate until set, 4 to 6 hours. Serve with whipped cream.

Special equipment

9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate, food processor or blender, 2-cup liquid measuring cup


It's okay to have slightly more or less strawberry puree than what's called for here. The macerating time for the strawberries will depend on how juicy your berries are. Lemon juice is optional—I like the pure flavor of strawberries without the lemon juice, but you may wish to add some, as it can help balance the flavor and make it pop more.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
475 Calories
18g Fat
77g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 475
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 100mg 500%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 353mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)