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This strawberry sorbet is an easy dessert bursting with sweet strawberry flavor that will cool you down on even the hottest of days.
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  1. Strawberry Sorbet Ingredients
  2. Tips from Our Test Kitchen
  3. How To Make This Strawberry Sorbet Recipe
  4. How To Serve This Strawberry Sorbet Recipe
  5. When to Serve Sorbet Strawberry
  6. Strawberry Sherbet Storage
  7. Easy Strawberry Sorbet Substitutions And Additions
  8. Why Strawberry Sorbet is the Best
  9. Strawberry Sorbet
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. More Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love
  13. Even More Recipes You’ll Love

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Strawberry Sorbet Ingredients

If you’re looking for a refreshing, fruity dessert, strawberry sorbet is the perfect choice. Its taste is like a burst of summer in your mouth.

The sweetness of the ripe strawberries combines with just the right amount of tartness to create a balanced flavor profile. The texture is smooth and creamy but without the heaviness of traditional ice cream.

You won’t need an ice cream maker for this easy dessert. Our easy strawberry sorbet recipe uses a blender to create an amazing texture and taste.

You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds frozen strawberries, that have been ¾ of the way thawed (see tips)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

Tips from Our Test Kitchen

For the best results with strawberry sorbet, follow these suggestions:

When Using Fresh Strawberries

  • Be sure they are in season for the best flavor of your sorbet. They should be naturally sweet and bright red.
  • You will need to rinse them in cool water and hull them. Hulling means removing the stems and leaves from the berries.
  • When hulling, be sure to remove as little of the top of the berry as possible, as you want to keep your strawberry weight as close to two pounds as possible.
  • Freeze them in a single layer for 15-20 minutes so that they can firm up slightly and have a texture similar to that of almost fully thawed frozen berries. You may need to add one to two tablespoons of water to the blender to loosen the mixture and blend it to a smooth consistency.
  • Please note that if using fresh strawberries that are chilled or at room temperature, your sorbet mixture may take up to six to eight hours to freeze completely or enough to scoop.

When Using Frozen Strawberries

  • When thawing the strawberries, thaw them almost 100, about ¾ of the way thawed. This will give a beautifully silky texture when they are just slightly still frozen.
  • Please note that they do need to be soft enough, though, to not burn the engine of your blender when blending them. If they are too hard, your blender may not be able to handle it.
  • Depending on the temperature of your freezer, your sorbet may take longer to freeze to a nice scoopable texture. The longer it is kept in the freezer, the harder it will get. If it is too solid to scoop easily, allow it to sit on the counter until you can easily get an ice cream scoop through it.

Other Tips

  • Before zesting and juicing the lemon, rinse the skin in cool water and wipe off any coatings that may have been applied for preservation purposes at the store.
  • Since the sweetness of strawberries can vary greatly, taste-test the mixture before freezing and adjust the sugar as needed to your liking.

How To Make This Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

Let’s walk through the easy steps to make this refreshing and fruity strawberry sorbet.

STEP ONE: Place the strawberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest into a high-powered blender or food processor.

STEP TWO: Blend the mixture at medium-high speed for 30 seconds to one minute until it becomes smooth and well-combined.

STEP THREE: Pour the blended strawberry mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap, ensuring the wrap does not touch the surface of the puree.

STEP FOUR: Place the pan in the freezer and let it freeze for at least three to four hours or overnight until the sorbet reaches a scoopable consistency.

PRO TIP: If the sorbet is too frozen to scoop, allow it to sit at room temperature for up to ten minutes to soften a little bit.

How To Serve This Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

Enjoy this frozen dessert when the weather is hot. Add it to an ice cream cone, or chocolate chip cookie cup for a bit of extra crunch.

You can also serve it in a bowl with a scoop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top.

Looking for other ways to use the spoils of your strawberry-picking adventures? Our strawberry lemonade and strawberry cream cheese pie are two more ways to enjoy these juicy gems.

When to Serve Sorbet Strawberry

Summer Gatherings: Strawberry sorbet is a perfect treat for summer barbecues, picnics, or any outdoor gathering. Its refreshing taste and cool texture can help guests cool down on a hot day.

Brunch Parties: Serve strawberry sorbet as a light and refreshing dessert option at brunch parties. It pairs well with various brunch dishes and adds a fruity touch to the menu.

Dinner Parties: Offer strawberry sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses or as a light dessert at the end of a meal. Its vibrant color and fresh flavor can complement a variety of dinner menus.

Children’s Parties: Kids love the sweet and fruity flavor of strawberry sorbet. Serve it at birthday parties or other celebrations for a healthier dessert alternative to traditional ice cream.

Baby Showers: Add strawberry sorbet to the dessert table at baby showers. It’s a light and refreshing option that guests will appreciate, especially during warmer months.

Poolside Treat: Serve strawberry sorbet as a cooling treat for guests lounging by the pool. Its refreshing nature makes it an ideal choice for enjoying while soaking up the sun.

Strawberry Sherbet Storage

Here are some helpful tips on how to store your homemade strawberry sorbet:

IN THE FRIDGE: Homemade sorbet must be kept frozen and will melt if kept in the fridge. 

IN THE FREEZER: Keep any leftovers of this homemade strawberry sorbet covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to two months.

Easy Strawberry Sorbet Substitutions And Additions

We think this is the best strawberry sorbet, but you can always tweak the flavors. These suggestions are great to add in or substitute for different tastes.

Fresh Fruit for Recipe Strawberry Sorbet

Other Berries

  • Raspberries: For a tart twist, replace strawberries with raspberries.
  • Blueberries: Use blueberries for a milder, slightly sweeter flavor.
  • Blackberries: These can add a rich, deep flavor to your sorbet.

Tropical Fruits

  • Mango: Substitute strawberries with mango for a tropical variation.
  • Pineapple: Pineapple can give a tangy and refreshing twist to your sorbet.
  • Passion Fruit: Use passion fruit for a more exotic flavor profile.
  • Banana: Blend in a ripe banana for added creaminess.
  • Kiwi: Kiwi can add a tangy and unique flavor.

Stone Fruits

  • Peach: Peaches can be a sweet and juicy alternative to strawberries.
  • Apricot: For a slightly tart and tangy flavor, use apricots.


  • Lemon: Lemon sorbet is a classic, refreshing alternative.
  • Orange: Use oranges for a sweeter, citrusy sorbet.

Additions for Enhancing Strawberry Sorbet


  • Mint: Add a few fresh mint leaves for a refreshing twist.
  • Basil: Basil can add an unexpected and delightful flavor.


  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract can enhance the sweetness of the strawberries.
  • Ginger: A small amount of grated ginger can add a spicy kick.

Citrus Zest

  • Lemon Zest: Lemon zest can add a bright and zesty note.
  • Lime Zest: Lime zest will provide a slightly tangy and refreshing flavor.


  • Champagne: A splash of champagne can make the sorbet more sophisticated and bubbly.
  • Liqueurs: Liqueurs like Cointreau or Grand Marnier can add a complex, aromatic touch.


  • Honey: Replace sugar with honey for a different kind of sweetness.
  • Agave Syrup: Use agave syrup for a milder, more neutral sweetener.

Garnishes for Serving

  • Fresh Berries: Top your sorbet with fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries for added texture and flavor.
  • Whipped Cream A dollop of whipped cream can add a creamy contrast to the sorbet’s iciness.
  • Nuts: Sprinkle chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios, or pecans for a crunchy element.
  • Chocolate: Drizzle melted dark or white chocolate over the sorbet for a decadent touch.
  • Edible Flowers: Garnish with edible flowers like pansies or violets for an elegant presentation.

Why Strawberry Sorbet is the Best

Refreshing Taste: Strawberry sorbet offers a light, refreshing flavor that is perfect for cooling down on a hot day. The natural sweetness of strawberries combined with the icy texture makes it a favorite summer treat.

Natural Sweetness: The natural sugars in strawberries provide a sweet taste that doesn’t require heavy sweetening. This makes strawberry sorbet a healthier option compared to many other desserts, appealing to those who are health-conscious.

Vibrant Color: The bright red color of strawberry sorbet is visually appealing and adds a pop of color to any dessert spread. Its eye-catching hue often makes it an attractive choice for both adults and children.

Simple Ingredients: Strawberry sorbet is typically made with just a few ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and water. The simplicity of the recipe allows the natural flavor of the strawberries to shine through, making it a favorite among those who appreciate clean, uncomplicated flavors.

Dairy-Free Option: For those who are lactose intolerant or follow a vegan diet, strawberry sorbet provides a delicious, dairy-free alternative to traditional ice cream. This inclusivity makes it a widely loved dessert option.

Nostalgia: Many people have fond memories of enjoying strawberry-flavored treats during their childhood. Strawberry sorbet often evokes a sense of nostalgia, bringing back happy memories and enhancing its appeal.

Customizable: Strawberry sorbet can easily be customized with various add-ins like fresh herbs, citrus zest, or even a splash of liqueur. This ability to personalize the flavor profile allows people to tailor it to their specific tastes.

Seasonal Appeal: Strawberry sorbet is especially popular during strawberry season when the fruit is at its peak flavor and freshness. The seasonal availability adds to the excitement and enjoyment of this delightful dessert.

There’s nothing quite like the cool, refreshing taste of this beautiful red strawberry sorbet on a hot summer day. This easy-to-make frozen treat is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and a great way to use up all the strawberries from strawberry picking or when you have a freezer full of berries.

Strawberry Sorbet

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will strawberry sorbet last in the freezer?

This simple sorbet recipe will keep in the freezer for up to two months.

Can I use different fruit in this recipe?

This great recipe can be used as the base for any number of delicious sorbet recipes. Add more berries, peaches, or other fruit to your strawberries, or leave the berries out altogether.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

Frozen strawberries would also work to make this delicious sorbet.

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Strawberry Sorbet

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This strawberry sorbet is an easy dessert bursting with sweet strawberry flavor that will cool you down on even the hottest of days.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 cups


  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed, tops removed and halved (or 2 pounds of frozen strawberries)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • To a high powered blender, or food processor, add the strawberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Blend on medium high speed for 30 seconds – 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Pour the strawberry sorbet puree into a 9×5 loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap being sure to not allow the plastic wrap to sit on the surface of the puree.
  • Freeze the strawberry puree for a minimum of 3-4 hours or up to overnight. You want the strawberry sorbet to be at a scoopable consistency.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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