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Chef John's Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
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Chef John’s Strawberry Ice Cream
Just in time for summer! See how to make quick, simple strawberry ice cream. See more
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Chef John's Strawberry Ice Cream

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"Many people consider this type of strawberry ice cream recipe a 'hack' or a 'cheat' because we're skipping the more time-consuming and sometimes temperamental egg-custard step; but even if I didn't want to save time I'd still prefer this method. To be clear, I'm only speaking about this specific flavor of ice cream. For deep, dark chocolate, or butter pecan, I'll take the classic French-style every time. But, for sweet, juicy strawberries, I'm not a big fan of the egginess you get with the traditional method."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Place strawberries and sugar in a blender and pulse until pureed; steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour cream, milk, vanilla extract, and salt into strawberry mixture; blend until smooth and slightly thickened, 10 to 15 seconds. Whisk red food color into cream mixture.
  3. Pour strawberry mixture into the container of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to a sealable container, cover the ice cream with plastic wrap, seal the container, and freeze, 2 hours to overnight.
  4. Process in an ice cream maker until thick. Immediately transfer to a sealable container, cover with plastic wrap, cover the bowl with a lid and freeze for 2 hours to overnight.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • READY IN 2 hrs 55 mins

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Jun 14, 2014

Awesome! The fresh flavor of the strawberries shines brightly in this ice cream. Out of habit, I keep all the containers to be used in the freezer until I’m ready to fill, and the blender jar in the fridge to keep all the ingredients cold. I didn't bother with any food coloring. Definitely worth making!

Jun 29, 2014

Superb. Smooth. Creamy. Divine. I can't stop sneaking bites.


6 Ratings

Jun 17, 2014

This was fun! I've never made Strawberry Ice Cream before and this turned out wonderful. Used fresh strawberries and used food processor to puree. Glad I choose this recipe. Thank you.

Jun 14, 2014

This is quick, easy and good. I agree with Chef John that a simple base like this is the best for strawberry ice cream. If you want a pretty color this is the way to get it. But I think I will add part pureed berries next time and then some berry chunks after churning and before freezing. Steps 3 and 4 are a repeat basically and I omitted one of them. Also, I added some of the cream into the blender with my berries and sugar...because it wouldn't blend without it. I also cut up the berries before putting in blender.


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  • Calories
  • 205 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.8 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 15.2 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 40 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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