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Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe

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Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe is made with fresh strawberries and Jell-O. It tastes so much better than the store-bought version! Use it on pies, cakes, or simply for breakfast spread on toast or bread.

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Easy Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe

The great thing about this Strawberry Pie Filling is that you can utilize it not only on pies but in various other desserts. And trust us, making it at home is well worth it, and it tastes so much better than the canned version. 

Especially when strawberries are coming in full season, we tend to take advantage of their abundance and make batches of this recipe. Even though you could make this dish year-round, the fruits just taste better when in season. They are sweeter, juicier, and not to mention cheaper this time of the year. 

What ingredients are needed to make it?

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Fresh Strawberries – go with fresh and ripe ones. They are ideal for this recipe. 
  • Lemon Juice and zest – it adds some citrusy tone to it and a nice flavor.
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch – to thicken the sauce.
  • Strawberry Jello – to thicken the sauce and add extra flavor.

How to make Strawberry Pie Filling?

  1. Making this recipe is quite simple. First, ensure you have selected ripe strawberries, as they are sweet and most flavorful. Then, wash and clean them, and cut them in half. 
  2. Next, add them to a bowl with the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  3. Then, add water, sugar, cornstarch, to the saucepan, and stir constantly. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.
  4. After which, add the sliced strawberries and simmer for about 3 minutes. 
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the Strawberry Jell-o. Then, let it cool and refrigerate until chilled all the way through.

What kind of strawberries are best to use?

As stated above, always try using ripe once, as they are the sweetest and most flavorful. Also, try going with organic once, as they are healthier and contain less if any pesticides.

It is best to buy them when in season, as they are quite cheap, and you can make a larger batch of them, and simply store them for later.

What can you make with STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING?

It can be used in various desserts, or simply enjoyed on a muffin, cupcake, or toasted bread. It is mostly used in pies, but some other ways to use it would be in:

Can you freeze strawberry pie filling?

Yes, it stores and freezes well. Prior to storing it, ensure the mixture is completely cooled down. Then, transfer to an airtight container, a lidded jar, and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

To freeze it, transfer to a freezer-proof dish, and freeze it for up to 3 months. Prior to serving, thaw it overnight in the fridge before using it. Once thawed, it might have some excess liquid or water on top, simply pour that off before using on pies, or as a spread.

Recipe Tips

  • Instead of cornstarch, you might use clearjel. It works well as an alternative. 
  • Also, to make it brighter, you might use some red gel food coloring. Although we do not use it, some do as it gives it a bright, red color to it. This is totally up to you. 
  • Always use ripe strawberries, as they are sweet, and work excellent here. In addition, try avoiding using frozen ones because they are watery and the filling will just not taste the same. 
  • To mix things up, add some berries to the filling, such as raspberries. It adds a nice flavor to it.
  • Also, Jell-O is an important ingredient, so don’t skip it. It doesn’t only help thicken the sauce further, but it gives it that beautiful and shiny finish. Also, it enhances the flavor and it adds the perfect texture.
  • You can make this recipe with any other berries, and in this case, if you want to decorate a cake, you can also cut the fruit just in half or keep them intact for a richer look.
  • Homemade strawberry jam is also very easy and simple to make. Give it a try!

Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe

  • Prep Time10 MIN
  • Cook Time10 MIN
  • Servings 5 cups


  • 6 cups fresh strawberries cored and sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3.4- ounce box strawberry Jell-O powder


  • In a large bowl, stir together the strawberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth and combined. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  • Add the strawberries, gently stir in and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat and gently stir in the Jell-O powder, careful to not crush the strawberries.
  • Let the mixture cool at room temperature for 2 hours, then refrigerate until fully chilled and settled. Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for 5 days.
  • Use on pies or other desserts.

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Kelly kraft

Kelly kraft

Does this have to chill before putting it in a pie crust and baking it in the oven

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Yes, preferably it needs to be chilled first so it settles.



Can I can this for later

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

yes, you can!

D. Morgan

D. Morgan

Made i twice. Second time mixed the jello into cornstarch mixture after boiling it for 1 minute. When fully incorporated, and slightly cooled, added the strawberries. Liked it better this way.

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

I am so happy that you loved the recipe. Thank you for the feedback!



Hello, this recipe looks good and I’m going to make this tonight for my family as a cheesecake topping. Once all ingredients are done simmering. How long do it have to chill in the fridge before I can put it on my cheesecake?

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Chill it until its no longer warm so it wont melt the cheesecake

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