Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

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

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 once. 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.

Picture of homemade strawberry pie filling in a white bowl.

How to make Strawberry Pie Filling?

  • 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 in half. 
  • Next, add them to a bowl with the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Then, add water, sugar, cornstarch, to the saucepan, and stir constantly. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.
  • After which, add the sliced strawberries and simmer for about 3 minutes. 
  • 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 it, and simply store for later.

Strawberry pie filling picture.

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.

Image of freshly made strawberry pie filling in a bowl.

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 once 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, the 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!
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5 from 5 reviews

Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 5 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 329 Carbohydrates: 81 Protein: 3 Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 122 Potassium: 264 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 69 Vitamin A: 20 Vitamin C: 101.6 Calcium: 28 Iron: 0.7
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Chrissie Baker

I just loveeee strawberry filling! this is a great recipe Catalina and I can’t wait to try it!


Sara Welch

This is so sweet and juicy! Made a great filling that my family absolutely loved!



Love how simple it was to make the filling! Great recipe!


Katerina @ diethood .com

Oh my GOSH!! This looks absolutely amaaaazing!


Melanie Bauer

Super easy to make and crazy delicious! Way better than store bought, need to make this soon!


Kelly kraft

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


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



Can I can this for later


yes, you can!


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