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Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie is made completely from scratch with an almost creamy strawberry sauce smothering fresh strawberries. Top it all off with a cream cheese whipped topping for the perfect strawberry pie!

Bird's eye view of strawberry pie topped with whipped cream.

What can be used to thicken pie filling?

There are a handful of common agents used to thicken pie fillings. Flour, cornstarch, tapioca, and gelatin are the most common ones. Each of them has their advantages and disadvantages and are used for different purposes.

Strawberry pie is now commonly made with a gelatin based filling to make things easier. While you certainly can add a package of strawberry jello in as your pie thickener, we like to use from scratch cooking and find that a cornstarch based filling produces a more enjoyable result. Rather than a pie filling that tastes like jello, instead we ended up with an almost creamy filling with whole, fresh strawberries inside.

Can you freeze a fresh strawberry pie?

Yes you can, but be warned that the juices may be a bit runnier once thawed again. Fresh strawberry pies are best enjoyed fresh, but can still be quite tasty after being frozen and thawed.

A slice of Strawberry Pie on a white plate with a strawberry by it.

Can you make strawberry pie with a store bought pie crust?

Yes you can! Store bought pie crusts can be purchased in both the freezer section (near the other desserts) and the refrigerated section (near Pillsbury crescent type products). Frozen pie crusts will already be in their own tin and are ready to bake per package instructions. Refrigerated pie crusts need to be be rolled out and placed in a pie plate and baked.

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Bird's eye view of strawberry pie topped with whipped cream.
Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie is made completely from scratch with an almost creamy strawberry sauce smothering fresh strawberries. Top it all off with a cream cheese whipped topping for the perfect strawberry pie!
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Strawberry Pie

  • 1 baked deep dish pie shell
  • 6 cups sliced fresh strawberries divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cream Cheese Whipped Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Slice strawberries. Mash some of the strawberries until you have 1 cup mashed. Place the remaining strawberries into the baked pie shell. Place into the refrigerator for later use.
  • Place 1 cup mashed strawberries into a large saucepan. Stir in sugar, water, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.
  • Allow mixture to cool, 1 hour. Pour cooled mixture over the strawberries. Return pie to the fridge until set, about 4 hours.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat heavy cream with cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag to pipe designs onto finished pie, or serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 51.2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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Brian Dudley

5 stars
Hi Rachael, my name is Brian Dudley I just wanted to thank for sharing your strawberry pie Recipe. I work with the LA Fire Dept and I can fix this Desert for the guys next time it’s my turn to cook. I always can use new ideas on what should I cook that’s simple and easy between our emergency responses. I will continue too follow the stay at home chef.

I would do in a 9×13 pan next time but use graham wafer crust instead..but it is very very yummy


Love this pie. Have made is several times, it’s always asked for at gatherings now !!!

Debra Bevington

5 stars
Your Pie Recipe is THE Best! This is the 2nd Time I have made your Strawberry Pie!
Thank you!


I just made this it is super. This is frist time makine this pie I love strawberrys so just want to say this is super and will make again and again thank you much

Deborah from Tillson

Delicious. Even without crust.


4 stars
The recipe was clear, uncomplicated and easy to follow. The pie turned out okay but it is very, very sweet. One tip is be sure the filling doesn’t set up too much before you pour it over.


5 stars
Yes it’s amazing. If you don’t like creme cheese just leave it out. Thank you


Should the pie be served cold from the fridge or room temperature? If brought up to room temperature after letting it set in the fridge, would that mess up the texture?

5 stars
This was amazing my family enjoyed the strawberry pie, the whip topping was delisious.


5 stars
I just made this pie today it is my new favorite strawberry pie , best ever ,thank you. I also made your fajita burgers and macaroni salad all of it was a very very great meal. thank you for your wonderful recipes!


Seriously this is the best strawberry pie EVER! Using fresh, in season strawberries to make the glaze sauce is so delicious! I just made this pie, using only half the sugar in the sauce and it was so good!

4 stars
Tried this recipe over the 4th and it was quite good the only problem that I had was the filling turned out to be a little on the runny side might need to try more corn starch next time and dissolve it in the water first and I had a clumping problem so it never thickened that much.

Claire and Shannon

It tasted nice but it took myself and my friend under an hour to make, and that was while we were making scones on the side

4 stars
I love this receipe I tried it. It came out perfect not like my grandmothers though but quick easy and to the church I go. Thank you I only worry about the long hair not being covered in the kitchen.

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