Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling

A few minutes of chopping and cooking on the stove and you can enjoy a fresh, homemade Strawberry Pie filling.  It is perfect for breakfast cakes, danishes, or spreading on toast.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling - this delicious pie filling is very easy to make.  Perfect for cakes or danishes.

 With spring finally getting here, I am looking forward to lots of fruit.  One thing I always love to do with our kids is to go strawberry picking.

There is nothing like a fresh strawberry on a warm day!  Sadly the kids don’t share my enthusiasm for going anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from making them go with us.  It’s about family time and those photo opportunities.   But until the strawberries are ready on the farms, we will enjoy a box of berries from the store.  

Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling - this delicious pie filling is very easy to make.  Perfect for cakes or danishes.

Berries do not last very long in our refrigerator.  We have some berry monsters who will eat an entire box if I’m not watching.  I am so glad our kids love to eat fresh fruit and veggies.  So when I bought a new big box of strawberries, I had to make sure everyone knew they had to wait to start munching.  These berries had a pie filling destiny.

Pie filling is actually easier to make than you think.  Sure you can buy a can of strawberry pie filling at the store…if you like paying for cans full of gel and very little berries.  This pie filling is easy to make and doesn’t take too much time at all.

Start with 5 cups of sliced berries.  We want to make sure there is plenty of strawberries in our filling.    Water, sugar, and cornstarch gets boiled into a gel for coating the strawberries in.  Add the berries and boil for about 10 minutes.

The filling will have a pink color from the berries boiling down.  A little bit of strawberry Jello powder will add more color to the filling.

Now comes the hard part.  You have to have patience and wait for it to cool off.   It needs to cool off enough for you to put it in your refrigerator for a few hours.  This will give it time to thicken up a little bit more.  Making it the night before is an easy way to have it ready to go the next day.

Now you are ready to use the strawberry pie filling in whatever you like.  We like it in this delicious Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake that is perfect for spring.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling - this delicious pie filling is very easy to make.  Perfect for cakes or danishes.

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Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 cups pie filling

Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling

Fresh strawberries are easy to make into a delicious homemade pie filling. It is perfect to use on breakfast cakes or danishes.


5 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup strawberry jello powder


  1. Stir together the strawberries and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch into the water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the strawberries and bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the Jello powder. Let cool. Makes 4 cups pie filling. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container for 5 days.

A few more strawberry recipes that our family loves:

Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake Brownies 1

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Strawberry Pie title

Mini Strawberry Pies

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake 2

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

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  1. says

    Jocelyn, this is such a great idea! We pick pounds and pounds each summer and always makes loads of jam, but I’ve never made the filling to keep for later. I’m pinning this to my STRAWBERRY board. :)
    PS – that Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie looks pretty amazing, too!

  2. says

    Oh man, I can’t wait for fruit picking season – we go every year too! Love the sound of this homemade pie filling. Haha – we have berry monsters in our house too -(one of them is me teehee) they don’t last very long in our fridge either ;)

  3. says

    Mmm Pie Filling = pie season!!! My daughters are at the age where they love berry picking. We took them Raspberry picking last year and it was so much fun! We’ll need to do some strawberry picking this year. BTW-love the cute little labels for the filling! Totes adorbs!!
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  4. Eva D says

    I know fresh berries would be best, but…do you think this recipe would work with frozen berries. I have a big bag in my freezer that I need to use. LOVE you pics and recipes!

    • says

      Thank you so much! I have not tried this recipe with frozen berries. I know as the berries would thaw in the pan, they will release more water which would affect how the filling would set up. My thinking is that you could put the frozen berries in a big saucepan and bring them to a boil with just the water that they release. Then stir in the cornstarch and sugar and maybe a little bit more water. Because frozen berries tend to be mushy when they thaw, you won’t need to simmer it as long. I know that is all kind of vague…I hope that helps!

  5. Vicky says

    This does not freeze well. I made this to make the strawberry lemon snack cake and had to put it off for a week ( I was taking a meal to a new mom), so I decided to freeze it like the recipe said. After thawing, it separated into a hard, jelled mess and lots of liquid. I do not recommend freezing. :(

    • says

      Oh, no!! I’m not sure why it would have done that for you. I am going to remove that from the recipe until I can make and freeze it again. I am so sorry it did that for you!!!


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