This fresh Strawberry Jello Pie is the ultimate summer dessert. It’s an easy no bake dessert with all the fruity flavor. Perfect for pool parties, potlucks, and all other kinds of celebrations!
What’s in this Recipe for Strawberry Jello Pie?
This no bake recipe is the perfect option for summertime gatherings. Fresh strawberries, a pre-made pie crust for ultimate ease, jiggly gelatin, and a homemade whipped cream come together beautifully!
- Pie Crust: Store-bought pre-made pie crust is fine, or make your own pie crust!
- Fresh Strawberries: Fresh strawberries add fresh fruity flavor and texture to this pie.
- Water: You’ll need water to hydrate the Jell-O and create a suspension for the strawberries.
- Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar helps to sweeten this pie. Start with a little and taste as you go. If you have tart strawberries, I’d suggest adding the full amount. For sweeter strawberries, add less.
- Cornstarch: Strawberries are full of water, so adding some cornstarch helps absorb some of that free water, thickening this pie and preventing the filling from becoming too runny.
- Strawberry Jell-O: The flavor base for this pie that gives it its signature jiggly texture.
- Whipped Cream: Powdered sugar and heavy cream create a simple homemade whipped cream.
Pro Tip: Use fresh rather than frozen strawberries for this recipe. Frozen fruits are either likely to stay frozen, or, release too much liquid into the jello.
Variations on Strawberry Pie with Jello
This pie is a great base recipe to make any fruit jello pie you like. You can easily adapt this to use different fruits and flavored Jell-O. Raspberry and orange are both great choices. You can also swap out the pie crust for a graham cracker crust if you’re feeling fancy!
Technically, yes, but it really won’t be the same. Fresh berries have a firmer shape and are much more satisfying to bite into than thawed berries. Additionally, the previously frozen berries may or may not hold their shape in the jello pie. However, if you’re unable to find any fresh berries, you can attempt to use frozen ones by allowing them to thaw first at room temperature for a few hours. Then, follow the instructions accordingly.
You sure can! You’ll need about 0.4 ounces of sugar-free jello, which is a bit more than 1 box, so buy 2 just to be safe! You can also use a sugar-free baking sweetener (like Swerve) in place of the granulated sugar!
You’ll need at least 4 hours to let the gelatin fully set in the refrigerator. I recommend chilling it overnight for best results.
Making jello can feel like a science experiment! If you add too much or too little of an ingredient, it can throw the whole thing out of whack. If the jello is still thin and runny after cooling for 15-20 minutes, you might have added a bit too much water. Whenever I make this recipe, I always buy an extra jello box or 2 just in case this happens. If your mixture is too thin, start over with a new box and add less water.
Make sure to cover the pie dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil so it stays fresh! Any other pie container with an airtight lid should also do the trick. Once it’s in an airtight container or wrap, place the pie in the refrigerator, where it will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
Freezing and thawing gelatin will essentially ruin the texture, so it’s not recommended that you freeze this jello pie.
How to Make Ahead and Store
This is a great make-ahead dessert, perfect if you are planning to serve it as part of a big feast. Once the jello has set, cover the pie with plastic wrap and it will keep well for 4 days. I do not recommend freezing this pie.
It’s also never a bad idea to add a little grated chocolate to the top, if you like. If you’re feeling adventurous, try topping yours with a drizzle of balsamic glaze or lemon curd!
More Strawberry Desserts We Love
- Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
- Fresh Strawberry Scones
- Summer Berry Galettes
- Strawberry Layer Cake
- Baked Strawberry Donuts
- Fresh Strawberry Pound Cake
Strawberry Jello Pie Recipe
- 1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust such as Pillsbury
- 1 pint fresh strawberries sliced
- 1 cup water 227 grams
- 1 cup granulated sugar 200 grams
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch 23 grams
- 3 ounces Strawberry Jell-O mix 85 grams (1 box)
- 1 cup heavy cream 227 grams
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 14 grams
- Kitchen Scale (optional)
- Stand Mixer
- Start with baking your pie crust according to instructions (You can also use pre-cooked pie crust or even graham cracker crust that's pre-made). Once the pie crust is baked and golden brown, set aside and allow it to cool.1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust
- Cut the strawberries and arrange them around the outside later of the pie shell first, then work your way to the center. Set aside.1 pint fresh strawberries
- In a medium saucepan, mix the water, sugar, and cornstarch and stir over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar mixture has thickened. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the jello packet. Stir until combined.1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 3 ounces Strawberry Jell-O mix
- Place the jello mixture into the refrigerator and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes. You need the mixture to thicken slightly in order to stick to the strawberries and not completely sink to the bottom of the pie shell.
- Remove the jello mixture from the refrigerator and pour evenly over the strawberries. Refrigerate the strawberry pie until the jello mixture has had time to fully set, at least 4 hours.
- Make the homemade whipped cream just before serving. Add the heavy cream and of powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the cream for 3-4 minutes or until the cream has whipped and formed stiff peaks.1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- When ready to serve, slice the pie and top with fresh whipped cream.
- If you want this dessert to be truly homemade, consider making a Homemade Pie Crust!
- To amplify the strawberry flavor even more, add a few drops of strawberry extract to the jello mix or homemade whipped cream. Just be careful – a little goes a long way.
- The pie needs a minimum of 4 hours to set, but allowing it to set overnight is the safest bet.