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Strawberry Ice Cream

Author: Susan Reid

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe is an adaptation of the technique for strawberry ice cream explored by Max Falkowitz when he was at Serious Eats. The better your berries, the better your ice cream will be.

At a glance

5 cups ice cream
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 5 cups strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup 80-proof liquor, such as vodka or Cointreau
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional; for extra creaminess
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh lemon juice


  1. Wash, hull, and quarter 1 cup of strawberries. Slice the quarters very thinly. Place in a mixing bowl and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar and the liquor over the berries. Mix, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and as long as 2 days.
  2. Wash, hull, and slice the remaining berries, and purée in a blender until very smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the seeds, then measure out 1 1/2 cups of the strained purée. Reserve any extra for another use.
  3. Whisk the xanthan gum into the remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the 1 1/2 cups of purée, half & half, and corn syrup, whisking until fully combined. Add salt to taste and, if the mixture is too sweet, a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
  4. Chill the base until very cold, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. In the last minute of churning, retrieve the sliced strawberries from the refrigerator, drain the liquid, and add to the ice cream for the final few turns.
  5. Transfer the ice cream to a covered container and freeze for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/2 cup, 151g
  • Servings Per Batch 10
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 147
  • Calories from Fat 45
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 17mg
  • Sodium 94mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 24g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.