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Strawberry Sherbet – Only 4 Ingredients!

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Turn fresh or frozen strawberries into a tasty homemade sherbet with just four simple ingredients. The berry flavor really shines through in this refreshing dessert.

small bowl with 3 scoops of pink strawberry sherbet.

Strawberries are really the shining star in this frozen treat.  Sherbet is the perfect balance between lots of fruit and just enough dairy to give you a creamy texture.

It is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Luckily it takes very few ingredients so you’ll be churning away in no time!

The boys at my house are huge sherbet fans. If they end up at the grocery store together there is a good chance they are coming home with at least one container of sherbet.

Sometimes they come home with two under the guise that they couldn’t agree on a flavor. Somehow they are always both able to enjoy both kinds once it makes its way home though.

Container of homemade strawberry sherbet with an ice cream scooper getting a ball formed, ready to serve.

 With our strawberry patch giving us tons of delicious berries right now, they were very adamant that some got turned into a frozen treat. They originally requested sorbet, but we just made a refined sugar free strawberry orange sorbet not too long ago.

 Ice cream was tempting but that would take a trip to the store to get some cream. I hate going to the grocery store to grab one item.

 So we settled on the in between and I’m sure glad we did! Besides the strawberries it only takes three ingredients and they are items that we always have on hand: sugar, lemon juice and milk.

bowl with three scoops of pink strawberry sherbet and spoon

This sherbet does freeze relatively solid due to the high fruit content and low fat content.  I promise you it is absolutely delicious though.

 If you want a creamier final texture, use half and half in place of the milk. Either way it is absolutely worth making.

After the success of the key lime sherbet, I knew this one would be a winner in my house. It certainly was! We are planning to make another batch this weekend before our homegrown strawberries are done.

Slice of strawberry sour cream bundt cake served with a scoop of strawberry sherbet and strawberry sauce.

We served our sherbet with the tender and delicious fresh strawberry bundt cake.  I also had a little strawberry puree mixed with a splash of lemon juice and a bit of powdered sugar to spoon over the top.

 The sherbet is fabulous on its own, but they are even better together! Watch how easy the sherbet is to make in our YouTube video. Little Dude and I show you how from start to finish!

What is your favorite flavor of sherbet?   We can’t wait to make more varieties!

Favorite ice cream makers

MiMi has a couple kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer.  She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.

I recently got a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.

bowl of sherbet with strawberry puree sauce over top.

Both work great and are relatively affordable.  You just have to remember to get the bowl in the freezer in plenty of time to get it cold, but that is a whole lot better than making sure you have enough ice and salt on hand!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between sherbet, sorbet and ice cream?

Sorbet is dairy free. It uses just fruit and sugar to make a sweet frozen dessert. Sherbet adds in some milk, so it is a little bit creamier than its sorbet cousin. Ice cream requires the use of cream, it technically must contain at least 10% milkfat. The extra cream gives it that smooth mouthfeel and rich creaminess that we all have come to know and love.

Can I make other flavors of sherbet?

Of course! We have a recipe for key lime sherbet right here, you can easily find it in the search bar. But you can also start with this base recipe and substitute any kind of berry. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or even a mix of them all would be delicious.

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small bowl with 3 scoops of pink strawberry sherbet.

Strawberry Sherbet

Turn fresh or frozen strawberries into a tasty homemade sherbet with just four simple ingredients. The berry flavor really shines through in this refreshing dessert.
4.69 from 35 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings (2 quarts)
Calories 83 kcal


  • pounds strawberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • cups whole milk or half and half


  • Clean and hull the strawberries.
    1½ pounds strawberries
  • Process the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor or blender until they are smooth. If desired, strain out the seeds and pulp, squeezing through as much of the juice as possible.
    1 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Stir in the milk.
    2¼ cups whole milk
  • Add to your ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.
  • When the ice cream maker is finished, transfer to a storage container and freeze for at least 3 hours. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 16mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16g
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Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I love sherbet, especially strawberry. This looks like it is so simple to make. Can't wait to try it.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

You should definitely make a batch then!


Monday 15th of June 2020

This looks so refreshing!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

It is for sure!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 15th of June 2020

This looks soooo pretty and delicious! Strawberry season is just starting here and I can't wait to get my hands on some!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I'm always so sad when strawberry season wraps up! I suppose it just gives us a chance to look forward to next year's berries!

Andrea Nine

Monday 15th of June 2020

What a winner! And I love that it’s only 4 ingredients. And it’s sooo pretty!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Isn't it a pretty color? Thank you, Andrea!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Sunday 14th of June 2020

This strawberry sherbet looks so good and perfect for summer. Thanks for the recipe.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

It really is delicious and pretty easy too! Thank you, Julie!