Strawberry jello pie is the perfect way to ring in strawberry season.
When is strawberry season?
The answer is: it depends. It depends on where your grocery store gets its strawberries from.
I'm from Florida, and the season there is December through April. It's generally marked by the Florida Strawberry Festival, an 11-day festival usually in March.
But in California the harvest season is April through July.
So, I guess the good news is you can get good strawberries nearly year-round.
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Did you create this recipe?
This is a recipe from my grandmother, and we all know grandmas know best!
A Jello pie may sound odd, but the way it's prepared the gelatin really makes for a great filling. This strawberry Jello pie recipe doesn't take much effort, just a little wait time for your gelatin to firm up.
The first time my grandma served me these pie, I was a skeptic. But, I was instantly won over.
For a time, she and my grandad were so obsessed with this pie that she always had a homemade pie crust in the freezer on standby.
However, as you can see, I'm certainly not using homemade pie crust.
So... my pie isn't pretty. But I assure you, it's pretty tasty.
Is this recipe easy?
My grandmother is a fan of quick and easy recipes. She has a huge collection of what she calls "glorified cake mix" recipes.
I always assumed glorified cake was a common term, but I think it may be more of a generational thing.
Either way, the point is, my grandma liked shortcuts, and so do I!
Not counting the water and option whipped topping, this beautiful pie only calls for five ingredients. Easy, peasy.
Can I use Stevia?
I've only made this with real granulated sugar, but I know my grandmother made this with Splenda in the past.
I don't know much about sugar replacements, but I hear Stevia is what all the cool kids use these days. Just be sure to check your package to see if there's a recommended conversion ratio.
How can I make my pie more visually appealing?
Well, homemade crust certainly helps! I don't have a great recipe to share because I've never actually made homemade pie crust. You can tell me how I'm missing out in the comments. 😂
But who has time for that? Not me. At least, that's what I tell myself!
I highly recommend Kroger's pie crust which you can find in the frozen foods section. Look for Kroger brand traditional pie crust for a 9-inch pie (standard).
Another option is a homemade graham cracker pie crust. It requires a food processor (or a blender will work in a pinch), but it's fairly easy and only takes 5–10 minutes.
Also, a pretty pie plate definitely helps.
Additionally, you can arrange the strawberries with a little more purpose than I did. I just plopped my strawberries in with no rhyme or reason.
And that's okay!
But to make it more visually appealing, you can half your strawberries and place them cut-side down. This alone will elevate your pie. Check out this example from Tablespoon for some strawberry layout inspiration.
Customize Your Jello Pie
I bet orange would be good, too. And raspberry Jello!
Using a flavor other than strawberry can create a little bit of flavor complexity.
Also, my grandma is known for her homemade pie crust, but to keep it simple, we're using Keebler Ready Crust. It's not the prettiest pie, but it is EASY and tasty.
Strawberry Jello Pie
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon corn starch
- 3 oz strawberry gelatin
- 1 premade or homemade graham cracker pie crust
- 2 cups chopped strawberries (roughly 1 lb)
- whipped topping (optional)
- Bring water, sugar and corn starch to a boil over high heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Allow to cool until just warm to the touch.
- Meanwhile, line pie crust with strawberries.
- When Jello mixture is cool enough to touch, pour over strawberries.
- Place in fridge and allow to set for at least one hour. Remember, this won't completely firm up like normal Jello.
- Top with whipped topping (optional) and enjoy!
Note: Nutrition was estimated using WP Recipe Maker.
Any recipe requests?
In addition to Jello pie, my grandma makes amazing angel food cake and snickerdoodles. Maybe one day I can share those, too!
For now, try my Diet 7Up Strawberry Cupcakes. You're going to think I'm nuts, but the cupcakes only need TWO INGREDIENTS.
The frosting only calls for four, and I'm betting you already have two on hand.
Seriously. I told you, I like shortcuts.