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Strawberry Crumble – the perfect dessert for fresh strawberries! Juicy strawberries with a buttery brown sugar crumble topping. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent treat!

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Fruit desserts are usually such easy desserts to make, and they really shine during the spring and summer and fruit is at their peak of freshness. When you can get super juicy and delicious strawberries, your strawberry crumble is going to go from good to great!

Years ago I shared this Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna and it is still one of the more popular dessert recipes on the site. You guys love your fruit desserts as much as we do!

baked strawberry crumble on a towel


What’s The Difference Between A Crumble And A Crisp

You will notice that when you search for a fruit crisp and fruit crumble you will mostly see the same results. But the difference technically is that a crisp has oats in the topping and a crumble does not. Most of the time when you search you would have to search “Strawberry Crisp (or Crumble) without Oats”, and you would find traditional crumble recipes.

The terms have gotten intertwined in recently, but in case you ever wondered they are slightly different, and oats are pretty much the only difference!

bowl of strawberries with flour and brown sugar on top

Strawberry Crumble Ingredients

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Super simple ingredients, for a simple but delicious dessert. The fresher the strawberries the better this will be. But even in the spring and fall when berries aren’t at their peak, baking releases all the juices and it is still tasty!

a bowl of strawberry crumble with vanilla ice cream on top

How To Make Strawberry Crumble

  1. Remove the stems from your strawberries and cut them into quarters. Then toss with lemon juice, flour, and brown sugar.
  2. Arrange your strawberries in the equivalent of an 8 inch baking dish.
  3. Then you make your crumb topping by whisking together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and use a pastry cutter, forks, or even your fingers to work in the butter. The mixer will be the texture of sand when you are done.
  4. Pour the crumb topping evenly over the strawberries and bake for about 45 minutes. You want the strawberries to be nice and juicy and bubbly, and the crumb topping to be golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 20 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to set up a little bit and it isn’t quite as runny.
  6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
golden brown crumb topping on strawberry crumble
Can I Use Frozen Strawberries

Yes, you definitely can. I like to let them thaw first, so you can get rid of an extra liquid. If there is extra liquid the crumble will just be a little more soupy and not have quite the same consistency.

Can I Use Other Fruit

Absolutely! The recipe doesn’t really change much, you just need to make sure you have enough fruit. You can even mix different fruits together. This would be great with rhubarb or blueberries mixed in. You just need to make sure you have approximately 6 cups or 2 pounds total of fruit in the baking dish.

How Do I Know When It Is Done

The crumb topping really just needs to be golden brown. You can see that it starts rather pale and crumbly, as the butter melts it gets crispy and golden brown. The berries will also start to break down and bubble up around the sides.

Strawberry Crumble - the perfect dessert for fresh strawberries! Juicy strawberries with a buttery brown sugar crumble topping. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent treat!

How To Serve Strawberry Crumble

It is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You want to make sure to let the crumble sit for about 20 minutes when it comes out of the oven for everything to set up, and it isn’t a liquidy mess. But after that time you can scoop it out and top with ice cream.

If you make it ahead, I like to either put the whole dish back in the oven for 10 minutes or microwave individual servings to get it warm again before serving.

Got Leftovers?

Don’t worry, this is great the next day or you can even freeze it! I like to store in the fridge, covered with foil or plastic wrap for a couple of days if I have just a little bit leftover. Otherwise you can transfer it to an airtight container and freezer for up to 3 months. It is best to let it thaw in the fridge and then bake it until it is hot and crispy to serve.

close up strawberry crisp without oats for pinterest

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Strawberry Crumble

By Erin
Strawberry Crumble – the perfect dessert for fresh strawberries! Juicy strawberries with a buttery brown sugar crumble topping. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent treat!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


Strawberry Crumble

  • 6 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tablespoon Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 3/4 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a bowl toss together strawberries, lemon juice, flour, and brown sugar. Spread into an 8-inch baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon for topping, Cut butter into small cubes and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate butter. It should be consistency of sand.
  • Spread topping mixture over strawberries and bake for 35-45 minutes until top is golden brown and berries are bubbly and hot.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.


I used Imperial Sugar for this recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 94mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 37g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 386
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  1. Delicious strawberry crumble. Perfect for this weather. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream is perfect. My daughter has never tried. She will love it. Thanks