Strawberry Milkshakes

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These strawberry milkshakes are rich, creamy, and decadent. They’re so simple to make, but the perfect treat on a warm day. 

Close up of a glass of strawberry milkshake with whipped cream, a strawberry garnish, and a straw


Milkshakes are one of the most nostalgic foods around. We all have happy memories of being a kid eating a milkshake. It was always a special treat on a hot summer day when I was growing up. And it was always an impossible decision on what flavor to get! Now I like to make them at home and they are probably some of the best milkshakes I’ve ever tasted. 

The key to this recipe is the simplicity. It only has a handful of ingredients, and each ingredient is essential. It’s just ice cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and of course, strawberries. What more could you want? These milkshakes will immediately transport you back to your childhood in the best way imaginable. You’ve got to try them. 

Wide angle view of a strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream, next to a spoon and a bowl of strawberries.

Why You’ll Love These Decadent Strawberry Milkshakes

I have no doubt that you’re going to love this strawberry milkshake recipe. Here are some of the reasons that you’ll enjoy it so much.

  • 5 ingredients. So many desserts are loaded with a million different ingredients and are difficult to make as a result. Not this recipe. These strawberry milkshakes only have 5 ingredients. Not only that, but they couldn’t be easier to make. You’re basically just putting the ingredients in a blender until they’re smooth. As far as sweet treats go, strawberry milkshakes are one of the easiest to make.
  • Perfect for a hot day. There are few things in life that are as good as a cold treat on a hot summer day. These strawberry milkshakes are perfect for that. The flavor of the fresh strawberries is so refreshing, while the cold ice cream will cool you down when it’s hot out. This is the perfect recipe to make when the sun comes out.  None of that fake strawberry taste here!
  • Great for all ages and occasions. It’s no secret that kids love milkshakes. But adults certainly love them too! I haven’t met a single person that doesn’t like milkshakes, and they can be both fun and celebratory. They’re great to make for a kid’s birthday party, an afternoon treat, or even to serve at an adult get together. There’s no bad time for a strawberry milkshake!
A counter with a bowl of fresh strawberries, a carton of Tillamook vanilla ice cream, a bowl of sugar, a bowl of vanilla, and a pyrex of milk

Ingredients Needed

Here are all the ingredients that you’ll need to make these creamy strawberry milkshakes. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact amounts for each ingredient.

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract – Always use 100% pure vanilla extract.
  • Vanilla ice cream  – use a quality ice cream that you enjoy eating
  • Milk – any type of milk works, the more fat the more creamy your milkshake will be

How to Make Strawberry Milkshakes

Here’s how to make these super simple and easy milkshakes. They barely take any effort at all. 

  • Mix the berries. Place the strawberries in a mixing bowl with the sugar and the vanilla. Stir to combine, then set the berries aside for 20-60 minutes. The fresher your berries the less time you will need.
A mixing bowl with sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla
  • Put the ingredients in a blender. After the strawberries have rested for at least 20 minutes and are nice and juicy, add them to a blender along with the milk and ice cream. 
Overhead view of a blender filled with ice cream, milk, and strawberries
  • Blend. Turn the blender on, and blend the milkshake until it’s smooth.
  • Serve. Once the strawberry milkshake is smooth, pour it into a glass and optionally cover it with whipped cream. 

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tricks to keep in mind when making strawberry milkshakes. 

  • Use a food processor. If you don’t have a blender, that’s fine! You can just use a food processor instead. The results will be virtually the same. 
  • Adjust the sugar. You can change the amount of sugar in this recipe. If you’re using strawberries that are very ripe, you might need less sugar. But strawberries that are a little bit underripe might require a little more sugar. 
  • Garnish. Milkshakes are so much fun to garnish. I like to top my strawberry milkshakes with whipped cream, but you can also add maraschino cherries, chocolate syrup, fresh mint, crushed peanuts, and any other toppings you like. Have fun with it! 

What to Serve Them With

My favorite way to have a strawberry milkshake is to go old school and serve one with a cheeseburger and some french fries. But if you’re really in the mood for sweets, strawberry milkshakes are also great with cookies. Here are a few of my favorites.

Overhead view of a strawberry milkshake with whipped cream, with a bowl of strowberries in the background.

How to Store Leftovers

You can’t really store leftover strawberry milkshakes in the fridge. Once the ice cream melts, the milkshakes will basically just be sweet, flavored glasses of cream. If you’re going to eat your milkshake within the next 20 minutes, then you can keep it cold in the fridge. Otherwise, you should store leftovers in the freezer. Store any leftovers in an airtight container, and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months. You’ll need to thaw them for a while before they defrost enough to drink. 

More Easy Frozen Desserts

If you enjoyed making this easy strawberry milkshake recipe, then you’ve got to try some of my other favorite frozen desserts. They’re all delicious, easy to make, and perfect for a summer day.

Wide angle view of a strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream, next to a spoon and a bowl of strawberries.
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Strawberry Milkshakes

By Erin
These strawberry milkshakes will make you feel like a kid again, in the best way! They're so easy to make, super refreshing, and perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract, and stir to combine well. Set aside for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour. The fresher your berries the less time it will take for them to get nice and juicy.
  • In a blender (or food processor if you don't have a blender) place the strawberries, ice cream, and milk. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream to serve. Enjoy!


  • If your strawberries are super ripe and fresh, you can use less sugar. If they're unripe, use a little extra sugar.
  • Leftover milkshakes can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 3Servings | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 52g

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

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 443
Keyword: how to make a strawberry milkshake, strawberry milkshake, strawberry shake recipe
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  3. I love strawberries and also write some post and posted some most attractive photos on my blog also. i also write on strawberry salad. But this Strawberry Shake is really very refreshing and amazing 🙂

  4. I JUST saw strawberries in the produce section this week, so I’m definitely going to be making this recipe soon. I love strawberry milkshakes, and this sounds so yummy!