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No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No-churn strawberry ice cream gives everyone a reason to smile. After all, it’s delicious, fun to eat, and a perfect dessert or sweet treat for any special event.

Bowl of no-churn strawberry ice cream

If you’re in a hurry and just want to get to the recipe, you can click on the jump-to-recipe button beneath the title. That takes you to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. However, I think it’s always a good idea to read the entire post before you begin.

Benefits of No-Churn Ice Cream

There are quite a few benefits of homemade ice cream that doesn’t require churning. You can probably figure out at least one of them, simply by the name

First of all, you don’t need a churn. I know that sounds redundant, and maybe it is.

But it’s a benefit. You’ll save money on the actual machine and salt that’s required to make it in an ice cream maker.

Another benefit is the time you’ll save. Sure, it takes a while to freeze, but you don’t have to spend hours cranking a machine.

Bowl of strawberry ice cream, 3 strawberries, and a dish towel that reads, "You make me smile."

It’s also easy to make with your favorite flavors. This strawberry ice cream is a popular dessert and snack all over the U.S.

Other no-churn ice creams flavors you can make are this cool and creamy mint chocolate chip and this yummy cinnamon pecan.

Making homemade ice cream with friends and family is a bonding experience. Many of my fondest memories from childhood involve sharing this frozen treat with my cousins.

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Ingredients

Okay, now we’re at the point where your mind will be blown. Are you ready?

You only need 3 ingredients for this delicious ice cream, and here they are:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Strawberries
Strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy whipping cream

Yep, that’s all. Sure, you can add other items, but the key is that you don’t need to.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make No-Church Strawberry Ice Cream

First, I always wash strawberries before I make anything with them. I put them in a colander and run water over them for a couple of minutes.

Second, slice the strawberries to make them easier to chop.

Sliced strawberries on a cutting board

Next, chop the strawberries into small pieces.

This makes it easier to mash them, which is the next step.

Chopped strawberries in a bowl

Put the strawberries in a medium-size mixing bowl and smoosh them with a potato masher.

This releases the juice to help flavor the base of the ice cream. But don’t worry. There will still be some identifiable strawberry pieces in the mixture.

Mashing strawberries in a bowl with a potato masher

Then pour the heavy whipping cream into a large mixing bowl.

Using a hand or stand mixer, start whipping the cream.

Mixing heavy whipping cream in a bowl

I always start out on a low speed so the stuff doesn’t splash all over the place and make a mess.

As the cream becomes fluffy, increase the speed.

You’re finished with this step once the cream is whipped enough to form stiff peaks.

Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream.

Pouring sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream

You can continue to use the mixer, but I prefer to stir it with a spoon.

The reason is that I don’t want to flatten the cream by over-mixing.

Then, pour the mashed strawberries into the mixture and carefully fold them in.

Pouring strawberries into the ice cream base

The base will have a light pinkish tint. But if you want to be a bolder pink, add a few drops of red food coloring.

Be careful with this because a little bit goes a long way.

Swirling a few drops of red food coloring into the ice cream mixture

Final Step

Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. Before I put the lid on the container, I like to place a piece of plastic wrap over the mixture to prevent ice crystals.

Plastic wrap on top of ice cream mixture in a freezer-safe bowl

Finally, snap the lid on the container and put it in the freezer.

At this point, your work is done. Now it’s time for the freezer to complete the task.

Bowl of ice cream, sealed with a lid

Although it’s tempting to scoop some ice cream before it’s ready, try your best to forget it’s there.

It needs to be in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours to be soft-frozen.

However, the longer you wait the better. I like to make it at night before I go to bed so I’m forced to wait.

Bowls of strawberry ice cream next to strawberries

My favorite way to eat ice cream is with a spoon. However, this strawberry ice cream is delicious when served in your favorite ice cream cone.

More Recipes

One of the things I love about having a food blog is sharing my favorite recipes. And I have quite a few of them, including refreshingly crisp salads, meats, side dishes, and satisfying and filling casseroles.

My husband and I both enjoy this delicious broccoli slaw that gives you the perfect balance of crunch and creaminess. Or if you prefer a more traditional shredded salad, you’ll love this creamy coleslaw. Both of these are delicious picnic and potluck salads.

Another salad we love is my mama’s easy potato salad. I always got a kick out of how she garnished it, so I now do a similar version of it.

My husband and I both also love this delicious pesto chicken dish from Back to My Southern Roots. I serve it with fettuccine and a green vegetable.

One of my favorite casseroles is this Italian chicken zucchini casserole. Another go-to dinner is this chicken rice casserole.

Bowl of strawberry ice cream next to some strawberries

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

This no-churn strawberry ice cream is delicious and super easy to make with only a few ingredients.


  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • One 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 3 drops of red food coloring (optional)


    1. Chop the strawberries and put them in a medium-size mixing bowl.
    2. Mash them to release some of the liquid.
    3. In a larger mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks.
    4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the beaten cream and stir until well mixed.
    5. Fold in the strawberries.
    6. If you want the base to be a tad pinker, add 3 drops of red food coloring. It won’t change the flavor, but it will look more strawberry-ish.
    7. Pour into a freezer-safe container and gently cover the top with plastic wrap to prevent ice crystals from forming.
    8. Freeze for at least 6 hours—overnight is even better.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 436Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 90mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 41gProtein 7g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Wednesday 15th of July 2020

That looks so good! We love strawberry treats!

frugal hausfrau

Friday 3rd of July 2020

One of my faves! I've only ever made mine with roasted strawberries but your photos have convinced me of the error of my ways!!

Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!



Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Looks perfect!!! Thank you for the step by step pictures. I always love that :D

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