The great thing about this Strawberry Pie is that not only does it have a deliciously sweet graham cracker crust, but it’s no bake, and it doesn’t use any jello or gelatin.

a slice of strawberry pie on a plate in front of the remaining pie on a wooden stand

If I’m being honest, I’m not a huge pie crust person and I always want to just eat the filling. That is unless it’s a graham cracker crust.

This fresh strawberry pie without jello is made in a graham cracker crust and doesn’t require any baking.

When you make this, you’ll use part of the strawberries to make a jam like mix that will be combined with the remaining fresh strawberries to give you a filling that doesn’t have any weird texture.

I have to say, when strawberries are in season, this pie is probably one of the best pies I’ve ever eaten. The sweet strawberries make a delicious jam filling combined with the graham cracker crust in a heavenly experience.

This pie is so good that its great on it’s own, but it’s also really good with some fresh whipped cream on top.

Why you’ll love this strawberry pie recipe without jello

This is one of the best pies for so many reasons.

  • Easy to make – with just a few simple steps, you’ll have a really delicious pie that others will be asking you to make on repeat. You won’t need to blind bake any crust or worry about a strawberry glaze.
  • No bake – There’s no baking involved in this. The pie sets up in the fridge.
  • No jello or gelatin – This pie doesn’t use any jello or gelatin, so it won’t set up exactly the same, but tastes way better.
  • Completely from scratch – There aren’t any weird ingredients or pre-packaged items. Just some simple ingredients to grab from the grocery store.
  • Uses fresh strawberries – This is a fresh strawberry pie recipe and has no strawberry flavored things. All of that sweet flavor comes from actual fresh strawberries.

Ingredients for no bake strawberry pie

fresh strawberries – You’ll want to stick with the fresh berries here when they’re in season. While frozen strawberries can technically work, you won’t get the same taste or texture.

granulated sugar – this is going to be added into the jam filling to give it that extra sweet taste.

cornstarch – the cornstarch in this recipe is just used to help thicken the jam-like filling and help it set up without gelatin.

graham crackers – you can use either the honey or cinnamon graham crackers. Both taste great!

brown sugar – I’ve done both brown sugar and granulated sugar in graham cracker crusts and find that the brown sugar gives the best result. You’ll want to use either light or dark brown sugar for this.

unsalted butter – this is the glue that will hold the graham cracker crust together.

ingredients to make strawberry pie in a graham cracker crust

how to cut strawberries for pie

The great thing about this fresh strawberry pie is that you can cut the fresh strawberries however you like and it will work. I actually often leave mine whole if they aren’t too big.

If you happen to have some pretty large strawberries, I’d recommend slicing them or at least quartering them.

First, you’ll want to hull the berries. They make special tools for this, or you can just trim them with a knife. Hulling them just means removing the stems and leafy portion.

Once you’ve removed the leaves, you’ll just want to sliced them length wise in either slices or quarters.

If they’re large, it’s best to slice them so that the jam filling can get in between and the pie will hold together better.

substitutions and alterations for easy strawberry pie

You can substitute the graham crackers in the crust for shortbread cookies.

You would follow the same steps, but instead of using graham cracker crumbs, you’ll crush the shortbread cookies and use those instead.

how to make a strawberry pie

graham cracker crust in a springform pan

Make the graham cracker crust

  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix to combine until all of the graham cracker crumbs are fully coated in butter.
  3. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and up the sides.
  4. Be sure to firmly press down using the back of a measuring cup to make sure it’s fully compacted.
  5. Place the crust in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
strawberry pie jam filling in a saucepan

Make the jam filling

  1. Add 2 cups of strawberries to a saucepan over medium heat. Using a meat chopper or potato masher, mash the strawberries down.
  2. Add the sugar, water, and cornstarch. Mix to combine.
  3. Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for 1 minute and then take it off the heat. Let it cool completely. It should be very thick once cooled and have a jam-like consistency.
strawberry pie filling in a glass mixing bowl

Make the pie filling

  1. Add the remaining strawberries to a large mixing bowl with the cooled filling.
  2. Mix until it’s fully coated.
strawberry pie in a graham cracker crust in a springform pan

Assemble the pie

  1. Pour the strawberry filling into the graham cracker crust.
  2. Spread it out evenly, being gently near the crust edges.
  3. Place it in the refrigerator and chill for 3 hours.
strawberry pie in a graham cracker crust on a wooden stand with a pie utensil next to it

Remove the pan and serve

  1. Once it’s chilled, remove it from the refrigerator, and remove the sides of the spring form pan gently.
  2. Slice and serve on it’s own or topped with whipped cream.

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe tips and tricks

You can leave the strawberries whole if they are smaller, but you’ll need to slice them if they are larger. For large strawberries, be sure to either quarter them or slice them lengthwise.

It’s important to make sure the crust is fully compacted so that the strawberry filling won’t leak through or make it soggy.

This can also be made in a 9 inch pie plate, but you’ll need less crust.

how to fix a runny strawberry pie

The best advice (while not what you want to hear) is to take the proper steps in advance to avoid the runny pie before it happens.

This means making sure the jam filling is completely thickened and cooled before you mix it with the strawberries or add it to the crust.

Another key to avoiding it being runny is to make sure that you fully compact the crust and give enough time to let the crust set in the fridge.

If your pie is already runny and you want to firm it up, you will want to put it in the refrigerator. The filling for this isn’t made with jello or gelatin so it won’t set up like one that is, but it should be a thickened jam consistency. Refrigerating it will help that thicken up.

how to freeze strawberry pie

Start by wrapping the pie in several layers of plastic wrap. You want to be sure to cover the entire pie, including the edges of the crust to prevent freezer burn and maintain it’s freshness.

Take the plastic wrapped pie and place it inside either a resealable freeze bag, an airtight container, or in aluminum foil. The extra layer will help further prevent it from freezer burn.

Place the wrapped pie in the freezer on a flat surface. Avoid stacking any other items on top of the pie.

Don’t forget to label it! It’s never fun trying to figure out what a wrapped item is in the freezer.

You can freeze this pie for up to 3 months if it’s stored properly while still maintaining a good taste and texture. While it’ll still be safe to eat beyond 3 months (if stored correctly), the taste and texture might decline over time.

a slice of strawberry pie being pulled above the rest of the pie
Can you freeze strawberry pie?

Yes, you can freeze strawberry pie. It actually freezes really well!

Do you bake strawberry pie?

This is a no bake strawberry pie. If you make a pie using traditional pie crust, you will need to bake it. But if you make this version, there’s no baking required!

Do you eat strawberry pie hot or cold?

This strawberry is eaten cold. There’s no need to heat it up in any way.

How do you keep strawberry pie crust from getting soggy?

To keep the graham cracker crust from becoming soggy, it’s important to make sure it’s compacted well and sets up in the refrigerator properly before adding the filling. This recipe has a little bit thicker of a crust to help prevent that.

strawberry pie with a slice removed

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Strawberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

5 from 4 votes
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people
The great thing about this Strawberry Pie is that not only does it have a deliciously sweet graham cracker crust, but it's no bake, and it doesn't use any jello or gelatin.

Equipment

Ingredients 

Pie Filling

Crust

Instructions 

  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix to combine until all of the graham cracker crumbs are fully coated in butter.
  • Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a spring form pan and up the sides.
  • Be sure to firmly press down using the back of a measuring cup to make sure it’s fully compacted.
  • Place the crust in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Add 2 cups of strawberries to a saucepan over medium heat. Using a meat chopper or potato masher, mash the strawberries down.
  • Add the sugar, water, and cornstarch. Mix to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring constantly.
  • Boil for 1 minute and then take it off the heat. Let it cool completely. It should be very thick once cooled and have a jam-like consistency.
  • Add the remaining strawberries to a large mixing bowl with the cooled filling. Mix until it’s fully coated.
  • Pour the strawberry filling into the graham cracker crust. Place it in the refrigerator and chill for 3 hours.
  • Once it’s chilled, remove it from the refrigerator, and remove the sides of the spring form pan gently.
  • Slice and serve on it’s own or topped with whipped cream.

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Notes

It’s important to remember that this pie does not use jello or gelatin so it will not set up the same as the kind that does. The filling is jam based and it’s important that the jam has thickened before adding it to the other strawberries for the pie. 
You can leave the strawberries whole if they are smaller, but you’ll need to slice them if they are larger. 
It’s important to make sure the crust is fully compacted so that the strawberry filling won’t leak through. 
If you make this in a 9 inch pie plate, you’ll need less crust. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 602kcal, Carbohydrates: 85g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 335mg, Potassium: 365mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 51g, Vitamin A: 730IU, Vitamin C: 100mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 3mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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