Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

When fresh strawberries come into season, and we can get flats of them for only a few dollars, that’s when we start looking for everything and anything to do with them. This strawberry frozen yogurt is a terrific way to take advantage of the abundance of the season. And as the days heat up, it’s a good way to cool down quickly. Although it feels like you’re eating ice cream, this strawberry frozen yogurt is actually much lighter than a typical custard and cream-based ice cream, and it’s filled with the flavor of the fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart.

Best to eat it on the same day as you make it, as it will get icy if it stays in the freezer for more than 8 hours. If you want it to last longer and not get icy, add a tablespoon of vodka or kirsch to the mixture right before churning.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want the result, and how sweet your strawberries are to begin with)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups full fat yogurt (if use low or non fat, then add 2 Tbsp cream)

Method

1 Place the strawberries, lemon juice, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries as the mixture is heating. As soon as all of the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.

2 Stir in the milk and yogurt, until completely incorporated. Place the mixture in the refrigerator, and chill for at least an hour, preferably several hours, until completely cold, before proceeding.

3 Process the mixture in your ice cream maker (Amazon sells a good one) 20 to 25 minutes. Eat immediately or keep in freezer until served.

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Links:
How to make ice cream without a machine - from David Lebovitz
Homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker from my friend Simon at SciToys.

20 Comments

  1. nicole

    Mixing in some Chocolate flavored syrup (the kind used in fancy coffee drinks) tastes really nice, too. I add about one tablespoon.

  2. Garrett

    Totally delicious!

  3. Suzanne

    Frozen yogurt is easy to make, and so good too. One of my favorites to make is plain yogurt mixed with lemon curd in. I think the lemon curd and the strawberries could be really good. I might just need to give it a try.

  4. yy

    Is it necessary (or better) to drain the yogurt before you use it in this recipe? it is supposed to make the resulting fro-yo creamier, right?? :P

    You could drain the yogurt. If I see that the yogurt has separated a bit, I just stir it. ~Elise

  5. abha

    Elise, this recipe sounds delicious, and your photography is so gorgeous I want to eat this right away.
    I dont have an ice-cream maker….is there any way I can make this without one?
    Thanks for the lovely recipe.

    Hi Abha, see David Lebovitz’s post on how to make ice cream without a machine. ~Elise

  6. Wendy

    The recipe sounds really good except that I can’t tolerate dairy. What suggestions do you have to make it non-dairy but just as good? Also, I like agave nectar as a substitute for sugar. You can still get the sweetness without all the side effects of sugar!

    Hi Wendy, frozen yogurt is made with yogurt, which is made from milk. Sounds like you would be better off looking for a tofu mousse recipe. (Food Blog Search to the rescue.) ~Elise

  7. Ardiana

    Thank you for the recipe. I made it and it is really delicious.

  8. Eleanora B. Mauritson

    I have some frozen whole strawberries. Can I use those? If so, do I need to thaw them first?

    You need to be able to mash the strawberries, so I would thaw them first, then do the recipe as described. ~Elise

  9. Katie

    We have just spent the week picking strawberries. And I got a good deal on some Stonyfield Farm yogurt, marked down. So I made frozen yogurt, and it is to-die-for!

    Here’s my new recipe, adapted from one I found on the web.

    6 c. of fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (can also use frozen)
    2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    ½ cup honey
    pinch of salt
    2 cups plain yogurt

    Macerate hulled berries in honey and vinegar, mashing up berries to desired size with wire wisk. Let sit for at for at least 30 min. Add pinch of salt. Slowly add plain yogurt 1/4 cup at a time, whisking out lumps.

    Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

  10. kelsey o

    I made this, it was sooooooooo good.

  11. Kari

    Thank you for this recipe last year. It works with fresh or frozen strawberries, vanilla or plain yogurt, refined white sugar or turbinado, and even fresh Texas peaches. It is company-good!

  12. Sue

    “if use low or non fat, then add 2 Tbsp cream”. That’s hilarious. Am I missing something or have you just suggested adding back in the fat to a good intentions, low fat version?

    This recipe calls for full-fat yogurt. If you don’t have full-fat yogurt available, you can up the fat of low or non-fat yogurt by adding cream. ~Elise

  13. janet

    Oh, wow. We got fresh strawberries at our farmer’s market — this was amazingly good. I didn’t have a lemon, so I squeezed a lime instead — truly a new favorite dessert!
    You’ve done it again, Elise! My family loves you!

  14. Sandra Hamilton

    I just love frozen yogurt, especially strawberry and kiwi . This is a to-die-for recipe and I hope that everyone can try it as well.
    Enjoy sweet and cold strawberries as your last time dessert.You’ll never have another craving after you try this treat.

  15. Andrew

    This is one of my top homemade “ice creams.”

    I think the use of yogurt in the recipe is one instance where I like frozen yogurt better than traditional ice cream. The tart yogurt works so well with the sweetness of the fruit.

    Love it.

    This last time I ran the strawberries through the food processor first, which made the cooking process a bit easier. (No need to mash the fruit.)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. Cutie

    Thanks for sharing this recipe ^-^. I want to ask about the “cream”, do you mean heavy cream/ whipping cream or anything else? I don’t understand exactly. Thanks in advance.

    Yes, whipping cream or heavy whipping cream. ~Elise

  17. allison

    Will this work with hand-crank freezer too? just getting one :) would love to see a series on ice creams and frozen yogurts!

    I assume so, haven’t used one of the hand cranked models since I was a little kid. There are plenty of ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes on the site, just look in the recipe index linked to from the top of the page. ~Elise

  18. palegreenhorse

    Made a double batch today for dinner guests but didn’t have enough strawberries so used cranberries and it was extremely good!! Rave reviews. Thanks for the recipe so I had some place to start with my experimenting.

  19. Jen

    I made a batch of this last night. It was super easy. And it is intensely strawberry flavored. I did put my mixture in the food blender after heating to smooth out the lumps. I wish it were a little bit creamier but I suppose you could just add more yogurt. All and all a quick and easy and cheap recipe for the most intense strawberry frozen treat you can find :)

  20. Samantha

    Well I just put this in the fridge to chill and the base certainly tastes amazing! Used nonfat greek yogurt and half and half in place of the milk and subbed in grapefruit juice for the lemon juice and added in the grapefruit zest, plus a splash of orange liquor for the vodka. Yum! had to make do with what we had on hand but looking forward to it!

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