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This fresh tasting Strawberry Crisp is quick to toss together and uses fresh or frozen strawberries. A simple, easy to prepare summer dessert that can be enjoyed all year round!

 

It’s Summer time! And we all know what that means! It’s berry season. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to eat handfuls of fresh berries in the summer heat. I am a huge fan of all berries, but one of my favorites was fresh from the garden strawberries. 

Strawberries are amazing! They are sweet, juicy and in my opinion, the best flavor of any candy. Not to mention they are super healthy and great for your heart! Strawberries just scream summer time, which is why this classic Strawberry crisp recipe, similar to Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, is one of my favorites to make in the summer. 

Finding easy, simple, kid friendly treats are always something on my mind during the summer. If you haven’t thought of making a fresh strawberry crisp, I am begging you to try it out! It is certainly a summer must. It will make your love of strawberries even more so!

Not to mention it is the perfect dish to serve to dinner guests!  It’s guaranteed to be a treat they’ve most likely never had before.

 

 

Fresh vs. Frozen Strawberries

If you have the choice between fresh and frozen, Personally I love a good fresh strawberry crisp.  Ripe berries that you’ve either picked yourself or purchased gives off the best results. However strawberry season is such a short season that using frozen strawberries when the berries aren’t quite in season is perfectly fine too!

Keeping fresh fruit around the house is sometimes and impossible task. Especially if you’re trying to manage a family’s meal plan. Either someone snacks on it or it sits around too long, getting gross and moldy.

There’s no shame in using frozen strawberries. Plus, if you keep a handful around, you can whip up this strawberry crisp dessert in a snap if you need an impromptu dessert!

But is there a technical reason to choose fresh over frozen, or vice versa? Besides preference?

Yep.

Berries hold a LOT of juice in them. This makes them great to cook with, but it also makes them hard to freeze and thaw properly. You know how ice takes up more space than water? So, when the juice in the berries expands, it sort of “pops” them during the baking process.

For a compromise, I recommend adding extra cornstarch to help absorb the additional water and juice that frozen berries produce.

 

 

What’s the Difference Between a Crisp and a Crumble?

This is a tricky one, and I’m sure I’ll get it wrong, too! There have always been hot debates about what separates a crumble from a crisp. Even the best answers still aren’t able to give definitive answers!

The way I see it, a fresh strawberry crisp is meant to be light and crunchy. This is why fruit crisps often include oats and nuts. A fresh strawberry crumble is a bit more like pie with a crumble topping, There are no oats in a crumble making it less crispy.  

This strawberry oatmeal dessert is DEFINITELY a crisp. It is light, crispy, and would be hard to mix up with even the best strawberry crumble or crisp.

 

 

Can You Make a Crisp Ahead of Time?

Yes? No? Kind of?

Crisps shouldn’t sit around for too long. If you want to assemble it in the morning, so you can bake it fresh in the evening for a warm strawberry dessert, sure! Make it ahead of time.

If you want to make and freeze it to save for a week later, I’d suggest against that. Have you ever tried to microwave pizza? Like the kind that’s been out on the table for an hour, got cold, and you want to speed heat it? The edges that were previously nice and crispy with a good crunch… Yeah, say goodbye to that!

It’s all going to depend on time and moisture. If you leave something to sit out too long with wet and dry ingredients interacting, even if the dry is sitting on top of the wet, it’s going to soak up moisture. As such, it’ll come out soggy when you bake it.

If you freeze it, the topping won’t stay “crisp” and the fruit at the bottom can grow syrupy as it thaws.

So I suggest making it as you need it, or if using fresh berries, making it the morning of and baking it that afternoon.  However if you use frozen berries, you’ll have to make it when you need it or the berries will be quite soggy tasting.

 

 

How to You Keep a Crisp from Getting Soggy?

Less moisture! However, that’s hard to tell how much is ‘too much’ when you’re in the creation process. Baking can depend heavily on your environment. Sometimes the air is too humid, or your strawberries are so ripe they are extra juicy.

Knowing if your crisp needs more or less moisture often comes from experience.  However with this easy strawberry crisp recipe, you’ll be able to easily know if you should add extra cornstarch (a thickening agent) to your crisp or not.  If your berries are frozen or VERY ripe, then add a Tablespoon or two of extra cornstarch. If your berries are out of season ripe, then leave the recipe alone.

If you are really worried about it (which you shouldn’t be and are probably overthinking all this) I will give you one good tip: Let the strawberries sit in a bowl or on a paper towel for 5 minutes after rinsing them Any water you used to wash them – or berry juice sitting on top – will fall to the bottom. At this point, you can either:

  1. Pour off the excess liquid after 5 minutes.
  2. Just cook like normal. Since the liquid is at the bottom, when you add your crumble topping, it won’t automatically soak up the whole lot. As such, the moisture in the topping comes from the butter rather than the juice.

Overall, don’t worry about the moisture.  Bake your frozen strawberries frozen and your fresh strawberries fresh and all will be ok.  Your topping shouldn’t get soggy and if it does, I’d be shocked.  I’ve made this so many times that a soggy crisp isn’t something I’ve ever had to deal with.

 

 

Why Are My Strawberries Turning Mushy?

When it comes to this fresh strawberry crisp recipe, you don’t have to worry about mushy strawberries.  You want soft cooked berries with a crunchy crisp topping. This is 100% expected and normal.

However if your fresh berries are mushy before you even cook with them, it’s a sign that they are starting to decompose.  Hurry and freeze them, eat them or bake with them!

 

 

Can you use frozen strawberries in crisp?

Yes, you can definitely use frozen strawberries for this recipe. If you only have access to frozen strawberries, no worries they will work just as great. Just add in a little extra corn starch to absorb the extra water that comes with frozen strawberries.

 

 

Does strawberry crisp need to be refrigerated?

You only need to refrigerate your strawberry crisp if you weren’t able to eat it all in one serving! You can also prepare your crisp the night before and keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh for the next day. If you are storing your leftovers in the fridge, it will last about 5 days. 

If you are making your strawberry crisp the day before you are going to eat it, make sure you let your crisp completely cool after being in the oven before you stick it in the fridge. You can also make the crisp ahead of time and cook it later for a fresher option.

 

 

Can I freeze strawberry crisp?

Freezing berries and thawing them again never really goes as well as you hope. Because berries have a lot of juice in them, when they freeze they expand like ice, which makes freezing dessert with fruit pretty tricky. 

If you freeze your strawberry crisp, it will take the crispy part out of the equation. It is like reheating pizza in the microwave… just not the same. So I would advise against freezing your strawberry crisp.

 

 

What ingredients are in a strawberry crisp:

Making strawberry crisp isn’t as hard as it may seem. Making this recipe will leave you feeling like a pro dessert baker. As long as you have all the ingredients, your strawberry crisp will turn out beautifully! Speaking of ingredients here is what you are going to need:

  • Strawberries: The more the merrier! Fresh ones are preferred but frozen or wilted are good as well.
  • White Sugar: It definitely will make it sweeter!
  • Cornstarch: This is what is considered the binder. It is what helps thicken the juice and helps give it the desired texture.
  • All purpose Flour: This is the base of the crumbly topping. 
  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: The old fashioned oats will give your end result an extra crisp!
  • Brown Sugar: The Molasses in brown sugar will give your strawberry crisp more moisture and will create a chewier texture. And of course make it more sweet!
  • Cinnamon: The more flavor the better!
  • Salt: Salt in an enhancer. It will make everything taste that much better!
  • Butter: It adds more moisture and more flavor into your recipe.

 

 

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Though strawberries scream summer, I can’t seem to ever get enough of them. Which makes enjoying this simple dessert perfect all year! Strawberry crisp has always been one of my favorite summer treats to make for any occasion. The crispiness is to die for and the way the strawberries melt in your mouth is heavenly.

If you haven’t tried making a strawberry crisp before, now is a perfect time to do it! This recipe is simple and will be sure to leave you and your kids wanting more. Especially when you add that ice cream for a finishing touch. 

 

Yield: 6 Servings

Fresh Homemade Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Crisp Recipe - spoonful of crisp ready to be eaten.

This fresh tasting Strawberry Crisp is quick to toss together and uses fresh or frozen strawberries. A simple, easy to prepare summer dessert that can be enjoyed all year round!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces of strawberries, hulled and quartered (approximately 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (3 Tablespoons if using Frozen Strawberries)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned roll oats
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Spray an 9 x 9 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl toss strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar and cornstarch.
  4. Place berries into prepared pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, 1/3 cup white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  6. Add melted butter and mix well.
  7. Pour oatmeal mixture on top of berries.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until topping is golden and berries are bubbly.
  9. Serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Notes

When baking with frozen strawberries, do not thaw first. Bake frozen.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 5gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g
Originally Posted: April 28, 2016

Text & Photos Updated: July 6, 2020

 

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Lindsay

Sunday 1st of May 2022

This was to DIE for! Tart, sweet, jammy and the topping just makes it. My son brought home strawberries that he had picked during a field trip. They sent home so many, I had to find something to make with them. You got the difference between and crisp and a crumble right, by the way! I prefer one made with oats, they make it extra crunchy and toasty. This is perfect for a summer evening. Thank you!

Janelle

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

Lindsay I'm SOOO glad you liked the Strawberry Crisp! We make it every year during strawberry season and it's a favorite here too! Thank you for your comment!

Matt

Sunday 13th of March 2022

I wasn’t even hungry anymore by the time I got done scrolling to the recipe! Damn!!

Jennifer

Thursday 6th of January 2022

This was delicious! I added a pinch of nutmeg and otherwise exactly as the recipe. I used frozen strawberries and will probably bake for another 5-10 minutes next time, as some of the berries were only lukewarm. Definitely a keeper!!

Janelle

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

So glad you liked it! Thanks for the tip on extra cook time!

Beth

Sunday 25th of July 2021

If I plan to freeze a crisp, I bake it first (just under done for the crisp), cool it and freeze it. Then when I want to eat, I rebake/reheat in the oven. Never had a soggy crusted crisp yet.

Clint

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Had to scroll to nearly the bottom of the page just to find the recipe. By the time I got to it I really didn’t care anymore.

Janelle

Monday 11th of October 2021

Clint, this is why every recipe has a "jump to recipe" button at the top. Then you skip the Google required text and get straight to the recipe. Thanks!

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