This smoked strawberry recipe is one of the best ways to use fresh strawberries! They have great flavor and are perfect for eating as they are or placing on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
If you're a fan of strawberries, get ready to love this new great way to cook and eat them. Using a charcoal grill or a pellet grill is a fun way to let the natural sugars and sweetness of the strawberries come through with each and every bite.
Keep this recipe handy for the prime strawberry season so that you can add that smoke infusion with the sweetness of this fruit. Once you place strawberries on the grill grate, you'll be snacking on this easy dessert in no time at all.
All you need is a little bit of time and one simple ingredient to make this fun treat. It's the perfect way to add a new flavor and texture to already delicious strawberries.
Speaking of delicious and simple desserts, be sure to check out my Smoked Cookies for a fun flavor and recipe.
All you need is one simple ingredient to get started. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe instructions.
Fresh strawberries - If you can get fresh strawberries during the strawberry season, these cooked strawberries will literally taste like candy.
How to make Smoked Strawberries
Step One: Rinse the strawberries under cold water and then hull them by using a small knife to carefully take off the stem.
Step Two: Cut the strawberries in half and then put the halved strawberries on a greased wire rack. We like to use a disposable foil pan.
Step Three: Put the wire rack on the grill grates in a smoker that has been preheated.
Step Four: Smoke the strawberries at 225 degrees for one hour. Remove and enjoy.
Add lemon juice - Before adding the strawberries into the smoker, you can squeeze fresh lemon juice or lemon zest on top of them.
Use other fruit - Even though this recipe is all about strawberries, you could easily replicate this with blueberries, raspberries, and other types of fresh fruit.
How do I use smoked strawberries?
That is the million-dollar question. There isn't just one way to enjoy these strawberries. You can eat them just like they are. They're easy to pop into your mouth and taste like a sweet candy bite.
If you want to add them to recipes, you can also do that. Add them to the tops of ice cream, make them into some homemade smoked strawberry jam, or put them into the blender with some brown sugar and simple syrup to make a decadent topping for desserts.
How do I know when the strawberries are done cooking?
You really have to pay attention to how they look. They aren't going to turn golden brown or anything like that to indicate that they are done, but they will shrivel up a bit since the grill is cooking them and zapping out that fresh juice.
They'll have a little bit of a duller color than the bright red that they were originally, and that is a good clue that they're done and ready to enjoy.
How do I store extra grilled strawberries?
If you have leftovers, just let them cool down all the way and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. I recommend eating them within 1-2 days of grilling them for the best results.
You can also add them to the freezer if you cook a larger batch and know that you won't get them all eaten in time. Cool completely, and then place them in a freezer-safe bag to enjoy later. To thaw, move the bag to the fridge and give it 2-3 hours.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
For this recipe to work well, fresh strawberries are a must. That is because the frozen strawberries will release a ton of extra liquid and moisture, and the indirect heat from the grill would take a really long time to get them to the texture that they need to be.
If you have frozen strawberries only, you can try that method, but it's going to take at least double the time if not longer, to get them to the correct texture.
- 1 lbs fresh strawberries
- vanilla ice cream optional
- Rinse strawberries under cold water.
- Hull the strawberries by using a small knife to carefully remove the stem.
- Cut the strawberries in half and place them on a greased wire rack or aluminum pan.
- Place the wire rack onto the grill grates in a preheated smoker.
- Smoke the strawberries for an hour at 225°F. Remove the strawberries from the smoker.
- Optional: Serve on top of vanilla ice cream.