Strawberry Milkshake

2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Rich and creamy Strawberry Milkshake made with real strawberries! Classic easy recipe with vanilla ice cream, milk, and frozen strawberries.

This homemade milkshake recipe is the perfect Frozen Treat to enjoy during the summer! The delicious and adorable pink drink is just as good as anything you could get at a classic diner and it is so easy to make at home. For more delicious homemade milkshakes try a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake or my one-of-a-kind Drake Shake!

Sabrina’s Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

There is something so nostalgic about a creamy, classic Strawberry Milkshake. It’s simple yet there is nothing quite like that sweet milky, berry flavor. My Strawberry Milkshake sticks to the basics with just strawberries, milk, and Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s smooth, fruity, creamy and oh so delicious. Top it off with some homemade Whipped Cream and fresh berries for the ultimate diner-style Strawberry Milkshake.

The great thing about homemade milkshakes, besides how easy they are, is that you can also have fun experimenting with different flavors and add-ins. Feel free to add Chocolate Fudge Sauce, mix in different berry flavors, or use different ice cream flavors to make your signature shake. Check out the variations section of this post for some great ideas.

Strawberry Milkshake ingredients in bowls


  • Vanilla Ice Cream: The vanilla ice cream thickens and chills the Strawberry Milkshake. It also adds a delicious vanilla flavor that pairs wonderfully with the strawberry. To make 2 shakes, you’ll use 2 cups or 1 pint vanilla ice cream. 
  • Milk: While the ice cream thickens the shake, the milk acts as the liquid component to make it smooth and drinkable. You might prefer using whole milk for a more creamy texture. However, you can use skim, 1%, or 2% milk if you prefer.
  • Frozen Strawberries: While you can use strawberry syrup or another strawberry flavoring, using real frozen strawberries gives a less artificial flavor, and you can leave strawberry chunks or blend until completely smooth, depending on your preference.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are perfect as a garnish, but they aren’t necessary if you don’t have any.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Blender: Take out your family’s trusty blender to mix your shake in. Any blender will do, you don’t need a brand new one, or a fancy one with lots of different settings. A handheld immersion blender would also work. You’ll simply scoop the ingredients into a very large cup or small pitcher, add the ingredients, and use the immersion blender to blend it all together.
  • Ice Cream Scoop: Another classic tool, a standard ice cream scoop, is needed to scoop the ice cream out of your carton. If you find yourself without an ice cream scoop, you can use a large metal spoon to scoop the ice cream.

How to Make Strawberry Milkshakes

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Prep Time

    Take the ice cream container out of the freezer a few minutes before starting the recipe. That way, it has time to soften slightly and will blend smoothly with the other ingredients. ice cream for Strawberry Milkshake in a bowl

  2. Blend

    Scoop the ice cream into your blender. Then add the milk and frozen strawberries over the top. Blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth.Strawberry Milkshake finished in blender

  3. Serve

    Pour the milkshake into a chilled glass and top it off with whipped cream and freshly sliced strawberries for garnish. Serve immediately before the Strawberry Milkshake can melt.Strawberry Milkshake being poured in glasses

Can Milkshakes be made ahead?

You can make these shakes ahead of time if you like. Just make the shakes, pour them into glasses, and cover with a lid. Keep them away from the freezer door, though. That way, opening and closing the door won’t change the milkshake’s temperature. When you’re ready to eat your milkshake, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw for 20 minutes. Give it a gentle stir and top it however you like.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Milkshake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 618mg18%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 969IU19%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 363mg36%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

Make the best shake you’ve ever tried in your very own kitchen by following these helpful tips.

  1. Avoid Thin Shakes
    • If you find yourself with shakes that are too thin, consider how long your ice cream was sitting out before you scooped it. If you leave it out too long, it will produce thin shakes.
  2. Your Choice of Vanilla Ice Cream
    • Although it might seem like it, not all vanilla ice creams are created equal. Some are richer in flavor, or will just have a flavor that your tastebuds will especially enjoy. When making your shakes, be sure to use an ice cream that you enjoy eating. Even though the strawberry flavor comes through strongly, the base vanilla flavor is also important.

What to Pair With Strawberry Milkshakes

Strawberry Shakes make the perfect drinks as a dessert paired with Cookies, Brownies or Bars, or other Fruit Desserts like Strawberry Muffins, Fruit Pizza, or Lemon Bars. You could also make a full meal that will look like it came straight from the Diner with a Classic Burger or Patty Melt, Fries, and the perfect Strawberry Milkshake.

How to Store 

  • Serve: Enjoy your Homemade Strawberry Milkshake fresh before it has a chance to melt.
  • Store: If you want to make this frozen drink ahead of time or have leftovers, you can store your milkshake in the freezer. Be sure to cover it before you store it.

Ideas to Serve Strawberry Milkshakes

This traditional milkshake recipe is sure to be a hit with adults and kids alike. Blending real strawberries into the Vanilla Ice Cream and milk gives the Strawberry Shakes the most authentic, fresh, sweet flavor. Top it all off with a dollop of Whipped Cream and sliced strawberries for the perfect finishing touch. You could also top with a maraschino cherry. To make the shakes extra special, serve them with a rolled cookie sticking out of the top, or even a regular cookie resting on the rim. You could also top the whipped cream with sprinkles to make it look extra festive.

Frequent Questions

Can I make a dairy-free milkshake?

Even if you’re on a dairy-free diet, you can still enjoy a delicious Strawberry Milkshake. You’ll just need a couple of substitutes. Use any dairy-free milk substitute. Almond milk is a great choice, but coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk or other replacements work as well. You should also be able to find dairy-free ice cream made with coconut or almond milk at the grocery store. Then all you have to do is blend the dairy-free ingredients as usual. These substitutions will also make a vegan milkshake.

Can I make a thicker milkshake?

It’s easy to alter the consistency of your homemade milkshake. Once you’ve blended it according to the recipe instructions, you can assess if you want it thicker or smoother. To make the milkshake recipe thicker, add extra scoops of vanilla ice cream until it’s how you like it. To make a thinner milkshake, blend in more milk.

Recipe Card

Strawberry Milkshake

Rich and creamy Strawberry Milkshake made with real strawberries! Classic easy recipe with vanilla ice cream, milk, and frozen strawberries.
Yield 2 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup whipped cream , for garnish
  • 2 sliced strawberries , for garnish


  • Add the ice cream, milk, and strawberries to a blender.
  • Blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth.
  • Top with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Keyword: Strawberry Milkshake

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  • Toppings: Along with the whipped cream, you can add other toppings like chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, and any kinds of fresh berries you like.
  • Extra Strawberry Flavor: Blending real strawberries into the milkshake recipe gives it a beautiful pink color and delicious flavor. If you want a stronger strawberry taste, you can replace the vanilla ice cream with strawberry ice cream to double the taste.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Frozen fruit is used in this recipe since it’s good any time of year and adds to the chilled ingredients. However, if you’re making the recipe during strawberry season and have fresh strawberries that you want to use, you can replace the frozen berries with fresh fruit.
  • Mixed Berry Milkshake: Feel free to use any of your favorite berries in this recipe. Frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or cherries would all taste delicious in this Milkshake recipe.
  • Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake: There are a few different ways to combine strawberry and chocolate flavors into this shake. The first is to add chocolate syrup to the mix. You could also replace the vanilla ice cream with chocolate ice cream, or replace the regular whole milk with chocolate milk.
  • Strawberry Banana Milkshake: Add a banana into the ingredients to make a fruity Strawberry Banana Milkshake.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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