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This easy strawberry milkshake recipe is made with just 3 ingredients. It’s a rich and creamy cold treat perfect for a warm day!

strawberry milkshakes with whipped cream and strawberries in tall glass.

Homemade Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

My family and I are just crazy about strawberries. I use these tasty little berries in strawberry desserts, strawberry salads and drinks. Sometimes, the kids and I cover them in chocolate, and sometimes, I just put big old bowl of plain berries on the counter for the kids to snack on. In the winter, I buy frozen strawberries to make strawberry breakfast smoothies, but honestly, fresh strawberries are so much better!

So when it’s strawberry season, we like to celebrate, and we kind of go overboard — but in a good way.

As much as I love making healthy smoothies, there are those days when you just gotta indulge and make something just a tiny bit richer and sweeter and way more decadent —  like a homemade milkshake. A rich, thick, frosty delicious strawberry milkshake — yum! 

You could easily hop in the car and get a strawberry shake from your local fast food place, but really, homemade milkshakes taste better — way better, especially on a hot summer day!

whole. milk, vanilla ice cream and ripe strawberries.

Simple Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients from the grocery store for this homemade milkshake recipe. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Fresh strawberries — Fresh ripe strawberries add so much flavor to this frosty drink. Their natural sweetness means you don’t need extra sugar or syrups. You’ll want to rinse the fresh berries, hull them and cut them into smaller pieces. You can sub frozen berries if that’s what you have.
  • Vanilla ice cream — I like real vanilla ice cream without any extra ingredients for the best taste. Vanilla is normally used in this classic recipe, but you can use strawberry ice cream for more strawberry flavor.
  • Whole milk — makes the milkshake thick and creamy. 2 percent or 1 percent milk don’t work as well. You can sub heavy cream for the milk.

How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake

First, add the sliced berries to the bottom of a blender. Personally, I feel fruit blends better when added first, but that’s just me.

sliced strawberries in blender.

Next, add the scoops of vanilla ice cream and milk over the strawberries. No need to stir. Blend the ingredients for a few seconds until the mixture is well combined.

blend milkshake ingredients in blender.

Pour the milkshake into tall glasses, and garnish with whipped cream and fresh whole strawberries on top of the milkshakes. You can make homemade whipped cream if you want to go all out. Add thick drinking straws and enjoy the best strawberry milkshake you have ever tasted — the perfect treat!

Reddi-Wip on strawberry milkshake.

Milkshake Making Tips

Shakes stay colder longer if the glasses are nice and frosty, so I’ll usually stick a couple of tall glasses or mason jars in the freezer before I make the milkshakes.

Normally, I buy 2 percent milk for drinking, but whole milk is perfect for making milkshakes. It just makes them a little richer and thicker, with a smooth, creamy texture, which is what you want in a shake.

Personally, I like shakes thick enough to eat with a spoon, but if you like them slightly thinner, like my kids do, just add a little more milk or less milk if you want them super thick.

If you have leftover milkshake, you can freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container or glass, and eat it with a spoon later!


More Milkshake Recipes

Try my mint chocolate chip milkshake or this easy peach milkshake or this Whoppers malted milkshake next.

5 from 8 votes

Easy Strawberry Milkshake

By: Dee
This easy strawberry milkshake recipe is made with just 3 ingredients. It's a rich and creamy cold treat perfect for a hot summer day!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 cups


  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries rinsed and hulled
  • 3 cups all-natural vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
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  • Add the chopped strawberries to a blender
  • Add the cups of vanilla ice cream and the milk
  • Blend for a few seconds until smooth but still thick
  • Pour into tall ice-cold glasses, and top with whipped cream and strawberries, if desired



Place tall glasses in the freezer while you are making the milkshakes so they stay cold longer.
Start out with 1 cup milk for a thicker milkshake and add more milk for thinner shakes.


Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 51mg, Potassium: 172mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 0.1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
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The kids love ’em, and sometimes they’ll even let me have a sip or two. Yep, they’re real generous like that! But that’s fine. I know where the good chocolate is hidden! 

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Recipe originally posted in 2016 and updated in 2024.

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  1. Sherry says:

    This looked so yummy! Had to make it right away! I just love strawberries!5 stars

  2. Sherry Nappa says:

    This looks wonderful! I could go for one now:-)

  3. Julie | Small Green Kitchen says:

    Mmm, I haven’t had a milkshake in ages. I’m really missing out, aren’t I?! I’d sure like one of these strawberry shakes right now! 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Julie. My kiddos love these milkshakes!

  4. Debra @ Bowl Me Over says:

    I love how simple your ingredients are, that makes the perfect milkshake! Also your pictures are amazing!!! 😀 Wanted to pop by and link you know I’m sharing your recipe as a feature this week for FoodieFriDIY! Thanks for linking up, we’ll be live again tonight 6pm pacific time!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Debra — awesome news! 🙂

  5. Erin says:

    My kids will love this! Pinned and started following on Google +.
    Found your blog on Foodie Friday link party.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Erin — It’s so nice to connect. My kids love this shake! 🙂