Just as bright and fresh in summer as it is comforting in winter, this strawberry crisp (or crumble) is always a winner. Eat it as a little breakfast indulgence or a light dessert after dinner.

I’m a fan of these sorts of simple recipes, that taste like a pie but without all the hassle. Try this mixed berry crumble or this strawberry rhubarb cobbler too.

A white pie dish filled with baked strawberry crisp.

Why you’ll love this easy strawberry crisp

  • It takes about 10 minutes to make
  • A filling of soft, sweet strawberries
  • A sweet, crunchy topping
  • It’s versatile – use so many other fruits too
  • It’s light enough for summer but comforting enough for winter

Crumbles and crisps like this are the desserts I grew up on. While I know many would top this with ice cream as I have here, I really love these doused in crème anglaise.

A white pie dish filled with fresh strawberries.

Is it a crumble or a crisp?

These days, the words crumble and crisp are interchangeable. I actually grew up with crumble which never had oats in it, while crisps do but aside from that one little topping, there is not other difference.

Ingredients for strawberry crisp

What I love about recipes like these are the minimal ingredients of things you generally have on hand.

Ingredients for strawberry crisp on a white marble surface.
  • Strawberries: Plump, juicy strawberries are so perfect baked like this.
  • Flour: just use plain or all-purpose flour for this one.
  • Oats: You’re best off using rolled oats, however quick oats will work in a bind.
  • Brown sugar: Used in the crisp topping, the brown sugar adds a slight caramel flavour.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and baked fruit just work wonders together.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter in the topping.
  • Sugar: Just a touch of regular white sugar is added to the strawberries and you can adjust this to the sweetness of the strawberries you’re using.
  • Vanilla: Strawberries and vanilla are wonderful together.
  • Cornflour / cornstarch: This will thicken up the juices that the strawberries release.

Fresh vs frozen strawberries

If you can get them at their peak season, fresh strawberries give the best result.

Frozen strawberries will work but you’ll need to add more cornflour as they will release more juice and you’ll want to use them while still frozen.

How to make it

You’ll love how simple this strawberry crisp is. It’s literally 10 minutes of effort for a gorgeous light dessert that tastes like it took forever.

A collage of 4 images showing how to make strawberry crisp.
  1. Make the crumble topping: Combine the dry ingredients (photo 1) then add grated butter (photo 2) and gently work this in with your fingertips until it’s just coming together into clumps.
  2. Prep the strawberries: Wash and dry the strawberries (if they’re fresh) then cut them into 3-4 pieces.
  3. Assemble: Tip the strawberries into a pie dish (the smaller your dish, the thicker the layers will be) (photo 3). Scatter the crumble loosely over the top, leaving some parts bare (photo 4).
  4. Bake.

Can you make a crisp ahead of time

You can make a crisp ahead of time but there’s a but. If you want to put it together on the morning of the evening you plan to bake it that should be fine but any longer and;

  • don’t assemble it until you’re ready to bake – some of the moisture from the fruit will seep into the topping and it won’t properly crisp up. Instead, store the crumble mixture separate to the fruit, then assemble it right before you put it in the oven.
  • don’t cut the fruit too far in advance – the cut sides can dry out, which isn’t too much of an issue since it’s being baked but you still don’t want to cut it days in advance and risk it going bad.

The crumble topping can be made 1-2 days in advance and kept on it’s own in the fridge in an airtight container.

If using frozen strawberries, leave them frozen right up until you assemble the crisp.

A plate filled with strawberry crisp and ice cream

Pro tips and tricks

  • Dry the strawberries: Unless you want a soggy strawberry crisp, make sure to wash and dry the strawberries well before adding them to the dish. Too much moisture and the crumble topping will have trouble crisping up.
  • If using frozen strawberries; add an extra tablespoon of cornflour. Berries have a lot of moisture in them, so when frozen, berries expand and all the cell walls burst. This means when they are thawed, they are less stable in shape and will readily release more juice.

How to store strawberry crisp

If you have any leftover, which I highly doubt, the crisp should be stored in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap.

Can strawberry crisp be reheated?

It can, but just know, the topping will never be as crisp as the first time you baked it which is why it’s best baked fresh.

To reheat leftovers, place them in a 180C / 350F oven for 10 minutes for the best texture, not the microwave.

Can strawberry crisp be frozen?

While technically yes, I would recommend not freezing the crisp – baked or unbaked. The strawberries will release a lot more juice on thawing and the crisp will become a sog.

How to make mini strawberry crisps

This strawberry crumble / crisp can be made into smaller, individual serves. Split the mixture between 4 or 6 largish ramekins and bake. The baking time will be slightly less – maybe 30 minutes.

I do hope you’ll try this strawberry crisp recipe – it’s truly easy to make and totally swoonworthy! The soft, sweet strawberries smell divine as it comes out of the oven and whether you want to top it with ice cream or crème anglaise (my favourite), you’ll love that combination of soft filling and crunchy golden topping.

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Strawberry Crisp (Strawberry Crumble)

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Whether you call it strawberry crisp or strawberry crumble, the wonderful combination of soft, sweet fruit baked under a crunchy topping is always irresistible. Easier than a pie but just as delicious, this crisp takes just minutes to make and is a great way to use fresh (or even frozen) fruit.

Ingredients

FOR THE CRISP TOPPING

  • ¾ cup rolled oats (85g / 3oz)
  • 97 g plain (all-purp) flour (¾ cup / 3.4oz)
  • cup packed brown sugar (66g / 2.3oz)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 113 g unsalted butter, grated and very cold (1 stick / 4oz)

FOR THE STRAWBERRY FILLING

  • 5 cups fresh strawberries
  • cup white granulated sugar (66g / 2.3oz)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) (6 teaspoons) (note 4)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced.

FOR THE CRISP TOPPING

  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the butter and use a pastry blender or your fingertips to mix and press it all together until well combined and clumping (notes). Place in the fridge.

FOR THE FILLING

  • Wash and dry the strawberries well, then remove the stems and cut into 3-4 pieces.
  • In a deep 8 inch pie dish or thinner 9 inch pie dish, combine the berries, sugar, cornflour and vanilla and mix well. Level them out and try to flatten it down a little to create a flat top.
  • Scatter the crumble topping over the top in small and big pieces – make sure it’s nice and thick and has gaps at the sides.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes (note 3) until the top is golden and it’s bubbling at the sides. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (=4 teaspoons worldwide)
  2. For best results, you should always weigh ingredients where a weight is the first measurement given. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
  3. All ovens vary – test for doneness 5-8 minutes before the recipe suggests
  4. If you’d like a very thick, syrupy juice in this, use 2 tablespoons cornflour.
  5. You can use frozen berries, but keep them frozen right up until assembly and use 2 1/2 tablespoons cornflour / cornstarch as they release more liquid.
  6. If you want to make it ahead of time, keep the berries and crumble topping separate, then assemble right before baking. Best eaten as soon as freshly baked.
  7. Serve it with cream, ice cream or creme anglaise.
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