Homemade and Fresh Strawberry Pudding

February 10, 2020 (Last Updated: September 25, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make pudding from scratch, but that might change today. We are going to make a delicious homemade Fresh Strawberry Pudding that is going to knock your socks off. Not only is it easy to make, but this classic dessert tastes like a cross between sugar fantasies and strawberry dreams. Do I have your attention yet? Make this sweet little treat.

Overhead picture of two mason jars filled with strawberry pudding.

Fresh Strawberry Pudding Summary

This recipe is a twofer. The premise of the recipe is that you learn how to make a fresh strawberry pudding, which is a unique and fun recipe to make. In addition, you get a basic lesson in how to make from-scratch pudding. The strawberries, while being the star of this dessert, are really almost the sidekick to the pudding. The summary of this recipe is that I will show you how to make homemade pudding and we will infuse strawberry flavor into it along the way.

Choosing Strawberries

I would recommend picking nice, fresh strawberries for this pudding dish. I am a believer that great ingredients will make a great dish, and this is no exception. Here is a guide to choosing fresh strawberries if you are looking for some assistance. 

If all you have on hand is a batch of strawberries that are teetering on the edge of freshness or frozen, I suspect this would be a good dish for them, as well. We will be coating the strawberries in dairy and sugar, which can help cover-up imperfections of an imperfect fruit.

Choosing The Number of Strawberries

This was really the only part of this recipe that took a little time to develop. I found that the fresh strawberry flavor was a little difficult to impart to the pudding. This took a few tries to narrow in on the number of strawberries I needed. I started too low on my first try. After a few more tries, I decided that one cup of minced strawberries was enough to get the flavor I wanted.

Economics of Homemade Pudding

Making homemade pudding is the smart thing to do for your pocketbook, as well. Let’s remove the most expensive part of this recipe for a moment, fresh Strawberries. The reality of this recipe is that once you have it down, it will unlock so many other flavors for you and strawberries are just one small avenue that a person could take with homemade pudding.

I didn’t know the exact price for a thing of pudding, as I make it from scratch, but found online that they cost about a dollar. Then you still have to add milk. Without accounting for the strawberries in this recipe, the cost of homemade pudding is much, much less than store-bought pudding. The biggest costs in this recipe would be the milk, 2 eggs, and one-third cup of sugar.

If you use homemade or storebought, you will still need milk. Two eggs are going to cost you roughly 20 cents. The sugar is going to cost another 20 cents? All of the other ingredients are low cost and low volume, so let’s say the rest costs you a dime. For a base-level vanilla pudding, you are getting a superior product at half the cost.

We are, however, adding fresh strawberries to the mix, which does increase the price substantially. It really is unfortunate that fresh produce costs so much and that it is also an important part of a balanced diet. That is the way the cookie crumbles! If you were trying to save on costs, with a strawberry pudding, I might consider trying to add a tablespoon or two of strawberry preserves or jelly into the pudding to get a strawberry flavor.

Homemade pudding can be a great way to save money on your shopping bill, with an added bonus of making something special rather than dumping a box in a bowl. If you are inventive, you can take this basic recipe and experiment with other flavors like cocoa, jellies, garden fruits, or fresh fruit that is on sale.

Time Economics of Homemade Pudding

I have made boxed pudding in the past and it is easy, but not really that substantially easier than making homemade pudding. The big difference is that you do have to pay attention to your cooking ingredients while it is on the stovetop, which ends up amounting to 10 to 15 minutes of time. It doesn’t require dedicated attention, however. The main focus of your cooking attention during this time is stirring to ensure milk does not scald in your pan. Also, to pay attention until it becomes a pudding-like consistency.
Fresh Strawberry Pudding in Mason Jars

Fresh Strawberry Pudding Tips

  • Learn how to buy fresh strawberries
  • If strawberries aren’t your thing, try other flavors
  • Whole milk for the win!

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Fresh Strawberry Pudding

Fresh Strawberry Pudding overhead picture in two mason jars with some strawberries and spoons on the side.

Homemade pudding is too easy to make and this Fresh Strawberry Pudding Recipe is a great way to make a refreshing and beautiful little dessert. Eat this pudding and you are going to get all the comforts of a nice dessert and a flash of fresh berry flavors.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: English


  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup strawberries, minced
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks


  1. Add cornstarch to medium sauce pan and then whisk in milk.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put on stovetop over medium to medium high heat and mix.
  4. Continue mixing. The big risk here is scalding and continually mixing will help prevent this.
  5. Once the mixture starts to bubble, you should notice it starting to thicken.
  6. When about the consistency of a gravy or… well.. pudding, remove from heat and continue to stir for two minutes.
  7. Put pudding into separate container and put in fridge to cool.
  8. Serve.


  • Learn how to buy fresh strawberries
  • If strawberries aren’t your thing, try other flavors
  • Whole milk for the win!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 25 g
  • Sodium: 94 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 104 mg

Keywords: Strawberry Pudding

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