Sorbets are such a fantastic dessert.  They are quick and easy to make, fairly healthy (for a dessert), and are a great ending to just about any meal.  This sorbet had a great texture – very fruity, smooth and not too icy.  I did not strain out the seeds because I like them, but you certainly could if you want an even smoother texture.  I made a batch of freshly whipped cream to top the sorbet (you know, I wouldn’t want it to be too healthy) and it was delicious!  Kind of a strawberries and cream thing going on – yum!  The only thing I will change next time will be to make a double batch, as the original recipe doesn’t yield much more than a pint and I like to make more than that at once.  

Strawberry Sorbet
1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. kirsch (optional)
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Slice the strawberries and toss them in a medium bowl with the sugar and kirsch, if using, stirring until the sugar begins to dissolve.  Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring every so often.

Puree the strawberries and their liquid with the lemon juice and salt in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Press the mixture through a strainer to remove the seeds if you wish.  

Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

  • LOOOVE sorbet – so refreshing!!

  • Liz

    so pretty!

  • Strawberry sorbet. Simplicity often over-looked. Us foodies often try to be creative and forge a new recipe trail. But we all love the basics.

    This sorbet looks easy and refreshing. Good thing strawberries are on sale right now!

  • Katie

    That looks so good and its so pretty

  • How lovely and refreshing! I really like the addiiton of lemon juice!

  • how cute! looks so tasty!

  • Ooh, I have to make that.

  • david marshall michael

    looks delicious. and i mean delicious, you know?

  • Wow….gorgeous! So refreshing and pretty!

  • Sorbet – strawberries – Perfect!

  • This looks delicious! Although I love living in France, I sure do miss all of my gadgets (especially my ice cream maker)…

  • joelen

    I love the gorgeous deep red color! I’ll have to try David’s recipe… since I’ve been using Alton’s as my go to sorbet.

  • The color of the sorbet is gorgeous! Yum, looks refreshing!

  • That looks delicious!! The color is so intense it’s making me crave strawberries :)

  • I love strawberries, and I recently got an ice cream maker, so I’ll be making this soon!

  • Wow, this is exactly what I wish I was eating right now, nice for a hot day.

  • Gorgeous photo! I can’t wait to get an ice cream maker someday :)

  • Wow, that looks delicious!

  • bakergirlcreations

    Just bought The Perfect Scoop today! So looking forward to trying some of the recipes…and of course summer. Your photo is fabulous. the polka dots are perfect for Strawberry Sorbet.

  • ash

    yum! the color is fab!

  • marieen

    my first visit…am blown away..amazing…truly!

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  • carla

    Just made this as my first attempt with the ice cream maker I got for Christmas! It was SO good. I can only imagine how amazing it will be this summer when I can get great farmer’s market berries!

  • That sounds really yummy!!

  • Yum, that looks so good. I have a yogurt maker I wounder if that will work?

  • Annie, this is the perfect dessert recipe for college students; it’s easy to make, healthy and looks absolutely delicious!

    I am definitely adding this link to our Friday Link Drop tomorrow on our site, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow!

    Thank you for this recipe and we will definitely be back very soon.

    P.S. Great name :)

    Annie Maguire
    Managing Editor

  • Annie

    Finally got my ice cream maker attachment, so I’m trying all the recipes I’ve had bookmarked for ages! One question – do you think this recipe could be made with raspberries instead?

  • Annie

    I suggest looking for an actual raspberry sorbet recipe. Fruits vary widely in natural sweetness/tartness and water content, so it’s not as simple as just subbing one for another.

  • Jenna

    Made this recipe over the weekend and it turned out perfect! So simple to make and a great way to make your friends think you put alot of work into a dessert that basically made itself!

  • Annie


  • Oh my gosh, I just made this today and it’s the most amazing treat I’ve ever tasted. So pure. So delicious.

  • Alysha

    Annie – Is the ice cream maker a necessary step, or can you just freeze the mix in freezer-safe container?

  • Annie

    Yes, if you want it to have a texture like sorbet. If you just freeze it without churning you’ll get a block of strawberry ice. I know there are methods you can use if you don’t have an ice cream maker though the results won’t be quite the same. Try Googling for more info.

  • Annie, this was a perfect way to use up some of the 16 pounds of strawberries we picked earlier this week. I doubled the recipe (and used a KitchenAid attachment, too) and I’m so glad I did. I’ve used David Lebovitz recipes via your wesbite for all the ice cream I’ve made so far, and it has been perfect each time! Thank you :)

    I posted about this strawberry sorbet here:

  • Andrea

    Hi Annie, I’m wondering if you can clarify a bit. I have the Kitchen Aid Ice cream attachment – so do I put it in the bowl after I’ve chilled it and then churn it and then just put it in the freezer in the Kitchen Aid Bowl and it will stay soft enough to scoop? Sorry I’m a first timer in the ice cream department!

  • Annie

    Chill the mixture before you churn it. Don’t store it in the KA bowl. It will get way too hard. Store it in a separate container. The KA attachment comes with instructions so you might want to take a look at those.

  • Julie

    I made this today with strawberries I bought that were locally grown. I had fresh lime juice so I used that instead of the lemon juice. I didn’t have any kirsch, but I had read a different recipe online which called for Gran Marnier, which I did have so I used that. All I can say is…OMG! I could barely put this sorbet in the freezer without wanting to eat it all! That’s saying a lot because I usually don’t crave sweets much. If you’re on the fence about making this, don’t even give it a second thought!