Shoney’s Strawberry Pie

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This Shoney’s Strawberry Pie recipe is about to become your new favorite recipe for the summer!

If you’ve not heard of Shoney’s, it’s an American restaurant famous for its comfort food. 

Their strawberry desserts are a thing of legend – imagine a flaky pie crust filled with juicy strawberries and coated in a glistening strawberry glaze. A real treat for the taste buds. 

In this copycat recipe, I’ve aimed to keep things simple. Why don’t you make it for your mom for Mother’s Day?

closeup view of shoneys strawberry pie recipe

Why You’ll Love This Easy Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients – Only 5 ingredients, and it takes no time at all to put together.
  • Quick! – You can bake this classic strawberry pie in 10 minutes or less.
  • Summer-Friendly – Warmer days call for easy pie recipes that don’t require the oven!
  • Store-Bought Crust – The shell is a frozen pie crust you can pick up from the grocery store.

Ingredients

Get to your local grocery store to grab all the ingredients you need to make this delicious Shoney’s Strawberry Pie recipe:

  • Fresh Strawberries: Try to find really high-quality strawberries – the farmer’s Market during the summer strawberry season is your best bet.
  • Frozen Pie Crust: Buy ready from the store to save time – you’ll still get that nice flaky crust. 
  • Strawberry Jello: For making Shoney’s special glaze.
  • Sugar: Makes the strawberries taste even better and balances everything out.
  • Cornstarch: Our secret weapon – It makes the filling all gooey and perfect.
side view of strawberry pie with whipped cream

How to make Shoney’s Strawberry Pie

Follow these simple instructions to make this fresh strawberry pie. Scroll down for the recipe card for more details.

  1. Bake your pie crust according to the instructions on the package, then let it cool.
  2. Wash and clean the strawberries, letting them drain in a colander. Remember to remove the stems and hulls.
  3. Slice each strawberry in half and set aside.
  4. Prepare an ice water bath in a small container – or use your kitchen sink.
  5. In a medium saucepan, whisk together water, cornstarch, sugar, and strawberry jello on medium heat. Stir constantly until it comes to the ‘first boil’.
  6. Remove from heat and place the saucepan in the ice water bath, stirring as it cools and thickens.
  7. Add the sliced strawberries to your cooled pie crust.
  8. Pour the thickened gelatin mixture over the strawberries, filling any gaps.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
slice of fresh strawberry pie with cool whip

Expert Shoney’s Strawberry Pie tips

With these pro tips in your back pocket, you’re more than ready to tackle this delicious recipe:

  • Prep Ahead: Wash and hull the berries the day before – so that they are really dry before adding them to the pie.
  • Weight It Down: Be sure to use pie weights on top of parchment paper to weigh down the crust. Aim for a light golden brown.  
  • Egg Brush: Brush your pie shell with egg white before baking – for a crispier crust ready for all those juicy berries. You don’t want a soggy pie crust bottom!
  • DIY Crust: If you want to make your own pie crust, be sure to check out our perfect pie crust recipe
  • Berry Juicy: Since strawberries can be super juicy, make sure your gelatin mixture is well-thickened before pouring.
  • Chill Time: Don’t rush the chillin’ process. Give your pie at least 2 hours in the fridge to set properly before serving

How to serve

When it comes to dishing out this Shoney’s Strawberry Pie, there are lots of options. Just note, serve your pie on the same day or the next – after two days, it will become soggy.

I love to dress it up with a big dollop of Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream.

Or how about a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream right beside your pie slice?

How to store

Alright, if by some miracle you’ve got leftover pie, here’s how to keep it fresh. First off, don’t let it stay at room temperature – keep it in the fridge.

Use plastic wrap to keep the moisture in. Make sure you cover it well so that the top doesn’t dry out or soak up any fridge odors – nobody wants a garlic-scented strawberry pie!

It’s even better if you put the plastic-wrapped pie in an airtight container. 

And remember, you’ve got about 2 days to enjoy the pie before it turns into a soggy mess – so dig in while it’s still good!

FAQs

Here are some of the questions people have asked me:

Can I make my strawberry pie the day before?

Yes, just keep it well wrapped in the fridge. See our instructions on how to store the above. 

Do I need to cut the strawberries, or can I leave them whole?

In this recipe, we cut the berries in half. I suppose it depends on the size of your strawberries – some strawberry pie recipes use them whole.

We think it looks great either way, so it’s totally up to you!

Why didn’t my strawberry pie set – it’s so runny?

Make sure you follow the recipe exactly and boil the gelatin mixture. 

You then need to let it cool and thicken before pouring it on the strawberries.  

Slice of strawberry pie on white plate

Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?

Ah, the tale of this copycat Shoney’s Strawberry Pie is a bit of a trip down memory lane, mixed with my love for kitchen experiments.

The real inspiration for this pie came from a family reunion last week. Cousin Susan brought her famous strawberry pie, and someone said, “This tastes just like Shoney’s!” A light bulb went off, and I knew I had a new mission.

I dove into my collection of family cookbooks, searched for similar recipes, and decided to make my own version. It turned out so nice, it earned a spot in my own personal cookbook – and now I’m so excited to share it with you all!

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Final thoughts

This simple strawberry pie is one of my favorite recipes (I know I have so many!) and I really wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it over the coming summer months.

THANKS SO MUCH for following and being part of the Pie Lady Bakes community! We’re all about sharing easy-to-make vintage recipes that remind us of the ones our moms and grandmas used to make.

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Judy

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Shoney’s Strawberry Pie Recipe

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Judy Kahansky
The easiest Strawberry Pie recipe ever! This is a strawberry pie with jello recipe that is packed with juicy fresh strawberries, and topped with Cool Whip!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Easy Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 141 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup strawberry jello - or store brand gelatine
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries - we like lots of fresh berries!

Instructions
 

  • Brush the frozen pie crust with an egg white(see note below)
  • Bake the frozen pie crust following the directions on the package.
  • Set aside and let it cool completely.
  • Wash and clean the strawberries – removing the stems and hulls
  • Slice the berries in half and set them aside until ready to pour the filling on
  • Prepare a small basin with ice cubes and cold water
  • Stirring constantly (I use a whisk) bring the water, cornstarch, sugar and strawberry gelatin to a bowl in a medium saucepan
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and place into ice water bath
  • Stir occasionally.
  • The ice water bath cools the gelatin mixture quickly, so you will see it thicken
  • Place the cut strawberries into your baked pie shell, mounding them into the middle
  • Pour the gelatin mixture over all of the berries, filling all the spaces.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  • When ready, pipe on some whipped cream and serve.

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Notes

Note: Serve your pie the same day or the next day – after 2 days it will become soggy.  But it’s so easy to make I usually make it in the morning to take to a picnic or serve at a BBQ later in the day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.