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Easy Strawberry Mousse

I made this light, airy strawberry mousse for a little dinner party I hosted over the weekend. And my friends practically liked the bowls clean!

It’s made with cream, sugar, and beautifully ripe strawberries. So every bite is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor.

As soon as I took that first spoonful, I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you. Trust me, it’s a must-make.

Sweet and refreshing homemade strawberry mousse with whipped cream
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Easy Strawberry Mousse Recipe

Want to make a mouthwatering dessert but can’t bake to save your life? Try this 3-ingredient strawberry mousse.

It all starts with fresh, ripe strawberries – the kind you can smell from the box and that are beautifully bright red.

Add some whipped cream and sugar, and this dessert is ready to chill. After an hour, it’s perfectly set and wonderfully rich.

Whether you finish it with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or more fruit, it’s guaranteed to satisfy.


Here’s what you’ll need for the simplest yet most delightful 3-ingredient dessert ever:

  • Fresh Strawberries: Sorry, but this recipe won’t work with frozen fruit. So be sure to find the ripest berries around.
  • Sugar: Even ripe strawberries need a touch of sugar to draw out the flavor. Sugar also ensures the fruit purée is smooth.
  • Whipped Cream: This is the key to the mousse texture and structure. Whip it to stiff peaks so it doesn’t fall flat.

(Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full list with measurements.)

Homemade fresh sliced strawberries in a blender on a white marble table

How to Make Strawberry Mousse

Ready to make a show-stopping dessert?

Here’s how to whip up a delightful strawberry mousse.

1. Purée the strawberries and sugar in a blender until smooth.

2. Whip the cream with an electric mixer to stiff peaks.

3. Combine the cream and purée gently until it’s uniformly pink.

4. Chill the mousse in the serving container for at least an hour.

5. Garnish and serve with extra whipped cream and a whole strawberry.

If you want to make this ahead or use whipped coconut cream:

  • Stabilize it with 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder + 1/4 cup cold water.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan, let it soften, then melt over low heat.
  • Whisk this into the purée, then add the whipped cream as instructed.
Homemade pink strawberry mousse in glasses with whipped cream

Tips for Success

Want to make your strawberry mousse experience even better? Check out these easy tips for success:

  • Chill the cream and the bowl. For voluminous whipped cream, use very cold cream in a frozen bowl.
  • Strain for smoothness. Strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve to eliminate seeds, giving you a smoother mousse.
  • How to mix the puree and cream. Add about 1/4 cup of the whipped cream to the purée and whisk it by hand until fully combined. Then, it’ll be much easier to gently stir in the rest of the whipped cream.
  • Layer for extra flair. Reserve a bit of strawberry puree to layer in the bottom of your serving glasses. A couple of tablespoons in each glass should do the trick.
  • Explore different berries. Try raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or cherries.
  • Dairy-free option. Use cold coconut cream (not cream of coconut). It whips up a lot like whipped cream, but a touch softer.
  • Make it with Cool Whip. Instead of whipping cream, use an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip. Just mix it into the strawberry purée, then let it set for an hour or two. (It might not be as firm, but it will be nice and fluffy.)

Serving Suggestions

This strawberry mousse is so fruity and creamy, you really don’t need anything else with it.

But if you want to make it truly over the top, try one of these fun serving ideas:

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  • Add crunch – spoon some crushed cookies, chopped nuts, or granola over the top before serving.
  • Add chocolate – mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings would blend well into the mousse. Or melt some chocolate and pour it over the finished (set) mousse to give it a sweet shell.
  • Add jello – make a batch of strawberry jello and pour it halfway up the serving glass. Leave to set, then top it with the mousse.

How to Store Strawberry Mousse

If you add gelatin to the recipe (as mentioned above), this mousse should last in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Without gelatin:

To Store: Cover the strawberry mousse with a lid or plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Note: I don’t recommend freezing, as it might alter its creamy texture when thawed. 

More Fresh Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberry Cobbler
Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry Milkshake
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Easy Strawberry Mousse

Course: DessertCuisine: American


Prep time


Chill time





This fresh strawberry mousse is light, airy, and bursting with spring flavor. Made with cream, sugar, and strawberries, it’s sweet and creamy in every bite.


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled (plus 4 whole strawberries for garnish)

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold


  • Puree 1 1/2 cups of strawberries with the sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk about 1/4 cup of the whipped cream with the purée until smooth and well combined. Then, add the remaining whipped cream and very gently fold/stir until the mousse is uniformly pink.
  • Spoon the mousse into serving glasses or bowls. Chill for at least 1 hour, or until the mousse is set.
  • Garnish with a whole strawberry before serving. Enjoy!


  • For a pretty presentation, add 1-2 tablespoons of puree to the serving glass. Then, add the mousse on top.
  • Strain the strawberry puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds. This will make the mousse extra smooth.
  • Instead of whipping cream, use an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip.
  • Store the strawberry mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it within 1-2 days.
Fresh Strawberry Mousse (Easy Recipe)

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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