Best Easy Strawberry Crumble Recipe

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Best Easy Strawberry Crumble Recipe– a delightful, comforting, and versatile dessert that celebrates the natural sweetness of strawberries while providing a satisfying crunch with the crumble topping. Enjoy the goodness of fresh fruit in every bite!

You will also love my Strawberry Tiramisu.

finished strawberry crumble with strawberries on the side. Large serving spoon in the middle to serve the warm crumble.
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Easy Strawberry Crumble

Just in time for the strawberry season, this beautiful and delicious spring and summer dessert is a super simple showstopper! You will love this simple fruit crumble.

  • Fresh and Fruity: Ripe juicy strawberries are the star of the show, providing a natural sweetness and vibrant fruity flavor. The addition of orange zest enhances the overall taste with a citrusy kick.
  • Yummy Topping: The crumble topping, made with rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter, creates a perfect balance of crunchiness and tenderness to the gooey fruit filling.
Serving of strawberry crumble in a bowl with ice cream on top.

Try my Italian Crumb Cake and Strawberry Shortcakes next!

Simple Ingredients

The recipe uses common pantry staples, making it easy to prepare without the fuss!

ingredient shot

Crumb Topping:

  • Rolled Oats: Provide a hearty and chewy texture to the crumble topping.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Adds structure to the topping and helps create a crumbly texture.
  • Brown Sugar: Brings a rich, molasses flavor to the topping, enhancing sweetness and moisture.
  • Baking Powder: Helps the topping rise slightly and become light and fluffy.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the crumble.
  • Unsalted Butter (Melted): Binds the dry ingredients together, creating a buttery and crisp topping.

Strawberry Filling:

  • Ripe Strawberries (Hulled and Sliced): The star ingredient, providing natural sweetness and a burst of fruity flavor. Use fresh berries!
  • Orange Zest: Adds a bright and citrusy aroma to complement the sweetness of the strawberries.
  • Cornflour/Cornstarch: Thickens the strawberry juices, creating a luscious filling.
  • White Sugar: Enhances the natural sweetness of the strawberries without overpowering the fruit.
  • Water: Helps create a syrupy consistency in the filling.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a subtle depth of flavor to the strawberry filling.

See the recipe card for quantities.

How to Make Strawberry Crumble (step-by-step photos)

Follow these easy steps for the best strawrberry crumble! See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for a printable version.

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: cut the strawberries.

 Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
Prepare the Strawberry Filling: In a bowl, combine sliced strawberries, orange zest, cornstarch, sugar, water, and vanilla extract.

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: add the cornstarch, orange zest to the strawberries.

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: mix strawberry mixture to combine.

Mix well until the strawberries are coated evenly.

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: make the crumble topping.

Make the Crumble Topping: In a separate bowl, mix rolled oats, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients and mix to combine.

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: mix crumble topping.


how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: add strawberries to baking dish.

Assemble the Crumble: Pour the strawberry filling into a greased baking dish, spreading it evenly on the bottom of the dish.

Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the strawberries, covering the entire surface. 

how to make easy strawberry crumble step-by-step photo instructions: add the crumble topping to the strawberries and bake.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the strawberry filling is bubbly.

Serve: Allow the strawberry crumble to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

strawberries crumble finished baking.

Substitutions

If you need to make substitutions due to dietary restrictions, preferences, or ingredient availability, here are some options:

  • Rolled Oats: Substitute with quick oats or crushed granola for a slightly different texture.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Use whole wheat flour, almond flour, or a gluten-free flour blend for a healthier or gluten-free alternative.
  • Brown Sugar: Replace with coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey for a different sweetness profile.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use coconut oil or a plant-based butter substitute for a dairy-free version.
  • White Sugar: Experiment with alternative sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Adjust quantities based on sweetness preference.
  • Cornflour/Cornstarch: Arrowroot powder or tapioca starch can be used as a thickening agent.
  • Vanilla Extract: Substitute with almond extract or omit if unavailable.
Large serving spoon in the middle to serve the warm crumble.

Variations

Crumbles are versatile, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and textures to suit your taste!

  • Mixed Berry Crumble: Combine strawberries with other berries like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a colorful and mixed berry crumble.
  • Nutty Crunch: Add chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts to the crumble topping for an extra layer of crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Coconut Bliss: Mix shredded coconut into the crumble topping to infuse a tropical and coconut essence into the dessert.
  • Use Cold Butter: If you prefer a crumbly texture for the topping, use cold butter and cut it into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter until you achieve a crumb-like consistency.
  • Individual Servings: you can divide the crumble mixture into individual ramekins for personalized servings. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
Serving of strawberry crumble in a bowl with ice cream on top.

Storage

If you have leftovers, store the cooled Strawberry Crumble in an airtight container or cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Top tips for best results

  • Choose Ripe Strawberries: Select ripe and sweet strawberries for the filling. Ripe strawberries add natural sweetness and contribute to a better texture.
  • Adjust Sugar to Taste: Taste your strawberries before adding sugar to the filling. Adjust the sugar quantity based on the natural sweetness of the fruit and your personal preference.

FAQs

How do you thicken fruit for crumble?

To thicken the fruit filling for a crumble, you’ll typically use a thickening agent to absorb excess liquid. The most common thickening agents for fruit fillings are cornflour (cornstarch), tapioca starch, or arrowroot powder.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

You can use frozen strawberries. They release more liquid as they thaw. Adjust the cornflour/cornstarch accordingly to prevent a too watery filling.

How do I prevent a soggy topping?

To prevent the topping from becoming soggy, ensure the strawberries are not overly wet when assembling the crumble. If needed, pat them dry with a paper towel.

Serving of strawberry crumble in a bowl with ice cream on top. Bite taken out of the crumble with a spoon.

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Best Easy Strawberry Crumble Recipe– a delightful, comforting, and versatile dessert that celebrates the natural sweetness of strawberries while providing a satisfying crunch with the crumble topping. Enjoy the goodness of fresh fruit in every bite!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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For the Crumble Topping:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted*

For the Strawberry Filling:

  • 2 lb ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch, arrowroot, or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (adjust based on the sweetness of strawberries)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange, optional

Instructions

  1.  Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Prepare the Strawberry Filling: In a bowl, combine sliced strawberries, orange zest, cornstarch, sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Mix well until the strawberries are coated evenly.
  3. Make the Crumble Topping: In a separate bowl, mix rolled oats, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine. 
  4. Pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  5. Assemble the Crumble: Pour the strawberry filling into a greased baking dish, spreading it evenly on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the strawberries, covering the entire surface. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the strawberry filling is bubbly.
  7. Serve: Allow the strawberry crumble to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  8. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious and easy Strawberry Crumble!

Notes

*Use Cold Butter if you prefer a crumbly texture for the topping, use cold butter and cut it into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter until you achieve a crumb-like consistency.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. WOW! The cookie-like crust with the gooey fresh strawberry filling tastes incredible. Enjoy!