Strawberry Basil Sorbet

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Happy 4th of July! We hope you are all enjoying the holiday with good food, family, friends, and fun. We are still having a great time in Illinois. We are going to swim and play tennis all day and have a BBQ tonight. Sorbet is one of my favorite summer desserts. It is simple to make and so refreshing. I recently made a batch of Strawberry Basil Sorbet and oh my-it is fabulous!

You only need four ingredients to make this Strawberry Basil Sorbet: strawberries, basil, sugar, and fresh lemon juice. You don’t even have to heat up the house to make this dessert-another bonus:) You blend all of the ingredients together in a blender and then chill the mixture.

After the mixture chills, you churn the sorbet in an ice cream maker. It is that simple. Basil is my favorite herb so I knew I would love the strawberry/basil combination, but Josh was a little skeptical. I told him it would be a winner and I was right:) We both loved the sorbet. The basil is not overpowering, it just adds a tasty twist to the classic strawberry sorbet.

If you are looking for a unique and refreshing sorbet recipe, try this Strawberry Basil Sorbet. We hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Strawberry Basil Sorbet

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  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries rinsed, hulled, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 1. In a mediium bowl, toss teh strawberries with the sugar. Stir until all of the strawberries are well-coated. Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring every so often.
  • 2. Puree the strawberries and their liquid with the basil and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • 3. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Glad you guys are enjoying the trip! This looks SUPER refreshing and so simple. Yum! I would never think to throw basil in there!! Have a good one

  2. Sounds like you are having a great 4th. My plans changed this am when my little one became sick. So just a quiet day at home (errr, kind of) for me. It looks like day of snuggles, loves and jam making. Happy 4th!

  3. Looks fabulous! I have seen strawberries paired with basil but haven’t tried it yet.

  4. Sounds like a super fun holiday! I’m glad to hear you guys are enjoying it. This sorbet sounds super refreshing. Definitely worth breaking out the ice cream maker for!

  5. You have really brought gourmet sorbet to a whole new level, basil, berries, oh my! It’s really hot here, I could just dive right in.

  6. Woo Hoo!! While reading your post I just remembered that I have an ice cream maker that’s been collecting dust! AND I have all the ingredients!
    How perfect is this when it’s going to be another triple digit day here in AZ.

  7. Yay! I am so happy to make my way back over here. Love this sorbet. Can you bring some to evo for me 😉

  8. I adore basil in the summer so combining it with fresh fruit sounds perfect!

  9. I love basil in ice creams and sorbets. I make one with lemon and basil that is my favorite ice cream of all time, I’m going to try this one!

  10. I love basil in sweet dishes – especially when fruit is involved, the flavours just complement each other so well! I can’t wait to try out this recipe! 🙂

  11. oh my I want this right now 🙂 do you think I could make it without an ice cream maker or the fluffiness is key?

    1. It might be a little more icy without an ice cream maker, but I am sure it will still be tasty:)

  12. Wow. Strawberry ice cream a couple of weeks ago and NOW sorbet. You’re on a frozen dessert roll! Yum.

  13. I like the simplified technique for this sorbet and I adore strawberry-basil so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Happy belated 4th to you guys!

  14. I love basil too! This looks like a summertime winner for sure. Any way you think it could be made without an ice cream maker?

    1. You can try it without an ice cream maker. It might be more icy, instead of creamy, but I am sure it will still taste good:)

  15. Love the consistency of the sorbet. I use mint often so I don’t see why shouldn’t I experiment with basil in sorbets too! Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  16. how fun! I’ve got tons of strawberries and basil right now – this would be perfect!

  17. This looks delicious! I love using herbs where you might not expect them and basil would be just perfect in this lovely sorbet.

  18. It has been so hot here in Arkansas..over 100 every day!! This looks like the perfect solution!!

  19. I am growing some lime basil. Yes, it really smells like limes and would be so perfect in this. I’ve been hoping for some inspiration to use it in a dessert.

  20. I served strawberry basil lemonade at my wedding reception. It’s definitely an awesome flavor. I think I have to make this.

  21. Maria this recipe looks fabulous!!! I just got an ice cream maker for my birthdat so I cant wait to try it out. How many cups / quarts does this yeild? My ice cream maker can only make 1.5 quarts so I don’t want to over fill it!