One of the chain’s most iconic dishes, Shoney’s Strawberry Pie has been capping off the meals of hungry diners for decades. This copycat recipe recreates the sweet, intense fruit flavor and the smooth texture right in your home kitchen. Your taste buds will be delighted with each bite, ripe fresh strawberries, and a flaky pie crust will delight your friends and family. Enjoy one of the best homemade pies you can make.
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Fresh strawberry pie
In its prime in the late 1990s, Shoney’s seemed to be everywhere in the Southeast and was gradually expanding around the country. While some rough economic times have meant this homestyle chain isn’t nearly as common as it once was, one dish remains just as popular – Shoney’s classic Strawberry Pie.
Fortunately, it’s easy to recreate this mouthwateringly fresh and fruity dessert at home. If you lived in the Northeast, you may have enjoyed this famous strawberry dessert at the restaurant known as Big Boy. No matter where you had the pie, it was the same famous dessert.
What makes Shoney’s Strawberry Pie so good?
Shoney’s may offer other pies and desserts, but nothing has ever touched the Strawberry Pie in terms of popularity. While cakes and traditional pies can be found just about anywhere, Shoney’s Strawberry is relatively unique thanks to the strawberry glaze and fresh fruit filling in a flaky crust. Most copycat recipes get the strawberries wrong, Shoney’s did not use sliced strawberries, they used beautiful whole strawberries.
On top of the freshness of the strawberries, strawberry Jell-O ensures every bite is practically exploding with fruit flavor.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Who doesn’t love a straightforward but delicious pie? This easy strawberry pie recipe is made simply with easy-to-find everyday ingredients like strawberry jello, cornstarch, sugar, and fresh strawberries. You can use your favorite pie crust recipe, or you can opt for a store-bought, refrigerated pie crust instead.
It’s also a super convenient dessert, as it doesn’t even need to be warmed up to serve once it’s been made.
My favorite time of the year to make this pie is the spring, the strawberries are just starting to come in, and it doesn’t get better than those juicy, ripe fresh berries.
Strawberry pie with Jello is easy to make!
Did I mention this pie is super easy to make? A simple glaze made with strawberry Jello is poured over fresh strawberries piled in a pie crust.
Strawberry pie ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this copycat Shoney’s strawberry pie recipe:
- 9-inch Deep Dish Pie Crust (9-inch diameter) – a frozen pie crust is most convenient and it comes with a pie pan
- Fresh Strawberries
- Strawberry Jello
- Whipped Cream for Serving
Other than strawberries and water, all are easily stashed away in the pantry and suitable for stocking up on if you’re a big fan of Shoney’s strawberry pie.
For those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, substitute a gluten-free pie crust for a traditional one. Vegetarians can also enjoy Shoney’s Strawberry Pie if they swap out regular Jell-O (which contains gelatin derived from animals) for vegetarian and vegan-friendly alternatives.
You can also use a shortbread or graham cracker crust but then it won’t be like the Shoney’s pie.
How to make strawberry pie
Unlike many pies, the only baking that occurs with this unique dessert comes at the very beginning, with your pre-made pie crust:
- Bake your pie crust as called for in the directions. Allow it to cool completely.
- Wash the strawberries, hull them, and then slice them in half or quarters.
- Combine the cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan and heat. Once it begins to thicken, add the strawberry Jell-O.
- Add the strawberries to the pie crust in an even layer, and pour the strawberry jello pie filing mixture over them.
- Place the pie in the refrigerator for a few hours until the strawberry gelatin is fully set.
- Serve the pie chilled or at room temperature.
- Garnish with dollops of whipped cream.
Decorating the pie
After the pie sets up, some home cooks add even more style and flavor by topping the pie with a layer or dollop of Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream. The creaminess is an ideal contrast to the tart and sweet strawberries.
However, this is entirely up to you, and some prefer to leave the pie as-is to let the eye-popping red strawberry filling stand out.
What goes well with Shoney’s strawberry pie
Beyond the whipped cream mentioned above, Shoney’s strawberry pie goes great with other dessert items, too. Among the best and easiest is to add a scoop of ice cream for pie à la mode. Vanilla is the classic, but for an extra decadent touch, use chocolate to mimic the flavors of indulgent chocolate-covered strawberries.
Afterward, wash it all down with a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of milk for a diner-style dessert to remember.
How to store fresh strawberry pie
Before storing your strawberry pie, let it cool completely. This will prevent any accumulation of moisture from condensation, which can harm the texture of the crust. Cover the pie with foil or plastic wrap, or place it in an airtight container. Enjoy the pie within three to four days.
Freezing isn’t recommended, as the freeze/thaw process can lead to an unpleasant texture for both the Jello-O and strawberries.
If you love other Shoney’s desserts be sure to check out the Hot Fudge Cake. I know you will love that one too!
Love Strawberries? Check out these strawberry recipes
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Cream Cheese
- Strawberry Frappuccino
- Strawberry Romanoff
- Strawberry Water
- Wendy’s Strawberry Frosty
More of the best pie recipes
- Buttermilk Pie
- Easy Rhubarb Custard Pie
- Easy Old Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe
- Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie
- How to Make Kool-Aid Pie
- Mixed Fruit Pie Recipe
- Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Copycat Shoney’s Strawberry Pie
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons strawberry Jello mix dry
- 1 pound fresh strawberries stems removed
- 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust baked
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- Combine the water, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the glaze is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Add the strawberry Jello mix to the glaze and stir to combine.
- Place the fresh strawberries into the baked pie crust and pour the strawberry glaze over the top. Chill for at least 2 hours.
- Top the pie with Cool Whip if desired.
- Make the pie more like Shoney’s by piling the strawberries up very tall into the pie shell
- If you want you could use a graham cracker crust