Strawberry Milkshake

Today’s recipe is a strawberry milkshake! This might not be an ancient, traditional Korean recipe, but in Korea this is how me and my friends always made milkshakes. Only later did I realize that Americans made milkshakes much differently.

The secret to this milkshake is to freeze the strawberries beforehand, so when you blend them with honey and milk, the shake will be icy, smooth, and sweet, like a cross between a milkshake and a slush. You don’t need to use any ice cream, it’ll still be cold, smooth, and creamy this way. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like my strawberry milkshake, especially when made with strawberries that are in season.

When I lived in Korea, I used to go to the wholesale farmers’ market with my friends when strawberries were in season, and we’d buy huge wooden boxes of strawberries. We sometimes would split them amongst ourselves in the parking lot. This way we could get the best quality strawberries of the year, at the cheapest price.

I’d take them home and hull and clean strawberries all afternoon. It was hard work but I was excited because after that day I could make strawberry milkshakes for my family for months and months. I’d also make jam with them, and my own strawberry liquor.

Strawberry season is here again! Go and get some, enjoy this recipe, and freeze some for the future! Let me know how your family love your strawberry milkshake!


  • 1 pound of strawberries (1 pkg is usually a little more than 1 pound) hulled and washed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (or sugar)
  • 3 cups cold milk



Directions (serves 3-4)

  1. Cut the strawberries into small pieces and put them in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and mix well.
  3. Divide them into 2 and put each portion into a plastic bag. Each bag will be about ½ pound and it will serve 1 or 2 people.
  4. Freeze the bags until the strawberries get hard like ice cubes.strawberry milkshake

Now time to make strawberry milkshake!

  1. Take out 1 bag of frozen strawberry from the freezer. Let it sit on the kitchen table for 1 or 2 minutes, then break up the block of icy strawberries. Split each strawberry chunk by hand in the plastic bag.
  2. Place the strawberries into a blender. Add 1½ cups of cold milk and 2 tablespoons of honey. Blend it for about 30 seconds, until the strawberries are crushed and well mixed with the milk.Strawberry milkshake
  3. Pour into a chilled glass and serve right away, while it’s still slushy.

strawberry milkshake

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  1. SleepyPanda San Francisco, California joined 9/16 & has 5 comments

    Hi, Maangchi! =D

    I love ice cream — strawberry and vanilla — but to be honest with you, I’ve never had a milkshake before. I know — crazy, right? Hehe. At first, I didn’t want to try a milkshake because of the seeds from the strawberries, but yours looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try it someday.

    By the way, I’ve been meaning to ask you: where on earth do you buy those plastic bags? I’ve been searching everywhere for that specific kind, and I’ve come up empty. Do you buy them from Wal-Mart, Publix, Winn Dixie…? Please tell me, I have to know! Thank you in advance.

    ~Sleepy Panda ^-^

  2. souphater Potsdam, Germany joined 7/17 & has 1 comment

    A few days ago I watched your video and I felt so frustrated that I didn’t own a blender for such delicious treats. So yesterday I decided to buy one and tried out the recipe today (after preparing the strawberries yesterday evening). It’s such a simply and delicious drink, so refreshing and tasty. Thank you for your wonderful videos and your ideas ^___^

  3. unniechan Hungary joined 1/12 & has 18 comments

    thanks for this recipe it has become a regular. as soon as strawberries were in season I started buying and freezing. I love the smoothies. Although I make mine with agave syrup

  4. Alice Kaye New Jersey joined 7/13 & has 3 comments

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Any chance someone can tell me how much to use for just one person? I’d like to make this in the morning when I wake up.


  5. Jensung Taguig City, Philippines joined 6/13 & has 2 comments

    I will definitely try this one!!! love this so much when I was in Korea for a trip. It’s in tetra pack though. Do you also have a recipe for Banana Milk? I’m sure you have it! (^_^)

  6. Raine Fort Collins, CO joined 5/13 & has 3 comments

    I make smoothies very similarly to this but I never thought about the honey. It’s brilliant. 노무 맛있어요! 감사합니다!!! (I’m learning Korean, so here’s my practice!) ㅋㅋㅋ

    Also, I’ve visited your site but never commented, so here I am!

  7. Miss Kim78 socali joined 3/13 & has 40 comments

    Wow…the frozen strawberries are an awesome twist to the traditional way. But wouldn’t this be more like a smoothie than a milkshake (since milkshake uses ice cream)? I love strawberries. I just missed the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. I’m kind of sad. But, there’s always next year lol. Strawberries are one of my fav fruits, so I’m excited about strawberry season. I love strawberry flavored desserts.

  8. Kavanaru France joined 1/10 & has 7 comments

    wow… great :) This is very similar how we make Strawberry Milkshake in Venezuela :)

  9. Jerry Ko New York joined 1/11 & has 1 comment

    Perfect drink for that nice warm or hot day! Thanks for sharing this milkshake recipe :)

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