Fresh Strawberry Ricotta Pie

Strawberry ricotta pie with a slice missing.

If you’ve got sweet, ripe berries, let them shine in this fresh strawberry ricotta tart. Essentially,  a no bake strawberry pie (except for the graham cracker crust) the creamy filling blends cream cheese and ricotta with citrusy orange and a little sugar for a lightly sweet filling that pairs beautifully with the ruby red fruit. This fresh strawberry pie with graham cracker crust tastes, sweet and light with enough strawberry goo, to keep your lips smacking.  Let the pie set up in the refrigerator — like an old fashioned strawberry icebox pie that your grandmother used to make.

steps for making graham cracker crust for the strawberry icebox pie.

This strawberry pie with graham cracker crust has a little back note of citrus throughout. It’s in the crust, the cream cheese ricotta tart filling and even in the strawberry glaze. 

Ingredients For Graham Cracker Crust

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Orange Zest
  • Melted Butter

To Make The Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and half of the orange zest (from one orange) in a bowl.
  2. Mix until very well combined. (The orange zest is a little wet and may clump, so be sure to stir and blend until it’s evenly distributed).
  3. Add the melted butter and stir until every bit of the graham cracker mixture is moistened by the butter.
  4. Press the crumbs into a pie plate and use your hands or the flat side of a dry ingredient measuring cup to achieve an even, flat layer on the bottom and sides.
  5. The crust is the only thing in this strawberry icebox pie that needs time in the oven and it only takes 8 -10 minutes in a 375° oven to set. Let the crust come to room temperature before filling it.
  6. NOTE:  You can also buy a ready made graham cracker crust and skip the baking part in order to make this a true no bake strawberry pie.
blending orange zest and sugar together for Strawberry pie with graham cracker crust.

Filling For Cream Cheese Ricotta Tart

The filling for this tart contains just 4 ingredients:

  • Ricotta cheese (I used part skim ricotta)
  • Cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • Fresh Orange Zest
  • Sugar

To Make The Cream Cheese Ricotta Filling

  1. Because the filling isn’t cooked, you’ll want to pulse the sugar in a food processor to make it extra fine. Pulse several times until you see the sugar start to form clouds of “dust”.
  2. Add the other half of the orange zest to the sugar and pulse 8 to 10 more times until the sugar is a nice orange color and the zest has been completely incorporated.
  3. To the sugar mixture add the ricotta and cream cheese and pulse until the filling is smooth and creamy.
  4. Transfer the cream cheese ricotta filling to the cooled graham cracker crust and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
The filling for ricotta tart is soft and will need to set before slicing Strawberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust.

Tips On The Glaze For No Bake Strawberry Pie

  • The stewed strawberry glaze needs to be refrigerated, so you’ll want to make it in advance (just after you transfer the pie and filling to the refrigerator)
  • The glaze for this pie isn’t a stiff, gravity defying blob. It’s made with fresh strawberries a little sugar, fresh citrus juice, water and cornstarch (to thicken it slightly and give it body).
  • When it’s done cooking the stewed berries will still be fairly liquidy, but will thicken a bit more in the refrigerator.
  • Even so, it’s meant to be more loose than rigid, coating the berries and dribbling slowly over the filling.  Sounds pretty good, right?
  • Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. I’m a bit lazy and usually go with the overnight method because I’ve done the major preparations the day before and the next day is a quick assembly.
making strawberry glaze with fresh strawberries and orange juice.

Assembling Strawberry Pie With Graham Cracker Crust

  • Spread about half of the strawberry glaze over the cream cheese ricotta layer.
  • Hull and slice the remaining strawberries. (I sliced them from the top down to create little heart-shaped cross sections for layering).
  • Arrange the sliced berries over the strawberry glaze.
spreading glaze over filling and layering with strawberries for no bake strawberry pie

Arrange The Berries For Strawberry Icebox Pie

  1. Start with sliced berries and point the bottom tip toward the center of the pie. Overlap the berries starting at the edge and moving toward the center.
  2. Turn the pie 180° and do the same thing, pointing the berries to the center of the pie.
  3. Rotate the pie 90° and overlap the berries again until you reach the center.
  4. Turn the pie 180° and again, overlap the berries.
  5. Fill in each quarter of the  pie with the remaining cut berries — all pointing toward the center.

To finish the pie, lightly brush the strawberries with the remaining glaze, using a pastry brush or just spoon the glaze over the pie. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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brushing the strawberry pie with glaze.

I put a few of the prettiest whole berries on top as a crowning touch to my strawberry icebox pie, but a bit of whipped cream spooned on each slice would be nice, too. 

A whole Strawberry Ricotta pie with graham cracker crust.

You’ll want to refrigerate the strawberry pie with graham cracker crust for several hours so that the filling sets. It won’t be completely stiff, but rather creamy and slightly soft. 

A piece of the strawberry ricotta pie on a plate.

Best Eaten Within A Few Days

This pie is cool, creamy, fruity and delicious. The orange flavor in the crust, filling and glaze isn’t dominant, but it is noticeable. Because of the fresh berries, this pie is best eaten within two days, but that really shouldn’t be a problem, right? Try this fresh strawberry ricotta tart for Easter or Mother’s Day — or whenever you’re over run with fresh strawberries.

Enjoying a slice of the strawberry pie.

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A strawberry icebox pie with a graham cracker crust.
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Fresh Strawberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

This strawberry pie has a luscious ricotta and cream cheese filling that comes together in the food processor. The filling and glaze need adequate time to set. Make several hours in advance or let it rest overnight before assembly.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese, pie, strawberries
Dietary Restrictions Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8



  • cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 orange
  • cup melted butter


  • cups part skim ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 orange


  • cups fresh strawberries stems removed, cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup water


  • 3 cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced



  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Zest the orange with a microplane and divide it into two portions. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and half of the orange zest from one orange. Stir well to combine, breaking up any clumps of the zest so it’s evenly distributed.
  • Add melted butter to the crumb mixture and stir until completely mixed. Transfer the crumb mixture to a 9″ pie dish and pat it evenly on the bottom and up the sides. (I use a stainless steel measuring cup for this to pat the bottom and sides flat.)
  • Bake the crust for 8 minutes or until slightly golden and set. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.


  • Add the sugar to the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times until the sugar becomes very fine and develops a cloud of sugar dust when you remove the lid. Add the remaining orange zest to the sugar and pulse 8-10 times until fully combined and the sugar is lightly yellow in color.
  • Add the ricotta and cream cheese to the sugar mixture and pulse until very smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer the cream cheese mixture to the baked and cooled graham cracker crust. Smooth the top with a spatula and place in the refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).


  • In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar and juice from the orange. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Cook 3-4 minutes to break down the fruit and allow the sugar to melt. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and mix to combine. Add the cornstarch slurry to the strawberry mixture and boil until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate.


  • When the filling has been set, and the topping is chilled, assemble the pie. Spread the filling over the cream cheese filling using about ½ of the cooked strawberry filling. Slice the strawberries and arrange them neatly over the strawberry filling. Use a pastry brush to glaze the fresh strawberries with additional strawberry filling. 
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 65.1mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. Can i use Stevia to replace sugar?

    1. I’ve never tried it with Stevia and my only thought is that Stevia is not a cup for cup replacement with sugar, generally you use a lot less so I’m not sure how it would react.

  2. Can the pies be frozen? If so, how do I protect them from freezer burn or taste? I wanted to make them a few days before Thanksgiving.

    1. This pie wouldn’t freeze well because the filling isn’t baked and the strawberries are fresh — so if you freeze them, upon defrosting, they would turn mushy. You can assemble the pie the day before, cover and refrigerate for the next day.

  3. 5 stars
    My dessert of choice for this upcoming weekend! Delicious flavours, and isn’t it beautiful!? Nothing beats a strawberry pie!

  4. 5 stars
    Extremely helpful post, thanks you so much for such clarity and details. It’s definitely giving me all the confidence I want to make one for my son.

  5. Luci's Morsels says:

    5 stars
    Ooh, I love your addition of orange zest to the crust – so simple and yet I can imagine it’s incredibly tasty!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh yummmm! Strawberry is my favourite kind of pie. This looks fantastic!

  7. 5 stars
    This would SO work for Mother’s Day! ?