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Strawberry Panna Cotta

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Strawberry Panna Cotta is a delicious, creamy, and delicate dessert. Great for a simple summer dessert or a fancy dinner party. It’s so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.

This post was inspired & sponsored by Princess Cruises. All opinions expressed are my own.

Strawberry panna cotta on a white plate.

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is one of those sophisticated desserts that’s also simple enough to make for a weekend treat. It’s one of my favorite no-bake desserts to make.

I recently had the opportunity to travel the Caribbean on a cruise through the Panama Canal with Princess Cruises. We sailed aboard the Coral Princess and had the best time.

It was truly an experience I’ll never forget.

Two strawberry panna cottas on white plates and two in white ramekins.

The food on the ship was phenomenal. There was an abundance of desserts to choose from. So. Many. Desserts. A dessert blogger’s dream.

I tried a couple different desserts each day and fell in love with the strawberry panna cotta. The moment I laid eyes on it I knew I had to share it on Instagram.

Most of you know I prefer fruity desserts over chocolate. Chocolate is good and I like it but if I have a choice I’m going for something fruity and creamy.

Creamy strawberry panna cotta on a white plate with a spoon taking a bite out.

For breakfast and lunch, we would go to the horizon court. They have a buffet style set up and the menu is different each day. I like to eat light and there was an abundance of fruit and vegetables to choose from.

Also, inside the Horizon Court is a dessert bar. It reigned me in every time! I couldn’t walk away without trying one or two the cakes, cupcakes, tarts, etc. This is where I found the strawberry panna cotta.

I’ve been home for a couple weeks now and I’ve had the biggest craving for this panna cotta. The only way to solve it was to make my own version. It’s creamy and full of fresh strawberry flavor.

Coral Princess Strawberry Panna Cotta

I took the basic panna cotta ingredients – milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and gelatin – and added pureed strawberries.

It came out light in color so I also added a couple drops of red food coloring. This is totally optional and only needed for presentation.

If you want to have a taste of what cruising with Princess Cruises is like, whip up a batch of strawberry panna cotta!

How to make strawberry panna cotta

Step 1: Puree fresh strawberries

Puree strawberries and press through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the seeds and pulp.

strawberries in a food processor
strawberry puree in a mesh strainer

Step 2: Bloom gelatin in milk

Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a medium saucepan. Let it sit for 1o minutes. Add sugar, salt, and the pureed strawberries.

strawberry puree added to milk and gelatin in a pot

Step 3: Cook the panna cotta

Cook the mixture over high heat until it reaches 135°F. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.

heavy cream poured into strawberry base for panna cotta

Step 4: Chill the panna cotta

Strain the panna cotta into a large bowl and set the bowl over an ice bath. Stir until it’s cooled to 50°F. Divide the panna cotta to ramekins and refrigerate until it’s set, about 4 hours.

strawberry panna cotta in an ice bath
strawberry panna cotta in white ramekins

You should also try this Chocolate Pistachio Dome, these Profiteroles with Fresh Berries, these Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes, these Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts. And this Sheet Pan Pizza from Dash of Sanity.

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Strawberry panna cotta on a white plate.

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Strawberry Panna Cotta is a delicious, creamy, and delicate dessert. Great for a simple summer dessert or a fancy dinner party. It’s so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.


  • 1 pound (453 g) fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder, 1 packet
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (360 ml) heavy cream


  1. Puree the strawberries until very smooth. Push the puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds and set aside. Place 6 4-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Add the milk to a medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, sugar, and pureed strawberries to the gelatin mixture. Heat over high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 135°F. This should take about 2 minutes.
  4. While stirring constantly, add in the vanilla and heavy cream. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl set over ice. Stir frequently until the mixture cools to 50°F, about 10 minutes. 
  5. Strain the mixture into a large measuring cup or pitcher and distribute evenly among the ramekins. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap, making sure not to disturb the surface of the cream. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. In some cases, it can take up to 8 hours for the panna cotta to fully set. It's preferred to let it refrigerate overnight so ensure it firms up properly.
  6. Unmold from ramekins and serve immediately.


To easily unmold panna cotta - Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a small bowl. Dip the ramekin into the water for 3 seconds. Run a knife around the edges of the ramekin and invert onto serving plates.

If you do not have a candy thermometer to gauge the temperature in step 3, simply cook until the mixture is steaming. This will take approximately 2 minutes. 

Make ahead tip

  1. Panna cotta will keep for up to 3 days covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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