Spice Up Your Summer Delights with Peppered Strawberries

As the warmth of summer envelops us, there’s nothing quite like the burst of flavor that comes from a juicy, ripe strawberry. But what if we told you that these ruby gems can be taken to a whole new level of taste sensation? Enter peppered strawberries – a playful twist on a classic favorite that adds a dash of excitement to your summer treats.

peppered strawberry recipe

Picture plump strawberries kissed by the sun, their natural sweetness enhanced by a touch of sugar. Then, imagine the zesty kick of fresh orange juice infusing each berry with a vibrant citrus note. But that’s not all; a hint of rum lends a subtle depth, reminiscent of carefree summer evenings.

And then there’s the star of the show – pepper. Yes, you read that right. The unexpected marriage of strawberries and pepper creates an irresistible symphony of flavors. The pepper’s mild heat and earthy tones harmonize with the berries’ natural sweetness, resulting in a surprising and utterly delightful combination.

Now, let’s talk about how to enjoy this intriguing creation. Imagine a scoop of velvety, cool ice cream, crowned with a generous serving of peppered strawberries. The contrast of textures – the creamy richness of the ice cream against the succulent, slightly softened berries – is a sheer indulgence for the senses.

The pepper’s heat and the strawberries’ sweetness engage in a dance on your taste buds, awakening them with a tantalizing interplay. Each bite is a journey of flavors, a delightful rollercoaster ride that leaves you craving more.

Peppered strawberries don’t just elevate ice cream; they can also be a charming topping for other desserts like cheesecakes, panna cottas, or even a simple pound cake. Their vibrant appearance and complex taste make them an instant conversation starter at any gathering.

So, as you embark on your summer culinary adventures, consider adding peppered strawberries to your repertoire. With their surprising flavor profile, they have the power to transform ordinary desserts into extraordinary experiences. As you savor each bite, you’ll appreciate the creative harmony of sweet, spicy, and utterly unforgettable.

Indulge your palate, embrace the unexpected, and let peppered strawberries be your summer secret to culinary joy.

A very generous thank you to  Country Magic Produce for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.

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Peppered Strawberries

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


Units Scale
  • 1 pint of fresh Strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 Orange
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. rum
  • 50 Turns of the pepper mill


  1. Remove the hulls from the strawberries. Cut the berries in half.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter.
  3. Add sugar and stir constantly until the sugar is a nice caramel color.
  4. Add the juice of the orange.
  5. Add Strawberries and let simmer in syrup for a few minutes.
  6. Add the rum and allow the alcohol to cook off.
  7. Add fresh ground pepper; about 50 turns (don’t be shy!)
  • Category: dessert, sauces, recipes