Strawberry Panna Cotta

I’ve been wanting to make this Strawberry Panna Cotta for a long time but every time other recipes came first and took their place. I guess I postponed this recipe for so long because I am not very used to working with gelatin and was a little afraid of failure.

Anyway, I have finally decided to try it out and I was very surprised at how quickly and easy is to make panna cotta. It is very important not to boil the milk mixture, it is enough just to warm it to let the sugar and gelatin dissolve. Love the fact that you can make it a day before serving or even a few days in advance.
Strawberry Panna Cotta with fresh Strawberry Sauce
I consider this dessert perfect for summer days, it’s elegant and refreshing and you can always change the fruit sauce, from strawberries to other berries, cherries, peaches, or apricots. I will always consider this dessert when I have guests invited because you can make it from the beginning in individual servings.

How to make Strawberry Panna Cotta

To begin, dissolve gelatin in 2 tablespoons of cold water and let it swell for about 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a simmer over medium-low heat (Do not boil). When the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Let it cool for 5 minutes before adding the gelatin. Add gelatin to the milk mixture and stir until completely dissolved. Pour it into serving glasses or ramekins and refrigerate until set, for about 4 hours or better overnight.

To prepare the sauce, wash the strawberries, drain well, and remove the leaves. Cut strawberries into quarters. In a small saucepan, put the strawberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat immediately. Pour into the bowl of a blender or food processor and blend the mixture to make a smooth sauce. Pass through a strainer to remove the seeds from the sauce. Cover and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Before serving, pour the strawberry sauce over the panna cotta and enjoy this delicious dessert! Hope you will give it a try, and if you do, don’t forget to share the photos with me on Instagram. Cheers!

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strawberry panna cotta

Strawberry Panna Cotta

5 from 1 vote
Elegant, and refreshing strawberry panna cotta, perfect for summer days. You can replace strawberries with other berries, cherries, peaches or apricots.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 7 fl oz (200ml) milk
  • 7 oz (200g) whipping cream
  • 1/2 tbsp (5g) gelatin powder
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract

Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 pound (500g )fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (30ml )water
  • 1/3 cup (70g )sugar


  • Dissolve gelatin in 2 tbsp cold water and let it swell for about 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • In a medium saucepan bring the cream, milk and sugar to a simmer over medium-low heat  (Do not boil). When sugar has dissolved remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding the gelatin.
  • Add gelatin in the milk mixture and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Pour it in the serving glasses (I've used 5 oz – 150 ml capacity glasses) or ramekins and refrigerate until it sets, for about 4 hrs or better overnight.
  • To prepare the sauce wash the strawberries, drain well and remove leaves. Cut strawberries in quarters. In a small saucepan put the strawberries, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat immediately. 
  • Pour into the bowl of a blender or food processor and  blend the mixture to make a smooth sauce. Pass through a strainer to remove the seeds out of the sauce. Cover and let it cool to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Before serving pour the strawberry sauce over the panna cotta and serve.



Serving: 1 serving out of 4Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 34.8gProtein: 4.4gFat: 16.9gSaturated Fat: 10.5gCholesterol: 60mgSugar: 31.5g
Calories: 302kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fruit coulis, fruit panna cotta, panna cotta recipe, strawberry panna cotta

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  1. Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou Author says:

    What lovely pictures! I have been wanting to try making panna cotta as well. This one looks fabulous!

  2. Janet Author says:

    Made this the other night for hubby. Strawberries are out of season here so I used raspberries instead. Absolutely delish!! Thanks for sharing such a great easy recipe. Any other fruit topping recommendations?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am happy you liked the recipe. As for the topping I think there are a lot of other choices, raspberries as you used,  blueberries, cherries, peaches, apricots,  plums that can be made exactly as the strawberry sauce. I've seen that other used mango or passion fruit. This is a matter of preferences. 

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    I haven’t tried making panna cotta and this recipe caught my attention – so pretty!! I didn’t know it’s so easy and quick to make this. I love this recipe!

  4. Kiersten Author says:

    This is cool I like this Idea I haven’t been able to do this recipe just yet but I really want to it looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hope you will try it out.. It' really delicious and elegant. Everybody will love it as well. 

  5. Jeremiah Author says:

    May i know whether i should use low fat milk or full cream milk for the best results?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I used whole milk (3.5 % fat) but I think it will work with low fat (1.8% fat) too.

  6. Georgie Author says:

    I’ve just tried this and my Panna Cotta split while chilling, any ideas why this would happen?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hmm. never happened to me, but hope you didn't get milk and cream to a boil, and didn't add the gelatin while they were still over heat.

  7. Anu-My Ginger Garlic kitchen Author says:

    Super vibrant and yummy Panna Cotta! loved it! 🙂

  8. Chathu Author says:

    Can I add gelatine to the strawberry puree? So it will also set.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes you can, just that you will have to wait for the panna cotta to set so you can add the strawberry layer.

  9. Ana Author says:

    Olá, sou sua fã adoro os pratos feitos por si, parabéns.
    Gostaria que pudesse traduzir esta receita para português.
    Obrigada, continuação de um sucesso.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

       Você pode mudar a linguagem para cada receita. Obrigado:)

  10. Brenda Author says:


    could I make a mango sauce instead of the strawberry sauce? If yes, do I process the mangoes the same as the strawberries?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sure.. you don't necessarily need to cook the mango.. I would just use a blender to make it puree

  11. Chocolate Author says:

    Hi, how do you tilt the ramekins? That’s an awesome idea!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Did you see the video? it shows how I did it.. easy but with a great effect indeed

  12. Looks so pretty! Where did you get the glasses?

  13. Gabriela Alfares Author says:

    Hey, what can I do to unmold the pana cotta?

  14. Joan Author says:

    Hi there, very nice recipe! We are hosting a summer party next week and I was wondering if theres any substitute for gelatin? My partner is vegetarian so can’t use gelatin and would love to make this! I need some idea. Thank you

  15. Helena Author says:

    This panna cotta tastes so good and is perfectly wobbly! I made a different sauce but this will be my go to panna cotta recipe from now on!

  16. Charmaine Author says:

    I’ve tried it and it came out fantastic. We loved it. I done a little adjustment the second time, I add a layer of crumbled biscuits at the bottom since i used flat glasses and the strawberries i added gelatin to it and it came superb. Thanks

  17. Leeah Author says:

    Can this dessert be made ahead of time and frozen????

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Leeah.

      Yes, it  can be frozen.

  18. april Author says:

    what a lovely, silky version of panna cotta. the berries make the composition beautiful – and delicious too, I’m sure. Last time I made panna cotta, it didn’t gel very well. I’ll try this recipe next time for sure.

  19. Sunita Author says:

    Hi can I add heavy cream instead of whipping cream???

  20. The Smeagol says:

    Good afternoon Ella. I trust all is well. I pray that you and your family are staying safe. I have an upcoming event and I am thinking of make pana cotta as one of the desserts for this event and would kindly like to know from you where you got your glass cups from as an option to set up the pana cotta in. If I do go ahead and make pana cotta for this upcoming event, I would make this strawberry flavor as well as raspberry, blueberry and possible mango flavors. Thanks for this recipe. Stay safe. Stay blessed.

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Hi, thank you. We are all good. I really hope you will try the panna cotta. Is a great dessert for events. As for the glasses, I bought them many years ago from a local supermarket. But I am sure you can find some in stores near you. Hope all is well at your end. Cheers.

  21. Nicole Ducharme says:

    Very good! Thank you for the recipe.

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