Coriander ice cream scoops on a plate

Coriander Ice Cream

Coriander, also known as cilantro, is a really divisive herb. People either love it or hate it. This recipe shows you how to make coriander ice cream, a delicious dessert that’s sure to polarise the table!

This recipe includes lime for a super-zingy, creamy dessert that’s a far cry from your average tub of Vanilla.

To get more dessert ideas visit our ice cream recipes page.

If coriander ice cream isn’t your style, consider making this mango ice cream which will appeal to most.

Coriander and Lime Ice Cream in Scoop
Coriander ice cream scoops on a plate

Coriander and Lime Ice Cream

A flavor-packed creamy ice cream made by adding coriander and lime.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: coriander, ice cream, lime
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh coriander


  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale, set aside.
  • Add coriander and lime to a food processor or blender and process for a few seconds. The coriander doesn't need to be completely blended.
  • Heat cream and milk in a medium saucepan on a high heat until simmering, remove from heat.
  • Pour 1 cup of heated milk into egg yolks while whisking as quickly as possible.
  • Pour yolks into the saucepan of heated milk and return to a medium heat. Add coriander and lime. Stir frequently while heating until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour mixture into an airtight container and chill overnight.
  • Strain mixture then churn in an ice cream machine as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Add to an airtight container and freeze for at leat 2 hours until hardened.

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  1. OMG. I adore cilantro, but never thought to turn it into ice cream! WONDERFUL! I wonder if you could do more tests to create a no-citrus recipe. Somehow infuse the cilantro, perhaps like you would with tea leaves and use that as the base (I’m hoping that that would bring out more cilantro flavoring so the ice cream wouldn’t be bland).

  2. Thank you for this recipe. It turned out very well. We had a big bunch of coriander in our weekly CSA delivery, and my part er isn’t a fan. So I thought why not be bold and turn it into ice cream. I changed the recipe slightly. Instead of thickened cream, I used sour cream. And to get the blender going and process the coriander I added water, which I removed afterwards by straining everything through a sieve and just using the purée. Then added lime juice to the purée. I really like this flavour. The sour cream adds a subtle tang and goes very well with the coriander and lime flavour. Even my partner agrees. Thank you.

    1. Hi Marcus, sour cream would work well, and I think I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 People that enjoy coriander will probably like this ice cream I think. It is amazing how many people loath it though.

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