Lime ice cream on a plate.

Zesty Lime Ice Cream

Combine sweet and sour to create an irresistible flavour.

This is a simple recipe to make lime ice cream which you’ll love. The combination of zesty lime with sweet, creamy ice cream works well.

It’s preferable to use fresh limes for your dessert. If they’re hard to find then the bottled juice is fine.

If you love citrus, then also try this recipe for orange ice cream.

How to make lime ice cream without an ice cream maker

Follow steps 1-5 below then add to a container and place directly into the freezer.

After 30 minutes, remove and beat the ice cream until smooth, then continue freezing. Beat the ice cream at least two more times as it continues to freeze.

The end result will be lovely creamy ice cream.

Lime ice cream on a plate.

Zesty Lime Ice Cream

Combine sweet and sour to create an irresistible flavour.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream, lime
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 4 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3 drops green food colour
  • 5 limes zested


  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale in colour then set aside.
  • Heat cream and milk in a large saucepan until simmering then remove from heat.
  • Slowly pour a cup of the milk into the yolks while whisking as quickly as possible. Then pour yolks back into the saucepan of milk.
  • Continue heating mixture on a medium heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon then remove from heat.
  • Stir in lime juice, salt, and food colour and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Churn ice cream as per ice cream maker manufacturer's instructions. As the ice cream begins to harden add the zest of lime.
  • Once churning is complete, scoop ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for 2 hours or until hardened.


You can leave the green food colour out of this ice cream if you prefer a more natural ice cream.

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