Lemon Ice Cream

lemon ice cream

I am a huge ice cream fan. Usually my dessert of choice.

I love to make homemade ice cream in the summer but I certainly don’t limit my ice cream making to the summer months. It’s pretty much a year round activity at our house.

As you know one of my other loves is lemon so coming up with the perfect lemon ice cream was a pretty big priority for me. I think I may have found it.

Lemon ice Cream

The perfect lemon ice cream needs to have just the right amount of lemon.  Not too tart, not too sweet, just right.

The base for this ice cream is cooked.  Be sure and put it through a strainer after cooking it to remove the lemon rind and any pieces of egg that might not have gotten mixed in.

Lemon ice Cream

Lemon ice Cream

Since it was cooked you will need to chill your ice cream base before putting it in the ice cream maker.  After it has chilled just process according to the directions of your ice cream maker.  I use a Cuisinart 2 qt. ice cream maker.

Lemon ice Cream

I love my ice cream just about any way but I am particularly fond of it on a cone!

Lemon ice CreamWhat’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Lemon ice Cream

For other yummy flavors of ice cream try these:

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla and Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Andes Mint Ice Cream

Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream


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Lemon Ice Cream

Yield: approx 1 qt.


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • In a pan mix together zest, juice, sugar and eggs.
  • Add in 1 C whole milk and vanilla.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a simmer.
  • Strain through a sieve to remove zest.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
  • Add in whipping cream and freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.



  1. 1
    Beth says:

    So, it’s essentially lemon curd with added cream, right? Looks awesome!:)

  2. 2
    Mary Lynn says:

    My husband loves ice cream….I love anything lemon….This is a keeper. Can’t wait to try it this weekend. Happy Fourth.

  3. 3

    I love lemon ice cream and I can’t wait to try your variation :)
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  4. 4
    Kirstie Koschnick says:

    This looks delish and refreshing. I’m sending you a link to one of my families favorite ice creams. We use fresh picked blackberries in this cheesecake ice cream. Hope you try it!

  5. 5

    Oh, Leigh Anne, this looks delicious; like summer in a cone. I’ll have to make this for my mom next time I see her as she LOVES lemon.
    Amanda @ thetastetester recently posted..It’s National Ice Cream Month!

  6. 6

    Leigh Ann – you don’t know what a major big-time lemon lover I am…and lemon ice cream? Ok, I am seriously in heaven! :) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and sharing on FB today. Have a wonderful weekend and hope you will join us next week!
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  7. 7
    Vanessa says:

    I love lemon anything! I need to make this. Well, first I need an ice cream maker. :) Pinning!
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  8. 8
    Linda says:

    Oh,my goodness! Homemade ice cream> lemon ice cream. Never heard of that. Usually it’s lemon sherbert. Best wishes, keep cool. Linda
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  9. 9

    I love lemon so I am sure I would love lemon ice cream. Usually I make it as a cake.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  10. 10
    Tanya says:

    Yum!!!! Pinning this yummy recipe Leigh Anne, thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Monday :)

    xo, Tanya
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  11. 11

    Such gorgeous pictures! Ice cream is my dessert of choice, too – and this lemon version sounds amazing!
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  12. 12

    I love lemon, but I have never had lemon ice cream before! I feel so deprived right now. I will definitely have to give this a try :)
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  13. 13

    I can imagine this ice cream tasting so fresh and delicious. I came across your recipe on Sugar and Slice Sunday.
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  14. 14

    This looks fantastic! Found you at Tasty Tuesdays!
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  15. 15

    Hi! I’m visiting from the Dream to Reality party. So far I use my ice-cream maker for vanilla only (which is delicious) but have been wanting to try something new. Thanks for the recipes!


  16. 16

    I love anything lemon and this ice cream looks delicious! I would love for you to share it at “I Gotta Try That”

  17. 17
    Lolly Jane says:

    Looks amazing. Lemon, mmm…
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  18. 18
    Tina says:

    I’m a chocolate girl myself, but I sure wouldn’t turn down one of those beautiful cones! Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection this week while I’m a co-hostess! Please come back to Mommynificent on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Have a magnificent day!
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  19. 19
    Jennifer says:

    Where do you come up with this terrific recipes. Thanks for sharing on my Friday Flash Blog Party!

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
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  20. 20

    This looks amazing!!! We would love it if you would link up at our We Scream For Ice Cream linky party/giveaway:
    Live the whole month of July.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!
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  21. 21
    Maria says:

    Oh your lemon ice-cream sounds AMAZING!!! I absolutely love lemon ice-cream because it tastes so refreshing and is just perfect for the summer!
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  22. 22
    Anyonita says:

    You always see recipes for lemon sorbet but hardly ever for lemon ice cream! :) This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!
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  23. 23
    Sharon says:

    I made this for my family and we are eating it as I write this…..DELICIOSO!!!!! Soooo GOOD!!!!

  24. 24

    I just love lemon and this look so delicious! What a beautiful presentation too- very pretty:)
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  25. 25
    Kate says:

    Is there any way you could post nutritional information for this recipe and maybe any of your other ice creams? They all look so delicious, but i’m trying to watch what I eat! Thanks so much!!

  26. 26
    Mattias Eriksson says:

    This is maybe a dumb question but I’ll ask it anyways:

    The last step in the instructions says the following: “Add in whipping cream and freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.”.

    When you add the wipping cream, is it out of the box or do you whipp it first? If you whip it, to what consistency?

    Btw, I’m a beginner ice cream home maker and just found your ice cream recipes, will be sure to try them out!

    Mattias Eriksson, from Sweden

    • 26.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      The whipping cream is in the liquid state, do not whip it. Have fun!

      • 26.1.1
        Mattias Eriksson says:

        Hi again,
        Thanks for the answer, I will try out the recipe today!

        Another question if you could please answer it. How come it’s salt in the ice cream mix? To reduce the sweetness? I’m not so knowledgeable in the chemistry of cooking, just started to learn.

        Mattias Eriksson

  27. 27
    Wendy says:

    I just made this with Meyer lemons! My eyes roll into the back of my head everytime I taste it! It’s just perfect, I’ve been searching for the right recipe and this one is it!

  28. 28
    Megan says:

    Looks yummy!! Do you have to use fresh lemon juice or can I use the stuff from a bottle?

  29. 29
    George says:

    My wife has been itching for lemon ice cream for a long time… kept complaining that you can’t get it in the store… I found this page and she’s making it right now; she’s up to the last two steps, and it’s cooling in the fridge before going to the ice cream machine, but we tried a taste… FANTASTIC! I’ll leave another post when we try the finished product…

  30. 30
    Liz says:

    Tried this today with my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (used for the first time) and it came out PERFECT and delicious. A definite keeper. Thank you!


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