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.

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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
Serves: approx 1 qt.
  • 1½ Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • ½ C fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ C whipping cream
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a pan mix together zest, juice, sugar and eggs.
  2. Add in 1 C whole milk and vanilla.
  3. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a simmer.
  4. Strain through a sieve to remove zest.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
  6. Add in whipping cream and freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. 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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

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

  4. says

    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. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  5. says

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

    xo, Tanya

  6. says

    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!


  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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

      • 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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…

  14. 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!

  15. Evie says

    I’m a little late. :) I found this recipe on pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it. It’s amazing! I will definitely be making again and again! Thanks for sharing!

  16. William says

    I made this with some Meyer lemons and it was superb! I had bought a bunch of Meyers to try out in new dessert recipes, but I’m going to have to use them all for more of this ice cream! Thanks for the awesome recipe! (Also my mom said this is the best ice cream she’s ever had.)

  17. Beth says

    I know this post is older, but I have a quick question. Do you use just egg yolks or whole eggs? All the cooked ice cream recipes I’ve made before use just the yolks. Really want to try this for the 4th in my new ice cream freezer. Thanks in advance for the help!


  18. says

    I made this for fourth of July and it was awesome.! Everyone loved it especially the children when they crumbled up waffle cones on top of it. I will keep this recipe and use it often. Thanks for sharing.


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