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Scoops of lemon ice cream on sugar cookies on a marble surface surrounded by sliced lemons.
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Lemon Ice Cream

This cool and creamy Fresh Lemon Ice Cream is homemade with real lemon juice and zest for a burst of sweet, citrus flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Additional Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 1.5 quarts
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Combine the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until sugar is dissolved and small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan.
  • Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light. Gradually pour 1 cup of the hot liquid into the egg yolks while whisking to temper the eggs.
  • Pour the tempered egg yolks back into the pan with the hot milk liquid and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 170-175 degrees F or is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and chill. This can be done overnight in the fridge or by transferring the mixture to a heavy duty zip tight bag and submerging in an ice water bath to speed up the process.
  • Just before churning, add the lemon juice to the chilled ice cream base. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until it is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. If desired, add mix-ins during the last minute of mixing.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container (I always use clean bread pans) and freeze for at least 4 hours to "cure" and harden.


  • You can add in crumbled cookies for a fun variation, or layer in the freezer-safe container with jam or pie filling for a swirled effect.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1089IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg