Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream

Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream
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Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream is so simple, it will encourage you to only enjoy homemade ice cream from now on!

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Despite the bleak reality of winter here in the Southern hemisphere, I’m sharing this fantastic recipe for the quickest, easiest and creamiest ice cream. To me, ice cream is not seasonal, it’s delicious all year.

Many of you will know my enthusiasm for recipes which taste great but are simple to prepare. The following recipe more than meets these criteria.

Let me tell you why you should try this.

  • The ice cream is rich and creamy
  • The flavour is lemon, a very popular flavour
  • It is quick and simple to prepare
  • It does not require an ice cream machine
  • And it tastes fantastic

This is a wonderful recipe we received many years ago from my Godmother, Lesley. The recipe is simplicity itself, it does not require you to make a custard, you just whiz all the ingredients together in a food processor. When I first made it I thought perhaps the lemon may cause the cream to curdle but this does not happen, the lemon thickens the cream.

Just put the delicious mixture into a container or mould of choice, cover and freeze. There’s no need to stir it to prevent ice crystals, it remains melt in the mouth smooth and creamy.

The ice cream is lovely served with raspberries, strawberries or a drizzle of our Easy Strawberry Sauce.

Actually, the mixture is so delicious there is a place for it as an unfrozen dessert. I serve it in a martini glass, again, topped with glorious berries or served in place of whipped cream alongside a slice of plain, vanilla cake.

I hope you will try this recipe. I’m sure it will become a firm favourite. Let me know in the comments below if you try it.

Xx Alex

5 from 37 votes

Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream

A show stopper dessert – homemade ice cream!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal
Keyword delicious, dessert, homemade, ice cream, lemon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Freezer 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 476 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest * very fine
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice strained
  • 1 cup caster sugar or superfine
  • 600 ml whipping cream
  • 3 drops yellow food colouring * optional


  1. Add the lemon zest, juice and caster/superfine sugar to a food processor and whiz them together.

  2. With the motor running, gradually add, through the feed tube, the cream and the food colouring if using.

  3. Process just until the mixture thickens to a texture similar to whipped cream. Spoon the ice cream into an airtight freezer container or spoon into a decorative mould and cover with two layers of cling wrap.

  4. Freeze for approximately 4 hours. The length of time will vary, depending on the temperature of your freezer and the size of the container.

  5. If you have used a decorative mould, carefully dip the mould into a bowl of hot water for a few seconds. Dry the mould with a tea towel, place a serving plate on top and carefully upturn the mould.

  6. Remove from the fridge about 15 minutes before serving to allow the ice cream to soften a little.

Recipe Notes

I needed 2 lemons to get the required amount of zest. The natural oils in the zest impart more flavour than the juice. Just remove the thin, coloured skin; do not use any of the white pith as it has a bitter flavour. I find a very fine microplane is best.

I added 3 drops of yellow food colouring; the hint of colour visually enhances the ice cream and emphasises that it has a lemon flavour. It is, of course, not essential.

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1470IU29%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 65mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream
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150 Comments on “Quick and Easy Lemon Ice Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    this one is beautifully made. presentation is perfect. im pretty sure it is delicious. huhu im craving for ice cream now 🙁 ?

  2. This lemon ice cream looks so tempting. Nothing beats the freshness of lemon and berries combined with ice cream. You’ve got so many delicious recipes and they are all easy to make.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this icecream last week for visitors and served it with fresh berries & everyone loved it. It’s so easy to make, it will certainly be added to my favourites.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh wow, this looks so good! I’ll have to save this for when the weather is warmer! I love lemon flavors!

  5. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious and easy to make! I love the taste of lemon so this is on my list of recipes to try.

  6. I have never made ice cream but this looks amazingly refreshing. The lemon zing reminds me of a summer morning.

  7. This looks so tasty. I love lemon flavored things so I have no doubt that this ice cream will be tasty.

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to make Ice-cream and lemon is my favourite flavour so I am gonna give this a try

  9. 5 stars
    We love lemon ice cream and lemon sorbet. And this sounds amazing, we’d love to add white chocolate to it as well x

  10. For those looking for a natural and chemical-free way of emphasizing this ice-cream’s lemon flavour, you could throw in a pinch of turmeric. No flavour from the turmeric.
    Question – this is different from other no-churn recipes in that yours doesn’t use sweetened condensed milk. As such, do ice crystals form? (Is there any icy texture?) What if I freeze it overnight?

    1. Hi Monika! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Great suggestion with the turmeric 🙂
      There is no icy texture with this ice cream, and you can certainly make it the day before.
      We also have another no-churn recipe which does not contain condensed milk, if you’d like to check it out – I made it for Christmas, and it went down a treat! 🙂
      Here’s the link:
      No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

  11. 5 stars
    This is my kind of ice cream. I love it when it’s creamy and not frozen. I guess that’s why I usually only eat gelato. 🙂 And your recipe sounds like it has the same creamy consistency as gelato.

  12. 5 stars
    Oh this lemon ice cream looks amazing! I love trying to make sweets at home and I think this looks so easy and like something my daughter would absolutely love!

  13. OK now this sounds good I love a good lemon ice cream and the fact it is quick and easy to make. Well that just makes sure it is right up my street. If only I could grab a spoon and pop it through the screen.

  14. 5 stars
    I love lemony sweet treats! They are just the tastiest! And ice cream is one of my fav treats too! I did mint chocolate chip ice cream this weekend but will defo try your recipe!

  15. Vety interesting! Even I always thought that lemon curdles the milk. In fact I use it to make cottage cheese at home. Will definitely try this at home.

    1. Hi Pradnya!
      When adding lemon to the dairy when it is cold or at room temperature, you can work with it without curdling, as the process is slowed down due to the temperature. For example, if you were to add lemon to hot milk, the curdling happens much faster.
      So, because we are working quickly with cold cream, you will find this mixture doesn’t curdle 🙂
      Hope you’ll give it a try!

  16. I feel like this was made specifically for me! I love anything with lemon in it. This looks so refreshing

    1. To me, the lemon ice cream and berries are a perfect summer dessert. The ice cream is so smooth and creamy and works so well with the berries. I hope that you enjoy it.

  17. 5 stars
    For the summer this would hit the spot just right! What a great recipe, it kind of makes my mouth water haha.

    1. Hi Brie, this is definitely one to enjoy in the summer – or any time, really. It’s a great recipe, I do hope that you try it, it’s one of my favourites. 🙂

    1. I agree Danielle, if I had to choose one fruit it would be the lemon, so many ways to enjoy them. And this ice cream is amazing; so simple and delicious. I do hope you try it. 🙂

    1. Hi Lieze, it really is a fantastic recipe. When I serve it to people they always ask for the recipe. Desserts are not easier than this one. I’m so glad that you like it. 🙂

    1. Hi Emmeline, that’s correct, you definitely don’t need an ice cream machine for this recipe. It couldn’t be simpler and the ice cream is naturally smooth and creamy. I encourage you to try it. Please let me know if you do. 🙂

  18. Omg, this looks so yummy. I need this in my life now. I never have tried lemon ice cream. And I love ice creams so much. Daily, your ice creams leave me awestruck.

    1. Hi Arun, if you love ice cream I feel very confident that you will like this one. It’s so easy and is very delicious. Please let me know if you make it. 🙂

    1. Hi Lydia, this recipe could not be simpler. No ice cream maker required here. It is naturally smooth, creamy and delicious. I do hope you try it. 🙂

    1. Hi Lyosha, if you love lemon ice cream I feel confident that you will enjoy this one. It is so quick and easy to make. Please let me know if you try it. 🙂

  19. Here in Canada with winter lasting from November to the end of April, no ones waiting for the warm weather to get their ice cream. I haven’t tried to make my own ice cream before, I think there is a challenge there I can take on.

    1. Hi Blair, this is perfect if you haven’t made ice cream before. There is no special skill required; you just mix the ingredients. I do hope you give it a try – it has such sunny, bright flavours that you will think warm days are here. 🙂

    1. Hi Jasmine, it is so quick and easy to make. It tastes so good that people will think you spent a lot of time on it. I look forward to hearing when you make it. 🙂

  20. So I’m not a huge fan of lemon flavored anything but even this sounds delicious to me! With our anniversary coming up, I’ll definitely have to try and make this for my husband! He loves all things lemons!

    1. Oh, if your husband loves lemons I’m sure he will love this ice cream and it is so easy to make. What a lovely gift for him. Happy Anniversary. 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Now this is a treat. I’ve never made icecream before. I am interested in making this ice cream.

    1. Sue-Tanya, I must tell you that this is a great first-time ice cream. It is so very easy and tastes delicious. I will be interested to hear if you make it. 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    Wow! This ice cream must be so refreshing! I’ve never heard of lemon ice cream before! Your dishes are so unique..!

    1. Hi Nina, thank you for your lovely comment. This ice cream is fantastic. There’s no need to churn it and it is always smooth, creamy and delicious. I do hope that you try it. 🙂

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