Lime Ice Cream


When it comes to home cooking, I rarely make the same thing twice, let alone multiple times. It’s just how I roll, thus my motto, “so much food, so little time!” There’s just too much out there to try!

But this ice cream is one major exception. I’ve been making it for years. My kids always got mad that I wasn’t making a chocolate variety of ice cream when they were little, but instead one flavored only from limes. However, they always ate it and loved it!

So on the 5th of July I decided to make it again, because it had been a while. I wish I knew the origin of the recipe, but I don’t. It was one of those recipes I’d glued to an index card a million years ago.

What’s interesting about this ice cream is its uniqueness. One doesn’t expect lime ice cream. In fact, I’ve never come across another recipe for it. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Lime Ice Cream

3 cups heavy cream
1 cup filtered water
Zest from 4 limes
Juice from 4 limes, about 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons
2 c superfine sugar
Pinch of salt

Pour the cream and water into a large blender jar. Add the zest and then the lime juice.

Add the sugar and salt, and give it a good blend.

Place the blender jar in the refrigerator and leave it there overnight, or at least for four hours. You really want to get the limey flavor.

When it’s time to make the ice cream, follow the directions for your machine.

Be ready to serve immediately. I personally don’t like how home-made ice creams harden when it is put in the freezer, although for the purpose of food photography I should have let it harden a bit!

I love to serve this ice cream with piroline cookies.
If you love lime, you will adore this ice cream!

It’s limey, but it’s also creamy. Fabulous!

note: You can use any combination of cream, 1/2 & 1/2, or whole milk that you might prefer, as long as it’s 4 cups total.

64 thoughts on “Lime Ice Cream

    • hahahahahahaha! I’m actually with you on citrus flavors, but think creamy lime. it’s very different. maybe try making a very small amount?!!!

    • It definitely is! I made this years ago when I catered a charity dinner that began with shrimp enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, a la Stephen Pyles, and ended with this ice cream and a chocolate cinnamon tuile.

  1. Sounds so yummy!!! And I know what you mean about making the same thing twice! Always fun to try new and different recipes. :)

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  2. When I was little I used to love lime milkshakes so I’m sure I’d love your lime ice cream. This must be so refreshing and I love how you served it with those rolled up cigar biscuits xx

  3. What lovely pictures. You did a great job with this ice cream. I’ll checking out some of your other posts. Just when I thought to take a break from blogs, you guys keep pulling me back. :)

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  4. Like you, I’ve never seen or tasted lime ice cream. I’ve seen one recipe for lime frozen yoghurt (Jenis Splendid Ice Creams at Home) but that seems a bit austere to me. The lime ice cream sounds rich but refreshing.

  5. I DO love lime! I absolutely think I would love this ice cream. I love the versatility in milk options/ratios, but at least once I’m making it with 100% cream. It sounds just fantastic. :-)

  6. That ice cream looks so good! Unfortunately being lactose intolerant I need to stick to sorbets, bummer! I love limes (we have a tree in the garden)!

  7. You’re right – I’ve had plenty of lime sherbet but never lime ice cream. This looks wonderful. And I still can’t get over how you continue to find new recipes to make all the time. I find that truly amazing.

  8. Hello from the other person who also makes Lime ice cream. Albeit a different version to yours, which I a keen to try. It is such a refreshing sweet treat. I am the same as you, rarely making the same recipe more than a couple of times, even then I tend to fiddle a bit with it. I guess it must be our creative nature. Such a beautiful blog, I will be visiting often from now.

    • Thank you so much! The photos were terrible, I remember. I should use that as an excuse to make it again!

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