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Homemade Lemon Ice Cream

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You are just 4 ingredients away from a bowl of creamy homemade lemon ice cream. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart and is sure to delight your taste buds.

small bowl with 3 scoops of lemon ice cream and a spoon.

If you love a good citrus dessert, you are in for a treat. This lemon ice cream recipe is simple as can be to make and has a big blast of lemony flavor. 

Homemade Lemon Ice Cream Without Eggs

The texture of this lemon ice cream is smooth and creamy.  It really is just about as good as it gets. 

Whip up a batch to see for yourself.

I cannot tell you enough how much my boys liked this ice cream.  It left my husband wondering (out loud, several times over) why lemon ice cream isn’t really a thing you see in stores.

Luckily homemade ice cream is easy to make, because we are all in love. Homemade lemon ice cream is going to be on a heavy rotation during the summertime from here on out.

Of course I knew it was going to be a hit after everyone loved the key lime sherbet so much.  This ice cream is every bit as citrusy and delicious.

lemon ice cream ingredients and ice cream maker ready to make ice cream.

After all sherbet and ice cream aren’t to far apart, but with a bit more cream this ice cream has a super smooth melt in your mouth texture.  And of course this recipe uses lemon juice instead of key lime. 

Other than that, there isn’t a ton to tell you about this recipe. It is so simple and so good and that is really all you need to know!

small bowl with three scoops of creamy homemade lemon ice cream and yellow napkin.

Favorite Ice Cream Makers

MiMi has a couple kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer.  She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.

I recently got a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.

Both work great and are relatively affordable. You just have to remember to get the bowl in the freezer in plenty of time to get it cold, but that is a whole lot better than making sure you have enough ice and salt on hand!

What makes sherbet different than ice cream?

Sherbet is between sorbet and ice cream. Sorbet doesn’t include dairy, sherbet includes some dairy and ice cream contains almost 50% cream.

Tips and Tricks

As the ice cream mixture churns, it will expand. Don’t worry though, by that point it is frozen enough that it won’t run over or make a mess.

Make sure to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker at least overnight. If you have the freezer space, just keep it in the freezer so you can make ice cream whenever you would like.

Using cold ingredients will help the ice cream to freeze more quickly. There is no need to let anything come to room temperature here.

ice cream scooper dipping into container of lemon ice cream.

After the ice cream has been in the freezer for a while, it will freeze pretty solid. Pull it out of the freeze about 10 minutes before you plan to serve it to make scooping easier.

You can try adjusting the cream to milk ratio if you want to try to save some calories. But keep in mind that the texture will change as you adjust the amounts.

More Great Summertime Desserts

Strawberry orange sorbet is another refreshing dessert. As the name suggests, it is dairy free and loaded with fruity goodness.

For another no bake lemon treat, try making lemon icebox pie. It is simple, creamy and easy to make.

Key lime cheesecake jars are another fun treat. They are perfect for packing on a picnic or serving at a party.

For another fun and easy citrus treat, try making some lemon puppy chow. It’s a great snack mix.

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small bowl with 3 scoops of lemon ice cream and a spoon.

4 Ingredient Lemon Ice Cream

Servings: 16 Servings (2 quarts)
Author: Carlee
If you love a good citrus dessert, you are in for a treat. This ice cream is simple as can be to make and has a big blast of lemony flavor. The texture is smooth and creamy. It really is just about as good as it gets. Whip up a batch to see for yourself.
4.89 from 17 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice


  • Stir together cream, milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
    3 cups heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • Add lemon juice, mixing to combine.
    1 cup lemon juice
  • Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to the directions of your particular maker.
  • Scoop into storage containers and freeze for at least an hour or two before serving.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 22mgSugar: 21g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 19th of December 2020

Thanks for sharing your storage choices. I really need to get one of those. I think we would make more ice cream if we had proper storage!


Saturday 9th of January 2021

You have to have a place to put that ice cream, though it never lasts too long around here... so long term storage isn't an issue ;-)


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Audrey and I both love Lemon Ice Cream. My hubby and most of my children don't care for it, but that is OK because that leaves more for me!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

There is definitely a silver lining in being the only one who likes treats!

Andrea Nine

Friday 4th of December 2020

My mouth is literally watering as I was reading this as lemon ice cream is my favorite! Thank you for the recipe and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

It is creamy and tart and refreshing, everything you'd hope it would be. Thanks, Andrea!