This simple 4 ingredient, no-churn lemon ice cream is sure to hit the spot! It’s bright with citrus flavour, refreshing and creamy!

no-churn lemon ice cream in ice cream bowls with lemons

This lemon ice cream is like a bowl of sunshine – bright with citrus flavour, creamy and refreshing. And best of all, it’s no-churn!

Ingredient Notes

Half and Half Cream: This is 10% butterfat cream. I suggest this (vs. milk) for a nice and creamy ice cream.

Whipping Cream: This is 35% butterfat cream, the same cream you would use for whipped cream. Again, use this to have a nice and creamy ice cream. If you’d like to cut the fat a bit, you could use 2 cups of half and half cream and omit the whipping cream. Obviously this will be not only less creamy, but also a bit harder ice cream, with less cream.

White Sugar: Lemons are tart, so I wouldn’t suggest cutting back the sugar amount here.

Lemon Juice: You’ll want to use freshly squeezed lemon juice here, for the best flavour. You can use regular or Meyer lemons.

Recipe Tips

Be sure to zest your lemons before cutting and squeezing for the fresh juice! It’s really hard to zest half a squeezed lemon (And yes, I totally did that. I have a cold. I’m blaming it on that ;)

no-churn lemon ice cream in ice cream bowls with lemons

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no-churn lemon ice cream in ice cream bowls with lemons

Get the Recipe: No Churn Lemon Ice Cream

Quick and easy to make, this no churn lemon ice cream doesn't require an ice cream maker and uses just 4 simple ingredients!
5 stars from 2 ratings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time:: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 cup half and half cream, 10% b.f.
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 35% b.f.
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 -2 Tablespoons lemon zest, to taste
  • 1/4 -1/3 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed, from about 4 small lemons, to taste


  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the 10% and 35% cream. Beat at medium-high speed until cream starts to thicken a bit, 4-5 minutes. Add sugar and beat until incorporated. Add lemon juice and zest and mix until combined.
  • Pour into an 8-inch square cake pan or a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil (to hold the plastic tight) and freeze until firm, about 24 hours.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 323kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 104mg, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 12.2mg, Calcium: 75mg
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