Lemon Sorbet

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + cooling Process: 20 min. + freezing


about 2 cups

Updated: Oct. 04, 2023
Whether you serve it in chilled bowls or scoop it into cut lemon halves, this creamy four-ingredient sorbet is both sweet and tart. It makes a delightfully refreshing finish to any meal. —Goldene Petersen, Brigham City, Utah


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • Optional: Cookie cups, lemon wedges and additional lemon zest


  1. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Transfer sorbet to a freezer container, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. If desired, serve in cookie cups with lemon wedges and top with additional lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 138 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.