Simple Lemon Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + freezing


1 quart

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
Just five ingredients (and no ice cream maker!) are all you need to make this refreshing ice cream. We enjoy generous scoops of it in summer. —Janet Eisner, Portland, Oregon


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk to 175°; stir in sugar until dissolved. Cool completely. Stir in lemon juice.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff; fold in vanilla and cooled milk mixture. Pour into a 9-in. square dish. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm, stirring at least once. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 221 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.