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Sweet and Tangy Lime Ice Cream

This sweet and tangy Lime Ice Cream makes a super refreshing treat. Topped with crumbled graham crackers, it's reminiscent of Key Lime Pie! Makes about 1 quart.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Chilling Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: citrus, fruit dessert, homemade ice cream, ice cream, limes
Servings: 8


Lime Ice Cream

  • 3 large limes zested
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from about 3 large limes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Serving

  • crushed graham crackers
  • edible flowers or fresh mint


  • Place a one quart container in the freezer to chill.
  • In a medium sauce pan, whisk together lime zest and sugar until fragrant. Whisk in lime juice, eggs, and milk to combine.
  • Warm the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until steam rises from the pan and it begins to bubble around the edges.
  • Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the custard into a one quart spouted measuring cup, pressing to extract the juices from the zest. Whisk in vanilla and heavy cream. Cover and chill until until the mixture is cold.
  • Freeze the lime ice cream base according to the instructions of your ice cream mixer.
  • Once the ice cream is ready, spoon it into the pre-frozen container. Cover and place the ice cream in the freezer for several hours.
  • If desired, top scoops of ice cream with crushed graham cracker and edible flowers or fresh mint leaves before serving.