lemon gelato recipe

Lemon Gelato Recipe- 5 ingredients

When it comes to desserts, there is nothing more indulgent than a lemon gelato. This recipe will teach you how to make this summertime treat that’s easy and delicious!

All you need to make my lemon gelato (which can be made in your ice cream maker) is lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, heavy whipping cream, milk, and a dash of salt. No egg yolks needed!

Gelato is the word used to translate ice cream from English to Italian, however, the two are quite different. They are made using a different process and gelato usually has less calories, is served at a warmer temperature than ice cream, and is quite difficult to make at home. However, it’s well worth the effort!

Lemon Gelato Recipe

The recipe is very easy, and the end result is delicious. You will love the creamy texture and tart flavor of this gelato.

lemon gelato recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Process time: 20 minutes plus freezing

Yield: 9



  • 1.5 cup Lemon Juice about 6 lemons
  • zest from one lemon very fine
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream


  1. Add the cream, milk, lemon juice, zest, sugar, and salt together. Using a wire whip, mix until the sugar dissolves and is completely incorporated. (the mixture should thicken some)
  2. Pour the lemon mixture into a gelato or ice cream maker.
  3. Allow the mixture to freeze. 
  4. When the gelato mixture has sufficiently frozen, place into a container and allow the lemon gelato to completely freeze.
  5. When it’s ready, scoop into bowls, cups, or cones to serve.

Nutritional value: 135 cal./serving

Can one use Ice cream maker to make a Gelato recipe?

Yes, you can. The difference between the two machines is gelato is churned at a much slower rate than ice cream, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser than ice cream. 

Storing Lemon Gelato

After the gelato is ready, with a spatula pour the mixture in an air-tight container. Place it in freezer for 4 hours for gelato, 8+ hours for firm one. Even straight from the ice cream maker, this lemon gelato is cool, bursting with citrus flavor, creamy and delish! It will last covered for about 4 weeks, yeah right, if it lasts that long. Cover well with a lid, foil or plastic wrap.

Lemon was my favorite since Italian lemons have such a strong taste. Any Gelato recipe tastes awesome when made with fresh tangy flavored fruits. You can try other ones like berry gelato, coconut flavored ones etc.

Do you need eggs to make ice cream?

When you use eggs in ice cream, it becomes a custard ice cream, you cook the batter, although there are some recipes that call for eggs without cooking and the eggs make the ice cream, richer and more creamy, but the short answer is no, you do not need eggs to make ice cream.

Tips to make a yummy Lemon Gelato

How to Choose the Best Lemons-

Choose lemons that are firm, but yield to gentle pressure, with a smooth, thinner skin. The lemon should not have blemishes, be pale or have any green; this indicates unripeness. Good lemons for juicing, should be heavier relative to their size.


It is much easier if you zest your lemons before cutting in half to juice them. Wash and dry lemons before zesting, and do not zest too far down, the white part, called the pith is bitter.

Juicing Lemons-

To get more juice from your lemon, try these ONE of these two tricks: 1) Place lemon on cutting board or counter and firmly roll with palm of hand until it starts to yield slightly

 2) Place lemon in microwave for about 10 seconds, then roll and squeeze

This is an easy and flavorful recipe. So, don’t wait any longer and enjoy it with your friends and family this weekend. It is a perfect recipe for summer’s dessert.

How many calories are in lemon gelato?


What flavors of gelato are there?

So, let’s go and find out which are the most popular flavors enjoyed by Italians!
Cioccolato. The undisputed king of all flavors is undoubtedly chocolate.
Fragola. Strawberry definitely gets the second place in the rankings as the timeless Italian summer flavor.
Fior di Latte.

Is gelato healthier than ice cream?

Gelato typically offers fewer calories, less sugar and lower fat content per serving than ice cream.

Is gelato good for weight loss?

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If you are looking forward to losing weight, but can’t stop digging your face into the pints full of frozen desserts, go for gelato any day. With lesser calories and fats than the ice cream, gelato is a win-win dessert for you.

Is sorbet the same as gelato?

Unlike like gelato, sorbetto is always a dairy and egg free frozen treat. It is, therefore, the lowest fat content of the three treats. Sorbetto is made with sweetened juice, fruit puree, or water and it is denser than gelato. It includes sugar and flavourings.

How is gelato made?

Gelato is a type of ice cream that has less air and milk than other types. Unlike typical ice creams, gelato doesnt require churning with an electric mixer or machine to achieve its desired consistency.

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