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Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream) 抹茶アイスクリーム

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I’ve been in the U.S. for 15 years; however, I had never tasted Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream) that is authentic until I found this recipe.  I’m really excited to share this recipe with you today!

Häagen-Dazs® Green Tea ice cream is pretty close, but other brands of green tea ice cream that I tasted so far are way too creamy.  The Japanese green tea ice cream is not as creamy.  It is sweet, but it has very strong matcha taste that is almost bitter.  Am I confusing you a bit?

Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Matcha 抹茶 or green tea powder is NOT the same green tea that you drink at home or Japanese restaurants.  So you can’t grind the regular green tea to make matcha. :)  It is made from shade-grown tea leaves and used for Japanese tea ceremony and wagashi (Japanese confectioneries).  

I use this Japanese brand maeda-en, and their “culinary quality” green tea powder is pretty good (Japanese supermarket sells this for around $7).  Just so you know, even for the Japanese, matcha is considered a very expensive ingredient.

When I tasted this ice cream, I was surprised how authentic the taste was and it brought me right back to Japan!!  If you know what I’m talking about and miss authentic Japanese green tea ice cream, then this is it!  I highly recommend you to make double recipes!

Here’s the video on How To Make Green Tea Ice Cream on my YouTube Channel!  I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Before going onto the recipe, check out my interview by Correen at Food Lovers Website.  I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more by reading her post.  Have a great week!

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Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe (Matcha Ice Cream)
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Serves: 1 Quart
  • 2 cups Half & Half (or 1 cup whole milk + 1 cup heavy whipping cream)
  • 3 Tbsp. (18 g) green tea powder (matcha)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt (about 1/16 tsp.)
  1. Freeze the ice cream bowl for 24 hours.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the half and half, sugar and salt.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 1
  3. Start cooking the mixture over medium heat, and add green tea powder. Stir often and cook until the mixture starts to foam and is very hot to the touch but not boiling.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 2
  4. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl sitting in an ice bath. When the mixture is cool, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 3
  5. Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, transfer to a pre-chilled ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacture's instructions (20-25 minutes). Transfer the soft ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 4
If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out this post.

Recipe from Sweets by Sillianah.

Update: Step-by-step pictures have been updated (March 2014)

Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Desserts, Most Popular Recipes, Quick & Easy, Summer, Vegetarian

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  • Manu August 15, 2011, 12:39 am

    Oh Nami!!! I was really hoping you would post this recipe!!! I absolutely want to try it! I have had a hard time finding Matcha powder in Sydney (weird eh??) but it seems like I may have found the right place! So once I get to go pick up some, this is going straight into my ice cream maker!

    Only one question… I have never seen half and half around here… can I substitute it with regular cream (or half cream and half milk)? Not sure what it is exactly… ;-)

    • Nami August 15, 2011, 12:49 am

      I was about to go to bed, and caught your email. :-) How are you Manu? I’ll be visiting your blog very soon, but I want to answer your question first. Yes, American Half and Half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream. A lot of Japanese students go study abroad in Australia, so I assume there is a Japanese market in a big city. They “should” have Matcha. Are you familiar with any Japanese supermarket there?

      • Nami August 15, 2011, 1:03 am

        I did some research in Japanese and found several grocery stores in Sydney, but this seems good one. Hope it’s nearby.

        tel: 02-9267-0888
        Basement, Ground Floor
        283-285 Clarence Street
        Sydney NSW 2000

        Anybody in Sydney for better advice?

        • Manu August 15, 2011, 3:01 am

          Ohhh Nami!!! Thank you so much for this! It is right in the CBD so it shouldn’t be hard to get to! I’ll go check it out the first time I go to the city (or I’ll send Clint… hehehe). THANK YOU!!!! <3

  • Belinda @zomppa August 15, 2011, 1:16 am

    This is one of the most loveliest delicate ice cream flavors. Enjoy the last of the summer!

  • Jamie @ Wokintime August 15, 2011, 1:23 am

    I love green tea ice cream and saw this earlier and wanted to try it. There’s this place Dave’s Ice Cream in Hawaii with the best green tea ice cream – so creamy. I definitely want to impress my family by making this recipe. Gorgeous pictures as usual!

    • Nami August 17, 2011, 10:40 am

      Jamie, I need to check this place when I visit Hawaii!!

  • Raymund August 15, 2011, 1:43 am

    I just recently tried this, in fact somewhere around 2 years ago, I always see this in Japanese restaurant but was initially scared that I would not like the taste but when me and my wife dined in a Japanese restaurant here in Auckland this was a part of a set meal so we have no choice but to try it, to our surprise it was good! really good. It suddenly reminds me of me telling my colleagues to try out Philippine ice cream flavours like avocado, cheese, mung beans and others, they might sound odd to others but they all do taste really good.

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 15, 2011, 2:24 am

    That looks sooooo good! I love matcha and just bought some matcha kit kat candy bars in Narita airport on my stopover on the way to Singapore. The ice cream is even better =)

    • Nami August 17, 2011, 2:53 pm

      Hi Xiaolu! That’s my airport snack! :-)

  • Lilly August 15, 2011, 2:24 am

    Great vibrant green colour! This ice cream can not be mistaken for anything else then green tea =) I bet it would be a great filling for mochi ice cream!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies August 15, 2011, 3:15 am

    I have never tried matcha ice cream. When I lived in NZ I once bought ice cream that was meant for export to Japan but the order was cancelled so we were lucky to be able to buy it. The ice cream was really creamy and delicious, more creamy than the local stuff. I thought Japanese preferred more creamy ice cream but maybe thats why the order was cancelled:)

    • Nami August 17, 2011, 3:04 pm

      We have this image of matcha. Real “matcha” (tea that we drink at traditional tea ceremony) is really bitter. The ceremony serves traditional Japanese sweets so we can balance out the bitterness. So when we talk about Matcha Ice Cream, we don’t expect to eat too creamy or too sweet matcha ice cream. So customers would probably prefer eating bitter matcha ice cream that has real matcha flavor in it. We like creamy ice cream, but matcha is different! ;-)

  • Mai August 15, 2011, 3:19 am

    I love love green tea ice cream. That looks so refreshing and gorgeous! I need to go get some matcha for myself. Last time I made matcha pancakes and it was quiet good!! Btw, are you using a lens? Photos are so stunning and sharp.
    PS: you are the winner of my giveaway, Nami! Congrats!

    • Nami August 17, 2011, 11:27 pm

      Mai, thank you for the giveaway! This is my first win!!! =) I use 60mm F2 macro and 28-75mm F2.8.

  • Sissi August 15, 2011, 3:30 am

    Nami, I am now wondering if it’s not the most beautiful food item I have ever seen on your blog. This photo is breathtaking! (UPDATE: after hardly a minute I am 100% sure this is definitely the most beautiful photo from your blog and maybe from all the food blogs I have seen…).
    I love matcha and if I had an ice-cream maker, I would make this ice-cream straight away. I usually find ice-cream either too creamy, like you, or too sweet, or both. I imagine how I would modify my own home-made ice-cream.
    All my experiments with matcha were a big success (at least for me) and I am sure I would adore your ice-cream. I find all the matcha sweets have an “adult” and elegant side I particularly enjoy.
    Congratulations for your interview! You are a big star! (I am going to read it now.)

  • Liz August 15, 2011, 3:57 am

    Oh, I love when you make desserts, Nami! This one looks spectacular! And I look forward to seeing this appear on Manu’s blog, too :)

  • CUCINAINMUSICA August 15, 2011, 4:28 am

    Beautiful green!
    What kind of product is “Half & Half” I do not know in Italy?
    Thanks and hello Julia

    • PolaM August 16, 2011, 9:21 pm

      e una cosa strana che hanno qui in america. E’ meta’ latte e meta’ panna quindi puoi sostituire con quelli.

  • Maris (In Good Taste) August 15, 2011, 5:01 am

    Hagen Dazs is my all time favorite ice cream and if you compare this to that then it must be terrific!

  • Janine August 15, 2011, 5:11 am

    I don’t have an ice cream maker so I can’t really make good ice cream, but here in Singapore, I can get really really good match ice-cream from Isetan! I can’t remember what’s the name of it for the life of me, but they have a red bean flavor too, but the matcha is so rich, almost to the point of being bittersweet, that I love it! And I totally get what you mean by not as creamy!

  • Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite August 15, 2011, 5:36 am

    That looks sooooooo goood! I love love love that green color! I hate the super creamy green tea ice creams that are usually too sweet. I tend to like my green tea ice cream slightly strong and bitter which is how its supposed to be. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) August 15, 2011, 6:50 am

    Lovely jade green colour. My favourite flavour always.

  • Ellena August 15, 2011, 7:04 am

    I love green tea ice-cream esp with some mochi or azuki beans!!!! And yours definitely makes me drool!!!!

  • Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 15, 2011, 7:09 am

    Matcha is one of my favorite flavors, in ice cream or cakes, or just to drink. I try to buy the best matcha powder I can afford, and you’re right, it costs a bomb (but sooo delicious!). I’ll be making matcha ice cream using your recipe soon….with sweet azuki beans on the side ;-).

  • Shawn August 15, 2011, 7:11 am

    The color is absolutely happy! I’ll make it soon, I’m sure that we’ll love it!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 15, 2011, 7:27 am

    I love green tea ice cream! I really need to get me an ice cream maker!

  • Claire August 15, 2011, 8:29 am

    Wow, great pictures! I love how creamy green tea ice cream is, I’ll definitely have to try this when I get an ice cream maker

  • Jessica August 15, 2011, 8:52 am

    I love matcha ice cream! It is so balanced with the tea flavor and the creaminess of ice cream at the same time. It is unfortunate that I don’t have an ice cream maker, but when I do get one, this is on the list to make!

  • Denise August 15, 2011, 9:22 am

    Your photos are stunning! We LOVE green tea ice cream. I have some matcha powder on hand. We buy ours from a tea shop. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 15, 2011, 9:25 am

    I have never tasted matcha ice cream..only frozen yogurt. I love the color- its so relieving to eat green colored dessert atleast visually it gives you an imperession that you are eatimg something healthy;)I never saw the Haagen Dazs ever at grocery.need to check out!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 15, 2011, 9:32 am

    Love the gorgeous picture!!

  • Tastes of Home (Jen) August 15, 2011, 10:06 am

    I LOVE matcha ice cream Nami!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.. your ice cream is SO nicely done :)

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise August 15, 2011, 10:57 am

    As always I am in love with your photography Nami :)
    This ice cream sounds like a real treat..I will look for authentic green tea powder and I really hope I’ll find it

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise August 15, 2011, 10:59 am

    Loved reading a little more about you my friend

  • Manju August 15, 2011, 11:05 am

    ohh my, that does look incredible!! gorgeous pics, as always.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) August 15, 2011, 11:14 am

    I’m so glad to see this post of yours, Nami!!! Ryan and I love ordering grean tea ice cream whenever we’re at a Japanese Restaurant. But Ryan always tells me that all the green tea ice cream we’ve tasted here aren’t as good as the ones he has eaten in Japan years ago. I’m definitely trying your recipe as soon as I get the matcha!

  • Natalie August 15, 2011, 11:25 am

    The bright green of this is so tempting! And your napkin and bowl are gorgeous too. I’m going to try to get matcha from my Asian supermarket next time I go. I love green tea, and ice cream and I need some bright green in my life!!

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen August 15, 2011, 11:25 am

    What a vibrant beautiful green color the ice cream has! I’m yet to find good matcha in my life :-(

  • Lyndsey ~ The Tiny Skillet August 15, 2011, 11:59 am

    I love the look of your matcha ice cream it looks darker than any that I’ve seen. I might have to make this to get that authentic taste of Japanese green tea ice cream. I already have the matcha! :D

  • Peachie August 15, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love macha ice cream but i think i would have some trouble find macha over here. Beautiful pics!

  • Alessandra August 15, 2011, 1:35 pm

    Il looks great, and what a color :-). Green is my favorite color (with yellow) so I have a weakness for pics with green food :-).

    But guess what, here in New Zealand is so cold now, the coldest that I ever experienced, that I feel it will be a while before i take out my ice cream machine.


  • Reem August 15, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I have never made Green Tea Ice-cream, but Nami this looks absolutely gorgeous… Such a fabulous green color. This is really pretty and I’m sure it will taste even fabulous..
    Thank dear.

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious August 15, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I use that same brand of green tea to cook with! My favorite green tea ice cream is from dave’s ice cream in hawaii. I wonder how close it is to your favorite! Its not too sweet, definately more on the tea side… I didnt end up buying an ice cream machine this summer. :( But yours looks so good Nami! Ooooh I would like a scoop of this in some Iced Grean tea!!

  • Happy When Not Hungry August 15, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Wow I’m so impressed! This ice cream looks lovely. Love the green tea flavor too!

  • wok with ray August 15, 2011, 4:56 pm

    I’ve had green tea ice cream before but it was stuffed inside mochi, and I loved it. So, I’m sure I’m gonna love this too, Nami. What a nice presentation of ice cream and I love the details. Great shot on the ice cream just focusing on the food! Well done my friend, well done!

    ~ ray ~

  • Kelly August 15, 2011, 5:29 pm

    Eek! I may have to invest in an ice cream maker one of these days… As you know, I am a huge Matcha fan :) This looks delicious Nami!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 15, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I have never tasted green tea ice cream and I’m completely intrigued, thanks for sharing, the color is beautiful!

  • sheri August 15, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Omg, the kids LOVE green tea ice cream! I made my first batch this summer too, and I love the way I can add extra extra extra matcha to get the intense strong taste that I love! I like it so strong it’s kind of bitter. So yummy.

  • torviewtoronto August 15, 2011, 6:35 pm

    delicious looking ice cream I like that it doesn’t have eggs looks wonderful

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 15, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Never tried matcha before. I like to drink green tea though, so I am sure it would be delicious! My son is feeling better, thanks for asking!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 15, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Hi Nami, we love matcha ice cream too, but i don’t own a ice cream maker, will try your recipe if i own one in the future. By the way, I’m now in China, and I’m so frasturated as I could not log in blogger (China govt banned) and update my blog, look like i can only update when i back on next Monday…See you soon.

    Sonia, greeting from Xiamen China

  • Ryan August 15, 2011, 7:17 pm

    I love your blog and all of the gorgeous recipes and pictures! The green tea ice cream sounds so delicious and refreshing right now in all of this heat! Its such a beautiful shade of green too (one of my favorite colors)– so pleasing to the eye, you can’t help but want to dig in!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 15, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Oh my goodness Nami, you nailed this ice-cream, in look and how you described in taste as well. What a great pictures and presentation, it looks absolutely divine!

  • Ann August 15, 2011, 11:03 pm

    What a beautiful ice-cream. I’m not a tea enthusiast, but I think I’ll buy the HaganDaz ice-cream to see what it tastes like…you never know! Stunning Photos!

  • Kim Bee August 15, 2011, 11:32 pm

    Oh my, this is beautiful Nami. So vibrant and fresh. I am happy just staring it. It looks too pretty to eat. Glad you are enjoying your summer. Goes by so fast. We’re in the midst of tuiton being due and having our son buy his first car. Kiana is getting her learners permit next week, well if she passes. Textbooks for university being ordered. I long for the days when they were young. I can’t believe it goes by so fast. Embrace every moment. xx

  • Jeanne August 16, 2011, 12:52 am

    Oh, wow. Thank you for posting this! It’s been a long 6 months in Germany without any green tea ice cream (I refuse to eat that dyed vanilla stuff). I’m so excited to try this when I get back to my ice cream maker!

  • Val August 16, 2011, 1:07 am

    Really have to get myself an ice cream maker! Your’s looks fantastic.

  • anncoo August 16, 2011, 1:11 am

    I love matcha with anything :) Thanks for sharing this yummy ice cream :)

  • Giulietta @ Alterkitchen August 16, 2011, 1:15 am

    Namiiii, I never tried matcha tea, but this ice cream looks so authentic and so good! I want to try this tea ice cream!!! :)

  • daksha August 16, 2011, 3:50 am

    Hi! nami i like green tea ice cream too, specially in summer time. Your ice cream is looking delicious I like that it doesn’t have eggs. Must try…:) thanks for sharing this.

  • Vivienne August 16, 2011, 3:57 am

    loving your soba and this icecream recipe! (even tho its not summer over here!)
    all the green tea icecream i’ve tried are creamy…so its interesting that you said the authentic ones are not! i do love the slight bitterness of green-tea for sure :)

  • Susan August 16, 2011, 4:51 am

    Oh man! I have a serious matcha addicition. That ice cream looks to die for Nami! Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make it!

  • rebecca August 16, 2011, 5:15 am

    love this bet it tastes great :-)

  • Sandra August 16, 2011, 5:47 am

    If mine comes out anywhere near as good as yours looks the price of the matcha is worth it.

  • chinmayie @ love food eat August 16, 2011, 8:15 am

    That is such a fantastic colour Nami! I LOVE the first photo!! Never had anything like this before :)

  • Peggy August 16, 2011, 8:20 am

    Oh my Nami! This ice cream looks perfect! I love the taste of green tea, and to combine it into an ice cream is just genius =)

  • kankana August 16, 2011, 9:46 am

    I remember eating green tea tiramisu, didn’t taste like traditional Tiramisu but loved the flavor and that lil bittery taste! I am not an ice cream fan but this I might just enjoy!

  • Roxana GreenGirl August 16, 2011, 10:11 am

    i have never had green tea ice-cream, i know, sometimes i live under a rock, I’ve been missing so many ice-cream combos but I love the green color. I know the closest grocery stores carries Häagen-Dazs ice-cream, I hope they have the green tea one. Fingers crossed.

    going to reply you your email now :)

  • Tiffany August 16, 2011, 11:49 am

    This ice cream (like all of your ice creams) looks amazing Nami! And congrats on your interview!!!! HUGS!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 16, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Nami, this is the most beautifully photographed ice cream I have seen and the colour is just exceptional! Love the idea of green tea ice cream.
    Have a happy evening.
    :-) Mandy

  • Mika August 16, 2011, 12:20 pm

    This looks very yummy, but I still am a huge huge Azuki icecream lover ; )

    By the way, now I get this pop-up window for a survey everytime when I visit your page. Did you set this up? I’m just curious since these questions have nothing to do with food.

    • Nami August 19, 2011, 12:19 am

      Really? I’ve never heard of it before from someone else…When I go to my own blog, it doesn’t come up though. Anyone else have same issue, let me know! ;-)

  • Priyanka August 16, 2011, 2:15 pm

    Lovely dessert :)
    First time here and loved it

  • tigerfish August 16, 2011, 3:26 pm

    You are tempting me to buy an ice-cream maker again but summer should be ending soon.Hmmm…maybe next year? I have been wanting to buy matcha powder for the longest time. Every time I am in the Japanese store – I am confused by the range of matcha the store carries. Any suggestions? Maybe I just look for 100% natural green tea powder. I don’t think it is cheap though.

    • Nami August 19, 2011, 12:42 am

      I use the matcha brand shown in the picture and I thought it’s pretty good. It’s for culinary purpose, so the grade is not too high (for tea ceremony). But the powder was beautiful color and the taste was excellent. You can buy those in a Japanese market. I haven’t checked Asian/Chinese store yet. They may have it…but more of casual green tea powder (some has sugar in it) than matcha (100% natural green tea).

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice August 16, 2011, 5:19 pm

    Your matcha ice cream has a lovely color. I like it creamy.

  • Christine August 16, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Never had green tea ice cream… sounds good.

  • Firefly August 16, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Oh I’ll have to try this :) your pictures are so tempting LOL as always!!!

  • Lisa H. August 16, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Matcha tea powder is really expensive in Oz… I used it sparingly… like gold commodity hehehe
    The ice-cream is gorgeous, Nami. My kids love matcha ice-cream ( as matter of fact… both love anything fr Japan or Korea)

  • Amelia August 16, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Lovely green color & delicious ice cream. I would like to have 2 big scoop :)

  • elle marie Yamamoto August 16, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Right on, sometimes you just have to make it yourself, I like the bitterness that comes with green tea (that’s the point) what is all that fake bravado with the sweet green tea in the U.S. huh, what? Naw? They are totally faking it. Love the use of the green cloth prop. Lady B. makes a great green tea ice cream here…

    • Nami August 19, 2011, 1:30 am

      Lady Borden! Natsukashii!!! :-)

  • Lucy @ Lucyeats August 17, 2011, 12:36 am

    Oh yum, I love green tea icecream -yours looks delicious! Just one question: what’s half and half?

    • Nami August 19, 2011, 1:33 am

      American Half and Half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream. :-)

    • A_Boleyn November 29, 2011, 2:17 pm

      Whipping cream is about 35-36% butter fat which half and half is 18%. So you can dilute whipping cream with regular (homogenized) milk which is 3.5% butter fat to get half and half. :)

      • Nami December 1, 2011, 10:46 am

        I’d never be able to come up with such detail explanation. Thank you!

  • Arudhi@Aboxofkitchen August 17, 2011, 5:54 pm

    なみさん、お久しぶりです!!Oh my, it`s been too long! I missed you! Checking out your posts would be my homework tonight, but with the picture of your matcha ice cream, I can`t help leaving a comment now. The picture is amazingly beautiful!! Love the color of black and vibrant green there.
    I`m not actually an ice-cream eater (more a yoghurt-eater), but even so I`m craving for matcha ice cream now. I don`t have an ice cream maker, but I can get the Haagen-Dazs version right away. Do you know any good brand here in Japan that might represent the authenticity?

  • Nami August 18, 2011, 10:24 am

    I’m so happy to hear you have a good memory of matcha ice cream there. :-) At least you could navigate yourself to the right place to taste authentic matcha ice cream! Impressive without speaking the language! Lol ;-) There are so many kind of ice cream brand, but if it was expensive, then I’m sure you tasted top quality matcha ice cream… hehee. Thanks for sharing the story!

  • Nami August 18, 2011, 2:34 pm

    Lillian, thank you so much for the recipe. It’s awesome that you made it perfectly authentic green tea ice cream without trying authentic version. You know what’s the right taste! ;-)

  • Kay Ecker August 19, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I don’t usually like Matcha ice cream, maybe it’s because I’ve never had a good one like you were saying! Your photo is so life like, I wish I could pull it from the screen and eat your ice cream!

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook August 19, 2011, 11:42 pm

    What beautiful photographs! Just breathtaking! Love this recipe… I have never tried green tea icecream before, but it sounds great! I am going to look out for the ingredients to make this! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Lisa @ Tarte du Jour August 25, 2011, 3:47 am

    Wow – what a stunning ice cream! The brilliant color caught my eye and I’m sure the flavor is amazing as well!

  • Shirley August 25, 2011, 11:49 am

    Beautiful ice cream, and such a vivid hue of green. I love green tea ice cream. I tried making it once, but the recipe only called for green tea bags and it didn’t taste good at all. I just ordered a sampler tin of matcha to try some, so if there’s enough left over I’d love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hyosun Ro August 25, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I love green tea ice cream and make it once in a while. I am going to try your recipe. It looks great, and I will definitely like strong matcha taste. Beautiful photo too!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious August 26, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I have been wanting to make a green tea ice-cream forever!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will make this recipe soon :)

  • Jun August 28, 2011, 7:17 am

    My cousin loves green tea ice cream so much! Would love to make this for her but can’t find the Matcha here…

  • Tres Delicious August 28, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Amazing ice cream! Quite unique. The color is so vibrant and I can’t wait for my turn to prepare an exact replica of that.

  • hfriday September 1, 2011, 11:19 pm


    A year ago I bought matcha powder while I was abroad because we don’t have it where we live. I haven’t had the chance to use it – is it still useable? The packaging has no expiry date on it since it was filled from a larger bucket. If I can still use it, how long will it keep?


    • Nami September 2, 2011, 12:38 am

      Hi! I wasn’t sure so I did a little bit of research (in Japanese). It looks like it’s recommended to use within 120 days if the bag is in a tin can and 90 days if it’s in the box. If the powder is directly in the can, then it’s even shorter, 30 days. It has to be in an air tight container so that the powder won’t change color and lose the quality. Some recommends to put it in the fridge. This is “best before” date, so I don’t think it’s harmful to use it. Check the color of Matcha. Are they still vivid green? The high quality matcha has very nice vivid green color while low grade is dull green color. Hope it’s still useable…

  • Gay September 4, 2011, 7:22 am

    I was lucky to get hold of pure matcha powder several years ago. A Japanese friend kept matcha powder that was produced by his grandma. I remember having late night green tea ice cream treats (match powder + vanilla ice cream) during autumn when I had the chance to stay in the US for a couple of months.

  • amy @ fearless homemaker September 8, 2011, 10:20 am

    this looks just amazing! what a lovely dessert idea. bookmarking this for a future dinner party!

  • Elizabeth September 20, 2011, 10:28 pm

    FAB recipe! This is the Green Tea ice cream that I crave…thank you so much for posting such a winner in my book! I will never have to be humiliated at the Japanese Restaurant ordering 5 orders of Ice Cream again :)

  • Lena October 13, 2011, 2:49 am

    I just made this for the first time earlier today.I really wanted to make it even tho i didn’t have a ice cream maker. The only problem is for me it was a bit to bitter (added a bit of simple syrup to balance out the bitterness) so next time i’m going to use less Matcha. Besides that I’m very happy with how it came out it was my first time making ice cream! Would you recommend this process if we wanted strawberry ice cream just replace Matcha with strawberries?

    • Nami October 14, 2011, 1:20 am

      Hi Lena! Thanks for your feedback! Matcha is supposed to be bitter (At Japanese tea ceremony we serve matcha tea and this is super bitter!). But I’m glad you adjusted and enjoyed the ice cream. For strawberry ice cream, I don’t think the process will be the same. You should use blender/food processor for strawberries and the amount of sugar will be more I think. I don’t have strawberry ice cream recipe yet (eventually, since that’s my favorite too!), so I recommend you to check a recipe. I’m sorry I can’t help you with this. Thanks again for your feedback!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 14, 2011, 6:20 pm

    HI Nami! I’ve got tons of posts to catch up on, haven’t I?! :) I have to comment on this one first since I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since seeing it on my FB stream a couple months ago. This is one of my favorite ice cream flavors and yours looks fabulous.

    I hope you’ve had a great summer!

  • Hyosun Ro November 11, 2011, 6:53 am

    Nami – I made this green tea ice cream twice now and really liked how it turned out, especially the texture. Not too creamy, not too sweet, and strong green tea flavor – just perfect!

    • Nami November 14, 2011, 12:37 am

      Hi Hyosun! Thank you so much for trying this recipe. The real matcha ice cream is NOT creamy or too sweet and it has strong green tea flavor!! I really think this is very authentic recipe. I’m so glad you liked it! I’m not buying those green tea ice cream from supermarket anymore… they are just too different from authentic green tea ice cream. :-)

  • L November 17, 2011, 3:07 am

    Can i substitute whipping cream for half and half if i don’t have any?

    • Nami November 17, 2011, 10:26 am

      I think you can, but it’ll be more creamy. The authentic matcha ice cream is not creamy so if you want the authentic matcha ice cream, I’d recommend half and half and it was just perfect. :-)

  • A_Boleyn November 27, 2011, 11:18 am

    The Culinary grade Maede-en Matcha you are using sells for $22.99 (Canadian) at the only grocery store in town that carries matcha so I bought the less expensive “Touch Organic” brand which was $16.99 (Canadian) for the 1.5 oz can.

  • Cheri Williams (@CheriWilliams) April 29, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Sounds SO good! Do you think this would work with Soy Creamer?

    • Nami April 30, 2012, 12:27 am

      Hi Cheri! I truly wish that I know the answer, but I’m not sure. Let me know how it went if you try with soy creamer. :-)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 12, 2012, 11:07 pm

    I just bought the cuisinart ice cream maker (on sale for $20 at costco) and this is the first thing I made, and I’m happy to report that it turned out AH-MAZING! Best ice cream ever. Who knew homemade ice cream was so easy to make?!

    • Nami May 13, 2012, 12:38 am

      Aww Chung-Ah! Thank you for making this! $20 is a great deal! I seriously think this is really an authentic green tea ice cream. So happy you liked it! :-)

  • Lolandra May 22, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Hi, I just bought a bottle of matcha powder recently and would like to try your recipe. Just wondering if I can substitute half and half with the following options:
    1. equal amount of evaporated milk or
    2. equal amount of whipping cream or
    3. half evaporated milk + half whipping cream

    Will adding icing sugar instead of regular white sugar work?

    • Nami May 23, 2012, 12:26 am

      Hi Lolandra! Half and half = mixture of one part milk to one part whipping cream. So I’m not sure evaporated milk will work, to be honest. I’ve never used evaporated milk before so I’m not comfortable suggesting substitute. Maybe google to see if there are anyone who substitute with evaporated milk?

      And not sure about icing sugar too…. If you have seen any ice cream recipe which substitute with it, it may work. I’m not experienced enough to give you advice. I’m sorry I am not very helpful here… :-(

  • Jen May 30, 2012, 2:57 pm

    What decadent looking IceCream! I love Green Tea but I cannot have dairy. Anyone have suggesstions as to what I could substitue for the half n half? I have an icecream maker and make lots of recipes with goat yogurt instead of milk. I would love to hear about anyone making this dairy free.

    • Nami May 30, 2012, 4:50 pm

      Hi Jen! If you have made many kinds of ice cream using goat yogurt, I think you can try adding matcha powder in the mixture. I have never used goat yogurt for ice cream, so I can’t guarantee the flavor and consistency. But if you have basic ice cream recipe with goat yogurt, it should work the same! Let me know how it goes. :-)

  • Joan June 22, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Looks wonderful. Half and Half here in Canada is a 10% butterfat cream. Also known as Cereal cream. I have my mixture cooling as I write this. Its for my daughter who really likes green tea ice cream and has been very disappointed with any we’ve bought. In the restaurant is very good but we can’t by that. The matcha powder she brought me to use is slightly sweetened so I measured the sugar a little “scant”. Thank you for posting such a simple recipe.

    • Nami June 25, 2012, 3:16 am

      Hi Joan! Thank you for writing. :-) I hope your daughter enjoyed this. I had been disappointed with American green tea ice cream from store, so when I tasted this green tea ice cream, I was so happy that I could finally taste authentic green tea ice cream! I just made another batch too. :-) Thanks for trying this recipe!

  • Lydia July 7, 2012, 2:19 am

    My favorite soft serve at the onsen is green tea. (that and melon). I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • rome July 25, 2012, 4:51 pm

    i just wanted to ask, where did you buy the green tea powder from??

    • Nami July 25, 2012, 10:59 pm

      Hi rome! I buy my green tea powder (maeda-en brand you see in the picture) at Nijiya supermarket. I’m not sure if you are local, so this information may not be helpful…

      They sell it online too, but shipping may be too costly.

      If you buy green tea powder, try to find 100% pure matcha for this recipe. Hope this helps. :-)

  • William July 30, 2012, 1:52 am

    2 cups half-and-half (Half and Half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream), i don’t really understand this :(

    • William July 30, 2012, 2:05 am

      OO, i think i get it :D… it’s a brand , right? hmmm, i’m afraid here in jakarta, we don’t have that brand… can i substitute it with something else?

      • Nami August 1, 2012, 1:08 am

        Hi William – Half & Half is a dairy product, 2 cups of Half & Half means 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of cream. Hope this helps. :-)

        • William August 1, 2012, 2:54 am

          thanks very much!

  • Jennifer August 9, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Just a note to say that your recipe is churning in my ice cream maker right now. I tasted it and it is おいしい! Strong matcha flavour and not too sweet. I think my guests are in for a treat.
    Thanks for posting this recipe. My next try will be black sesame.


    • Nami August 10, 2012, 10:44 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Oh I’m so happy to hear you liked the green tea ice cream!! :-) Hope you will enjoy the black sesame ice cream too. :-)

  • Balvinder August 12, 2012, 7:59 am

    I like the taste on matcha tea and this sound delicious to use it in ice cream. Although, I do not make ice creams at home but this would be an exception.

  • MissC January 3, 2013, 6:39 pm

    Hi Nami, as promised I made your green tea ice cream recipe. And omg, if possible, I love it even more than your black sesame one! Thank you so much for sharing. Keep up with your posts, I’m loving your work!

    • Nami January 7, 2013, 5:35 pm

      Hi MissC! Thank you for trying this recipe and I’m glad to hear you liked it! Green Tea Ice Cream is my go to ice cream all the time. Super easy and there’s no failure! :)

  • kat February 21, 2013, 8:00 am

    It’s good to hear someone comment on what real matcha ice cream tastes like in Japan. I’ve never been, but I’ve always found the extra creamy versions with eggs too Americanized or custardy. The only one I like is made by a Japanese restaurant in California, it’s dark green, almost bitter and amazing.

    Over the years I’ve tried a lot of recipes, and the one I’ve been using for 10 years is 1 cup milk, 1 cup cream, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon matcha (which I always up to 2 tablespoons or more) ;) When I found your recipe, it felt as if I had confirmation of authenticity. Thank you.

    • Nami February 21, 2013, 11:22 am

      Hi Kat! I was happy too to find this macha ice cream recipe. I love matcha and I’ve tried matcha ice cream at different restaurants and bought different brands of ice cream, but they are all too creamy like you said. I make this matcha ice cream all the time and it’s one of the easiest and most authentic matcha ice cream I found. It brings me back to Japan right away! :)

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. :)

  • Aya March 10, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I love green tea ice cream! Thank you for providing the recipe! I mixed in Oreo cookies and made into a green tea cookies n’ cream ice cream. Yum! I just made your awesome black sesame ice cream as well. SO good! Itsumo arigatou gozaimasu! :D

    • Nami March 12, 2013, 12:55 am

      Hi Aya-san! Thank you so much for your feedback! Yay! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed both green tea ice cream and sesame ice cream! Thanks for writing! :)

  • Yii-Huei March 17, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Hello Nami, this is Yii-Huei from Around le globe again. This recipe is a winner, the consistency and the flavour are amazing, my whole family thoroughly enjoyed it! This is most definitely the best green tea ice cream recipe I’ve tried.

    I featured your recipe again on my blog :) http://aroundleglobe.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/green-tea-ice-cream.html

    • Nami March 18, 2013, 12:43 am

      Thank you Yii-Huei! I’m going to check it out!

  • Josie May 9, 2013, 1:17 am

    Hi Nami,

    I tried to recipe (without ice cream maker – followed the recommended link). It turned out very well :)

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Nami May 9, 2013, 10:11 am

      Hi Josie! I’m happy to hear it turned out well! Thank you so much for your feedback!

  • Angela May 23, 2013, 4:32 pm

    Just noticed this recipe! I’m really excited to try this because, except for a few restaurants, all green tea ice cream I’ve come across is way too sweet and creamy and doesn’t have enough of the bitter going on to balance some sweet. :D

    • Nami May 23, 2013, 10:50 pm

      Hi Angela! Oh I think you will love this recipe (I hope!). I also don’t like “Green Tea” ice cream that are sold here because it’s not very authentic. I was so happy to find this recipe and I make it all the time. Oh, find good matcha for this… it’s worth it. :) Hope you enjoy it!

  • Serene May 29, 2013, 11:07 pm

    Hi, I have made different kinds of ice cream but never seem to get the green tea one right. I moved from NYC to Vegas and couldn’t seem to find a Japanese Store here where I could buy good quality match powder for the ice cream. In NYC, there one by NYU campus / St Mark’s. Does anyone know where to get this Maeda-En Matcha Powder in Vegas?

    • Nami May 30, 2013, 11:25 pm

      Hi Serene! I hope you give this recipe a try with this matcha powder, or at least with similar grade powder. Maeda-en has online store, in case you are interested in buying online…


      I don’t know about shipping fee, it can be a bit expensive to make homemade matcha ice cream…. :/

  • patrimpas June 2, 2013, 6:46 am

    what’s a delusion!!!??? This recipe makes ice cream what is astronomically far away from Häagen-Dazs® Green Tea ice cream.

  • Ricki July 13, 2013, 6:35 am

    I adore all things matcha–can’t wait to try this out (I’ll have to adapt–but of course the matcha will stay!!) :)

  • Yeen Yee July 28, 2013, 11:53 pm

    Hi Nami,
    This is the first ice-cream I made when I got the ice cream maker.
    It tasted good. But the texture was very hard after freezing overnight. Is it supposed to be hard?
    After churning, my ice cream texture was still quite watery. Do I have to heat the mixture until it’s thick before churning.
    Thank you.

  • atsuki August 6, 2013, 8:01 am

    Pretty much all other recipes call for eggs when making ice cream, even green tea ice cream. Is there a reason you don’t include them in yours? Thank you very much, I’m looking forward to making this!! (hope this blog is still active…)

    • Nami August 7, 2013, 1:08 am

      Hi Atsuki! I’ve made this recipe so many times, and this flavor is perfect – really authentic matcha ice cream we can get in Japan unlike some creamy ones I find here in the US (but please note that the type of matcha you use also makes a difference in taste). I don’t really need to include egg/custard. I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. :)

  • kwbentodiary August 24, 2013, 7:20 am

    oh gosh!!! I love matcha a lot!! Thanks for sharing and hope to try out one day!

  • Maddie September 28, 2013, 12:53 pm

    I just made this matcha ice cream right now. It is fantastic and I love there is no egg in it! It was very easy to make and the consistency is great. I just leave it out on the countertop a couple of minute before scooping so it gets a bit softer to scoop. I also used very high quality matcha which I think makes a difference. :-) I know some people get a lower quality for ice cream and smoothies but I love the taste of the good stuff. Thanks for this wonderful & simple recipe! (I used the whole milk and heavy cream combo because that’s all I had on hand)

    • Nami September 28, 2013, 1:31 pm

      Hi Maddie! So glad you liked it. This is my favorite ice cream to make (I love matcha and this is super easy to make!). I agree about the quality of matcha. Even the color of matcha can tell the grade, too. :) Thank you so much for the feedback!

  • Ursula September 30, 2013, 10:52 pm

    Thx for the recipe. I wondering if it is possible to make the ice cream without ice cream maker using the recipe above?
    thanks a lot for your reply

    • Nami September 30, 2013, 10:56 pm

      Hi Ursula! Yes, it’s possible to make without an ice cream maker. I added this helpful link in Note section in the recipe, but here’s the link:


      Hope this helps! Enjoy Green Tea Ice Cream! :)

      • Ursula September 30, 2013, 11:35 pm

        Oh I must hv overlooked the link.thanks, I like your recipe since it doesn’t use any egg yolks. Btw is it really necessary to refrigerate the bowl for 24 hrs in advance?
        thanks again

        • Nami October 1, 2013, 9:30 am

          Ursula, at least overnight so that the bowl is very cold. :)

  • Kit December 14, 2013, 1:07 am

    Is there a difference if I only added the green tea powder when the cream-sugar-salt mixture is heated? I could not get the powder to fully dissolve even after heating and stirring for 30 mins. I decided to strain over a sieve but even so I still have fine specks of green tea powder in the mixture to chill :(

    • Nami December 15, 2013, 10:45 am

      Hi Kit! Then I’d recommend to do the following extra step(s).

      1. Sift green tea powder into a small bowl. (optional)
      2. Add hot (not boiling) water little bit and make a smooth paste before adding to the milk mixture.

      This way, your green tea should dissolve faster. Hope this helps. :)

  • Thorsten December 25, 2013, 9:00 am

    Hi Nami,

    I’m really a fan of your inspiring and helpful site … many thanks!

    I didn’t have an ice machine so a friend and “chef” recommend to make parfait instead. So during the last christmas parties I made several different ones, e. g. a “toblerone”-parfait.

    After getting a nice package of matcha powder as an xmas-gift this year, I tried a “green tee parfait” instead of “ice” and it becomes gorgeous, the certain but gentle taste of matcha matches perfect with the more “soft” feeling of a parfait.

    • kenneth December 25, 2013, 5:37 pm

      hi, what a great ice cream you made, I have question what if you dont have icee cream maker can I do with my mixture?

    • Nami December 26, 2013, 10:04 pm

      Hi Thorsten! Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so glad to hear you enjoy reading my blog! :)

      Your matcha parfait sounds SOOOOOOOOOO good! As you see in my dessert recipes, I’m a huge matcha fan and I want to try everything with matcha. You inspired me! :) Thank you for writing!

    • Nami December 26, 2013, 10:06 pm

      By the way, I just saw pictures on your Flicker. You make so many delicious dishes! Made me hungry…. :)

  • Mae January 13, 2014, 4:58 am

    I love your recipe!

    I’m a huge fan of matcha green tea and living in Dubai seeing any ice cream of that beautiful color have me running into the staff with excitment thinking it’d be Matcha Flavour…too sad for me it’s all Pistachio!

    I tried melted high quality Vanilla ice cream and whisk Matcha power into it just for a quick fix but never get a proper flavour like what I had in Japan or in Thailand (we made as decent flavour as ones from HagenDaz)

    Just recently I bought small pot of Hagendaz Matcha from Japan and refreeze it in Dubai….the flavour is there but it’s just like having a frozen Matcha Latte! Thank you again for all these lovely recipe!

    • Nami January 14, 2014, 10:10 am

      Hi Mae! Haha, I often make mistake too – when it’s green, my first thought is GREEN TEA!!! :D I’m so happy to hear you like my recipe, and thank you so much for writing! :)

  • Ai Mei January 13, 2014, 7:26 am

    Hi Nami,
    Tried this recently and it was awesome! Truly delicious.
    Thank you so much for a great recipe. I will be trying the black sesame ice cream next.
    Keep up the great work.

    • Nami January 14, 2014, 10:11 am

      Hi Ai Mei! Thank you for trying this recipe out! I’m so happy you liked it. Isn’t it simple and delicious? Hope you enjoy black sesame ice cream as much as green tea ice cream. :)

  • Liz Wong April 9, 2014, 7:05 am

    This looks really delicious, thanks! As I’m vegan, I’ll try to make a vegan version using soya and coconut cream. Will let you know if it’s successful!

    • Nami April 9, 2014, 1:39 pm

      Hi Liz! Please let me know how it turns out. I’m curious, and I’m sure others would love to know! Hope you enjoy! :)

  • luna May 27, 2014, 8:21 am

    i looooooooveeeeeeeeeee matcha..
    i had wanted to try this recipe for so long.. but it’s so hard to get green tea powder near my area so i bought online and got the chance to try it earlier today! and… i was having problem while adding the green tea powder it was like clotting when i added to the mixture >.< i chose to strain it with a filter before chill it in ice bath, also my ice cream doesn't look that green (i guess that depends on the powder). Thank you very much for sharing the recipe !! i will definitely make another batch..

    • Nami May 28, 2014, 11:57 pm

      Hi Luna! Green tea powder is very fine, and you have to whisk to blend it in. It takes some time to do it. I have tried sifting too, but result is almost the same without sifting… The color of green matcha is purely from the brand/kind of matcha you use. The better quality one has very nice green hue to it. :) Hope you enjoyed the ice cream. :)

  • Jennifer Bradley May 29, 2014, 12:43 pm

    I love green tea ice cream! I have also made some fabulous earl grey ice cream. This was very disappointing. Actually, it was inedible. I don’t know if it was too much matcha (3 tablespoons) or the type of matcha, but it was extremely overpowering and bitter.

    • Nami May 29, 2014, 1:44 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m sorry your ice cream didn’t come out well. :(

      Since you’ve mentioned that you already love green tea ice cream (and expect matcha has “bitter” taste), I am thinking it’s due to your green tea powder. (If anyone here is new to matcha, please know matcha powder has bitter taste)

      I am curious what brand/type of matcha you use. Do you mind sharing it with us? Maybe it’s helpful for some readers to watch out when they shop for matcha. (For those who want to know which brand I use, I use this: http://www.justonecookbook.com/pantry/green-tea-powder-matcha/).

      From my experience eating green tea ice cream in Japan and US, and all the feedback from readers who made this recipe (this is one of the top recipes that readers try), I believe 3 Tbsp. is just right. I want my green ice cream recipe to be as authentic as possible. I’ve made this recipe myself many many times at home for my family and guests, so I’m confident that 3 Tbsp is not the issue.

      I also want to bring this to attention. For anyone reading this comment please make sure this is “3 Tbsp”, not “PACKED 3 Tbsp”. It means to gently scoop matcha and level the top with a knife. Do not press matcha and pack into a tablespoon. This makes a huge difference in the amount of matcha you put in the recipe (could end up like 5 Tbsp. instead of 3). If you prefer weight measurement, 1 Tbsp. of matcha is 6 grams. I’ll add “18 grams” in the ingredient section.

      Hope this helps! :)

      • Jennifer Bradley May 29, 2014, 2:35 pm

        The brand of matcha was Sams Teas and Spices, ordered from Amazon. The company also has a website, http://www.samsteasandspices.com. The tablespoons were scooped, not packed, but thank you for the update in weight, which is always preferable. I made a different recipe this afternoon, using only 1 tbsp of match dissolved in 3 tbsp of hot water. I have to say the flavors are more mellow and the consistency more creamy and much more to my tastes. I like Asian food, but am a native American, so perhaps it is a cultural preference. It is rare that I make something I just feel is inedible, so that is why I took the time to comment. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

        • Nami May 29, 2014, 10:09 pm

          Hi Jennifer! Thank you very much for the link! Looks like their matcha comes from China and the color seems a bit too dull… (usually more bright green color). But I’m glad you could adapt and made good green tea ice cream! Yes I agree – it’s personal/cultural preference too. :) Thank you for your kind response and I really appreciate it!

  • daniel June 15, 2014, 11:01 am

    delicious results with this recipe!! excellent without eggs, my kids loved it!!! THANKS for posting!!

    • Nami June 16, 2014, 11:17 pm

      Hi Daniel! I’m so glad your ice cream came out well. Thank you so much for trying this recipe! :)

  • ivy lock July 12, 2014, 11:04 am

    hi i love matcha ice cream finally got green tea powder to try, can i ask after making, how long can it keep?

    • Nami July 13, 2014, 7:28 am

      Hi Ivy! I’d say it’s best to be eaten within a month. With this recipe, you will most likely eat it all up pretty quickly… :D

      • ivy July 14, 2014, 2:21 am

        thank Nami! ya 1 month should be ok becos I’m the only one eating it… my hubby and daughter don’t -.- they don’t know what they missing haha.

        • Nami July 14, 2014, 5:14 am

          Haha! Enjoy! My family loves this ice cream that I have to share… LOL.

  • ivy July 16, 2014, 5:59 pm

    It’s 9am in Singapore rainy dark sky but am happy to open my glass lock n lock to see my green tea ice cream looking good! It didn’t freeze up last night after 1..2..3 hours and I just beat it with my mixer even though there’s no frosting… Look too hard to eat again, I hv no food processor. Just did it put to beat Again hoping to make it fluff up like some videos on internet it didn’t so freeze it again… But I taste my spatula!!! Wah nice nice nice, ok maybe hubby might complain a bit too sweet, so ice cream for breakfast hahaha thanks for this wonderful recipe!

    • Nami July 16, 2014, 11:08 pm

      I hope you enjoy it Ivy! Thanks so much for trying this recipe! :)

  • Kevin G August 3, 2014, 12:17 am

    This recipe is VERY good. It turned out so good that people commented that it tasted like it was purchased.
    The only downside to it is that matcha is expensive to buy in my city, at least a decent quality one.

    • Nami August 3, 2014, 11:37 pm

      Hi Kevin! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! I really, REALLY love this green tea ice cream recipe and use it ALL THE TIME! It’s too bad that GOOD matcha is always expensive. If you’re in the US, I recommend SeasonWithSpice.com’s green tea matcha powder. :)

  • Lynn August 14, 2014, 4:05 pm

    I made this last night sans ice cream maker. Very good! Obviously it didn’t come out as creamy because I had to hand stir it in the freezer, but I’ll still take it over store bought. Next time I think I’ll do less sugar but that’s just my own personal preference. I’m excited to try this base with some other flavors as well. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Nami August 18, 2014, 8:22 pm

      Hi Lynn! How wonderful! I’m so happy to hear you made this recipe without ice cream maker! It’s a bit more time consuming to keep mixing till frozen, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Brittany @ DulceVie August 14, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am so happy that I landed on your site! I have spent years looking for the perfect green tea icecream recipe & have failed so many times. I love the bitter taste that green tea has but it seems like many companies try to lose that bitter taste and cover it with sweetness. Anyway, I will definitely be trying your recipe :)

    • Nami August 18, 2014, 8:24 pm

      Thank you Brittany, and welcome to my blog! I’ve looked for a good authentic green tea recipe for a long time, too. I have been very happy ever since I started making this recipe. It’s just perfect! Hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

  • Sally October 28, 2014, 3:56 am

    Hi Nami, 3 tbspoon is not 18g , is 45g. Just a correction, hope I am right. Yet I made my favourite strong taste green tea ice cream !!!

    • Nami October 28, 2014, 2:32 pm

      Hi Sally! 1 Tbsp. of green tea powder is 6 grams. Remember the green tea powder is MUCH lighter compared to sugar even in the same 1 tbsp. So 18 grams here is accurate. Be careful when you measure the volume and weight. :)

  • Rita November 17, 2014, 1:32 am

    I just finished making the mixture for this recipe, it is literally the best green tea ice cream I have ever tasted. I tried only just the mixture and thought whoa, how could this be enough!!! I went ahead and make another batch so it can be churn all at once!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this recipe

    • Nami November 17, 2014, 5:13 pm

      Hi Rita! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I am really happy with this recipe, too. It’s really close to the green tea ice cream we get in Japan. :) Thank you so much for trying this recipe! :)

  • Michelle Hayden February 28, 2015, 5:59 pm

    I made this last spring and absolutely loved it! I got David Lebovitz’s ice cream recipe book for Christmas this year, and even though I love his recipes, I will always use this one for green tea ice cream instead of the book – it was so wonderful and the colour of the ice cream was very cheerful.

    • Nami March 3, 2015, 9:18 am

      Hi Michelle! I’m so happy to hear you like this recipe as much as I do! This is my go to recipe for all year around! :)

  • Leesa Garcia March 13, 2015, 4:22 am

    Hi there!I LOVE your blog! My ice cream is churning now, and I tasted a spoonful and it is delish! I had some green tea ice cream at Haggen Daaz in Kaohsiung and it was delish, but way too sweet for me. I remember the taste of the green tea ice cream from Little Tokyo in Los Angles as a kid! I love all things Matcha! I bought 300 grams of culinary matcha in Taiwan and even some powdered Matcha Milk for lattes! I will be making some green tea mochi next to make some mochiko!
    Thanks again, great recipe!

    • Nami March 16, 2015, 11:49 am

      Thank you Leesa! I’m glad to hear you liked the ice cream! Thanks for the kind feedback. :)

  • Jack March 15, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Your recipe is flawed. Matcha, at least Matcha of any quality should not taste bitter. That said, your recipe, especially to someone who does not know green tea or Matcha preparation well will result in an unnecessarily bitter result.

    “Start cooking the mixture over medium heat, and add green tea powder. Stir often and cook until the mixture starts to foam and is very hot to the touch but not boiling.”

    This is way too vague. It is CRITICAL, that the mixture never exceed 180 degrees fahrenheit, 82C and really I would not go much past 170F, 76C. If you exceed these temperatures, no matter the quality of the Matcha, it will be bitter and it is not supposed to be.

    • Nami March 15, 2015, 12:58 pm

      Thanks for the info! :)

  • Sam March 22, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I love green tea ice cream but I feel this recipe called for too much matcha!! Could have cut the quantity down to only one tbs and it still would have been pretty strong…

    • Nami March 23, 2015, 10:33 pm

      Hi Sam! Usually green tea ice cream in Japan tastes just like this, which has more green tea flavor than sweet creamy taste. However, after living outside of Japan for sometime, I understand a lot of people prefer less green tea flavor as that’s how it’s sold here… You’re welcome to reduce the amount of green tea powder to your liking. If anyone prefers green tea ice cream just like what you can get in Japan, I highly recommend to keep the amount (and use good quality matcha). :)

  • Skye March 31, 2015, 10:22 am

    Im sorry, but what do you mean with 2 cups half and half.. What is that? Is it 1 cup of half full milk, and 1 cup of half full cream? I really want to try this recipy =] I already made the Red bean paste and the mochi from your cookbook and i LOVE them. So please explain to me what you mean with this?

    Lots of Love

    • Nami March 31, 2015, 5:34 pm

      Hi Skye! It’s an American thing (which I didn’t know when I first published this recipe). It’s one part milk and one part heavy cream. We often put it in coffee etc. :) Please use 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup milk (whole or 2% reduced fat). :)

      • Skye March 31, 2015, 11:35 pm

        Ahh super! Thank you! I hate to be a bother again, BUT is soy milk alright too?
        Today i am going to make the red bean icecream aswell! I cant wait to taste it!

        Lots of Love

        • Nami March 31, 2015, 11:47 pm

          Hi Skye! I haven’t tried, but I am sure it’ll work (I hope!). Hope you like the red bean ice cream! :)

  • Skye April 18, 2015, 11:42 am

    Hello there!
    I tried making this icecream today. I wonder if i have done something wrong? I followed your recipy, 1 cup milk 1 cup cream, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 TBS matcha.. But my icecream didnt turn out as green as yours, plus it was SUPER sweet.. I think a bit TO sweet.. There was almost no matcha flavor, only heavy cream flavor with a tiny bit of matcha.. And i threw in a bit more matcha because it didnt turn green after 3 TBS.. I wonder what went wrong can you help me?

    Lots of Love