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Yuzu Sorbet

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Sorbet, yuzu
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Nami
With a bright tart unique citrus flavor, Yuzu Sorbet makes a irresistibly tasty dessert that refreshes the palate.


  • 6 Yuzu
  • 2 cups water (2 cups = 480 ml)
  • 1 cup sugar (1 cup = 200 g)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Yuzu Sorbet Ingredients
  2. Make simple syrup first. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Whisk the mixture until all the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
    Yuzu Sorbet 1
  3. Clean the yuzu thoroughly. For 2 yuzu, zest the entire yuzu fruits into a small bowl using a microplane or grater. Be sure to zest only the thin outer peel or colored portion (do not zest bitter white part). Then cut the fruits crosswise in half for juicing (Step 4).
    Yuzu Sorbet 2
  4. For the other 4 yuzu, cut off the top 1/4 of the yuzu to make a cup and lid.
    Yuzu Sorbet 3
  5. Squeeze juice out of all the yuzu (4 yuzu cups from Step 3 and 2 yuzu from Step 2). Strain the juice into the small bowl, making sure to separate the seeds. You should have about ¼ cup of juice and zest.
    Yuzu Sorbet 4
  6. Hollow out 4 yuzu cup with a spoon. Be careful not to tear the yuzu cups when you are removing the seeds and flesh.
    Yuzu Sorbet 5
  7. Add the yuzu zest and yuzu juice into the simple syrup and combine well. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. I put the saucepan in the refrigerator directly, but it takes more time to cool as the saucepan is still a bit warm.
    Yuzu Sorbet 6

With Ice Cream Maker:

  1. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 minutes until frozen.
    Yuzu Sorbet 7
  2. Transfer to a shallow container and smooth out the surface. Stuff the yuzu sorbet in the 4 yuzu cups and put the lid on. Place the yuzu cups tightly in a container so they won’t fall. Store the yuzu sorbet and yuzu cups in the freezer. If the yuzu sorbet is still watery after you finished churning, you can continue with no-ice-cream-maker method below.
    Yuzu Sorbet 8

Without Ice Cream Maker:

  1. Pour the mixture into a container (preferably metal), cover, and place the mixture in the freezer . Stir with a fork every 30-60 minutes to get rid of any large ice lumps until the sorbet becomes smooth and frozen throughout, about 2-3 hours.

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.