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Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe (Matcha Ice Cream)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: dessert, green tea, ice cream, matcha
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 1 Quart
Rich and creamy homemade green tea ice cream with green tea powder. Quick and easy green tea ice cream recipe!


  • 2 cups Half & Half (480 ml) (or 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk + 1 cup (240 ml) heavy (whipping) cream (butterfat 36-38%), See Notes)
  • 3 Tbsp matcha (green tea powder) (3 Tbsp = 18 g)
  • ½ cup sugar (½ cup = about 100 g)
  • Pinch kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt) (about 1/16 tsp)


  1. Freeze the ice cream bowl for 24 hours.

    Gather all the ingredients.

    Green Tea Ice Cream Ingredients
  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

Recipe Notes

Half & Half: It is a mix of ½ whole milk and ½ heavy (whipping) cream. You can purchase it in dairy section of American supermarkets.

Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream contains 36-38% butterfat. It's equivalent to Double Cream in UK.



Equipment you will need:

If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out this post.


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