Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream


Delve into the heart of Japanese culinary tradition with this Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream recipe. Celebrated for its vibrant color and distinctive, earthy flavor, this ice cream is a refreshing treat that perfectly balances sweetness with the sophisticated bitterness of matcha. Ideal for a summer day or as a novel dessert after a meal, this recipe brings a piece of Japan to your kitchen.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Serving: 4


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the Matcha Mixture:
    • In a small bowl, dissolve matcha green tea powder in a few tablespoons of warm milk to form a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat Milk and Cream:
    • Combine the remaining milk, cream, and half of the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to steam, but do not let it boil.
  3. Temper the Egg Yolks:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and the remaining sugar until the mixture is pale and thick. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs, then return the entire mixture to the saucepan.
  4. Cook the Custard:
    • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the matcha paste and vanilla extract until well combined.
  5. Chill:
    • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl to remove any lumps. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or until thoroughly cold.
  6. Churn:
    • Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  7. Freeze:
    • Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.


  • Ensure the matcha green tea powder is of high quality for the best flavor and color.
  • For a creamier texture, the ice cream can be served immediately after churning.
  • This ice cream pairs beautifully with sweet red bean paste or mochi for a truly Japanese dessert experience.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Sugars: 28g

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