Creamy and vibrant Lemon Sherbet is a refreshing light treat. It’s the cross between sorbet and ice cream, and it’s easier to make than you think!

Easy Lemon Sherbet recipe for summer!

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To me, nothing says warmer weather quite like the bright, robust, and fresh flavor of lemon. And that’s a big reason why I love this recipe, it has great lemon flavor and it’s super easy to make! Plus, the Lemon Sherbet is creamy like ice cream but not nearly as many calories.

How to Make Lemon Sherbet

Cook’s Note – Lemon Sherbet:

  • You can turn this simple treat into a dinner party star by serving it inside hollowed out lemons and with fresh berries and toasted almonds.
  • This Lemon Sherbet will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

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Cook’s Tools – Lemon Sherbet:

  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • ice cream maker
  • ice cream container           

All that you need are just 4 ingredients to make this Lemon Sherbet recipe!

All of the ingredients that you need to make Lemon Sherbet.
Quick and Easy Lemon Sherbet.
4.74 from 23 votes

Lemon Sherbet

Author Jillian – a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
8 people
Creamy and vibrant Lemon Sherbet is a refreshing light treat. It’s the cross between sorbet and ice cream, and it’s easier to make than you think!


  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 6 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon zest. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
    How to Make Lemon Sherbet - Step 1
  • Stir the lemon juice into the milk mixture. If the mixture curdles, then whisk it vigorously to make it smooth again.
    How to Make Lemon Sherbet - Step 2
  • Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    How to Make Lemon Sherbet - Step 3
  • Serve immediately or transfer the sherbet to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.
    Step 4 - How to Make Lemon Sherbet


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 257mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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This Lemon Sherbet recipe first appeared on FFF in 2011. I recently updated the pictures, and here’s the original picture for this recipe.

Original Lemon Sherbet recipe from 2011

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  1. I’ve tried this lemon sherbet and it is delicious.

  2. YUM! I so enjoy a nice bowl of icy sherbet, and lemon is almost always a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to make this lemon sherbert recipe also! I’m now your newest follower and am looking forward to all of your yummy posts! Ciao! Roz

  4. blkenigma888 says:

    This looks so good! I’ll have to get everything for it next time I go shopping! Alyssa

  5. Patty @ Spoonabilities says:

    This looks so refreshing for summer! I love the strawberry for the added color! So pretty!

  6. Nathan Wyper says:

    Wow, This lemon sherbet sounds so delicious and fresh, Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Love the lemon sherbet, it’s my favorite! Such a fresh taste, perfect for summer. 😀

  8. Kelli Kerkman says:

    What a refreshing summer treat! And so easy to make.

  9. Jaclyn Anne says:

    I love how easy this homemade lemon sherbet recipe is — no reason to buy it at the store anymore!

      1. Mya Murphy says:

        Looks delicate and yummy. I am a fool for anything lemon!

  10. Maureen T says:

    Hello. I would like to make this but need to know the yield in cups.
    Can anyone tell me?

    Merry Christmas to all

    1. It makes just under 4 cups.

  11. Hi, do you need an ice cream machine to make this, or can you just freeze the mixture after adding the lemon juice?

  12. I made this today in my cuisinart frozen yogurt/ice cream/ sorbet maker and it came out perfectly delicious. I used 2 fresh lemons and it came out creamy and lemony. I added a sliced strawberry to top off each cup.

    1. Suzan, I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for stopping by to let me know! 🙂

  13. Well, I gave a 5, because it was super easy and took no time to freeze. Now that’s a good thing! It just didn’t have the sherbet texture I was accustomed to which didn’t do it for me. It was more of an ice cream texture and I’ve never had a thing for lemon ice cream. However, my husband does and he loves it.