Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe – Japanese Cooking 101

Matcha is a finely ground powder of shade-grown green tea leaves. Matcha tea has been part of the Japanese culture for many years. Matcha is rich in antioxidants and a known metabolism booster. From being a simple tea, which is an integral part of Japanese ceremonies, matcha tea is now a popular ingredient used in many desserts all over the world. Among these desserts, matcha or green tea ice cream is the most popular. From soft-serve to hard ice cream, everyone wants to get a taste of this sweet and mildly bitter-tasting, refreshing dessert. With this recipe, you can easily make your own green tea ice cream at home. Rich and creamy with a refreshing aroma of green tea, this ice cream is a perfect dessert after the good meal.


This recipe takes about 7 hours to make. Serves 4 to 6.

• 2 cups of milk
• 2 tbsp green tea powder (matcha)
• 1 cup of heavy cream
• 6 egg yolks
• 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar


Put green tea powder in a small bowl.
Pour 1/4 cup of milk into the bowl.
Whisk well to dissolve the green tea powder and until the mixture becomes a thick paste.
Pour rest of the milk into a saucepan and add the green tea paste.
Whisk until well combined.
Pour in half of the heavy cream and whisk well.
Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly.
Just before the mixture comes up to a boil, turn the heat off.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
Pour in the remaining heavy cream and whisk well.
Gradually pour in a ladle of the hot green tea mixture while whisking constantly.
Pour the egg and cream mixture gradually into the saucepan while whisking constantly.
Return the saucepan back to the stove.
Simmer over medium heat while stirring constantly using a wooden spoon.
When the mixture has thickened, turn the heat off.
Transfer the bowl to a large bowl with iced water to cool the mixture.
Once the green tea mixture has cooled completely, transfer to a container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Pour the chilled green tea mixture into the tub of the ice cream maker and process in the ice cream maker for about 15 to 20 minutes.
At this point, the consistency of the mixture is soft-serve ice cream.
If you want the traditional hard ice cream, transfer the mixture to a container and freeze at least 3 hours before serving.

Ideas And Tips:

If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can still make hard ice cream in two ways. First is through the freeze and stir method. Pour the cooled green tea mixture in a shallow baking pan and freeze it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the freezer and stir the mixture using a whisk. You need to repeat this process 4 to 6 times to get hard ice cream. Second is through the plastic bag method. Put the cooled green tea mixture in a plastic bag and make sure it is completely sealed. Get a bigger plastic bag and fill it with ice and 4 tablespoons of ice cream salt or regular salt. Put the bag of the green tea mixture into the bag of ice. Seal and shake vigorously until the green tea mixture becomes thick. Transfer to a sealed container and freeze until it becomes hard ice cream.

Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe - Japanese Cooking 101
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