Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream with Yuzu Citrus

April 18, 2014

Author Notes: According to the peer reviewed source known as Wikipedia, the health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.
So, since matcha is a health food, I decided to turn it into ice cream, which makes ice cream a health food. Science calls this sound reasoning deductive reasoning.

Makes: 1 quart


  • 16 ounces cream
  • 8 ounces milk
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons yuzu juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons matcha powder
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the milk, half of the sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
  2. To make the ice cream, set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart (2l) bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, matcha, and remaining sugar. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until 160 degrees or the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Take it off the heat and continue stirring until it reaches 170 degrees.
  5. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir in yuzu. Stir over the ice until cool then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.
  6. Freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Fallopia T. July 28, 2016
I'd like to see a vegan version of this, since the amount of dairy and egg pretty much cancels out any health benefits of the matcha in this recipe.

For that matter, I think my best bet is just taking a vegan ice cream recipe and adding the appropriate amount of matcha.
sarah September 8, 2017
totally agree with ya that amount of eggs aswell is crazy and totally unessasary.I dont know where he gets his health facts but another recipe minus the cow cream and ton of eggs would be great in order the taste the matcha properly aswell as releasing a ton more health benefits maybe adding a chia egg or flax egg would be a bonus
Author Comment
add1tbsp September 8, 2017
You recognize that my stating this is a health food is wrapped in sarcasm, right? Ice cream is not a health food.
Michael M. May 14, 2016
This was dessert tonight at my dumpling-themed dinner party along with (go-to) the Maiaolino Olive Oil Cake. (And discovered yuzu in the process at my favorite Chinatown grocery!)
Author Comment
add1tbsp August 14, 2015
1-2 tablespoons! Recipe updated.
manitouanne August 3, 2015
Matcha is not included in recipe ingredients
Diane July 22, 2014
I'd love to make this - how much matcha?
beth July 15, 2014
what is the amount of matcha?