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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Krista S

The Ultimate Guide to Making and Enjoying Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Ever since I first tasted matcha green tea ice cream, I’ve been utterly smitten. Its unique flavor, blending the earthy complexity of matcha with the creamy sweetness of ice cream, is unlike any other dessert. It’s a gastronomic delight that promises an unforgettable culinary journey. If you’re as enamored with this Japanese delicacy as I am, then this blog post is for you.

Crafting Your Own Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Making your own matcha green tea ice cream at home is a breeze, especially if you have a good ice cream maker. Begin by mixing a couple of teaspoons of matcha powder into warm water. Once it’s completely dissolved, add it to your preferred ice cream base. After that, it’s a simple matter of following your ice cream maker’s instructions.

If you’re wondering how much matcha to use, I generally recommend 2-3 teaspoons per quart of ice cream base. But feel free to adjust to your taste.

Spoiler Alert!!!  Full recipe below ↓↓↓

A Delight Without Matcha

What if you’re keen on green tea ice cream but can’t get your hands on matcha? Fret not, you can still create a delightful green tea ice cream. Simply steep quality green tea leaves in your cream base before straining them out.

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Vanilla-Matcha Hybrid Ice Cream

Alternatively, you can make an easy green tea ice cream by mixing vanilla ice cream with matcha powder. All you need is to soften some vanilla ice cream and stir in matcha powder. The result? A quick, creamy dessert with that distinctive matcha flavor.

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Pairings

Now that you’ve made your ice cream, what can you pair it with? I find that matcha green tea ice cream goes excellently with chocolate desserts, particularly dark chocolate. Its bitterness creates a perfect counterbalance to the matcha’s grassy notes.

The Charm of Matcha Ice Cream

What makes matcha ice cream so good, you might wonder? Well, its charm lies in its uniquely smooth and slightly bitter flavor. Matcha ice cream is also rich in antioxidants, making it a healthier indulgence.

Is Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Healthy?

Yes it is!  Speaking of health, you might be curious about the calorie content. For matcha green tea ice cream, it’s roughly 100 calories per half-cup serving. So, you can enjoy this treat without worrying too much about your waistline.

The Milk and Matcha Debate

You might have heard advice against adding milk to matcha. The reasoning is simple: milk can mask matcha’s distinctive flavor profile. In a dessert context like ice cream, though, the creaminess of milk enhances matcha’s taste.

Green Tea Versus Matcha

If you’re wondering if matcha is the same as green tea, the answer is yes… and no. While both come from the same plant, matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. This unique process gives matcha its characteristic flavor and color.

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

What To Eat With Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

There are numerous dishes that can be paired with matcha green tea ice cream for a wonderful culinary experience. Here are some examples:

  1. Dark Chocolate Lava Cake: The rich, gooey chocolate and the slight bitterness of the matcha make for a perfect combination.
  2. Almond Biscotti: These crunchy almond cookies offer a nutty flavor profile that complements the earthiness of matcha well.
  3. Mochi: A traditional Japanese dessert, mochi (rice cakes) with its chewy texture and mild sweetness, pairs beautifully with matcha ice cream.
  4. Red Bean Paste Pastries: In many Asian desserts, sweetened red bean paste is used. This sweet and slightly savory component pairs wonderfully with matcha green tea ice cream.
  5. Fresh Fruit: Slices of fresh, tangy fruits like strawberries, kiwis, or peaches provide a nice contrast to the creamy, rich matcha ice cream.
  6. Japanese Cheesecake: Light and fluffy Japanese cheesecake can be a lovely companion to the bold flavors of matcha ice cream.

Remember, when it comes to pairings, it’s all about balance. The earthy, slightly bitter taste of matcha can be a nice counterpoint to sweeter, richer, or tangier flavors. Experiment with different combinations to discover what works best for your palate!

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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

  • Author: Krista


This delectable homemade matcha green tea ice cream blends the subtle bitterness of matcha with the creaminess of a classic ice cream base. It’s the perfect dessert to cool down on a hot day or to impress your guests with your culinary skills.


Units Scale
  • 2 teaspoons culinary grade matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve matcha powder in warm water. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the heavy cream, milk, and half of the sugar until it starts to simmer.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until well mixed.
  4. Slowly pour the heated cream mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from cooking.
  5. Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the dissolved matcha.
  7. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until completely chilled.
  8. Once chilled, churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.


  • Make sure to whisk constantly while combining the hot cream mixture with the egg yolks to prevent the eggs from cooking and creating lumps.
  • Adjust the amount of matcha to your liking. If you prefer a stronger matcha flavor, feel free to add more.
  • The ice cream will be at a “soft serve” consistency right out of the ice cream maker. If you prefer harder ice cream, let it freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream FAQs

What kind of matcha powder should I use for ice cream?

It’s best to use a culinary grade matcha powder for making ice cream. It has a robust flavor that stands out, even when mixed with other ingredients.

Can I make matcha green tea ice cream without an ice cream maker?

Yes, it’s possible, although it may not be as creamy. After preparing the base and mixing in the matcha, place it in a deep dish and freeze. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes until it sets to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Can I use other types of milk instead of dairy for this recipe?

Absolutely! You can use almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk as alternatives. Bear in mind that each will impart a slightly different flavor and texture to the final product.

How should I store my homemade matcha ice cream?

Store your homemade ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer. It’s best enjoyed within two weeks for optimal flavor and texture.

Can I add inclusions like chocolate chips or nuts to my matcha ice cream?

Yes, you can add your favorite inclusions like chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or even small mochi pieces. Be sure to fold these in after the ice cream has been churned but before it’s completely frozen.


So there you have it – your one-stop guide to matcha green tea ice cream. Armed with this knowledge and an excellent ice cream scoop, you’re all set to dive into the world of matcha green tea ice cream! Whether you’re making it at home or savoring it at your favorite dessert spot, there’s no denying the allure of this unique treat. Happy tasting!

Love Matcha?  Be sure to try this Green Matcha Almond Milk Shake too!

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