Green Tea Ice Cream

green tea ice cream
green tea ice cream

Matcha Ice Cream is the perfect refreshing sweet treat on a hot day. This recipe has a deep intensity and creamy texture that instantly takes me back to Japan. If you want to know what authentic Japanese green tea ice cream tastes like, this is for you.

A Japanese kutaniware bowl containing matcha green tea ice cream served with wooden spoon.

Green tea is one of the most popular flavors for sweets in Japan, especially in the form of ice cream. However, finding green tea ice cream that truly captures the authentic flavor can be challenging. Many options available are either overly sweet or overly creamy, masking the delicate flavor of the tea itself. At Takeout Food, we understand the importance of an authentic culinary experience, which is why we bring you this recipe for Matcha Ice Cream that will transport you to Japan with every bite.

What Does Matcha Ice Cream Taste Like?

The ideal flavor of this refreshing treat should be a perfect balance of earthy, sweet, and slightly bitter. Matcha, a finely ground green tea powder, offers a robust and concentrated flavor that stands out in authentic Japanese ice cream. This homemade ice cream recipe accentuates the deep intensity of matcha flavor and ensures a rich and creamy texture. Say goodbye to weak matcha flavor and embrace the authentic taste of Japan in every spoonful.

A Japanese kutaniware bowl containing matcha green tea ice cream served with wooden spoon.

Matcha vs. Green Tea

While both matcha and green tea come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), they differ in their cultivation and flavor profiles. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves, resulting in a darker shade of green and a more intense flavor. On the other hand, green tea is cultivated from leaves that have been left in the sun, resulting in a lighter and less concentrated flavor. Matcha powder is used specifically for culinary purposes, like this ice cream recipe, while green tea is commonly found in tea bags or sold as loose leaf.

Ingredients for Matcha Ice Cream

To create this delightful treat, you only need four simple ingredients: matcha (green tea powder), half-and-half or milk & cream, sugar, and salt. At Takeout Food, we believe in simplicity and accessibility when it comes to culinary creations, and this recipe embodies those principles.

A Japanese kutaniware bowl containing matcha green tea ice cream served with wooden spoon.

5 Tips for Making Matcha Ice Cream

Now that you have the ingredients ready, here are five tips to ensure the best results when making matcha ice cream:

Tip #1: Buy the right matcha

When purchasing matcha, choose a culinary-grade powder that is specifically intended for cooking purposes. Premium quality matcha tends to be vibrant green and is mainly used for drinking rather than cooking. Remember to use the matcha within 2-3 weeks of opening the package to maintain its freshness and vibrant flavor.

Tip #2: Half-and-Half vs. Milk & Cream

In the original recipe, half-and-half was used. But don’t worry if you don’t have access to this product. You have several options: whole milk + heavy cream, half-and-half, low-fat milk + heavy cream, or whole milk + light cream. Choose the option that suits your preferences and availability.

Tip #3: Freeze your ice cream bowl

Before starting the ice cream-making process, ensure that your ice cream bowl is frozen for at least 24 hours. This step is crucial to achieving the desired consistency and preventing the mixture from turning into liquid while churning. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, alternative methods can be found in this informative post.

Tip #4: Make Matcha Paste

To avoid lumps in your ice cream, create a paste by mixing the matcha powder with a small amount of liquid before adding it to the larger volume. This ensures a smooth and homogeneous distribution of the matcha flavor throughout the ice cream.

Tip #5: Refrigerate the Matcha Milk Mixture

Chilling the ice cream mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours is essential for achieving the desired consistency and texture. While this step may require some patience, it is worth the wait to enjoy a perfectly creamy and delicious batch of matcha ice cream.

A Japanese kutaniware bowl containing matcha green tea ice cream served with wooden spoon.


Q: Can I use other types of tea to make ice cream?

A: Absolutely! Experimenting with different teas can lead to exciting flavor combinations. However, keep in mind that the intensity and characteristics of the tea may vary, so adjust the quantities accordingly. Green tea, matcha, black tea, and herbal teas are all great options to explore.

Q: How long can I store homemade ice cream?

A: Homemade ice cream is best enjoyed within a few weeks of preparation for optimal flavor and texture. However, it can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Just make sure to thaw it slightly before serving to achieve that perfect scoopable consistency.


Making your own matcha ice cream at home is a rewarding and delicious experience. With its intense flavor and creamy texture, it’s a delightful treat that will transport you to the streets of Japan. At Takeout Food, we believe in celebrating the joy of food, and this matcha ice cream recipe is a perfect embodiment of that philosophy. So grab your ingredients, follow the tips, and indulge in a taste of Japan with every spoonful. For more culinary inspiration and recipes, visit Takeout Food.

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