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Creamy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

Hand holding crystal glass bowl filled with matcha ice cream with one hand with spoon and vanilla beans

My first taste of green tea ice cream was after a feast at a Japanese restaurant. Although I was stuffed to the brim, the waiter convinced me to be adventurous and try a scoop. I thought there was no room left in my stomach, but then I tasted a bite, devoured that scoop, and thought about ordering another! The grassy, floral, and fruity notes paired perfectly with a creamy sweetness and a touch of vanilla. I skipped the second scoop and spent the drive home thinking about how to make my own.

Simple to make and deliciously unique, organic matcha-infused ice cream is the perfect way to end an Asian-inspired dinner party. It’s also delicious paired with a fudgy chocolate cake. If serving alone, a scoop or two looks wonderful dressed up with edible flowers, fresh fruit, or any of your favorite toppings to create a dessert that pops. 

Jar of Mountain Rose Herbs Matcha powder laying next to vanilla beans

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream scoop in crystal bowl melting over edges

Creamy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe



  1. Combine half-and-half, cream, sugar, scraped vanilla bean pulp, and vanilla bean pod in a large saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until mixture just barely begins to simmer. Do not boil.
  3. Remove mixture from heat immediately.
  4. Set aside to steep for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove vanilla bean pod.
  6. Whisk in matcha tea until well incorporated. Using an immersion blender on low is a quick way to accomplish this.
  7. Transfer mixture into a lidded container.
  8. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Pour mixture into ice cream maker, churn following manufacturer instructions. 
  10. Once you’ve reached desired consistency, transfer mixture back into lidded container.
  11. Harden in the freezer for at least one hour before serving.

While matcha is the perfect way to impart a rich green tea flavor and a lovely green tint to ice cream, it does contain caffeine. This might not make it the best evening dessert option for someone who is sensitive to caffeine, but if you're looking to keep the party going, this recipe is a great way to counter after-meal drowsiness, so serve strategically and enjoy!


Looking for more Matcha Magic?

Make Matcha Shortbread with Vanilla Bean Glaze!


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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe Pin from Mountain Rose Herbs

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Written by Kiley on July 5, 2018

Kiley Gwynn, certified BJCP beer judge and Brand Director at Ninkasi Brewing Company, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies—but her deepest passion is homebrewing. She loves spreading the joy of homebrewing and over the last decade has become deeply involved in the Oregon homebrewing community. Kiley is an award-winning homebrewer who holds a seat on the executive committee of Cascade Brewers Society and is a member of American Homebrewers Association Diversity Subcommittee. She loves brewing herbally inspired beers at educational events like Learn to Homebrew Day. When she’s not working as a blog contributor at Mountain Rose Herbs or in her homebrewery, you’ll likely find her under a pile of yarn with a crochet project, in the kitchen working on her latest small batch canning adventure or chasing her rescued red heeler down the beach.

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