Key Lime Ice Cream. {no equipment necessary}

After coming home from a lovely week of vacationing ~ my kids have a renewed appreciation for all things key lime/mango and anything tropical.  I wanted to surprise them tonight by making them some fresh key lime ice cream.  I think they’ll love it!  This recipe is super easy and requires no salt/ice cream maker.  Super easy and I promise – on hot night, this will be a welcome dessert!


1 c of heavy cream (chilled)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
4 tbl of Key Lime Juice (either fresh or bottled)
Zest from one lime or key lime
1 lime or key lime cut into bite-sized segments (with the peel removed)
1 tsp of lemon extract


In your stand mixer, whisk attached, whip the cold cream until stiff peaks form.  It will look just like whipped cream.

In a separate bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, zest and segments and extract. Stir to combine and then fold into the whipped cream mixture.  Spoon into a tupperware container with a lid and freeze for at least 12-24 hours.



— Knead to Cook


  1. Oh. My. Goodness.
    I love all things lime, and ice cream has become my new weakness. I really want an ice cream maker, so that I can use all high quality ingredients when I indulge my new found love. I love this recipe, because I don’t even need (Knead) an ice cream maker. I can’t wait to make this! I just found this website for the first time. I love it!

    • Carolyn, Your message has made my day & week!!! I feel the same way – I don’t have an ice cream maker and hesitate to purchase one b/c I don’t need another gadget. I love this recipe! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. oxoxo Robin

      • I don’t remember seeing “key” limes here in Philadelphia. Of course, I could be dead wrong and they could be everywhere, but I don’t recall seeing them. Is it OK if I just use regular limes?
        I’m going to make this during the weekend, and I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ll probably be using plain limes, so it may taste different than yours. I can’t see how it would be bad, though! What do you think?

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