Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt

Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt

June 17, 2010


If you tell me there’s ginger in a dish (or a drink), I will eat it (or drink it). It’s pretty much a very large obsession. If I see ginger in a dish on a menu, I’m ordering it. And if I find ginger in a recipe, I’m cooking it. So, when I saw a recipe for Lemon-GINGER frozen yogurt, I bookmarked it right away. (I actually think I saw it in a blog? But now I can’t remember where because I only had the Epicurious recipe bookmarked). The chance to use my KitchenAid ice cream attachment AND eat ginger? You don’t have to ask me twice.

I promise you I won’t inundate you with my ice cream recipes because I know it’s annoying to those of you without ice cream makers or attachments, but I have to share this one. And by the way, you really should try to get an ice cream maker (or KitchenAid attachment) because it’s most definitely one of the best investments I’ve made in a long time (I’ve used it every week since I got it!).

Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt (makes 4-6 servings):

    • 3/4 C water
    • 3/4 C sugar
    • 1/4 C light corn syrup
    • 2 t fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (I used a little bit more)
    • 1 C plain nonfat yogurt
    • 1 C low-fat buttermilk
    • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
    • 1 t lemon peel, finely grated



OMG ginger!! I started to grate the ginger with my grater, but it wasn’t working at all (the ginger was too soft maybe?), so I just used my handy little Chef’N PalmPeeler (still waiting for that offer to make me Chef’N’s spokesgirl, ahem) and then chopped it some more with a knife. I used a bit more than 2 t because a lot of people who reviewed the recipe said it wasn’t gingery enough. And I wanted it to be gingery!


Bring the water, sugar, light corn syrup, and grated ginger to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves and let boil for about 2 minutes.


Strain into a medium bowl and chill until cool. I stuck it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then moved it to the fridge.

Once the ginger mixture is cooled, whisk in yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon peel.


Now process it in your ice cream making according to instructions.


I let mine mix for about 30 minutes.


Then I moved it back into a bowl, covered it, and let it freeze. I gave it about 3 hours in the freezer.


A little while ago, I found this amazing crystallized ginger at Sur La Table and have been looking for the best recipe to use it in. For now, I decided to use some as a topping on my frozen yogurt!


I scooped te fro-yo out and sprinkled crystallized ginger on top. YUM! This makes me realize I need to start picking up some pretty colored bowls instead of just white. But I still think it looked beautiful 🙂


And it had an amazing flavor! It actually ended up having a consistency much more like a sorbet, which was just fine with me. But if I wanted more of a frozen yogurt (less icy), I’d probably use Greek yogurt next time.

This lemon-ginger frozen yogurt is most definitely my ideal summer treat!! I can just imagine sitting outside on a super hot day, eating a huge bowl of this. It’s nice and icy and so, so refreshing! Exactly what my ginger-obsessed self needed. And the crystallized ginger on top was the absolutely perfect touch!


This will definitely be made again… And most likely all summer long. As long as you have the tools, it’s super duper easy and requires almost no work at all. And if you’re as obsessed with ginger as I am, you absolutely need to try it. Even if you’re not the biggest ginger fan in the world, you’ll probably still enjoy it because the lemon cuts it so nicely.

I’m glad the next few days are going to be HOT here in Boston because I’m planning on finishing this up!

Do you have any favorite ginger recipes I must try?


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16 Responses to "Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt"

  1. Kelly P says:

    You’ve inspired me to experiment with a lemon/ginger cupcake next week! Might need a taste tester 🙂

  2. Since I don’t have an ice cream maker, perhaps I could persuade you to make olive oil ice cream and invite me over? I’ll bring some other sweets! 😉

  3. Erica says:

    I love ginger too! So tasty. The ice cream looks amazing and I love the ginger sprinkled on top – so pretty (better than jimiies ;)) Can’t wait to see ya next week

  4. Lauren says:

    Lemon & ginger is such a fresh flavor combination, and this fro yo sounds perfect the impending heat wave!

  5. Kelly says:

    I have to admit I am not usually a ginger person so I am the worst person to go to for recipes. However, I do love making gingerbread biscotti with chunks for candied ginger.

  6. Elina says:

    I don’t have the same ginger obsession as you do, but this really does sound fantastic. So many ice cream/froyo recipes…. so little time 🙂

  7. Nice mixed use of gingers here! Crystallized ginger is really fun to play with for texture and taste.

  8. 5 Star Fodie says:

    The combination of lemon and ginger flavors is so refreshing! I love the addition of crystallized ginger too!

  9. Kristen says:

    Your ice cream looks perfect! Wish I had some after the hot day we had here.

  10. Mary says:

    This really looks marvelous. I love almost anything that’s made with lemon and this sounds amazing. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  11. Oh my, how refreshing! I also LOVE fresh ginger. There is this ginger martini with a cinnamon sugar rim at a little Asian restaurant my family goes to every Christmas Eve that I am obsessed with. I look forward to it every year!

  12. Sues says:

    @Kelly P You know who to call!!! That sounds like one of my dream cupcakes!!! (besides the banana and peanut butter one!).

  13. Sues says:

    @Fun and Fearless in Beantown We definitely need to plan this ASAP! I’m going to find a fabulous olive oil ice cream recipe in honor of you!

  14. This sounds amazing! I’m totally bookmarking it. I agree I might try using Greek yogurt too to give it a thicker consistency. Great post.

  15. Sharlene says:

    YUM! Ginger is definitely one of my favorite flavors although my boyfriend can’t stand it and picks it out of everything.

  16. Jazmin says:

    If you freeze your ginger next time before grating it is SO easy to grate finely and pretty much defrosts itself as soon as it is grated 🙂 I am going to try this recipe tonight for my boyfriend with greek yogurt.

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