Homemade French Lime Sorbet Recipe

Lime Sorbet. Dave Carlin
  • 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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If you've ever had lime sorbet in a restaurant and found it mouth watering, you'll want to put this recipe for a homemade sorbet to use. Sorbet is a healthier alternative to high-fat ice cream or to pastries, cookies and pies you might usually turn to after a meal or to indulge your sweet tooth.

So, if you're trying to make healthier food decisions or are a concerned parent or spouse trying to make the best food decisions for your family, lime sorbet is a practical and delicious alternative to whet your appetite.  

Before you prepare this meal, know that lime oil has a bit of natural sweetness in it. That’s why a teaspoon of fresh lime zest is used in this sorbet recipe. You can try this dish as either a light dessert or as a palate cleanser between courses if you're preparing a special three-course meal for your friends, family or another occasion entirely.

Lime sorbet is a simple dish, but by making it correctly and presenting it in a way that appeals to the aesthetic senses of your dinner guests, you can make quite an impression with this dessert. It's also a great dessert to serve to a mixed group of people who may have food sensitivities unknown to you, given that so many people can't eat desserts made with nuts, milk or eggs. Still, you don't want to assume that all of your guests will be able to tolerate the dish or any other, so always ask (if you're unsure) about which foods or ingredients are off limits to your dinner guests.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. of lime zest

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, sugar and lime juice to a simmer. Take care not to overcook this mixture. And, remember, that while one cup of lime juice might not seem like a lot, it can be difficult to get that much juice for limes that aren't yet ripe. Squeeze the limes at the grocery store (or farmer's market) to make sure they're ready for consumption. If you're not sure, you can buy numerous limes to make sure you'll have the juice you need for this recipe.
  1. Next you'll need to cover the pan and then lower the heat slightly. You'll proceed to cook the concoction for about three minutes or until  all of the sugar is dissolved. Remember not to overcook or burn the mixture.
  2. Then, you'll remove the mixture from the heat and cool it to room temperature.
  3. Next, stir in the lime zest.
  4. You'll need to chill the mixture for at least two hours. This is important to note if you're planning to serve dinner and dessert at a certain time. Make sure you allot enough time to allow the sorbet the chill.
  5. Freeze in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.