DIY: Sea Salt Ice Cream Recipe

DIY: Sea Salt Ice Cream Recipe

Sea salt ice cream is a delightful frozen treat that brings together the best of both worlds—creamy sweetness and a touch of salty goodness. Its beautiful pale blue or turquoise appearance is reminiscent of ocean waves, achieved by adding a few drops of blue food coloring during the preparation process. Of course, the color is purely for aesthetics and can be skipped if you prefer a more natural look.

Here's a simple and delicious recipe for homemade sea salt ice cream in your ice cream maker:


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (adjust according to taste)
  • Optional: Blue food coloring (for a traditional sea salt ice cream color)



 In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, and sea salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks until well combined.


Slowly pour a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture while continuously whisking. This helps temper the eggs and prevent them from curdling.


Gradually pour the tempered egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture, stirring constantly.


Place the saucepan back on medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Do not let it boil.


Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. If desired, add a few drops of blue food coloring to achieve the traditional sea salt ice cream color.


Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to chill completely.


Once chilled, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.


Transfer the churned ice cream to a lidded container and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.


Serve your homemade sea salt ice cream in bowls or cones, and enjoy the creamy, salty-sweet goodness!


Don't be afraid to get creative and add mix-ins like chocolate chips, caramel swirls, or crushed cookies to your sea salt ice cream for extra indulgence. Enjoy!

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