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Orange Sherbet

January 14, 2019 (Last Updated: May 14, 2019)

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Homemade Orange Sherbet made with just 3 simple ingredients.

Fresh oranges cut in half, sugar and milk displayed on a white board.

Do you remember a few years ago when I returned from Arizona with a suitcase full of citrus and I made orange marmalade? Well, we did it again, but this time I showed a bit of restraint. Our suitcases were too full with Christmas presents and clothes and I just couldn’t fit any more oranges and grapefruit! 

We have been eating all that wonderful citrus and I decided to made this Orange Sherbet!

Homemade Orange Sherbet being scooped up with an ice cream scoop.

What is Sherbet?

Sherbet is similar to ice cream, but doesn’t contain eggs or cream. It is made with milk, sugar, and fruit juice. I also added orange zest to mine. People often ask if sherbet is dairy free, and nope – it has milk.

I use whole milk when making sherbet, but you could use a lower fat milk too. Your sherbet will not be as creamy though.

Sherbet is also similar to sorbet. Sorbet does not contain any milk or eggs. It’s just fruit, water and sugar. I always think sherbet is the middleman between ice cream and sorbet.

How do I make Orange Sherbet?

Sherbet is actually much easier to make than ice cream. You don’t have to make a custard and let it cool before churning. For this recipe you just zest and squeeze the oranges, add sugar and milk and then churn. Really, it’s that simple.

A bowlful of homemade orange sherbet.

I love frozen treats and I love to eat them all year long, not just during the summertime. Some of my favorites include:

Ice Cream 

Sherbet and Sorbet


Scooping up Orange Sherbet.


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Scoops of orange sherbet in a small white bowl.


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A bowlful of homemade orange sherbet.

Orange Sherbet

Homemade orange sherbet made with just three simple ingredients.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Freeze Time 2 hrs
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 191 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk


  • Mix zest, juice and sugar together. Add milk and mix again.
  • Pour mixture into a frozen bowl for an electric ice cream maker. 
  • Churn for 20 - 30  minutes or until frozen.
  • Remove from bowl and place in a freezer safe container. Freeze for at least 2 hours prior to serving.



Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 243mgSugar: 34gVitamin A: 290IUVitamin C: 23.3mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword orange sherbet, sherbet, sherbet recipe
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  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    January 20, 2019 at 9:54 am

    5 stars
    This orange sherbet looks so refreshing! Delicious!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Kelly!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 17, 2019 at 2:31 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious treat for citrus season Kathy! Time to break out my ice cream attachment!

  • Reply
    January 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

    5 stars
    Such a tasty treat to brighten up these cold winter days! Looks super creamy! Two scoops please 🙂

    • Reply
      January 15, 2019 at 5:34 am

      You bet, two scoops coming right up!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 14, 2019 at 5:30 am

    5 stars
    Oh man, I love sherbet! And I haven’t had sherbet in ages, so this delicious looking recipe is absolutely calling my name right now. I think this is definitely an excellent use of some of those vacation oranges! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 15, 2019 at 5:35 am

      It’s a bit of sunshine in every bite!

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