Refreshing lychee & lime sorbet

Refreshing lychee & lime sorbet

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Plus freezing


Serves 6
Turn a can of lychees into a no-fat fragrant dessert. A perfect ending to many meals

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal137
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre1g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.04g


  • 3 x 400g cans lychees in syrup
  • 50g caster sugar
  • egg white
  • zest from 2 limes, juice from 1



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  1. Drain the syrup from two cans of lychees into a small pan. Add the sugar and dissolve over a gentle heat. Bring to the boil for 1 min.

  2. Blitz the drained lychees in a food processor until very finely chopped. Pour in the lime juice and syrup with the blade still whirring – don’t worry if the mix isn’t perfectly smooth at this point. Tip into a 1-litre container and freeze for at least 6 hrs until solid.

  3. Break up the frozen mix, then return to the bowl of the processor. Tip in the egg white and whizz until thick, pale and smooth. Add zest from 1 lime. Return to the container and freeze again, ideally overnight. Serve in scoops with remaining lychees scattered with a remaining zest.

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myoldass kitchen
18th Jun, 2020
Didn't add lime! Wanted 100% lychee! I use avacream ice cream stabilizer to cut down on ice crystals! Used 1TBS NEXT time I will use 2Tbs in addition to 2 egg whites. Makes for a creamer sorbet! Tip! I poured in a shallow baking dish lined w/ parchment to freeze faster the first time! Froze in 3 hrs instead of 6! Very good! Would add a little artificial lychee flavor if I had it!
23rd Jan, 2016
This is a so easy to make and a really lovely flavour. I agree it would be great after a curry - also nice for a dinner party if you want to add an extra course. The only thing I might change is the lime zest - perhaps it was just that my limes weren't ripe, but the zest was a bit like twigs and people were picking the bits out. I am trying it again just with juice. But prettier with the zest.
26th Jan, 2017
Maybe try grating the zest finely instead of using a zester to cut strips if that is what you did....
23rd Mar, 2014
Delicious! Definitely needs the egg to make it easy to serve and creamy. I could only find 2 tins of lychees so served it with raspberries which went well.
23rd Dec, 2012
Delicious, super easy and perfect after something spicy.
4th Apr, 2012
I've made this Sorbet with just 2 cans of lychees (only using about 3/4 of the juice) a squeeze of lime juice and no egg white. I don't just add sugar though, I make a batch of syrup and use some of that. Made it in an ice cream maker, took a while for it to start freezing but wonderful flavour. I will never put eggs in my ice creams, don't like them. Would have given 5 stars, if no eggs.
18th Jan, 2012
Didn't turn out well - far too solid to serve in scoops; quite grainy; not particularly flavoursome.
26th Feb, 2011
Very nice and refreshing. Found it a bit granular as i didn't add the egg. I did wonder whether you would be able to add coconut milk to add a creaminess to it?
25th Nov, 2010
Made this dessert to follow a curry and everyone loved it !! Found it very refreshing and not filling at all. Quite a hit all round. Will certainly make it again !!
22nd Jul, 2010
Very nice and so easy. Will definitely make it again.


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