Watermelon Sorbet


This incredibly refreshing icy dessert is made without using an ice cream maker.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
12 servings, 1/2 cup each


  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¾ cup water

  • 6 cups watermelon chunks, (4-pound watermelon), seeded

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  2. Place watermelon and lime juice in a food processor; process until smooth. Set a sieve over a large bowl and press the puree through to remove tiny seeds. Whisk in the sugar syrup.

  3. Pour the watermelon mixture into a shallow metal pan and freeze until ice crystals form around the edges, about 30 minutes. Stir the ice crystals into the center of the pan and return to the freezer; repeat every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen.

  4. Serve immediately or transfer to a storage container and let harden in the freezer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve in chilled dishes.


Make Ahead Tip: The slush will keep, in an airtight container, in the freezer for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 8g 16%
Protein 1g 1%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 434IU 9%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 3mcg 1%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 88mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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