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3-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Watermelon sorbet is a frosty dessert that perfectly captures the essence of summer. It’s also incredibly easy to make. 

You only need three key ingredients, 5 minutes, and a blender. It’s a delicious, healthy treat you can feel good about.

And for the cherry on top, it’s budget-friendly!

Bowl of homemade watermelon sorbet
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Why You’ll Love This Watermelon Sorbet

Here are a few reasons you won’t be able to resist this sorbet.

  • It’s light and refreshing. Watermelon sorbet offers the sweet, refreshing taste of ripe watermelons and lime with every spoonful. Plus, its smooth, icy texture helps cool down the body on hot days. 
  • It’s easy to make. Preparing watermelon sorbet is straightforward. It requires only a few ingredients: watermelon, honey, lime juice, and a bit of warm water. Just add everything to a blender, and let it rip.
  • It’s healthy. Watermelon is low in calories and contains no fat, making the sorbet a guilt-free indulgence. It’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin C. Plus, honey is also good for you!
Watermelon sorbet with a refreshing twist of lime and a hint of mint, a delightful summer treat


Yes, there are four ingredients below. But I don’t count water as an ingredient!

So, here are the three key ingredients you’ll need for watermelon sorbet – plus water:

  • Frozen Seedless Watermelon – It is watermelon sorbet, after all. Choose a ripe watermelon for the best results. It should be heavy for its size and make a hollow sound when you knock on it. And it should have a large, yellow field spot on its belly.
  • Honey – Use your favorite kind of honey. I recommend a light wildflower or clover honey so it doesn’t overpower the watermelon flavor. Buckwheat honey is likely too strong a flavor. 
  • Lime Juice – Use fresh lime juice for best results. You can even add a bit of zest for some extra oomph. 
  • Water – Use warm water, but only as needed. It makes for much easier blending. Do a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 

How To Make Watermelon Sorbet

Follow these simple steps to make this tasty sorbet:

1. Combine the ingredients. Add the frozen watermelon cubes, honey, lime juice, and water to a blender. Blend until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. 

2. Freeze. Pour the sorbet into a freezer-safe container and cover it in plastic wrap. Freeze it for about 4 hours or until it sets. 

You can eat it straight out of the blender if you can’t wait to dig in. It will taste amazing. But the texture will be more like a slushie. 

3. Enjoy! Serve with fresh mint, berries, or fresh chunks of watermelon.

Scoops of homeamde watermelon sorbet with a hint of mint

Recipe Tips and Variations

Here are some tips and fun variations for the very best watermelon sorbet.

  • The fresher, the better. For the best flavor, use ripe, in-season watermelon, as it will be naturally sweeter.
  • Fire up the food processor. If you have a food processor, use it instead of a blender. Food processors are generally more powerful than blenders. So, you’ll get a smoother sorbet.  
  • Add the liquid carefully. Don’t add too much water too fast or you’ll have a slushie. You really only need water to help the pureeing process go faster and more smoothly. 
  • Go vegan. Swap out the honey for maple syrup, agave, or simple syrup. Simple syrup is the way to go if you want a traditional sorbet. 
  • How about some protein? Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or collagen. Just ensure it blends well, so it doesn’t affect the sorbet texture.
  • Toss in some herbs and spices. Experiment with adding fresh herbs like mint or basil. They add a deliciously bright flavor that tastes fabulous with watermelon. Or try adding in some fresh ginger or cardamom for an explosive finish. 
  • Make it creamy. Add a splash of regular or coconut milk for a luxurious texture. It will feel like ice cream. 
  • Try it as a float! Scoop the sorbet into a glass and add your favorite lemon-lime soda or a sparkling water of choice. You can even turn it into a mimosa float with your favorite bubbly wine or champagne. 

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Watermelon Sorbet

Course: DessertCuisine: Italian


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This simple watermelon sorbet couldn’t be easier! Ready in just 5 minutes and with only 3 key ingredients, it’s a tasty, refreshing treat.


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed and frozen

  • Honey, to taste

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Warm water, as needed


  • Add frozen watermelon, honey, and lime juice to a heavy-duty blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Add to a freezer-safe container and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm. Enjoy!


  • Store watermelon sorbet in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Cover the sorbet with plastic wrap before sealing the container to prevent ice crystals from forming.
Watermelon Sorbet

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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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