The Delightful World of Red Bean Ice Cream

Ice cream server scooping off red bean ice cream from the glass container.

Red bean, known as Azuki in Japanese (小豆), holds a special place in the hearts of dessert lovers in Japan. Just like chocolate in Western sweets, Azuki is the go-to flavor for traditional Japanese treats. And among all the delectable ways to enjoy Azuki, there’s nothing quite like the exquisite taste of Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream (小豆アイスクリーム).

A Taste of Japan’s Sweet Delight

At first glance, Azuki beans may appear similar to black beans, but their deep red color and subtly nutty flavor make them unmistakably unique. With a touch of natural sweetness, Azuki beans are ideal for creating mouthwatering desserts.

A glass ice cream server containing Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream.

In Japan, red bean-flavored treats can be found everywhere, from bakeries to convenience stores and restaurants. Even after spending many years in the States, the taste of red bean sweets always takes me back to my nostalgic childhood memories and the summers spent at my grandpa’s house. Making homemade red bean ice cream is like reliving those cherished moments.

Japanese Ice Cream: A Unique Delight

Japanese red bean ice cream stands apart from its American counterpart, not only due to its distinctive main ingredient. One notable difference lies in its creaminess. The texture is slightly harder, resembling an ice bar, but remains spoonable and satisfying. Unlike traditional ice cream recipes, this version doesn’t require heavy cream or eggs. With just three simple ingredients—milk, sugar, and red bean—you can create a dessert that surpasses the richness of chocolate ice cream any day!

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Ice cream server scooping off red bean ice cream from the glass container.

For toppings, I highly recommend toasted black sesame seeds or a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. The condensed milk adds a touch of indulgence, while the sesame seeds offer a delightful nutty crunch that enhances the Azuki flavor. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not use this red bean ice cream as a filling for delectable Mochi Ice Cream?

Where to Find Japanese Red Bean (Azuki Beans)

Canned red bean paste, also known as “anko” in Japanese, can easily be found at Japanese grocery stores. Nowadays, other supermarkets have also begun stocking this delightful ingredient in their Asian sections. If you prefer a less sweet option, I highly recommend making your own red bean paste from scratch. However, for this recipe, the balanced sweetness of the canned option works perfectly in combination with the other ingredients. If you own a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you can even whip up your own red bean paste with ease.

Explore More Japanese Ice Cream Recipes

If you’re captivated by the world of Japanese desserts, there’s a whole array of exciting ice cream flavors waiting to be discovered. Here are some tantalizing options to try:

  • Green Tea Ice Cream
  • Soy Sauce Caramel Ice Cream
  • Black Sesame Ice Cream
  • Mochi Ice Cream
  • Yuzu Ice Cream
  • Coffee Ice Cream

A glass ice cream server containing Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 11, 2011. The images and recipe have been updated in January 2021.

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