Passion Fruit Sorbet

Passion fruit sorbet is bursting with flavor and SO easy to make, with only 3 ingredients: sugar, water, and passion fruit puree. There’s only a few minutes of prep time involved, then your ice cream maker does the rest of the work. It’s a perfect spring and summer treat!

Passion fruit sorbet in a white bowl on a marble backdrop.

Note: this post was originally published in May 2012. I’ve updated it with new photos and some additional tips.

It still doesn’t quite feel like spring in DC, but that hasn’t stopped me from breaking out the ice cream machine. I can’t help myself.

Have you ever made sorbet? The first time I prepared it from scratch, I was shocked at how easy it was. Ice cream isn’t difficult (check out my Bailey’s Ice Cream for an example). However, sorbet is completely brainless. Simple syrup + fruit puree.

You don’t have to make custard or temper eggs. There are only three ingredients. How simple is that? I contemplated adding herbs from my garden. Mint and basil would have been especially refreshing, but in the end I stuck with the basics.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been going back to basics recently (these yellow cake and chocolate cupcakes are good examples).

Passion fruit is one of my all time favorite flavors, and I love highlighting it. If you want to try adding a handful of fresh herbs, allow them to steep in the simple syrup when it’s just off the heat. Give them around 30 minutes and then remove them before adding the purée.

Where to Buy Passion Fruit Puree

Passion fruit puree can be purchased online and in some grocery stores, typically in the freezer section. I found some online.

A scoop of passion fruit sorbet on a marble backdrop

Looking for more ice cream and sorbet recipes?

Be sure to check out my Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream and Sorbet as well as my Roasted Blueberry Crème Fraîche Ice Cream!

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Passion Fruit Sorbet

5 from 2 votes
Passion fruit sorbet is delicious and incredibly easy to make. A perfect summer treat with only 3 ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword passion fruit sorbet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6 1/2-cup servings
Calories 176
Author Jennifer Farley


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups passion fruit purée


  • Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan. No need to stir.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then allow it to simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the passion fruit purée while the syrup is still warm. Place it in the refrigerator until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  • Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker. After the sorbet sets, I like to place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up.


I used this passion fruit puree for the recipe.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 12.5% | Vitamin C: 17.9% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 4.4%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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  • I made this for the first time yesterday. Funnily enough, I had already ordered the passion fruit puree you suggested on Amazon. I added some fresh squeezed lime juice to the water for the simple syrup. This was the BEST sorbet I’ve made to date! Just delicious! Hits every note – sweet, tart, a little hint of citrus. Thank you – will def make again and look for to trying your other recipes.

    • I’m so glad you loved it! It’s one of my favorites as well, and SO easy. I’ll have to try the lime next time :)

    • Hi Danielle! It sure will, just read the label of fruit puree you’re using. The puree I used was a mix of 90% passion fruit and 10% sugar, so the texture was somewhere between juice and simple syrup, and it wasn’t very sweet. You’ll find an assortment of fruit purees on the market. Some are thicker, which won’t make much of a difference, but some are VERY sweet. This sorbet has a lot of sugar in it, so try to find a puree that isn’t heavy on the sugar. Also, passion fruit is very tart. If you swap it out for a sweeter fruit, say strawberries, you might want to add some fresh squeezed lemon juice for acidity. You can add it to taste.

  • Is your recipe really: buy fruit pure then place in the ice cream maker?
    As an individual with passion fruits growing all over the garden and no ice-cream maker I guess I ll look for a real recipe elsewhere…

    • Hi Vincent. That’s wonderful that you have a garden full of passion fruit! I’m jealous. Please keep in mind that not everyone is is lucky enough to have such a luxury. Many people don’t have access to ANY fresh passion fruit, let alone their own garden. I’m assuming you know how to make a puree from your passion fruit since you have so much of it. If not, simply google “how to puree passion fruit.” You can use that technique in this recipe along with the simple syrup for the same results. Feel free to look elsewhere, though.