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Homemade Lemon Curd
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5 from 2 votes

Lemon Curd

This lemon curd is creamy, tart and delicious. Homemade lemon curd is much better than store-bought and is made with only 5 ingredients. Use it as a dessert topping, a cake filling or in place of jam for biscuits or toast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 988kcal


  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 (100 grams) whole eggs
  • 4 (80 grams) large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons (114 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Place a strainer over a medium-sized bowl near the stove.
  • Place the sugar in a small bowl and zest the lemons onto the sugar. Use your fingers to rub the sugar and zest together. Juice the lemons until you have 3/4 cups of juice.
  • In a nonreactive 2 quart saucepan, combine the whole eggs, eggs yolks, and sugar and whisk until well blended. Stir in the lemon juice, butter, and salt.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture is thickened. As you cook the mixture the butter will melt. When the mixture has thickened and reached a temperature of 185 degrees F pour it into the strainer. Press the curd through the strainer with a spatula to remove the solids.
  • Cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap, gently pressing the plastic wrap onto the surface of the curd. Place the curd in the refrigerator and chill.
  • The lemon curd is good in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and can be frozen for up to 1 year. If freezing the curd package it in a freezer container after it has chilled. When ready to use place it in the refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours before intended use.


MEYER LEMON CURD. For Meyer Lemons which are not as tart, use 3/4 cups of sugar. Use the same amount for all the other ingredients.


Calories: 988kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 675mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 103g | Vitamin A: 2163IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg