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Lemon curd in white bowl with spoon alongside

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd is an easy homemade lemon curd recipe that's luscious, tangy and bursting with lemon flavor.  You'll never buy store bought lemon curd again!

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  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 2-3 lemons, strained to remove seeds and pulp (I like this [juicer])
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small chunks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest


  • Whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, and lemon juice in a stainless steel or heat proof bowl. Place over the top of a pan of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly so the egg doesn't curdle, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of sour cream, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour the curd through a fine strainer placed over a small bowl.
  • Add the butter, and stir until completely melted. Stir in the lemon zest. The curd will thicken as it cools.
  • Once the curd has cooled, place plastic wrap over the surface of the curd to keep a skin from forming, and store in the refrigerator.
  • Serve chilled. The curd will keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • Total time above does not include cooling and chilling time.
  • Substitute lemons with your favorite citrus!  Lime, orange, blood orange, grapefruit and meyer lemons are all wonderful options.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 71kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 14mg, Sugar: 10g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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