Lemon Curd

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Lemon Curd – How to make lemon curd that is easy, sweet, tart, and good on just about everything! Forget lemonade – when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd! You won’t go back.

What is lemon curd - lemon curd in jar

Turn Lemons into Lemon Curd

I love it when life gives me lemons because I can make tasty lemon recipes, like this easy Lemon Curd! I know the traditional saying suggests making lemonade, but the next time life gives you a bunch of lemons, make lemon curd instead. You will probably never go back to lemonade unless it is a super hot day and you are thirsty, but I promise you this lemon curd recipe will become a favorite! You will be begging for lemons!

And I know it is just a saying, but the idea is to turn something negative into something positive and this lemon curd is definitely positive! It is amazing! One bite will put a big smile on your face and make you forget about all of your worries:)

Fresh lemons for lemon curd

Why Lemon Curd?

Lemons make me happy! They are so bright and full of sunshine…and when you transform them into luscious lemon curd, even better!

The lemon curd is super easy to make and is great on just about everything…toast, pancakes, French toast, scones, stirred in yogurt, etc. I also love using it to make my favorite Blueberry, Brie, and Lemon Curd Grilled Cheese! You have to try it, it’s all kinds of awesome! Lemon Curd is also great for making desserts, like Lemon Coconut Bars or Coconut Lemon Macaroon Nests. Those are a must for spring! Too cute!

And you know lemon curd is also great eaten by the spoonful. Smooth, sweet, tart, refreshing….the perfect pick me up!

How to make lemon curd

This lemon curd is also great with Meyer Lemons! Meyer Lemons have a sweeter taste and lower acidity, which makes them perfect for lemon-based desserts. I picked up a bunch of Sunkist Meyer Lemons the other day and I can’t wait to make another batch of Lemon Curd!

I hope life gives you lemons so you can make this Lemon Curd ASAP! It is sooooo good! And make sure you come back on Monday, I created an amazing dessert with this lemon curd. You will want the recipe, trust me:) Happy weekend!

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Lemon Curd

This easy lemon curd recipe is the BEST! It's great on just about everything!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Total Time
22 minutes


  • 4 large lemons zested and juiced (a little over 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces


  1. In a medium bowl, combine lemon zest and sugar. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant.
  2. Put the lemon zest and sugar mixture, lemon juice, egg yolks, and butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and stir until combined. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the mixture thickens, about 12-15 minutes. The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and pour lemon curd into a jar or glass bowl. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly against the curd so it is airtight. Cool to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator. Again, the curd will thicken up after it is completely cooled.
  4. Note-Lemon curd will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I loved this recipe! Everybody loved it, but 3 people told me they were expecting (hoping) to taste a more ‘tart’ curd. I tried to make it more tart with more lemon, another time with less sugar, to no avail. Could you please tell me how to resolve this?
    So frustrating, and I am running out of lemons for my next cake 🙁

  2. Could a sugar alternative like erythritol or xylitol be used or would that affect how it sets? Also, can this be canned by putting in a hot water bath like a jam? Or frozen? It only lasts 2 weeks and I am hoping to have something more at the ready!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made it tonight. It is delicious and a beautiful deep yellow. It reminds me of the curd my mom used to make from scratch when I was a kid. I learned two lessons from this recipe. Microwave your lemons a few seconds, they’ll give more juice (I got over a half a cup of juice from two lemons) and STIR, STIR, STIR, DON’T STOP!

  4. 5 stars
    I wanted to make blueberry lemon crepes, and I thought I had a jar of lemon curd laying around, but I couldn’t find it. Your recipe was the first one to pop up on Google, so I made it. It’s so delish! I’m putting this recipe in my heirloom collection for sure! I only used 2 lemons because they gave me well over 1/2 cup. Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll be back for more!

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