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lemon curd in a glass jar with a spoon

How to Make Lemon Curd

Homemade lemon curd is sweet and tangy, creamy and buttery, and ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
Course Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 73kcal


  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Beat the egg yolks in bowl. 
  • Heat lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan over medium-low until warm.
  • Pour ¼ of the lemon juice mixture into the egg yolks and whisk to temper the eggs. Add another quarter of the lemon mixture to the egg yolks and whisk.
  • Combine the remaining lemon mixture and yolks in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat.
  • Add one piece of butter at a time, whisking until melted.  Continue adding the butter, one piece at a time, until it has all been incorporated.
  • Continue whisking until the whisk leaves lines across the mixture, about 5 minutes.
  • OPTIONAL: Strain through a mesh strainer or sieve to smooth out lumps and remove any pieces of zest.
  • Pour in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let cool on the counter for at least an hour.
  • After the mixture has cooled, place in a airtight container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.


  1. ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice to make lemon curd.
  2. When heating the lemon juice mixture, it does not need to boil, it only needs to get warm enough that the sugar dissolves.
  3. When tempering the eggs, it is very important to add only a SMALL amount of the heated lemon juice mixture to the egg yolks at a time. This will help prevent the eggs from cooking.
  4. When adding the heated lemon juice mixture, make sure to be whisking constantly while you add any hot liquid. 


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg