Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe is made with fresh lemon zest, and can be used pretty much on anything! It is ready in less than 20 minutes, and perfect to utilize on tarts!

If you are a lemon lover, this dish can be used on many desserts, such as Cupcakes, Bundt Cakes, Brownies, ice cream, or simply as a dip!

Homemade Lemon Curd

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This Lemon Curd recipe quickly became our favorite. Last summer we used it in making lemonade, and it was so yummy and refreshing! However, this is such a versatile recipe, that you can use it pretty much on anything you wish. 

Also, it is quite a simple recipe to make, as you only need a few simple ingredients and less than 20 minutes of your time. And do not forget, making it at home is just so much better than the store version. Not only it tastes way better but is also healthier and it will save you a few dollars!

If you are looking for some great ways to use those lemons than this recipe is it! Give it a try, it is quite delicious!

What ingredients are needed to make this recipe?

You will need the following:

  • Lemons – for juice and zest
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs

How to make the best Lemon Curd at home?

  1. Making this dish is super easy. First, ensure to wash and then zest the lemon properly. We recommend using a zester, as it will make the process easier. Also, be careful to zest up to the white pith. 
  2. Once you have the zest, whisk it together in a saucepan with the juice, sugar, eggs, and butter over low to medium heat. Stir frequently for about 8-10 minutes until it thickens. The curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. 
  3. Once it reached the desired thickness, remove from heat, and transfer it to a bowl and chill, or place in the refrigerator.

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

How long does Lemon Curd take to thicken?

Depending on your desired consistency, it will thicken using from 6 to 15 minutes. Also, it depends on how large a batch you are cooking. It is important to whisk the mixture the whole time until it starts to thicken. 

What is Lemon Curd used for?

It can be used on pretty much anything, starting from sweets to main dishes. It is surprisingly versatile. Apart from eating it with a spoon, some of our favorite ways to use it are in:

What is the difference between lemon curd and lemon pie filling?

They are both similar and have lemon as their main ingredient. However, the curd texture is smoother and also it has a more intense flavor. Also, the pie filling is thickened with flour or cornstarch, while the curd uses egg yolks for that.

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Should Lemon Curd be refrigerated?

Yes! After cooking it, we recommend refrigerating, as it will maintain its best quality and freshness. To refrigerate, use a lidded jar, and store in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks. 

You could also freeze it. Ensure to use a freezer-proof container. It can be refrigerated to up to 6 months without losing its best quality. To thaw, simply place the container in the refrigerator, or on the counter overnight prior to serving. 

Recipe Tips

  • For the best taste and quality, try always using the best and freshest lemons. Since this ingredient is the center in this recipe, you want to use a good product. 
  • Also, avoid bottled juice, as the taste will not be the same. 
  • As stated above, it is important to constantly stir the mixture while cooking it to prevent the eggs proteins from bonding too tightly. 
  • In addition, you could use this recipe to make other flavors. So, feel free to use it with limes, tangerines, oranges, or grapefruit. 
  • Adjust the sweetness based on your liking. Start with a little less sugar than suggested, and if it needs more, simply stir some more at the end.
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5 from 1 reviews
Lemon Curd Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings of about 1/4 cup each
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  fresh lemon juice 
  •  Zest from 1 lemon 
  • 2/3 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • 8  egg yolks 
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter 
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt  (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place a pot filled halfway with water over medium heat. Once the water starts simmering, place on top of a metal bowl, to create a double boiler.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the metal bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Whisk constantly until mixture thickens and reaches 160 degrees, or coats the back of a spoon.
  4. Once done, transfer the lemon curd into heatproof glass containers and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. It can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
Calories: 303 Carbohydrates: 24 Protein: 4 Fat: 21 Saturated Fat: 12 Cholesterol: 301 Sodium: 195 Potassium: 47 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 22 Vitamin A: 820 Vitamin C: 7.8 Calcium: 35 Iron: 0.6
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Amber Myers

I just love lemon desserts. I need to make this for my family soon. I bet we'd gobble it right up.

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Heather

The lemon curds sound like a fun summer treat. I have never made meatloaf, I've had terrible meatloaf and really good meatloaf. I think I'll take a stab at this and maybe we'll have a new family favorite. Thank you for the recipe!

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Tasheena

This would be perfect to have for dessert tonight. I haven't had lemon custard in such a long time. 

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Kerrie Mendoza

I just love any desserts that include lemon. Such a great treat for warmer days and evenings! It looks delicious!

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robin rue

That sounds so good! I have never had lemon curd before, but I would love to try it.

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN

This sounds like a really lovely recipe and I love that it is simple to make. I can imagine it's far superior to anything that can be found instore.

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Brianne Tursi Manz

I don't think I've ever had lemon curd before. It looks easy and delicious and I would love to try it.

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Sarah Bailey

Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely amazing! It is incredible the things you can do with a good lemon curd as well!

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Vik

This sounds incredibly tasty and versatile, definitely something I’ll need for all the summer treats I plan on making

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Annemarie LeBlanc

Making your own lemon curd and having it in stock would really come in handy. I can't believe you can use lemon curd in so many ways.

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Kathy

I haven't had lemon curd in a long time. I've never made it myself either. I do love it, so I'm glad to see a recipe! I now want to make a dessert with it.

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Keikilani

Oh, it's been way to long since I had lemon curd! Can't wait to try your recipe. Perfect for summer too.

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Rachel

I love sweet lemon stuff. I would love to try to make my own. Thanks for the recipe.

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Sherry

I love everything lemon and I just bought some at the store. I have everything I need to make lemon curd. Yay!

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Jhentea

This is something new to me! And it really looks easy to prepare. Will do this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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Chrissie Baker

1000 stars! Gorgeous and delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Will definitely be making it with some fresh scones! YUM!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore

I love lemon curd! I can't wait to give this a try!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks so perfect! Definitely a must try!

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Ruth I

What a great recipe! I have a few ideas now where I can use this lemon curd. I am sure it will be yummy!

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Jennifer

We make lemon curd all the time and use it for so many things -- puddings, cookies, desserts and more.

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Tamara

I've always wanted to make any kind of curd to use in recipes. Thanks for the inspiration and recipe.

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Shannon Graham

I've always said homemade was always better than store bought. This looks so good and pretty simple to make!

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Lia Mae

I’ve never had a lemon curd but it sounds like a good treat for the summer.

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Sara Welch

I prepared this and am getting ready to use it for dinner tonight as a marinade! It's delicious and perfect for spring!

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Wendy Polisi

I can't believe how quick this is to make! I've made it before but, I remembered it being a pain and taking much longer.

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Melanie Bauer

Sounds extremely delicious! Can't believe how easy it is, so excited to make this!

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Beth Pierce

I love how many things I can use this with! And it's deliciously sweet, too! 

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Denay DeGuzman

I love fabulous homemade lemon curd! I spread it on scones, biscuits and toast. It's beautiful, tangy and refreshing!

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Celebrate Woman Today

I love the color and the ease of making this recipe. Truly summery!

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REESA LEWANDOWSKI

Oh this must be so refreshing and delicious! I will have to look through your ways to use it and give something a try!

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