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lemon curd being drizzled into clear jar with a spoon

Lemon Curd

  • Author: Lindsay Conchar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This lemon curd is such an easy thing to make and delicious on just about everything! It’s sweet, tart and so much better when it’s homemade!


  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup (69g) sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp (42g) salted butter


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a double boiler (or in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water). Heat while whisking constantly until mixture thickens and reaches 160 degrees, or coats the back of a spoon.
  2. Pour the lemon curd into a heat proof bowl, cover with clear wrap pressed onto the top of the curd to avoid a film developing, and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Serve with your desired treat. Lemon curd is best when well covered and consumed within 1-2 weeks.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 797
  • Sugar: 68.6 g
  • Sodium: 308.1 mg
  • Fat: 52.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 73.9 g
  • Protein: 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 829.4 mg