Perfect Lemon Curd Recipe | Homemade & Yummy (2024)

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Perfect Lemon Curd is smooth, creamy and just the right sweet-tart flavour balance.

Easy fool-proof recipe. Simple ingredients. You will never want store-bought again. It is gluten-free too.

Did you know it is the perfect filling for making easy lemon tarts?

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This lemony spread is so delicious, you will want to eat it by the spoonful!


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RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for this easy homemade fruit curd are at the bottom of this post.

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When it comes to SPRING I immediately think of citrus desserts. I am so ready for the bright yellow sun and fresh flavours. Lemon Polenta Cake often makes an appearance on my Easter dinner table.

Lemon Ice Cream seems to be a hit around here. However, my grandson has requested a pie for his birthday this year. The perfect place for this lemon filling.

It also is delicious in a lemon curd parfait.

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Recipe Ingredients

Really basic ingredients. You will need:

  • fresh lemons
  • butter
  • eggs (whole eggs and egg yolks)
  • sugar

What Is It?

Lemon curd is a condiment. Think jam, jelly, marmalade or even custard.It has a smooth texture, sweet/tart flavour and beautiful yellow colour.

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Very popular in Britain, this fruit curd is sometimes referred to as “lemon cheese”. Alternative recipes make it with oranges, limes, or berry curds.

Very popular in England, served with scones at the afternoon tea.

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Making Easy Lemon Curd

For some reason, I thought it was a difficult thing to make. Some recipes require you to strain the curd to get it silky smooth. With this fool-proof method, it will be perfect the first time!

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  1. Start by juicing and zesting your lemons.
  2. Separate the eggs (for the yolks) and place them in a bowl with the whole eggs
  3. Beat the sugar and butter
  4. Add the eggs
  5. Mix in the juice
  6. Cook until thick and smooth
  7. Add in the zest
  8. Done

This recipe calls for the use of fresh lemons.

To juice the lemons I like to use a *(affiliate) citrus reamer.

To make the lemon zest, a *(affiliate) Microplane works best.

How Long Will It Last?

Lemon curd will last 1-2 weeks. Place it in a sealed container and keep in the fridge. Alternatively, you can also freeze it to prolong the shelf life.

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Ways To Use It

So many ways to use delicious this lemon recipe.

  • as a spread (think toast, muffins, biscuits, scones, croissants)
  • as a topping (think pancakes, waffles, ice cream)
  • as a filling (think lemon tarts, cupcakes, cakes, and pies)
  • as a dip (mixed with cream cheese)
  • great on pavlova
  • added to make lemon flavoured yogurt
  • a great way to make lemon mousse
  • eat it as a lemon custard
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Store-bought lemon curd will be a thing of the past once you try this easy recipe.

If you love making easy desserts, give Classic Sabayon a try. Made with only 3 ingredients, egg yolks, sugar, and wine. A rich and creamy classic French dessert made in minutes.


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Perfect Lemon Curd

Perfect Lemon Curd is smooth, thick and has a luscious lemon flavour. Use it with biscuits, pancakes/waffles or in pies and tarts. Easy to make and has the right sweet/tart balance.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Baking

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 138kcal



  • 3 ounces unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoons lemon zest

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  • Juice and zest lemons.

  • Separate yolks, and place whole eggs and yolks into a bowl.

  • Using a mixer of your choice, beat sugar and butter till fluffy (2-3 minutes).

  • Add eggs (slowly) and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  • Mix in lemon juice until combined.

  • Pour into heavy bottomed saucepan and cook over low heat until mixture is smooth.

  • At this point increase heat to medium and cook until thickened (about 15 minutes).

  • DO NOT boil, and stir constantly while cooking.

  • Once you can leave a path along the back of the spoon, the mixture is done.

  • Remove from heat and stir in zest.

  • Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

  • Be sure the wrap is touching the surface of the curd to avoid “skinning” while cooling.

  • When cool, place in a sealed container until ready to use.

  • It will keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.

  • You can also freeze for later use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg


This recipe makes 1 ½ cups of lemon curd.

This recipe was adapted from fine Cooking.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Marie-Pierre Breton

    Lovely smooth curd you’ve made there! I’m going to try it out! Thanks for sharing!


    • I love lemon curd and can eat it by the spoonful. ENJOY!

  2. Marcia Lynch

    How bad would it be to use bottled lemon juice?


    • I honestly do not know the answer. My best guess is that it should work. If you try, please let me know how it turned out.

  3. Tracy

    Perfect indeed!! This is so so good!


    • Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed this lemon tart recipe.

  4. Rena

    Hey there, have you tried canning this?


    • I have not tried canning this. It is quick lemon curd, and not the traditional water bath recipe.

  5. Cathe

    I made this and wanted to eat it right away it was sweet but tart so good


    • I can eat this lemon curd by the spoonful…so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  6. Stacia

    Thank you for sharing this super easy recipe. Perfect combination for my pallet of sweet and tart. I have celiac so I made a puff pastry and filled it with your lemon curd. Light and delicious.


    • Puff pastry is the perfect place for this lemon curd. Sounds like a delicious plan to me.

    • Deb

      I tried an easier recipe, no mixing etc. No comparison to the flavor of this one! I increased the zest to 1 tablespoon. Very good!! Will try to freeze a small container for later.

    • OMG I can eat this lemon curd by the spoonful. ENJOY!

  7. Ruth Anderson

    My favorite is to make a double batch of the curd then use up the leftover egg whites (plus a few more) in a homemade angel food cake. Then top the cake with a generous dollup of whipped cream and drizzle with the lemon curd. Simply the best!!


    • Making a double batch sounds like a plan to me. I can eat this by the spoonful.

  8. Paula

    Just found your recipe and I think I will try it! Question: can I use yolks only, or do you recommend the whole eggs and yolks as written?


    • Hello Paula, I have only done it with both as written, so I cannot say if it would turn out or not.

    • Monica

      I’m confused. Do you separate the eggs and use BOTH the yolks AND whites?

    • Hello, for this recipe you are using BOTH, 2 whole eggs and 2 additional egg yolks.

  9. Dana

    I could eat lemon curd with a damn spoon. It’s so good and creamy and bright and tangy! I don’t know why I only make it when I’m doing a lemon meringue pie. It would be great to just have it on hand in a jar like this, free for use. Thanks for the inspo!


    • I do eat it by the spoon….it works…and it highly addictive.

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