Lemon Curd Recipe

This Lemon Curd Recipe is simple yet scrumptious. You’ll have a lemon curd that is creamy, bright, cheery, and the perfect balance of sweet and tang. There’s big lemon flavor in this curd, making it a great gift for lemon lovers.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 cups 1x


  • zest of 3 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 lb salted butter, room temp
  • 4 extra-large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 34 lemons), pulp strained
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt


  1. In a food processor fitted with steel blade, add lemon zest and sugar. Pulse until well combined and zest is finely minced with the sugar.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter. Beat in the sugar-zest mixture until combined. Add eggs, fresh lemon juice, and kosher salt. Mix until well combined, scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over low heat until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Lemon curd will thicken just below the point of simmer. It will turn from a dark yellow liquid to a pale, thick syrup as you whisk.
  4. Once lemon curd is nicely thickened and pale yellow, remove from heat. Allow to cool and chill completely. Store in airtight container in fridge.


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 20.2 g
  • Sodium: 78.2 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.7 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 65.9 mg
  • Category: snack, side
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Lemon Curd Recipe, Homemade Lemon Curd