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Lemon curd is dripping from a spoon into a Pale blue bowl containing more lemon curd. The bowl is on a wooden board and three lemons can be seen in the background.

Easiest Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

  • Author: Kaylene
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups or 46 (15ml) serves.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Deliciously tangy lemon curd without the hassle. This recipe is super easy – no double boiler or strainer required!


2/3 cup of softened butter (160g)

2/3 cup of sugar (160g)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of lemon juice *

1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest **


Using a stand mixer with large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time and beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Add lemon juice and beat to combine; scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally – mixture will look very curdled at this point – this is normal.

Transfer mixture to a saucepan and heat over low heat with constant stirring until mixture begins to thicken.

You will know that you have cooked the mixture enough when it begins to coat the back of the spoon. I find that this process takes 7 – 8 minutes.

If you want to test the curd, remove the saucepan from the heat and place a spoonful of curd onto a saucer. As the curd cools on the saucer, you will notice it thicken and it shouldn’t run if the saucer is tilted.

If the curd does not show signs of thickening return it to the heat and continue stirring for another minute or two.

Once you are happy that the curd is thickening, remove it from the heat and stir in the lemon zest.

Transfer to a heat proof container or sterile jars. 

Store lemon curd in the fridge. If in sterile jars it should keep unopened for 2 -3 months, once opened use within 2 weeks.

If you haven’t put your lemon curd in jars, but don’t think it will be used within 2 weeks, pop it into the freezer in an airtight container. It should last at least 6 months in the freezer.


* You will need 3 to 4 medium lemons

** I usually zest 2 or 3 of the lemons that I am going to juice 

If using Meyer lemon reduce sugar to 1/2 cup or 110g


  • Serving Size: 15g
  • Calories: 54
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 33mg
  • Fat: 3.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0,1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg