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How to Make Lemon Curd ( Easy 4 Ingredient Recipe)

Homemade Lemon Curd is, creamy, sweet, and tangy!  This delicious citrusy spread can be slathered on scones, dolloped on pancakes, or used as a cake filling. You only need 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes to make the very best lemon curd. 

A mason jar of lemon curd next to lemons and white flowers.

If you are not familiar with Lemon curd, it is an amazing velvety dessert spread or topping with intense lemon flavor.  You will find so many uses for it.  One of my favorite ways to use it is as a filling between cake layers or layered in a trifle with pound cake.  

Not only is it a wonderful topping but it can also be used as an ingredient in many lemon desserts such as lemon curd cheesecake, frosting, whipped cream, cookies, and lemon cake.  

Sure you can buy it in the grocery store, but it won’t be as good as this lemon curd recipe.  When it is as easy as this to make fresh lemon curd at home, why would you buy it?

Ingredients to make lemon curd with labels over each one: sugar, lemons, eggs and butter.

Ingredients

All you need to make this recipe are a handful of simple ingredients.

  • Egg Yolks from large eggs will thicken the mixture.  
  • White Granulated Sugar provides sweetness to perfectly balance out the tartness of the lemons.
  • Cold Butter which has been cut into small pieces is what creates a creamy lemon curd.
  • Fresh Lemons that have been zested and juiced. If you want the most intense tart lemon flavor I recommend using fresh lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice.
A shallow bowl of lemon curd with a spoon being lifted out of it, in front of a jar of lemon curd.

How to Make the Best Batch of Lemon Curd 

  1. Add sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and juice to a small heavy saucepan and whisk until combined.
  2. Cook over medium low heat whisking constantly until the mixture starts to thicken.  
  3. When the mixture coats the back of a spoon, remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cold butter pieces. The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a mason jar or a glass bowl and cover the surface of the curd with a piece of plastic wrap or a tight fitting lid.   

Cooking Tips

  • It is best to start with room temperature eggs so that they blend evenly with the sugar.
  • To avoid curdling the eggs be sure to mix all of the ingredients before heating the pan.
  • Don’t try to speed up the process by increasing the heat or you may scramble the eggs.    
  • Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens to ensure no lumps form. 
  • Lemon zest provides the essential oils that give the lemon curd its bright flavor.  But if you don’t like the texture, you can pass the curd through a fine mesh strainer before setting it to cool.  
A open jar of lemon curd and a bowl of lemon curd next to lemons and white flowers.

Storage and Freezing

The best way to store fresh lemon curd is in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  I like to store mine in a small mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and it stays fresh for several weeks.

If you need a longer storage solution, lemon curd freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to a year.  Just make sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before using it.  

FAQ’s

​What if my lemon curd is too thin?

If your lemon curd is too thin, you may just need to continue to cook it a bit longer.  You can also make a slurry with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water and whisk it into the curd over medium-low heat.

My lemon curd is too thick, can I thin it out?

If your lemon curd is thicker than you would like it to be, just whisk in a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice at a time until you get the consistency you want.

Other Recipes For Lemon Lovers

Lemon is an ingredient that compliments sweet and savory dishes alike and I have recipes covering both sides of the spectrum.  For all my lemon-loving friends out there I have some lemon recipes that you will love!

Fish and seafood like Easy Shrimp Oreganata and Salmon with Lemon Pepper, showcase the zingy flavor of lemon.  Chicken also naturally pairs well with lemon.  A couple of our favorites are Lemony Roasted Chicken and Pollo al Limone (Chicken Limone).  On the sweeter side, Lemon Meringue PieLemon Ricotta CookiesAnginetti, and Lemon Pistachio Biscotti are all bursting with citrusy flavor.  

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Lemon Curd Recipe

A mason jar of lemon curd next to lemons and white flowers.

How to Make Lemon Curd

This is an easy 4 ingredient recipe for making the best homemade lemon curd. There are so many uses for this delicious citrusy spread. It can be slathered on scones, dolloped on pancakes, or used as a cake filling, just to name a few.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Sauce, condiment
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1.5 cups
Calories 827 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Zest
  • cup Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Add sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and juice to a small heavy saucepan and whisk until combined. 
  • Cook over medium low heat whisking constantly until the mixture starts to thicken.  About 5-6 minutes.
  • When the mixture coats the back of a spoon, remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cold butter pieces. The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Transfer the mixture to a mason jar or a glass bowl and cover the surface of the curd with a piece of plastic wrap.

Video

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Notes

Cooking Tips:

  • It is best to start with room temperature eggs so that they blend evenly with the sugar.
  • To avoid curdling the eggs be sure to mix all of the ingredients before heating the pan.
  • Don’t try to speed up the process by increasing the heat or you may scramble the eggs.    
  • Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens to ensure no lumps form. 
  • Lemon zest provides the essential oils that give the lemon curd its bright flavor.  But if you don’t like the texture, you can pass the curd through a fine mesh strainer before setting it to cool.  
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 827kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 8gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 639mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 1gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 2097IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
Keyword citrusy spread, cake filling, Lemon, eggs, stovetop
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