Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins
Total 1 hr 10 mins

This Easy Lemon Curd Recipe is perfect for using up leftover lemons and tastes amazing on so many desserts. It’s creamy, sweet and so easy to make!

Need a dessert idea that uses lemon curd? Try these Lemon Thumbprint Cookies or this Lemon Danish!

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Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Situation 1:

You go to the store for milk and see that Oreo’s are B1G1 Free. So you buy 4 packages of Oreo’s…because you know, they are B1G1 and helllooo they go perfect with that gallon of milk your wife asked you to pick up.

-If you are this type of person, you are a Jorge.

Situation 2:

You slam on your breaks and make an illegal u-turn because you saw an adorable old man (in red suspenders) selling fruit out of the back of his pickup truck. Once you pull in, you let the old guy suck you in and you buy 5 times the amount of lemons you would have.

-If you are this type of person, you are a Jessica.

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

This Lemon Curd Recipe Is One Of My Favorite Ways To Use Lemons

So while the Jorges of the world sit on the couch covered in Oreo crumbs, the Jessicas make lemon curd. Because OMGawd, what else can you do with 39 million lemons?!

I think Curd doesn’t do Lemon Curd justice. Curd makes it sound gross…like the thing that happens to old milk. Or those little curds in cottage cheese. Or just the word curdle, which is gross enough all on it’s own. I think we should start calling it Lemon Cream, or more honestly Lemon Crack. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And snack and dessert. It’s that good.

Lemon Curd Recipe

P.S. Wanna know what’s in my purse? You know, besides cookies and lint? I blabbed all about it here (with pictures) on That’s What We Said. It’s like that section in the magazines where we get to see inside famous people’s purses. Except better.

Delicious Ways To Use Your Homemade Lemon Curd

Apple and Lemon Curd Tart from Matchbox
Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries from Chow
Lemon Curd Donuts from Flour Child
Lemon Curd Buns with Creamy Lemon Icing from My Custard Pie

Yield: 2 cups

Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

This Easy Lemon Curd Recipe is creamy, sweet and so easy to make! It's the perfect way to use up leftover lemons and tastes amazing on so many things!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 heaping tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, roughly chopped


Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and eggs in a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium low heat, stirring as needed. Bring to a slow simmer and immediately add butter, whisking constantly until curd is thickened and will stick to the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.

Strain curd through a small mesh strainer into a medium bowl with a lid, or cover tightly with saran wrap. Chill for at least an hour, or until cold. If you don't eat it all in a week (which I have no idea how you wouldn't), toss it out after 7 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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56 Responses
  1. Laura

    Hi! Im a newbie in the kitchen department, lemons are not very easy to find and expensive in my country… I was wondering if I could use lime? 
    Btw, I made your banana nutella swirl muffins last night and theyre awesome! 

    1. Jessica

      You can use any citrus you would like!! And so glad you liked them – those muffins are one of our favorites. 😉

  2. raine

    I’ve always called it lemon butter – sounds much more edible that way (and also makes it totally legit to eat on toast for breakfast). And I can totally relate to buying wayyyy to much produce at road side stands, I just can’t help myself!

  3. Amber

    My aunt makes homemade chicken strips And drizzles lemon curd over them omg! I have been craving them I know it may sound gross but it’s delishious!!!!

  4. Tammy

    When I want a quick sweet treat; especially to go with a cup of tea or coffee, I get tea biscuits or shortbread cookies. Then one day I put some whipped cream cheese and a little lemon curd on it…….. OMG……..Heaven in your mouth. They are like little lemon meringue pies without allthe work.

  5. Jessica

    This looks so delicious! I love the color and the photos, I can practically taste it! (And it’s good!)
    I am a Jessica but I think I need to be more of a spontaneous Jessica, Jessica. …if that makes any sense 🙂
    Anyways, I just found your blog today and I’m loving it!

  6. Construction Supplies San Diego

    I just made lemon curd this weekend for a recipe… it tasted like metal… I think I need a new strainer…

  7. Virginia Kahler-Anderson, aka HomeRearedChef

    I am so very glad that Genie Grato Featured this, or I would not have found this lovely recipe. I LOVE “Lemon Cream”, and I LOVE the name. Lemon “Curd” just doesn’t do it justice! 🙂


  8. Sara/Matchbox Kitchen

    Thank you for including my apple + lemon curd tart! I could eat lemon curd on just about anything.

  9. Javelin Warrior

    Jessica, another beautiful and easy creation – this simply perfect. And the color is incredible. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations… (And I would be a Jessica – I have a hard time saying no to people, especially those older than myself 😉

  10. nicole {sweet peony}

    OMG you take the most amazing photos! I loooove lemon curd, errr, crack! So delish. Can’t wait to make some!

  11. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    I think I am a combo of Jorge and Jessica. I think you should make one of those facebook quizzes with more questions so I can be totally sure though.

    This curd looks perfect! Would be great to keep in the fridge to add to desserts!

  12. Jen at The Three Little Piglets

    That’s why I always avoid farmer’s markets unless I have extra money to spend. Whether I go with $20 or $100 I always come home broke!

  13. Tina (My Life as a Mrs)

    i guess that makes me a Jorge in this world (yikes I gotta be careful sayin’ that! haha)… would you believe i’ve NEVER had lemon curd??? yet another reason we need to be neighbors… you can culture me 🙂 hah ps- i flipping loved checking out your purse contents!

  14. Joanne

    I’m a Jessica. Totally totally a Jessica. Lemon curd is way more of a vice for me than oreos ever will be! ANd that’s saying a lot…cause I really love oreos.

  15. Kelsey

    I’m a Charlotte. Oh wait, wrong quiz 😉 I’m a Jessica, though my inner child is a Jorge. I love lemon curd. In fact, I made a really delicious tart with lemon curd last weekend. I’ll be posting this week. You know, to help you with that lemon problem.

  16. Cassie

    I keep telling myself that I need to make lemon curd but I haven’t done it yet. You make it look so simple, rich and amazing!

  17. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    There is nothing better than curd although the mental visual is just disturbing and all our grody. I love making curd out of anything I can get my hands on and I made a coconut version which didn’t get used in anything at all – I just ate it with a spoon. Very unceremonious of me, but it was too good NOT too do.

  18. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I just bought 2 pounds of meyer lemons. I think it might be necessary for me to make this!

  19. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    My biggest problem with the word “curd” is that I always read it as “crud.” But, I so love lemon curd in a trifle, on a cookie, on a spoon, or in my belly!

  20. Sara

    I love lemon curd. In fact, all curds to be more accurate. In class the other night our chef instructor actually said I was becoming the queen of curds. I’ll take it!

  21. thelittleloaf

    Haha that’s exactly the kind of thing I’d do (both things actually, the lemons and the Oreos…) I love lemon curd, it’s so incredibly delicious and so much better when homemade. Yours looks wonderful.

  22. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I am a Jorge. {hangs head in shame}
    BUT I would eat the pants off this lemon curd.
    BUT I have never tried lemon curd is because of the “curd”. Whoever came up with that name need to be in jail.

    So yeah, I need to call it lemon crack and move on with my life.

  23. Brittany

    Um, this looks glorious. And I love lemons. And I’ve somehow never made lemon cream/crack. Whaaaaat?! Can’t wait to try this.

  24. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    That lemon curd IS perfect looking…wow. So delicate and light and bright and I want a big spoon, now!

  25. Becky

    Hahaha – I truly just laughed out loud when I read “lemon crack” – because it’s SO true! “Curd” just doesn’t do it justice 🙂

  26. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I think I’m both a Jorge and Jessica! 🙂 And you’re right, lemon curd should totally be called lemon crack.

    Btw you’re little mini carafes are freakishly adorable.

  27. DessertForTwo

    I agree-let’s change the name!
    I’m so a Jessica! And I’m proud! 😉

    I tried to click on the link to peek inside your bag, but it’s not working 🙁

  28. Lindsay

    I love you.

    I am so totally a Jessica.

    Only we don’t have any adorable old lemon pushers here. Can I borrow yours?

    Also, where did you get that jar? It’s precious.

  29. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    I’d be a Jessica. In fact, my parents almost named me that. Now I need to find a red suspendered old man and some lemons!

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