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Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

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This easy-to-make, Homemade Lemon Curd recipe is buttery, silky smooth, sweet yet tart. Perfection in a lemon curd!

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

I’ve always wondered about Lemon Curd.  I’ve seen it around and wanted to try it and see what the fuss was all about.  And now I know what I’ve been missing!

I finally made my first batch a few weeks back, but it was gone way before I could write about it.  We pretty much ate that batch straight from the jar.

Easy lemon curd recipe

It was that good.  So buttery and silky, sweet yet tart.  Perfection.

Over the weekend, I made a triple batch to ensure that I had enough for us to “sample” (eat straight from the jar) and still have plenty for all the recipes I have in mind.  (Good thing I did, because that jar was full before I took these pictures!)

how to make lemon curd.

What to use lemon curd for?  

Oh, so many ways:

  • A topping for scones, pancakes, waffles, sugar cookies
  • Hide inside muffins or cupcakes
  • Makes a great filling for cupcakes, cookies, crepes, pies and tarts.  
  • Mix with a little whipped cream for a fabulous fruit dip.  
  • I especially like to stir it in my vanilla yogurt and top with granola and fresh blueberries or raspberries.
  • Make ice cream (or do what I did and mix it into store-bought vanilla ice cream- I had to test it out and make sure it was good before recommending it…)

Ingredients in Lemon Curd

  • Egg yolks,
  • 1 to 2 lemons (you need the zest and juice)
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter

That’s it!

So, are you ready to make your own Lemon Curd?  

It’s so easy. The hardest part is you have to stir the lemon curd the entire time it cooks, (about 7 minutes.) Which really isn’t that hard…  

Perfect time to catch up on your favorite gossip websites, email, or Pinterest.

lemon curd recipe

I used this recipe from Martha Stewart, and it turned out perfectly both times.  (I made a single batch the first time and tripled it the 2nd time.)  Thanks again, neighbor for those fresh Meyer lemons!

BTW, do you like my turquoise backdrop?  It’s my favorite.  (I’ve been using it quite often lately…  Must be this dreary winter weather.)  Are you curious about how I made it?  I have the instructions here: DIY Photo Backdrop

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Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe


This easy-to-make, Homemade Lemon Curd recipe is buttery, silky smooth, sweet yet tart. Perfection in a lemon curd!


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces


  1. Combine yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine.
  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Cook until mixture is thick enough to coat back of wooden spoon, about 7 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, stirring until consistency is smooth.
  5. Transfer mixture to a serving container. Let cool.
  6. Refrigerate for about an hour or until chilled.



(This recipe makes about 8 oz.)


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  1. Susan Bauer says:

    How long does lemon curd last in the fridge?

    1. Lemon curd will last in the refrigerator, in an airtight container up to 4 weeks. If you plan to keep it any longer than that, you can freeze it. Leave about half an inch room at the top of the container for the curd to expand in the freezer.

  2. So good!

  3. Wow, I found a recipe that called for lemon curd a few days ago. So off I went to the grocery store to buy some…..but that 8 ounce jar was almost $5.00! So I came home without it….and now I have the recipe so I can make my own!!! Thanks!!

  4. I'm crazy about lemon these days! Probably because it's so dark and moody outside 😛
    Love your photos, I took some of my lemon hand lotion but it's more yellow + pink 🙂
    hugs x

  5. I adore lemon curd! I must make up a batch now that lemons are back in season and our tree has more than we could ever use (even with giving our neighbors unfettered access to it, too!).

  6. I would just love your Lemon Curd, what a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  7. I really want to make lemon curd and I love the backdrop! I have a blue one that I use way too often.

  8. This looks great, Jamie! I blogged about lime curd years ago and have terrible photos. Yours are gorgeous! I'll certainly have to try your recipe and then make my own again to post. Thanks for sharing, and yes- I love your turquoise backdrop!

  9. I love lemon curd. Whenever I make meringues and have the leftover egg yolks, I whip up a batch of fresh lemon curd. It goes really well spread over a strawberry meringue roulade (which I linked up on your link party – thanks for hosting) Have a wonderful week. Tamara @ MyFarmLifeDiary

  10. I have never made this before but I definitely plan on trying your recipe, it looks delicious!

  11. mmm . . . I love lemon curd and yours looks fabulous!

  12. My Yorkshire grandmother used to make lemon tarts for Christmas…..Yum Yum!! The tradition continues as the recipe went to my mom and her sisters and then to their daughters. If there's any left, it's good on toast!