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Classic Lemon Curd

Rita Maas

Yield: Yields about 2 cups.

Seeing a jar of lovely yellow lemon curd in the refrigerator will brighten anyone’s day. Serve over Thick Scottish Shortbread, or use as a spread for toast or English muffins, or a filling for cakes and tartlets.


  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size per Tbs.
      Calories (kcal) : 50
      Fat Calories (kcal): 25
      Fat (g): 3
      Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Cholesterol (mg): 30
      Sodium (mg): 5
      Carbohydrates (g): 7
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 1


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer, about 2 min. Slowly add the eggs and yolks. Beat for 1 min. Mix in the lemon juice. The mixture will look curdled, but it will smooth out as it cooks


  • In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat until it looks smooth. (The curdled appearance disappears as the butter in the mixture melts.) Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes. It should leave a path on the back of a spoon and will read 170°F on a thermometer. Don’t let the mixture boil.
  • Remove the curd from the heat; stir in the lemon zest. Transfer the curd to a bowl. Press plastic wrap on the surface of the lemon curd to keep a skin from forming and chill the curd in the refrigerator. The curd will thicken further as it cools. Covered tightly, it will keep in the refrigerator for a week and in the freezer for 2 months.

For lime curd, substitute fresh lime juice and zest for lemon.


Rate or Review


  • kodiakid | 04/06/2017

    This was very easy to make and has a nice bright lemon flavor. I wish the egg taste was a little less pronounced, but that's personal preference--everyone else loves it. (anyone know if this could be made with maybe a third egg and not the two extra yolks?)Also, it only took 5 minutes to get thick and to 170 (actually closer to 180 bc I wasn't thinking about checking the temp so early). I'm using it on the FC Lemon Cheesecake Squares.

  • grandmajojo | 02/23/2017

    Definitely five stars or more. have never made lemon curd before but someone gave me several lemons so I decided to try this.Followed the instructions as written. The instructions were well written and spot on. Came out perfect and delicious. Not sure what to do with it but it sure is good. I could just sit and eat it with a spoon, and maybe some strawberries.

  • Alexag03 | 01/15/2017

    Best lemon curd recipe ever, as soon as the mixture is heated the curdled effect disappears. Good flavour, not too sweet. Try it with bergamot lemons, amazing!

  • Wendymac | 08/21/2016

    I have made two double batches using this recipe today. It is so much easier than using the double boiler method. It turned out silky smooth with no sieving needed. Excellent recipe. Thank you for sharing this. It is definitely going to be a regular!

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