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Lemon Curd in a jar with a spoon and some lemons around.
Lemon Curd
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins
Lemon curd is a critical component of lemon meringue tart, but it's also delicious with a freshly baked scone or swirled into a bowl of yogurt.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 12 Makes 1-½ cups
Calories: 162 kcal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cups sugar
  • ¾ cup lemon juice about 5 lemons
  • pinch salt
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 6 tablespoons butter unsalted, sliced
  1. Combine the eggs, egg yolk, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk together.
  2. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a spatula, until the curd has thickened and has reached 175°F – about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and butter, a little at a time.
  4. Use the curd right away for lemon meringue tart or cool to thicken and serve with scones or yogurt.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving (2 Tbsp)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.