Lemon Curd


Zesty citrus fruits add extra bright and tangy flavor to any sweet treat.Try our best lemon curd recipe as part of any of your favorite citrus desserts (think: lemon bars or thumbprint cookies) or simply spread on a warm biscuit!

whisk in a pot of Lemon Curd
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 13 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 6 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 6 tablespoon water

  • 6 beaten egg yolks

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, cut up


  1. In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

  2. Stir half of the lemon mixture into the egg yolks. Return egg mixture to the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add butter pieces, stirring until melted. Cover surface of the curd with plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour or for up to 48 hours. Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 week or transfer to a freezer container and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator before serving. Makes 2 cups (sixteen 2-tablespoon servings).

Orange Curd:

Prepare as above, except decrease sugar to 3/4 cup, substitute orange peel for the lemon peel and 3/4 cup orange juice for the lemon juice and water. Makes about 1-1/2 cups (twelve 2-tablespoon servings).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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