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Bowl of homemade lemon curd.
Lemon Curd
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Homemade lemon curd

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon curd, lemon desserts, lemon recipes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 738 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1/4 cup butter Sliced into chunks
  1. In a metal bowl or in the top of a double boiler, combine all eggs, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

  2. Place bowl over pan with a few inches of water. Do not let bottom of pan touch water. 

  3. Turn heat to high, add butter slices and begin stirring with a whisk. Continue stirring to avoid burning. 

  4. Cook until mixture becomes thick and coats the back of a spoon.

  5. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a very fine sieve. Use a spatula to push mixture through sieve.

  6. Let cool a few minutes. Cover with plastic wrap making certain plastic wrap is directly touching the lemon curd. This helps avoid a skin forming on the surface.

  7. Cool in refrigerator for a least 2 hours. 

Recipe Notes

Can be made without a double boiler. Use a lower heat to help avoid scorching.

Once cooled, curd can be frozen and used later.


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving (16 tablespoon)
Calories 738 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 32g200%
Cholesterol 520mg173%
Sodium 427mg19%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1935IU39%
Vitamin C 38.7mg47%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.