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hoememade lemon curd in small glass jar with fresh lemon slices and spoon in jar square

Homemade Lemon Curd

Course: Condiment, Filling
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon curd
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 53kcal
This Homemade Lemon Curd is sweet and tart and so easy to make with just 4 ingredients! So much better than store bought lemon curd, you're going to want to slather this deliciousness on everything! Spread it on scones, top your favorite pound cake with it, or use it as a filling for cupcakes and cakes!
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  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice usually requires 1-2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest finely grated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Combine all ingredients in the top of a double boiler (or in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water).
  • Heat, while stirring (almost) constantly with a whisk, until mixture thickens. It is done when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat, cover and refrigerate until cool.
  • Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg