Homemade Lemon Curd

Homemade Lemon Curd

Course brunch, Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade-lemon-curd, lemon-curd-recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 medium lemons finely zested with a microplane
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened (1 stick)
  • 4 large eggs plus one egg yolk (Room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice


  • In a medium-size mixing bowl mix together the sugar and lemon zest until fully combined.
  • Use a whisk or electric mixer on low speed to cream the butter with the lemon sugar.
  • Add the whole eggs and yolk one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Add the lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Pour into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until thickened to a pudding consistency about 10-12 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Adjust the temp down, if needed.
  • Cool then store chilled in a mason jar or air tight container for up to 1 week.


For a completely smooth lemon curd strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove lemon zest.