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Lemon Meringue Pie

Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
Keyword classic-lemon-meringue-pie, lemon-meringue-pie
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 sevings
Calories 379kcal


  • 1 9 inch deep dish pie crust baked and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 large egg yolks reserve whites for meringue
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter cubed, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • Meringue:
  • 5 large egg whites reserved from eggs
  • ½ tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp clear vanilla extract optional
  • ⅓-1/2 cup granulated sugar adjust to your taste


  • In a medium-size heavy bottomed saucepan whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add water and lemon juice.
  • Cook whisking gently over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture has thickened.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks. Temper egg yolks by drizzling ¼ cup warm liquid into beaten yolks while constantly whisking.
  • Lower heat to medium. Whisking constantly gradually add tempered egg yolks to saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring with a spatula. The mixture should be thick. Remove from heat adding butter and zest. Mix until completely melted and fully blended.
  • Pour filling evenly into crust. Cover with plastic wrap while you prepare the meringue.
  • To make the meringue: (To expedite, you may choose to make the meringue first so that it's ready to go once you've cooked the filling.}
    Using an electric mixer using the whisk attachment, beat egg whites with cream of tarter and vanilla until foamy. Slowly add sugar while beating. Beat until all sugar has been added and stiff glossy peaks, this will take several minutes. (Tip: The slower you add the sugar will help it dissolve and prevent a gritty texture.)
  • Remove plastic from pie. Spread meringue on top taking it completely to the crust. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes until browned or broil for several minutes, turning for even browning. Don't walk away.
  • Chill for at least 4-6 hours before slicing.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg