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Meyer Lemon Curd

Make this Meyer lemon curd recipe and you will never buy store-bought again!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 209kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous



  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice (2-3 lemons depending on the size)
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes


  • Whisk the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and eggs in a pan on the stove. Cook over low heat (so you don't cook the eggs!), whisking constantly until thickened. Once the mixture has started to thicken, add the butter pieces a few at a time, whisking constantly until melted in.
    adding butter to lemon curd
  • Keep whisking until the curd is smooth and thick and coats the back of a spoon with no movement. Remove from the heat immediately.
    lemon curd when done on stove
  • Strain the lemon curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. If you did get any cooked egg pieces these will strain out so don't worry.
    lemon curd through mesh sieve
  • Place plastic wrap directly on the top of the lemon curd so a film doesn't form on top. Chill the curd in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and it will last for up to a month.
    lemon curd with plastic wrap for chilling



  • Lemon curd can be frozen for up to 3-6 months. Once you are ready to use it, remove it from the freezer and allow the curd to thaw in the fridge overnight. 
  • If you do use regular lemons, adding a splash of orange juice may help balance the tartness and give you a closer taste to Meyer lemon juice.


Serving: 4tbsp | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.7g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 13.7g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 18.7g | Calcium: 15mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.