This easy Lemon Curd recipe is super simple to make and tastes delicious! A smooth lemon spread that also makes a great filling for cakes and cupcakes.
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5 from 16 votes

Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

This easy Lemon Curd recipe is super simple to make and tastes delicious! A smooth lemon spread that also makes a great filling for cakes and cupcakes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 822kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest finely grated
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and eggs.
  • Add the butter and cook over low heat, stirring continuously with a whisk, until the first bubble appears on the surface of the mixture and the curd is thick enough to hold marks of the whisk, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Strain the lemon curd through a fine-mesh strainer if you don't want the lemon zest in the curd. Transfer the hot lemon curd to a bowl or jar and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold, then take off the plastic wrap and replace with a lid.
  • The curd keeps fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

Notes

  1. If your lemon curd curdles, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve.
  2. I use a Microplane Zester to finely grate the lemon zest so I don't have to strain the curd after cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 822kcal