10-Minute Lemon Curd Recipe: This 4-Ingredient Lemon Curd Is Tart & Creamy by Donna John

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10-Minute Lemon Curd Recipe: This 4-Ingredient Lemon Curd Is Tart & Creamy

Tart and creamy, this lemon curd recipe is perfect on toast, as a pie filling or cheesecake topping and takes this limoncello tiramisu recipe over the top. You could even dip pound cake squares, pretzels, cookies or fruit in it.

The easy lemon recipe takes just minutes to make, with just four simple ingredients: fresh lemon juice, granulated sugar, eggs and butter. The ingredients simmer gently on the stovetop until thick. The lemony mixture should be able to coat the back of a spoon. Pour the lemon curd through a mesh strainer and then cool. Be sure to cover with plastic wrap when you refrigerator so it doesn't form a skin on top. 

You can make key lime curd by substituting key lime juice for the lemon juice. Sounds delicious, right? The creamy, tart lemon curd makes a great gift for friends and family. Be sure to print out the recipe to attach to the jar. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, cut into pieces

Hereโ€™s how to make it:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepot.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bowl (this is optional). Cool.
  4. When cool, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Elisa Schmitz
Sounds easy (and so delish), Donna John!
Donna John
It's great on cheesecake! I'll make mini cheesecakes and serve them with salted caramel, lemon curd and a fresh fruit.
Julie Rose
So yummy ๐Ÿ˜
Noreen Braman
wow, looks so easy! Looks like my weekend experiment
Donna John
It's delicious, Noreen Braman , and so easy to make. I've used it as a cheesecake topping, dipped vanilla wafers in it and for Father's Day I made it for my limoncello tiramisu. So good. food: Easy Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe Is Creamy, Lemony, Lush & Light
Hi Donna John! I'm wondering if you cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or press the wrap directly on top of the curd, to preclude any air whatsoever from reaching it (thus allowing the dreaded skin to form)?
Thanks, and Happy Easter to you and yours!
Donna John
Yes, I always press the plastic wrap directly onto the curd to prevent a skin.

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