Perfect Lemon Curd


Classic lemon curd that's wonderfully tart... Perfect with scones and tea.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

This homemade lemon curd recipe is sweet, tart, and silky smooth. The rich and creamy spread is full of bright flavor that's impossible to resist.

What Is Lemon Curd?

Lemon curd is a custard-like dessert spread or topping made with lemon juice and zest, sugar egg yolks, and butter.

How to Make Lemon Curd

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade lemon curd:

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, then cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and bubbles.

How to Use Lemon Curd

How do you use lemon curd? Let us count the ways! As a topping, lemon curd is the perfect complement for everything from scones and pancakes to cheesecake and ice cream. It also works well as a filling — consider using it in crepes, pastries, tarts, or in between cake layers. Of course, we wouldn't judge you if you ate it with a spoon.

How Long Does Lemon Curd Last?

If the homemade lemon curd is stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it should last for about one month.

Can You Freeze Lemon Curd?

Yes, lemon curd freezes quite well. Freeze the curd for up to one year. Thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours before you need to use it.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was the first time I've ever made a lemon curd, and it was spectacular," says doll. "I love lemon desserts, mind you, but this is so quick and requires minimal ingredients; it would be easy to whip together if you had unexpected guests. It's lovely cold or hot off the stove."

"I made this as a topping for a lemon meringue cheesecake," according to cherylhof. "It was pretty simple and was delicious. Very tart! I creamed the ingredients together before heating, and there were no issues with the eggs curdling."

"Yum yum yum," raves Alida. "My favorite way to eat this is on hot buttered toast or mixed with cream cheese for cake filling."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest


  1. Combine lemon juice, sugar, butter, eggs, and lemon zest in a 2-quart saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 39mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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