Homemade Lemon Curd

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Homemade Lemon Curd | firsttimefoods.com

This is the edible holiday gift I made this year for family, friends, and co-workers–homemade lemon curd! It was such an easy recipe (only 4 ingredients!), but it does take about 15 minutes of active time to make. This is the first time I’ve made lemon curd, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was. If you’re reading this post, you should give it a try!

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Before I was really into cooking, the sound of ‘lemon curd’ would not be appealing to me. I can’t remember the first time I tried it, but I am really glad I did, because the stuff is amazingly delicious. It’s perfect on scones, pancakes, as the filling for macarons, and on a host of other baked goods, or ice cream. Perfect for me, since I loved baked goods, and ice cream. 🙂

Homemade Lemon Curd | firsttimefoods.com

Homemade Lemon Curd | firsttimefoods.com

Homemade Lemon Curd


Homemade lemon curd is a great DIY, edible holiday gift that most will love. Fifteen minutes to make and only 4 ingredients!

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 cups


  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, approximately 1 minute on medium (’5′) power. Let the butter cool for another minute.
  2. In a very large microwave-safe bowl (I used the ceramic bowl from my slow-cooker), whisk together the butter and the 2 eggs until well-combined.
  3. Add in the lemon juice and the sugar and whisk until fully combined.
  4. Microwave the ingredients in 1-minute segments on full power. Remove the bowl from the oven and stir to combine after each minute. Cooking time will vary by microwave (anywhere from 4-12 minutes), but the curd will be done when it starts to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. It will start to ‘mound’ in the middle of the bowl, as well.
  5. Spoon it into a storage container (or if giving as gifts, into each individual container) and refrigerate until firm, or overnight.
  6. Keep refrigerated. Curd will last up to 3 weeks, or longer in the freezer.

4 Responses

  1. Jesica
    | Reply

    Awesome recipe. I love lemon curd… it’s the perfect combo of sweet tangy.
    Here is a another version of easy lemon curd recipe I often make.

    Cheers jess

  2. K-Tay
    | Reply

    I tried mine on my toast this morning and loved it!! yum yum

    • rlk
      | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it, K-Tay!

  3. Christine Chen
    | Reply

    Hi R!
    Dropping by because I remember you had a killer and super easy lemon curd recipe. The lemon curd will go in an earl grey cake this weekend. Miss seeing you guys!

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