How to Make Homemade Lemon Curd


Lemon curd goes great on EVERYTHING. Scones, biscuits, toast, cupcakes, donuts, everythingggg. You’ll want to make a lemon curd batch to give to friends and family!

Top all the things with this deliciously thick and creamy lemon curd! Lemon curd is the easiest thing to make!

We just got back from Iceland on Saturday and what an incredible country. I cannot wait to share with you all everything we did. I hoped you guys were able to follow along on Snapchat and Instagram, though! I’m going to be blogging about how we spent our five days in Iceland and our entire itinerary! Iceland is a place you need to add to your bucket list. It’s a stunner!

We are both now sick as dogs, though. I ended up coming down with a sore throat, fever, and cough the second to last day we were there and traveling like that was MISERABLE. My fever broke on Saturday night but I sort of lost my voice (I sound like I smoke 20 packs a day) and of course now Jason caught what I have. I hope it’s not an endless cycle and we both get better soon. It’s no fun to be sick in the summertime!

Speaking of which..let’s talk about temperature/climate change like woah. Iceland was like 50’s and barely in the mid 60’s and DC is like walking into a tropical rainforest and suffocating. Haha, it’s CRAZY how humid it is here!!

Top all the things with this deliciously thick and creamy lemon curd! Lemon curd is the easiest thing to make!

You guys. This lemon curd (okay, every time I try to type curd, I end up typing crud..which this lemon curd is DEFINITELY not) is so unbelievably good. You need to love lemons to love this recipe because well, it’s SUPER lemony. It’s packed full of lemon flavor and it’s ultra thick and creamy. I literally ate this by the spoonful when this was done.

I didn’t realize lemon curd was that easy to make either! It’s a keeper :)

Top all the things with this deliciously thick and creamy lemon curd! Lemon curd is the easiest thing to make!

How to Make Homemade Lemon Curd
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Top all the things with this deliciously thick and creamy lemon curd! Lemon curd is the easiest thing to make!

Servings: 2 1/5 Liter Glass Weck Jars
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  1. Place the egg yolks into a heat-proof bowl and beat vigorously for 1 minute. Add sugar and beat for another minute. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to incorporate.
  2. Place bowl over a pot of simmering water, making sure that the bowl isn't touching the water. Cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens. This can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Once mixture has thickened, stir in the butter one piece at a time, stirrig until each piece is nearly completely melted before adding another one.
  4. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a storage container or another bowl. Let cool for a bit (30-45 minutes) then press plastic wrap onto the top of the lemon curd to make sure there is no 'skin' that develops. Put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  5. This will keep in the fridge for 7-10 days.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman



Posted on June 06, 2016

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  1. 06/06/2016 at 9:27 am

    Lemon curd does go with everything, its so delicious!

  2. 06/06/2016 at 10:51 am

    yep, i’m a huge lemon curd fan! and I can’t wait to see all those photos and read all about Iceland

  3. 06/06/2016 at 10:53 am

    Lemon curd is the best and this looks amazing!

  4. 06/06/2016 at 12:35 pm

    Certainly a recipe I need this time of year! Love the bright flavor of Lemon Curd!

  5. 06/06/2016 at 3:32 pm

    LOVE lemon curd! It really does go on everything. Can’t wait to hear about your Iceland trip!!

  6. 06/07/2016 at 11:33 am

    So sorry you are sick- but boy did that trip look great! And so does this curd! If I can only figure out how to make it without eggs!

  7. Colleen
    06/07/2016 at 12:31 pm

    The last time I traveled I took a packet of antibacterial wipes and wiped down EVERYTHING on the plane in my immediate vicinity (tray table, arm rests and the air blower nozzle). Neither my husband or I got sick. I know other people who do this all the time and say it works! :-) The lemon curd looks awesome.

    • Julie
      06/08/2016 at 9:50 am

      I usually do but I didn’t this time – lesson learned! Haha :)

  8. 06/07/2016 at 12:47 pm

    Can I use meyer lemons with this recipe?

    • Julie
      06/08/2016 at 9:48 am

      Yes! That would be delicious :)

  9. Bree
    06/08/2016 at 11:17 am

    Oh thank you so for this! I love love love ANYTHING lemon! And curd? Oh my! Definitely trying this on Saturday! Feel better!!!

    • Julie
      06/09/2016 at 7:39 am

      Thank you!

  10. Lady A. Janet
    06/09/2016 at 3:24 am

    This looks sumptuous and fascinating. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I can’t wait to try it out with my friends over here. Brilliant post, kudos!!!

    • Julie
      06/09/2016 at 7:37 am

      I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
    06/11/2016 at 10:31 pm

    Ugh traveling while sick is the absolute worst!! Iceland is on my bucket list, cannot wait to see your post on it. A good lemon curd recipe is perfect to have, so versatile.

  12. Angeline Kueh
    09/27/2016 at 3:27 am

    Dear Julie,

    Can I know what is the measurement for 12 tbsp of unsalted butter in gram.

    Thank q.

    • Julie
      09/27/2016 at 6:58 am

      According to Google, I think it’s 165 grams.

      • Angeline Kueh
        09/28/2016 at 8:33 am

        noted and thank q Julie for your prompt reply.

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