Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd Recipe (1)

One of the best ways to enjoy the pure, unadulterated flavour of juicy, ripe lemons is to whip up a batch of homemade lemon curd. Whether in a tart or cake, or simply spread on a slice of sourdough toast, lemon curd will add a touch of sun to your food.

A versatile spread, homemade lemon curd is surprisingly quick to make, taking around half an hour from start to finish. It may seem indulgent at first glance, but even the smallest quantities will add flavour to your food. This powerful characteristic therefore makes lemon curd a surprisingly frugal ingredient. Oh, and it lasts very well in the fridge too.

When zesting your lemons, make sure you remove only the zest and none of the pith. The pith it where all the bitterness of the lemon lies, something you certainly don’t want to include in your lemon curd.

The same goes for the layer of wax generally applied to lemons to preserve their shelf life. While the was is edible it’s not something I really recommend incorporating. Try to find unwaxed lemons, or simply remove it yourself by giving the fruit a good, hard rub.

How To Make Lemon Curd (1)

Lemon Curd

Makes 2 Jam Jars


  • 4 unwaxed lemons, zest and juice

  • 170g caster sugar

  • 100g salted butter

  • 4 eggs


  1. Set a large heatproof bowl over a pan of gently boiling water. Tip in the zest, juice, sugar and butter.

  2. Whisk together 3 of the eggs plus one egg yolk, setting the spare egg white aside for use in a meringue (or similar).

  3. Add the eggs to the melted butter mixture and whisk until fully combined. Leave the curd to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it generously coats the back of a spoon.

  4. Remove the curd from the boiling pan and set aside to cool, stirring intermittently. Spoon the finished curd into sterilised jars. The curd will keep for at least a month.

Lemon Curd Recipe (2) How To Make Lemon Curd (2)

Cost: Now is the season for jolly nice lemons and you should be able to pick the requisite number up for £1. Add in the cost of the eggs, sugar and butter and what you’ve got is two jars of lemon curd for £2.50.

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36 comments on “Lemon Curd

  1. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    March 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I LOVE lemon curd. So so much!

  2. LisaQuaschnick
    March 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Oh, Frugal Feeder, why do you entice me so, with a jar filled with sunshine! I am a sucker for anything lemon. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Haha – me too. Curd is the pinnacle of lemon eating too. Except perhaps lemonade…

  3. cityhippyfarmgirl
    March 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    lemon curd is sooo delicious isn’t it.

  4. Bunny
    March 22, 2014 at 12:07 am

    What size of lemons?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Lemon sized lemons? It doesn’t really matter that much. Just make sure it becomes thick enough and you’ll be fine.

  5. Teresa
    March 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    It’s a dangerous thing to know how easy it is to make lemon curd, isn’t it? Yours looks perfect. Have you tried it with Meyer lemons? It’s a nice variation.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

      We don’t usually get meyer lemons over here. I’ll definitely pick some up when I see some!

  6. Chica Andaluza
    March 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I adore lemon curd and my tree is loaded down with lemons right now and a neighboru bought me round about 2 dozen free range eggs last night…so what am I waiting for?! Yours looks so beautiful.

  7. Karen
    March 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I love lemon curd and with farm fresh eggs I was just given, I know the curd will be delicious.

  8. emeraldwake
    March 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This is very talented Blog,i have a big pleasure to be here ,Take care,EM

  9. Korena in the Kitchen
    March 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Lemon curd is one of my favorite things. I recently branched out into orange curd but found it too sweet and not nearly tart enough. Back to the original!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Might work well with blood oranges… good idea…

  10. DellaCucinaPovera
    March 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

    This looks lovely. I always throw a dollop of this into greek yogurt with walnuts for breakfast. Kinda gross?
    But so good!

  11. daisy | daisysworld.net
    March 24, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Look at that lovely lemon curd! It’s my absolute favorite. I grow my own meyer lemons just to make lemon curd. Well done!!


    • frugalfeeding
      March 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you, Daisy – we don’t really get meyer lemons over here – I don’t think we do anyway!

  12. midihideaways
    March 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Beautifully photographed and written!!

  13. cookinginsens
    March 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Nice. I like lemon curd tarts.

  14. bloodfreak
    March 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you, Frugal!! Until this post, I thought lemon curd only came out of a can. I’m looking forward to making something dessert-y with this.

  15. Gillie
    March 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Clementine curd is a lovely alternative. The flavour is stronger than with regular oranges so it’s not quite so sweet. We make lime curd too, the colour is beautiful.

  16. Jody and Ken
    April 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve been playing around with lemon curd and blood orange curds in our Thermomix lately. LC is my downfall–I need to keep it in the fridge with the door closed. I like the juice/sugar proportion in yours–the recipe I used had almost double the sugar. I’ll give it a try. Thanks. Ken

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

      That would be far too sweet for my tastes. These quantities ensure a very tangy, well-balanced, flavourful curd.

  17. Katherine Minchin
    April 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you so much – I’ve just made some as a birthday present for my mum. I’m severely lacking in funds atm however I know mum will adore it.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

      I hope so! I make things like this for mum when I’m lacking too.

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