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How To Make Lemon Curd

How To Make The Best Lemon Curd | The Kitchen Magpie

Do you know what I love about lemon curd?

The butter.

Oh sure, the lemon is mind-blowing too, but really, it’s the buttery mouth feel combined with the lemon flavour that gets me every…single..time.

Today I’ll show you how to make lemon curd. Lemon curd is thickened by cooking lemon juice, sugar and eggs together. Then you add in some butter. Let it melt. Then if you can stop eating it off the spoon, you cool it for a few hours to thicken it up.

It’s a beautiful thing.

It becomes a buttery, lemon bliss that you can put on scones, cake, in trifles or on toast.


How To Make Amazing Lemon Curd | The Kitchen Magpie

I could eat this by the spoonful, but I try to restrain myself and use it in trifles or better yet, bake up some decadent scones and then slather this gorgeous lemon delight all over them.

Oh, what a gorgeous treat this is for an afternoon tea!

How To Make Amazing Lemon Curd | The Kitchen Magpie

Now of course you see that I used salted butter in this and as usual I’m going to stress how a little bit of salt foils the sweet and turns this into an extraordinary lemon curd. You need that little zip of salt, trust me! So unless you are on a sodium reduced diet, please use the salted butter!

Also, I don’t use lemon zest. I like this as smooth as possible and if I can skip straining, then I will. You can add in a TBSP of lemon zest if you want!

Happy cooking everyone!

Love you more than lemons,



How To Make Amazing Lemon Curd

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 min


Ah lemon curd, God’s gift to lemon lovers everywhere! Use it on toast, scones or cakes, no matter what, you need a jar of this in your fridge all the time!


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter


  1. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for about two minutes, just like you do to make cookies.
  2. Slowly add the eggs then beat for one more minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.The mixture will look curdled, but it will smooth out as it cooks.
  3. Place the mixture in a medium sauce pan and cook over low heat until it’s smooth. Increase the heat to medium and cook, continuously stirring, until the mixture thickens. The mixture should stick to the spoon slightly.
  4. If there are any lumps, strain through a sieve.
  5. Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours, it will thicken up some more in the fridge. Keep in the fridge in a jar/jars.


  • Serving Size: 2cups

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.





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  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    August 23, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Omg!!!! Love love love lemon curd! Anyway to make it Bariactric friendly?

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    Holly Nicole
    August 23, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Omg!!!! Love love love lemon curd! Anyway to make it Bariactric friendly? \U0001f601\U0001f601\U0001f601\U0001f601

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    Michelle Kent
    August 22, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I LOVE Lemon Curd LOVE and I do make it all the time haven’t recently must remedy that

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    Cassandra Navratil
    August 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    How long does this last in the fridge, Karlynn?

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      August 22, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Up to one week!

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      Cassandra Navratil
      August 22, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Thank you!! 🙂

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    Sandra Duke
    June 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I’ve never made it but plan on doing it today! I’ll let you know how I get on 🙂

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    Kjesten Allardice
    June 19, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Yes I know how to make it but it’s far to dangerous.

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    July 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I love lemon curd!  I’ve never tried to make it before, but I do prefer to make things from scratch when possible.  I will definitely have to give this a try!  Then I’ll have my own fresh supply whenever I want!!

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    Camila Mulagulova
    July 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm


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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh lordy that sounds great!

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    Candice Gamez
    July 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Replace lemon curd for the chocolate on your S’mores and you have the most delicious S’mores with graham crackers and gooey roasted marshmallows. 🙂

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