Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Easy Tangy Lemon Curd

This recipe for easy tangy lemon curd, made with fresh lemons, is not too sweet, extra lemony and has a creamy texture. It can be used in pies or tarts, as a spread, or any other recipe that calls for lemon curd.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Desserts, Sauces and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Deanna


  • 1/2 Cup Butter salted
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon zest
  • 3/4 Cup Lemon juice approximatly 5 lemons
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 Egg yolks


  • Zest one of the lemons to equal approximatly 1 tablespoon of zest, then juice enough lemons to equal 3/4 cup of juice. (approximatly 5 large lemons)
  • Add the butter, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to a medium pot. Heat on medium heat until buttr is melted and sugar is dissolved.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk the 3 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. Then pour the lemon mixture into the eggs in a steady stream while whisking.
  • When all of the lemon mixutre has been added the eggs, return to the pot and heat on meduim heat. Heat while stirring until the lemon curd has thickened. It will be ready when it feels thick and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and pour into heat safe jars or containers. If using jars, it is recommended to preheat them with some hot water to avoid cracking.
  • Allow the curd to cool, then place the lids on the containers and move the curd to the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before using to allow the curd to fully set.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg