The Very Best Lemon Curd Recipe

Desserts | May 8, 2010 | By

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon curd has to be my all time favorite dessert.  I spread it on toast or scones in the morning, and lately I’ve been eating it by the spoonful after dinner as a dessert.  The only thing that use to bother me about lemon curd is sometimes I would get a distinctive “eggy” flavor from the curd.  After reading an article in Cook’s Illustrated I learned that it’s the egg white that adds the sulfur-like flavor, so removing it would eliminate the bad taste.  Immediately I decided to alter my favorite lemon curd recipe and low and behold, the very best lemon curd recipe is born!

Best Lemon Curd Recipe

This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa.


  • 3 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 extra-large egg yolks, egg whites removed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


Using a carrot peeler, remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.

Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.


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    May 8, 2010

    I love lemon curd! This looks perfect enough to eat by the spoonful.

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    May 9, 2010

    I bet homemade lemon curd is wonderful! I love almost anything that Ina Garten makes.

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    May 9, 2010

    Thanks everyone! I hardly can believe how good this turned out.

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    Sippity Sup
    May 9, 2010

    I have always wondered what the difference between lemon curd and lemon sabayon was. Id there even a difference? From the recipe, I guess not. This recipe goes in the files. GREG

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    verO de delimOOn
    May 9, 2010

    This recipe is perfect for me. I'm also a lemon curd lover.
    I'm discovering your so nice blog. Everything is great, especially the photos.
    I noticed you are a digital photo professor. It's what I need just at this time.
    I come from Switzerland and here these kind of lessons are rare and of bad quality.

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    Su-sieee! Mac
    May 10, 2010

    I've hit a jackpot with your post! I've just begun searching for lemon recipes and look you've given me this one to try out. And, now I see your links for more lemon recipes. Whoo-hoo! Thank you!

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    allison lemons
    May 10, 2010

    Seriously, is there anything better than lemon curd? Maybe lime curd. Or lemon curd in cookies or pies. But I agree, I can't get enough of it.

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    May 10, 2010

    Thanks everyone!

    This jar is almost gone…I've literally been shoving spoonfuls into my mouth!

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    bed frames
    May 26, 2010

    Looks lovely! It has been a while since I made some for my kids. They love lemon curd.

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    Jean at The Delightful Repast
    June 8, 2010

    Love the photo, the close-up of the curd on the spoon. Lemon curd is always on my tea table, it's a must! This is similar to the recipe I devised long ago and always use, except I sometimes use a few whole eggs along with extra egg yolks. Too much egg white in a curd is not a good thing. When I get around to posting my lemon curd, I'll need to take a photo and YOUR photo will be my shining example!

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    July 26, 2010

    I make my own Greek yogurt. And I love anything lemon. I make the lemon curd and put a dollop into my yogurt. So good!

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    November 29, 2010

    I'd really like to try this recipe…once made, how long will the jar of lemon curd keep?

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    Viagra Canada
    December 14, 2011

    ummmm I love the lemon because it has to much vitamins and I can make many things with

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    December 24, 2011

    Thank you for sharing… I was looking for an delicious and easy lemon curd recipe to make for trifle that I will be bringing to Christmas lunch. Thank you for your recipe! I'll let you know my trifle turns out.

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    March 17, 2012

    Also your photography is amazing!

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    March 16, 2013

    This is without a doubt, the best lemon curd ever! I made this and the original Ina Garten recipe at the same time. This won…hands down. Ina's would not set up!Took forever and consistancy was terrible. Your adaptation was a joy to make and eat! Thank you!

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