Lemon Curd + Tips For Success

You know the person who sits in the corner scooping Nutella out of the jar by the finger full? Yeah, picture that scenario except replace the Nutella with Lemon Curd. Anything tart and sweet has our undivided attention. Jars don’t last too long around here and with a steep $7+ price tag, for a quality brand, we either had to invest in stock (we’ll leave that to Warren Buffet) or make our own. Once you’ve taken the steps to make your own Lemon Curd you’ll never go back to store-bought. Ever.

5 Tips For Making Lemon Curd:

  • Don’t be cheap. Invest in Meyer Lemons, quality butter and eggs. With so few ingredients, everything needs to shine.
  • Mix like you’re Sir Mix-A-Lot. Don’t ruin a batch cause you’re too busy rapping “Oh, My God Becky.”
  • Pump up the jam when blending the sugar and lemon rind. You’ll have big chunks of lemon rind in the final product if you don’t spend enough time pulsing!
  • If you’re making this for an event, make sure to prepare this the day before so it has enough time to cool properly.
  • Finally, need it be said you must use real lemon juice vs bottled juice?
Lemon Curd
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Lemon Curd + Tips For Success

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 4 Meyer Lemons Zest and Juice
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 8 oz Unsalted Butter Room Temperature
  • 4 Large or Extra Large Eggs
  • Kosher Salt Pinch


  • Remove the zest of 3 lemons using a vegetable peeler. Do not cut into the white pith!
  • Squeeze the juice out of the fruit (you'll need 1/2 cup) and set aside.
  • Add the sugar and zest to the food processor and pulse until the zest is finely minced.
  • In a medium size bowl, cream the butter.
  • Add in the sugar and lemon mixture and beat until combined.
  • Add 1 egg at a time, making sure to fully incorporate it into the mixture before adding the next egg.
  • Add the lemon juice and salt and mix.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until the mixture has thickened (approximately 10 minutes). Make sure to stir constantly to avoid scorching.
  • Remove the lemon curd for the heat when it hits 170 degrees (right under simmering).
  • Pour the mixture into a glass jar (we like Mason jars) and refrigerate overnight.


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