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Easy Stovetop Lemon Curd Recipe

Velvety sweet and tangy lemon curd is made easily on the stovetop in about ten minutes. This rich and vibrantly tasty dessert topping, filling, or spread is a delightful addition to baked recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, lemon curd, lemon spread
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 51cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $3


  • 3-quart saucepan
  • juicer
  • Zester
  • Whisk
  • Stovetop


  • 8 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs


  • Add the butter to your saucepan. Allow it to melt 75% of the way before adding the sugar. Start whisking to combine the two into a thick substance.
  • Then, add the lemon juice, and zest stirring continuously. Add each egg and whisk until fluffy, and then keep on whisking for the next 10 or so minutes. Do not increase the heat! You will notice the curd start to thicken until it reaches a spoon-able consistency.
  • Once it is thickened, remove the pan from the heat and allow the curd to sit for 10 minutes before transferring it into a heat-safe bowl. Cover the curd with plastic wrap (so it touches the curd) and place it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Once fully cooled, remove the plastic wrap and transfer the curd into lidded jars for storage.


Nutritional facts may vary and are meant to be a guide for a suggested 1 tablespoon serving size. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 51cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg