Easy Lemon Curd

Easy Lemon Curd in a glass jar with a spoon in the jar and cracked egg shell, butter cubes and a tea towel in the background after making easy lemon curd

Lemon curd is a super quick and easy recipe to prepare and it’s delicious!. Butter, sugar, lemon juice, egg yolks, lemon zest,  simply mixed and heated ….Voila! Instant sunny happiness.

Dollop on fresh bread, sandwiching cakes, tarts, cupcakes, muffins, crumpets, waffles or cookies. . Try mixing with thick Greek yogurt and serving with thin almond biscuits or crumbled amaretti biscuits for a super quick and delicious dessert.

We love to whip up jars of this sunshine for family and friends as it always brings a look of joy and anticipation for its sweet and tangy flavours, ready to be indulged.

Quick test to see if curd is ready for cooling

Once you have finished whisking  the butter into the mixture, dip a spoon into the curd and run your finger through the curd. It should leave a clean line. Curd is then ready to refrigerate and cool down.



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Whatever you call it curd, butter or  spread, it’s always delicious. What’s your favourite way to enjoy lemon curd?

We would love to hear from you in the comments below when you make this lip puckering easy lemon curd.


Easy Lemon Curd

  • Author: Recipe Winners
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 1/2 cups


Lemon curd is super quick and easy to prepare. Butter, sugar, lemon juice, egg yolks and lemon zest simply mixed and heated….Voila! Instant sunny happiness.


  • 125 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 large whole eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 level teaspoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 100 grams (4 ounces) butter, chopped into small cubes
  • 200 grams (7.5 ouncessugar


  • Add juice, sugar, eggs and cornstarch (cornflour) to a small heavy based pot
  • Whisk over medium heat till sugar dissolves – approx 2-3 minutes
  • Whisk until small bubbles appear on surface (do not boil) and immediately remove from heat and whisk in zest and butter till melted
  • At this point ( see above photo) with a spoon give the curd a quick stir and then immediately trace a line across the back of the spoon with your finger tip. If the line remains visible the curd is ready, if it doesn’t, continue to stir over low heat for a minute or so longer
  • Pour into a bowl, allow to cool then cover with clingfilm and refrigerate until set (approx 4 hours)


  • store in the fridge for up to a week
  • you can substitute the lemon juice for lime, orange or grapefruit juice
  • Category: cakes and desserts, preserves
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: English

Keywords: easy lemon curd

Coops exploring the garden by our prolific lemon tree! This tree is magical. It produces lemons absolutely all year round. Sadly we don’t know what variety it is as everyone comments and wants to plant one.

cooper by the lemon tree as a baby

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  1. Avatar Carmel Grant says:

    Wanting to make this curd. How much sugar?

    1. Avatar Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Carmel, so much for proof reading! The recipe should read 200 gm or 7.5oz. Sorry for the omission. Would love to hear what you think of the curd. Jo and Jen

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