Introduction: Microwave Lemon Curd

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Lemon curd is a thick, creamy mixture of lemon juice and zest, sugar, eggs, and butter that can be spooned over ice cream, added to a tart or pie, or used in a fresh fruit trifle (delicious!). Though it's not that hard to make it on the stovetop, this microwave version means you're just five minutes away from lemony goodness.

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You'll Need. . .
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • zest of 4 lemons
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • A microwave
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Whisk
  • Zester, grater, or microplane
  • Measuring cup

How To
  1. Place butter in bowl and microwave for approximately 45 seconds (until melted)
  2. Wash lemons and zest them into the butter
  3. Juice lemons into measuring cup until you have 1 cup of juice, add to the butter and zest
  4. Add eggs and sugar to butter and lemon juice and mix to combine well
  5. Microwave on high for one minute
  6. Remove from microwave and whisk
  7. Repeat, microwaving for one minute at a time and whisking after each time until the mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon (depending on the microwave, this will take 3 to 5 minutes)
  8. Transfer to a storage container and keep refrigerated until ready to use (lasts approximately 2 weeks)


kerikins made it! (author)2015-07-25

I thought I wrote that I had made this quite awhile ago, but I must have forgotten...I did, and it was flippin' awesome! I LOVE LEMON everything, and lemon curd is expensive at the store. The lemon curd was very, very lemony. I think I added more than you needed thinking more is better, it mad my cheeks cringe every time I had some. Thankfully, I like that sensation. Brilliant recipe, worked like a charm.
The update, and the reason I am back looking for the recipe, I s I just moved and I have a lemon tree! My cat was stuck on my neighbors roof last night meowing up a storm at 1:30 in the was terrible. I think lemon curd in a lovely jar will hopefully help me to make up for the huge scene it caused. Hopefully. I pray. Wish me luck! At least I know the lemon curd will be awesome!

maka (author)2014-11-13

This is genius! I'm totally making some tomorrow. (Must buy lemons. I could use the bottled lemon juice in the fridge, but it seems like sacrilege to not use fresh juice in homemade lemon curd.)

anguevuberwald (author)2014-07-14

Made a half batch and its perfect!! And delicious!!!

Diaphane (author)2011-11-23

Going to try that RIGHT NOW. Will report later.

shesparticular (author)Diaphane2011-11-23

Awesome! Hope it works out wonderfully for you!

Diaphane (author)shesparticular2011-11-23

Success! Worked perfectly, 4 glasses of yellow deliciousness are cooling on the balcony.
I love Lemon curd! Unfortunately it is hard to get in Germany or very expensive.
Got a glass from a friends mum years ago (yummie) bought another glass in a store a while later (disappointing) and tried to make it myself another while later (didn`t work).
Now I can make it all the time. Thank you soooo much for this recipe! I'm so happy!! :D

dim20 (author)Diaphane2012-06-19

haha same story but not years before :D

shesparticular (author)Diaphane2012-02-17

Looks fantastic

SIRJAMES09 (author)2012-02-16

"yea tho I walk through Hell's Kitchen I shall fear no evil for I AM the meanest, the baddest & the BEST chef IN that kitchen." LOL

this wouldn't happen to be you now would it?? :D

I love this!! TY for sharing Ma'am!!

You're too nice :)

I just call it the way I see it. 8P

TY for the compliment.

mdog93 (author)2011-06-06

I'm sure the main use for lemon curd is to have it on toast...?

shesparticular (author)mdog932011-06-06

It can certainly be spread on toast as well - I've most frequently had it in trifles or tarts.

mdog93 (author)shesparticular2011-06-06

Oh right. That's just the primary use for it i knew of, certainly good for other things though

kitchentablescraps (author)2011-06-06

Cool! I never would have thought of microwaving lemon curd. Definitely giving this one a try!

Have you tried passion fruit curd? Same process but sub passion fruit for lemon juice. Amazing.

I haven't tried other fruits yet, but I suspect it would probably work well. I'm hoping to try vanilla custard soon as well.

mikeasaurus (author)2011-06-04

I'm often scared of the microwave zapping away my few remaining brain cells, but my primal love of all things lemon may make me overcome this fear.

Lemony-ice cream, here I come!

I usually don't like to microwave things either, but just the thought of only waiting 5 minutes to have lemon curd makes it worth it.

Hope you love it!

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