Lemon Curd

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 cups


  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (4 lemons)

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest (6 limes)

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened


  1. In a food processor, combine the sugar with the lemon zest and lime zest. Pulse 10 times until the sugar becomes light green.

  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs with the egg yolks, citrus sugar and orange and lime juices. Set the bowl over but not in a pan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter, a few pieces at a time, until fully incorporated. Press the curd through a fine strainer set over a small bowl to remove any zest or scrambled egg. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the curd and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Make Ahead

The lemon curd can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.

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