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Yolks Only Lemon Curd

Yolks Only Lemon Curd! I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make this versatile recipe. When it’s time to use up those extra egg yolks, this is what you’ll want to make!

a jar of lemon curd

Lemon curd is one of my favorite go-to ingredients for a wide variety of desserts.

Lemon and other fruit curds are great as a cupcake, tart or pie filling. They can be used as a filling for shortbread or to sandwich French Macarons. Lemon curd is traditional on a scone with clotted cream and is insanely decadent warmed up and poured over ice-cream.

Tips for making and storing Yolks Only Lemon Curd:

  • You can use this recipe to make Meyer Lemon Curd. Meyer lemons usually have more juice so make sure to measure the juice.
  • Always combine the sugar with the yolks before adding the lemon juice. If you add the juice to yolks without the sugar, the acidic juice will “cook” the yolks.
  • The zest has lemon oil which adds a full lemon flavor. After cooking the zest can be strained out since it has already added the flavor.
  • It’s not necessary to cook the curd on a double boiler. You can cook the curd directly on the stove as long as you keep the heat on medium-low and stir constantly to avoid burning.
  • When the curd is ready it should coat the spatula or spoon.
  • The curd will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator and can be frozen for several months.
  • The recipe can be adapted for other citrus fruits. See the notes section of the recipe card.

Try these other fruit Curd recipes:

Still got extra yolks? Check out this collection of recipes that use extra yolks for some more great ideas.

a bowl of ice cream with lemon curd topping

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a jar of lemon curd

Yolks Only Lemon Curd

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Lemon curd is an incredibly easy to make recipe that is unbelievably versatile in the kitchen. Make this when you've got extra egg yolks to use up.


  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz, 336g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks (3.25 oz, 91g)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120ml) lemon juice from about 3-4 lemons
  • Finely grated zest from all the lemons
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz, 56g) unsalted butter, cut into 1" chunks


  1. Thoroughly whisk together the sugar and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Add the lemon juice, zest and salt.
  2. Place the butter in a heat proof bowl. Put a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and keep it near the stove.
  3. Heat the yolk/juice mixture over medium low heat, stirring constantly. You must be sure to keep stirring across the entire bottom and corners of the pot so the custard does not have a chance to stick. The mixture will start out opaque with a fine white foam over the surface. As it heats up the curd will thicken, become more translucent and the foam will disappear.
  4. Cook until the curd will coat the back of a wooden spoon and just begins to boil. Don't allow it to come to a rolling boil. One or two bubbles is all you need to see.
  5. Immediately remove from the heat and pour through the sieve over the butter.
  6. Stir until the butter is melted and thoroughly incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and cool a bit before putting in the refrigerator.
  7. Refrigerate until completely cooled.


Meyer Lemon, Lime, Orange, Blood Orange, Pink Grapefruit,

  1. 1/2 cup of juice (about 2-3 meyer lemons, 3-4 limes, 2-3 oranges, 1 grapefruit)
  2. 1 1/4 cup (10 oz) granulated sugar
  3. Zest from the fruits

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Lilly Naveh

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Excellent recipe with clear instructions. Great use for extra egg yolks. Used less sugar as I like my curds on the tart side


Monday 15th of November 2021

Fabulous recipe but is it just me or are the grams off? If one cup of sugar is equal to 198 grams, meaning 1.5 cups of sugar would equal 297 grams rather than 336 grams?

I've seen this on other sites, so am wondering how these conversions are calculated.

Thank you.

Eileen Gray

Monday 15th of November 2021

I measure a cup of sugar as 8 oz (when I dip the cup and fill it with sugar I consistently get 8 oz). 8x28(conversion to grams)=224g. 12 oz x 28 =339g. Your estimate of 198 grams per cup of sugar assumes a 6.9 oz cup of sugar. I'm not sure where that measurement comes from but for my recipes you can always assume a cup of sugar is 8 oz.


Tuesday 26th of October 2021

I've just made this and it is delicious! Currently cooling in the fridge, but when warm it tastes amazingggggg!!

I did have to add an extra yolk because when I mixed my sugar and 6 yolks it was almost dry, but that's no big deal. :)

I love that it freezes well!

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Pro tip...pour the warm curd over vanilla ice cream!


Sunday 25th of July 2021

Hi from Australia - I made this lemon curd today and it turned out absolutely perfectly and delicious - thanks!


Monday 19th of April 2021

Just finished making this lemon curd waiting for it to cool to put in the fridge tastes lovely

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