How To Make Lemon Curd

by Michelle on July 18, 2010 · 15 comments

in Dairy Free,Healthy Desserts,Meal

What I love about making food with whole foods is that you can make healthier alternatives of foods you can buy at the shops. Why bother you ask? Well because making these alternatives can be so easy, healthier, cheaper (and so much tastier) than their unhealthy counterparts.

Last week I made some decadent lemon curd sweetened with raw honey. It was so nice I HAD to share the recipe with you all! I like to make it really lemony so I use all the zest from the lemon and all the juice as well. My recipe also uses raw honey (or substitutions (see below)) and there is the option of making this dairy free by using coconut oil instead of butter.

Lemon Curd is really similar in a way to hollandaise sauce (but lemon curd is sweet, thicker and without the vinegar). That similarity is what inspired my recipe for the Sweet Breakfast Omelette (below). Other ways you could serve or use the lemon curd is on spelt banana pikelets.

(below), in a lemon meringue pie or just on a piece of toast!

The lemon curd was a great addition to these spelt banana pikelets.

Here I used the lemon curd as a spread in the omelette as well as a teaspoon on top of it.

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Lemon Curd

Makes: ~ ½ cup- 1 cup


  • 2 egg yolks*
  • 1 lemon**, juiced and zested (discarding rind and pips)
  • 2 T. (heaped) raw honey/rapadura sugar/ maple syrup
  • optional: 1 t. vanilla extract
  • ½ C. organic grass-fed (I used salted) butter or ghee or coconut oil (you can use less than this amount to give it a less thick consistency)

How to:

  1. Grate the zest of the lemon (I used a microplane) and juice the lemon (a  good way to juice a lemon is to hold it upright when squeezing it so pick out the pips easily).
  2. In a bowl beat together the egg yolks, lemon juice, zest, and raw honey (and vanilla if using) till thick.
  3. Place the bowl over a few cm of boiling water in a sauce pan. Keep whisking the mixture and turn the heat down to medium low and make sure the water does not touch the bowl (otherwise it will cook the eggs- not what you want). Keep whisking the mixture.
  4. As you whisk, add 1 tablespoon at a time until each is melted and the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. When it’s done, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer (discarding the lemon zest and any cooked parts of the egg) and pour into a hot sterilized jar. Add the lid and leave to cool, then place in the fridge to thicken.


*You can keep the egg white by freezing it in a ice cube tray and then moving it into a ziplock bag to store in the freezer.

**I used a large organic lemon as often lemons have a waxy coating which I’d prefer not to eat but use whatever is available to you [source].

Enjoy this decadent lemony goodness!


So now I have a question for you all: What kinds of food do you like to make at home (that could usually be bought from the store)?


Health Food Lover is Michelle Robson-Garth. Michelle is a degree-qualified Naturopath (BHSc) and Massage Therapist. She is also a passionate writer, recipe-creator and all-round foodie from Melbourne, Australia. © Copyright: 2009-2012 Michelle Robson-Garth. Please ask permission first when using any text or images on Read the disclaimer here. Have a look at the recipe index for more health food lovin’ recipes. Join the Facebook page & follow Health Food Lover on twitter.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

girlichef July 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Gorgeous, Michelle!! Lemon curd is calling my name…I totally need some. Your recipe sounds fabulous =)


Michelle July 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Thanks so much Girlichef!


Primal Toad July 19, 2010 at 1:41 am

This looks awesome Michelle!!!!!


Michelle July 19, 2010 at 1:53 am

Thanks so much Toad :)


alex@amoderatelife July 19, 2010 at 3:11 am

I think that we might need some genetic testing because we all LOVE the same things! I just finished some lemon curd and was going to buy more, but now I am totally going to make my own using your wonderful recipe! :) Thanks so much ‘chelle!


Michelle July 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

LOL! Yay for food we both love! Oh good! Oh I hope you like it! That’s okay Alex. And you can call me ‘Chelle or Shell if you like :). Thanks for visiting!


healy July 19, 2010 at 3:56 am

hi Ms.Michelle! Its been a month that I’ve been visiting your blog and I always as always found it great. Delicious is the right word to express, I love your recipes coz you know why?all of it is simple, cheap but healthy.


Michelle July 20, 2010 at 4:05 am

Hi Healy.
Oh I’m so glad you like my blog! And it’s great to have you as a reader. Thanks for stopping by.


Rosina July 19, 2010 at 4:44 am

Oh double yum! I haven’t made lemon curd in ages. I’m definitely going to have to give your recipe a try! You are very welcome for the link on my blog to. I am really enjoying reading yours :)


Michelle July 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

Thanks Rosina! Cool, let me know how it goes- I hope you love it! And thanks again for the mention!


offers King August 4, 2010 at 6:45 am

I love the taste of lemon and I have been wanting to make lemon curd for ages. However, butter and eggs was the reason that kept me from making it.


Michelle August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Why were butter and eggs keeping you from making it?


Sizzling Tandoor January 25, 2011 at 5:30 am

awesome and gorgeous recipe, i never tried this recipe in my life. Will try this weekend. :-)


nicola October 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Excellent site, excellent recipes. keep up the great work. one quick question, how long does the curd keep for in the fridge?x


Michelle October 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

Hi Nicola.
Thanks for commenting. I would say probably around a week or so. :)


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