Make your own thick, tangy lemon curd in minutes with this Easy Microwave Lemon Curd recipe. Perfect for tarts, spread on biscuits, or dollop on cheesecake.
You know what they always say – When life hands you lemons, make this Easy Microwave Lemon Curd. Okay, I might be paraphrasing that a little, but that’s what the saying should be.
Homemade Lemon Curd is so easy to make, especially when you use the microwave. If you don’t want to use the microwave, you could go ahead and cook this up on the stove top over medium heat, just keep whisking it until it thickens before straining it like the original recipe.
What can you do with lemon curd? You could smear it on toast, bagels, or scones. Dollop it on ice cream, pancakes, or waffles. Mix it into milkshakes, yogurt, or whipped cream. It’s pretty versatile, and I’m sure a jar of this wouldn’t last long in your fridge.
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup to 1 1/4 cup (200 to 250 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (250 ml) fresh squeezed lemon juice (4-5 lemons)
- zest of 3 medium lemons (about 2 tablespoons, 30 ml)
- 1/4 cup (125 ml) unsalted room temperature butter, cut into cubes
- In a large microwave safe bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, egg, and sugar until light yellow colour.
- Pour in the lemon juice and zest, and whisk until well blended.
- Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute.
- Whisk, and microwave for another minute at 100% power, whisking again. Repeat this 1 minute cycle of whisking, and microwaving until the mixture is boiling. It will also thicken and coat the back of a spoon (when you dip a spoon into the curd, run your finger along the back of the spoon. The cleaned line should stay, and the curd should not fill it in right away).
- Place a wire strainer over a heat proof bowl. Pour the curd through the strainer, removing the lemon zest and any lumps that may have formed.
- Stir in the butter, one cube at a time, until it is all melted and mixed in.
- Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the lemon curd, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight, before using. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Be sure to zest your lemons before you juice them!
To get the most juice from your lemons, heat them in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, then using the palm of your hand, push them down while rolling them along the counter before slicing it in half and squeezing the juice from it.
What would you do with a jar of lemon curd?
Some items that would make preparing this lemon curd even easier:
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