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Rich Meyer Lemon Curd Topping

I always get excited for citrus season and making this rich Meyer lemon curd topping with sweet Meyer lemons. Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than regular lemons and have a darker rind. They are a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. Even though they’ve been around for over 100 years, they are becoming more and more popular, so you’ve probably seen them at your local market. Check Costco and Walmart for inexpensive Meyer lemons and stock up. They go quickly.

Rich Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe

I save Meyer lemons for special recipes. (I’m not squeezing them into my water.) Lemon curd is a great way to enjoy the unique flavor of Meyer lemons. Lemon curd is a favorite around our house. We usually have a jar in the fridge to spread on toast or a scone.  I’ve included other uses below, including my favorite–on a spoon.

Rich Meyer Lemon Curd Topping

Rich Meyer Lemon Curd

Rich Meyer Lemon Curd Dessert Topping

This is a really rich, buttery lemon curd.  If you want to, cut back on the butter by 4 tablespoons for a lighter lemon curd, or use 2 additional whole eggs instead of the 4 egg yolks.

Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe

Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe


1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (regular lemon juice is fine)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 16 Tbsp.) COLD unsalted butter, diced


In a 3 quart stainless steel or other non-reactive pan, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, zest and salt until thick and light in color. Whisk in the lemon juice a little at a time.

Cook over medium high heat, being careful not to let it boil, until thickened. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Whisk the cold butter, a few pieces at a time, into the lemon curd, waiting until each piece has melted and been incorporated before adding more.  Whisk a few times more at the end to make sure all butter has been incorporated.

Use as desired.  Store in an airtight container or jar. Keeps about 1 week.

Yields 4 cups.

How to Use Your Lemon Curd:


  1. Do you think this would freeze well? I would love to have a stash of lemon curd in my freezer!

  2. Oh Lindsey! I needed this three weeks ago. I gave lemon curd as Christmas gifts to my neighbors this year. I’m sure your recipe is better. I’ll have to get Meyer lemons next time. Thanks for all the suggested uses, too.

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