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Microwave Lemon Curd

Refreshing microwave lemon curd is made with 4 simple ingredients. This one's a super quick lemon curd recipe that is ready under 5 minutes.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Yields about ¾ Cup
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Neha


  • 3 Tbsps Butter (salted, Softened to room temperature)
  • Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsps (40 ml) Lemon Juice (Room temperature)
  • 1 ½ tsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 Large Egg yolks (Room temperature)


  • Begin by whisking all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
    Homemade Lemon Curd made with egg yolks as opposed to egg whites.
  • Then cook the curd on full power in 1 minute increments. Stir after every minute.
    Sweet, tangy and easy lemon curd recipe made with simple ingredients.
  • After about 3-4 minutes (depending on the heat/power of your microwave) the curd will begin to thicken.
    Quick lemon curd made in microwave.
  • Cook till the curd coats the back of a metal spoon. The curd will thicken some more as it cools.
    Thick and creamy lemon curd in a bowl with whisk.


Flavor substitutions:
Try orange, grapefruit or even berries instead of lemon juice. They all taste great in their own ways!
Storage information:
  • Store lemon curd in a clean glass jar or container for up to a day at room temperature.
  • You may store curd in refrigerator for a week.
Push lemon curd through a fine sieve to make it creamy and smooth before it cools.
To insure Thick Lemon Curd:
Mix a tsp of cornstarch in 2 tsp of cold water. Add this to your ingredients, mix well and microwave till the curd thickens. No you won't taste any cornstarch in your lemon curd! 


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 79mg | Sugar: 17g