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Lemon Curd Recipe (Sugar or Sugar Free)

Why buy lemon curd when you can make it right at home? Learn how to make this lemon curd recipe that makes a great cheesecake topping/filling
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Cups about


  • 12 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Lemon Curd Recipe or sugar
  • 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • Zest From 1 Lemon


  • In a small saucepan on low heat melt butter.
  • Remove pot from heat then whisk in the Splednd (or sugar). Add in the lemon zest and juice.
  • When sweetener is fully dissolved, whisk in the egg yolks.
  • Return the pot to low heat. Be sure to whisk continually.
  • When the curd starts to thicken remove it from the heat. You can strain at this point into a small bowl if you like. I just normally just pour it into a bowl as I don’t normally find any lumps or anything.
  • Allow it to cool to room temperature. Then cover the bowl and store it in the refrigerator.
Keyword lemon curd, lemon dessert, cheesecake topping, cheesecake filling, cake filling