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Lemon Curd in the Microwave

Making Lemon Curd in the Microwave is a quick way to turn lemons into lemon curd. The traditional ingredients of lemons, sugar, eggs and butter come together in three minutes with this easy microwave lemon curd recipe. Enjoy this luscious fruit spread!
Easy Lemon Curd in small mason jar with silver spoon

What is Lemon Curd?

Lemon curd is a bright and delicious way to perk up many desserts. It would be delicious as a filling between layers of cake, equally good on some fresh scones, or pretty and delicate in a tart shell and topped with freshly whipped cream.

The possibilities are endless and this easy lemon curd recipe, shared with me by my mother-in-law, comes together in less than 20 minutes while the microwave does most all of the work in a short three minutes.

By the way, if you don’t have a microwave, you can make this meyer lemon curd recipe  or this orange curd recipe on the stove top.

Let’s learn about how to make lemon curd in the microwave. Remember that all microwaves are slightly different in their power levels and how fast food cooks. Experiment to see what works best for you! If this is your first time making curd in the microwave, you’ll be happily surprised to see how quickly it comes together.

What ingredients are in microwave lemon curd?

  • lemons
  • eggs
  • butter
  • sugar

Can you make lemon curd in the microwave?

Yes, you can make this easy lemon curd in the microwave.

The key is to stir the mixture often. You’ll want to stir the curd every thirty seconds. Every microwave is different so if you find that your lemon curd is heating up too quickly (the eggs will look more like scrambled eggs), simply use 50% power on your microwave. You can strain out any cooked eggs from your lemon curd and the flavor isn’t affected at all. 

Slices of lemon on a marble countertop

How do you make easy lemon curd in the microwave?

  1. Zest and juice the lemons
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Cook in the microwave, stirring every thirty seconds.

Check out this video of making the recipe for Lemon Curd in the Microwave

Where is Lemon Curd popular?

Lemon curd is far more popular in Europe than it is here in America. My husband’s aunt first introduced me to lemon curd when we visited her in Ireland. She made a layered sponge cake with layers of lemon curd and raspberry. Simply heavenly! My mother-in-law continued to show me the ways of lemon curd on a trip to England where she topped pavlova with lemon curd, cream, and berries.

What recipes use lemon curd?

If you are wondering how to use lemon curd, look no farther than these lemon recipe ideas. Once you start baking with lemon curd you’ll come up with so many ways to use this citrus fruit butter spread!

Add a label to your jar of lemon curd!

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Yield: 2, 8 oz jars

Lemon Curd in the Microwave

lemon curd made in a microwave

Making Lemon Curd has never been so easy-- the microwave is a fantastic short cut!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 3 oz butter (¾ of stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large lemons or 5-6 smaller lemons
  • 3 beaten eggs at room temperature


Wash the lemons. Zest the lemons and then squeeze the juice. You should have about 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice and plenty of lemon zest.

Melt the butter in a glass bowl on high for 30 seconds. Stir until butter is smooth and completely melted.

Add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs. Stir together gently.

Cook in the microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the sugar has dissolved. You’ll know the sugar has dissolved when you can’t hear its grainy texture as you mix. I found a whisk worked well, a spoon or spatula would do the job as well.

Fill two, 8 oz jars and let the lemon curd cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Refrigerate for no more than a week to ten days.


If you find you lumps in your lemon curd after microwaving it, don't panic. The eggs just cooked too quickly. Simple strain the curd and continue to pour the smooth curd into the jars.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

This data was provided by Nutritionix and is to be considered an estimate only.

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This easy lemon curd recipe microwave was originally shared in January 2012; Updated February 2018.

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Leah Benamy

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Liked this recipe but found small pieces of egg white even though I whisked it well every 30 seconds. Maybe the bowl vs cup in the microwave is. Significant.

Holly Baker

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

My guess is that the bowl vs. cup isn't as significant but the power level of microwaves varies so much. No worries about the egg white-- just strain the mixture through a sieve before refrigerating and all should be fine. Thanks for your comment!

Eric - Prolong the Harvest

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

I love lemon curd on my pancakes. This recipe looks easy enough to make everyday. Thanks for posting!

Holly Baker

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

Lemon curd on pancakes sounds like a good idea! Crepes too.

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Wednesday 28th of February 2018

I just had lemon curd for the first time a few months ago. I forget what I bought it for! In any case, I'm not a fan of lemon in sweet things but I loved this! Now I can't wait to try your version. Thanks Holly!


Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Thanks! And thanks for sharing your great posts every week!

Kelley @

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

This looks delish! And sooo simple! Im putting all the ingredients down on my shopping list! I wonder if it would be good with strawberries? hmmm...