Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd

Get ready to delight in the refreshingly tart lemon flavor of lemon curd – right from your microwave! This easy recipe for Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd will have you coming back time and again for just “one more” spoonful!

Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd. Delight in the refreshingly tart lemon flavor of lemon curd - right from your microwave!  MomOnTimeout.com

I have been craving citrus lately.  I don’t know what it is, but it seems like every January I go on a lemon rampage that just can’t be stopped.  I think it’s my body’s way of telling me – ENOUGH WITH THE CHOCOLATE ALREADY TRISH!

I’m only too happy to oblige.

Especially when that means I get to indulge in something incredible like this homemade microwave lemon curd.  Yep. I totally just said microwave.

Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd. Delight in the refreshingly tart lemon flavor of lemon curd - right from your microwave!  MomOnTimeout.com

If you are a fan of lemons, chances are you’re a BIG fan of lemon curd.  I know I am!  Lemon curd is essentially wrapping up that tart, refreshing lemon flavor in a smooth, creamy package which makes it perfect for all sorts of recipes.  I love topping a vanilla Greek yogurt with a dollop of lemon curd, spreading it on a piece of toast or pound cake, and it makes the perfect filling for cakes and tarts.

Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd. Delight in the refreshingly tart lemon flavor of lemon curd - right from your microwave!  MomOnTimeout.com

Alright.  I might as well be honest here.  I also eat lemon curd by the spoonful.  Especially this kind. Cause I know just how easy it is to whip up another batch :)  Danger, people.  Danger.

Now I’m sure many of you will be skeptical.  I mean, lemon curd in the microwave? Sounds a little far-fetched, I admit. But try this once, just once, and I know you’ll be convinced.

Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd. Delight in the refreshingly tart lemon flavor of lemon curd - right from your microwave!  MomOnTimeout.com

The bright tangy flavor and cheerfully bold yellow color will have you smiling in no time.  Even on a cold, gloomy day in January.

Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd
Delicious Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd can be yours in just minutes!
Serves: 1 pint OR 2 cups
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • lemon zest from 3 lemons
  1. Melt butter in microwave, set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together sugar and eggs in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Whisk in lemon juice and zest.
  4. Finally whisk in the butter.
  5. Microwave on 50% power for one minute. Stir.
  6. Continue microwaving at 100% power in one minute intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. (The curd will thicken as it cools.)
  7. Strain curd through a fine-mesh sieve to remove zest.
  8. Pour curd into sterile jars and store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from here.

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  1. ENOUGH WITH THE CHOCOLATE ALREADY TRISH! <—– LOL!!! This looks fantastic Trish!! I totally have to make this. I see it on all sorts of things, and obviously by the spoonful. I mean. That's just common sense.
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  2. mmm . . . I LOVE microwave lemon curd and it sure sounds yummy right now.
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  3. Delicious!!! I just made it and it is sooo good! Hit the spot!

  4. Lemon and lime curds are my favorite, so this is really something that I will use! I had no idea it could be microwaved, Trish! :)
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  5. That looks awesome! I could probably eat that by the spoonful haha

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  6. Ok, that looks amazing! I would totally give up chocolate to have that too! Are you serving that on pound cake or lemon bread. Want to eat it now! Can’t wait to give this one a try Trish, especially because you just made my life easier by making it in the microwave! :) Pinning!

  7. Trish, this is absolute genius. I cannot believe lemon curd can be made in the microwave! Amazing… Pinning, and I can’t wait to try! :D
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  8. Yum, I love lemon curd! I can’t wait to make this. I’m stopping by from Link Party Palooza (#91 Black Bottom Cupcakes)
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  9. LOL! Enough already with the chocolate! How do I get that message to start in my brain?
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  10. So funny…I was in the store the other day toying with the idea of buying lemon curd for an upcoming tea post I’m working on. I thought that maybe I could find one online somewhere! EUREKA!! This looks wonderful!

  11. Anna Chavarria says:

    OMG! Just made this and it is heavenly! I was hesitant cause I was trying Meyer lemons but it came out outstanding!! Thank u for sharing this recipe! I can now make awesome things!! :D

  12. Lori in NC says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this! I use my great-grandmother’s recipe to make Lemon Curd, but only once a year (or less), because I can’t stand how long it takes in the double boiler. This could be life changing!

  13. You are a genius/master!! I love lemon curd! I lived in England for 3 months a while back and I would eat this stuff allllllll the time over there. I found a recipe to make it but it takes a couple of hours after all the clean up etc. I am excited to try this!!
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  14. YUM, YUM, YUM!!!! I love that this could be used in so many different, tasty ways!
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  15. Beth R. says:

    Iv been wanting to make filled doughnuts and as I love the lemon filled from the bakery this would be perfect to fill my own homemade doughnuts and so easy too…..YUM!!!!!!!

  16. Love lemon curd but have never made it, and like you I often crave lemony things. Thanks for this recipe and the luscious photos!
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  17. Raveesha says:

    Definitely trying it out, and I’m going to be using it with plain yogurt rather than buying a small 100ml of lemon curd yogurt for $3! Thanks Trish!

  18. How many intervals (including the 1min interval) do you normally do to get the cure to coat the back of a spoon?

  19. Hi! I want to make this, but I have one question. Do the eggs cook properly enough, or is there any danger that you are eating raw eggs? Can’t serve it to a pregnant friend if it’s raw :)

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