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Easy Microwave Lemon Curd

Microwave Lemon Curd is so easy and good, ready in 15 minutes with only 5 to 6 minutes of cooking time! The hardest part is waiting for it to chill before enjoying!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
chill time: 4 hours4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 16 mins
Course: Dessert, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, lemon curd, microwave
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice approximately 4 large lemons
  • 3 lemons zested
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter.
  • Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (Microwaves vary, so this could take anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes.)
  • Strain the curd through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any white egg bits and a smooth texture.
  • Pour into small sterile jar and place plastic wrap directly on warm curd (to prevent a film from forming), and chill 4 hours or until firm.
  • Store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.


  • When zesting any citrus, only used the colored part of the peel, not the pith (white part) underneath the peel which is bitter.
  • For an even smoother curd, combine the zest with the sugar in a food processor, and process until finely ground. Proceed with the recipe as directed.