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Photograph of lemon curd in a glass jar set on a marble table.

Naturally Sweetened Homemade Lemon Curd

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ⅓ cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make homemade lemon curd with this step-by-step tutorial. Naturally sweetened with honey, this foolproof recipe creates the best homemade lemon curd every time!


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup minced lemon zest
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 lemons)
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


Whisk yolks, egg, honey, zest, juice, and a pinch of salt in medium saucepan until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with whisk or rubber spatula, until mixture thickens slightly and registers 165°F, about 8 minutes.

Off heat, whisk in chilled butter until melted. Strain lemon curd through fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; gently stir in cream.


To use regular sugar instead of honey:

  • Use ¾ cup regular sugar instead of the honey.
  • Decrease to 4 yolks.
  • Increase to 2 whole eggs.

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Saucepan
  • Fine-mesh sieve (strainer)
  • Whisk


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 43mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 127mg

Keywords: Homemade lemon curd, naturally sweetened lemon curd, honey lemon curd, america's test kitchen lemon curd

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