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A jar of lemon curd with a bowl of lemons in the background.

Microwave Lemon Curd

This deliciously sweet and tart lemon curd is so easy to prepare by using the convenience of your microwave!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest from approximately 3 medium lemons
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from approximately 4 medium lemons
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 stick


  • In a large microwave safe bowl, whisk sugar and eggs well. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and melted butter. Whisk until well combined.
  • Cook in your microwave (high power) in 1 minute intervals, carefully stirring after each minute. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until thickened enough to coat the back of a metal spoon (time will depend upon the power of your microwave).
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps (this is optional).
  • Allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate.


  • Zest lemons before juicing!
  • Yields approximately 2 cups.
  • Lemon curd will not be as thick as finished recipe while hot. Cooling and refrigerating will thicken curd.