Lemon Curd for Two Recipe

Lemon Curd
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Ratings (24)
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 3 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
422 Calories
23g Fat
40g Carbs
16g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This lemon curd recipe is perfect for two people. While lemon curd is pretty intense on its own, it's great when spread on cheesecake or biscuits. Or fold it into whipped cream to make a delicious topping for shortcake or gingerbread.

The only trick to making this small batch of lemon curd is starting with a small pan (a 1-quart pan is perfect) and being patient. If you try to speed it up by increasing the heat, you'll risk scrambling the egg.


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons sugar (white)
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted, softened)

Steps to Make It

  1. Using a 1-quart saucepan, add the egg yolks and sugar and whisk until well blended.

  2. Turn the heat to medium-low under the saucepan and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes.

  3. Stir in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue to cook until very thick, glossy, and opaque. (You might find that you get a foamy white top layer that doesn't seem to want to blend in. You will need to cook the curd until it disappears, which it should do by the time the mixture is thickened.) When the curd is done, it will look like a very bright, thick Hollandaise sauce.

  4. As soon as you reach this point, pour the sauce (now called curd) through a small strainer into a bowl. Press it with the back of a spoon to extract the sauce, but leave the coagulated proteins and zest behind.

  5. Let cool for a few minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.