The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Lemon Meringue Pie

The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Rest the dough: 30 mins
Total: 110 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
315 Calories
6g Fat
57g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 9g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon meringue pie is a famous traditional British dish and ranks amongst one of the great British Puddings. Sadly it fell out of fashion in recent years but I am glad to see it is once again back on the menu. This lemon meringue pie recipe is quick and easy to make. If you are in a hurry then use a shop bought tart case, but for the best results, nothing beats home made pastry. This is my recipe and it is very lemony as I like a strong tang. If you like less of a lemon flavor then reduce the lemon juice slightly and replace with water.


  • 9"/ 23 cm baked shortcrust pastry tart case or 10 oz./300 g. rich shortcrust pastry
  • For the Filling :
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch/corn flour
  • 1/4 pt/150mL water
  • Juice and grated rind of 4 unwaxed lemons
  • 4 oz./ 110 g. sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks + 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp. soft butter
  • For the Meringue:
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 7 oz./ 200 g. superfine/caster sugar
  • 2 heaped tsp. cornstarch/corn flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C/Gas 6.

Tart Case

  1. Roll out the pastry and line a 9"/23 cm tart tin. Lay a sheet of greaseproof/baking paper and fill with baking beans. Cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is a pale golden color. Remove the baking beans and cook for a further 5 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F/175 C/Gas 4.

The Filling

  1. In a medium saucepan mix the cornstarch/cornflour with the water, add the lemon juice and grated rind and slowly bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly as the mixture begins to thicken.

  2. Once thick, add the sugar and stir well.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

  4. Once cooled add the egg yolks and whole egg and beat well until all the egg yolk is incorporated, then beat in the softened butter. Pour into the prepared pastry case.

The Meringue

  1. In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites with either a hand or electric whisk until the whites are beginning to rise. Add the sugar, a couple of tablespoons at a time while still whisking, until half the sugar has been added. Add the cornflour, whisk again. Finally add the remaining sugar gradually, again while still whisking. You should have an extremely thick, glossy cream in the bowl.

  2. Pile the stiff egg whites onto the lemon filling beginning at the edges then filling into the middle. Lightly flick the surface of the meringue to create soft peaks. Bake in the center of the hot oven for approx 20 minutes or until the meringue is crisp and golden brown.

  3. Remove from the oven, leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes, then remove from the tin and eat as soon as possible. Best eaten the same day.