Do you love fruit curds? I love it from lemon curd to raspberry curd. They are wonderful as toppings or between layers of cake or as mousse. Did you know you can make lemon curd in the microwave? This post contains affiliate links.

What do you need to make lemon curd in the microwave?

Usually when you make lemon curd, it’s over a hot stove and you need to separate egg yolks from the egg whites.

This microwave method is much easier. It’s a little runnier than the typical stove-top lemon curd. It tastes very good.

You’ll need eggs, white sugar, lemon juice, and butter to make microwave lemon curd.

Do you need fresh lemon juice?

Yes and no. I prefer to use fresh lemon juice. I’ve found the typical bottled lemon juices not good enough for good lemon curd.

But…there is one bottled pure lemon juice that is good for making lemon curd. It’s Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lemon Juice. I think it works just as good as if you squeezed fresh lemons.

If you want to use fresh squeezed lemon juice, it will take about four large lemons to get the amount needed in this recipe.

How do you make microwave lemon curd?

Put all the ingredients together in a large microwave-safe bowl. Make sure there is plenty of room in the bowl so the mixture to bubble up.

Microwave the mixture in 1-minute increments. Stir it after each time.

It will be done when the lemon curd starts to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. The curd needs to reach a temperature of at least 185°F, and then it’s done.

The cooking process took me about 6 minutes. It can take from 4 to 10 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave, so look for the temperature, coating, and thickness for doneness.

After it’s done, stir the curd again and check for little bits of egg white. If there are any, then pass it through a fine-mesh strainer to remove them.

What can you put lemon curd on?

Lemon curd is good as a dessert topping or inside things like crepes or cakes. Here’s a few ideas:

  • pancakes
  • waffles
  • toast
  • cookies
  • cake
  • shortbread

What can you make with lemon curd?

There are so many recipes that you can incorporate lemon curd into. These are a few of my favorites:

  • Lemon Mousse Cups
  • Fruit Yogurt Dip
  • Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits
  • No Churn Lemon Ice Cream
  • Lemon Mug Cake
  • Lemon Cupcake Filling
  • Filling for Lemon Tarts
  • Lemon Pie

More Microwave Desserts

Microwave Lemon Curd
Yield: about 2 cups

Microwave Lemon Curd

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons of butter

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. Make sure there is plenty of room for the mixture to bubble up.

Microwave the mixture in 1-minute increments. Stir it after each time.

It will be done when the lemon curd starts to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. The curd needs to reach a temperature of at least 185°F.

This took me about 6 minutes in a 1500-watt microwave. It can take anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave.

After it's done, stir the curd again and check for bits of egg white. If there are any, then pass it through a fine-mesh strainer to remove them.

Notes

Add the zest of two lemons to the sugar for a more powerful flavor.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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