Lemon Curd Made With Egg Yolks

Lemon Curd Made With Egg Yolks


  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  • Set up an ice water bath with a sieve in a bowl, set over a larger bowl full of ice and water.
  • Set up a double boiler: Take a heat-proof bowl and set it over a saucepan filled with approximately 2 inches of water so that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Remove the top bowl and bring the water to a boil.
  • Place all the ingredients into the bowl and place the bowl over the boiling water, whisking constantly, until the mixture almost comes to a boil and thickens. This should take approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Immediately pour the mixture into the sieve, and use a rubber spatula to lightly push down so that the curd separates from any solids.
  • When the mixture cools, remove from the ice water bath, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the curd. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours or until cold and thickened.


Makes approximately ¾ cup