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Easy Microwave Lemon Curd with Orange and Lime Variations

Preview: Microwave Lemon Curd is so easy. Mix it in a blender, then use a Pyrex container to cook it to perfection without standing over it to make sure it doesn’t scorch or get lumpy. Check out the lime and orange versions.

Are you a lemon lover? Maybe you have a lemon tree in your backyard and need something to do with all those lemons besides making lemonade. Or maybe you have a recipe that calls for lemon curd and you can’t find it at the store or it’s ridiculously expensive and not as fresh as you would like.

This lemon curd recipe made in the microwave is the answer to all these problems.

microwave lemon curd with whole eggs and lemons

Up until now, I always purchased lemon curd in a jar from the grocery store. An expensive little jar! But those days are over.

Variations on this lemon curd are numerous.  In addition to lime curd or orange curd, consider strawberry, raspberry, or cherry juice.


Ingredients and substitutions:

  • SUGAR: Add more if you like your cured really sweet or if your lemons are extra tart.
  • LEMON JUICE: I suppose you could use bottled or frozen lemon juice but since you need grated rind, might as well use fresh lemon juice. Meyer lemons would also be delicious with a milder lemon taste.
  • GRATED RIND: If you don’t have access to fresh lemons and are desperate, dried lemon rind is a possible alternative.
  • EGGS: The recipe is written for large eggs which weigh about 50 grams apiece. If you prefer your lemon curd to be extra thick, add an extra egg yolk.
  • BUTTER: Butter is my only choice. I suppose you could use margarine, but I don’t recommend it.

4 ways you can use Microwave Lemon Curd

  1. Add to yogurt. For example, a tablespoon of lime yogurt + 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt + a sprinkle of toasted coconut = fantastic afternoon snack or light dessert.
  2. Substitute for jelly on anything from toast to dinner rolls to waffles.
  3. Filling for a tart or a layer cake.
  4. Make easy, easy lemon (or lime or orange, etc.) squares.
MICROWAVE LEMON CURD with poppy seed rolls
Lime Curd served with Poppy Seed Rolls

FAQ about Microwave Curd:

1. How can I make my lemon curd thicker?

Add an extra egg yolk.

2. Why is my curd gritty.

Be careful not to let the curd boil as you make it. This can lead to grittiness.

3. Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

I don’t recommend it. Bottled lemon juice can be bitter.


Recipe Tips

#1

Why use a blender?

You can cook this on top of the stove, but it’s easier in the microwave. Use a food processor or blender to mix it up. If you want a smooth, creamy texture in the final product, thorough blending is a must. If you don’t have a blender, whisk the uncooked mixture well before cooking in the microwave.

If you end up with a few lumps, no problem. Force the curd through a strainer.

using blender to get a smooth curd

#2

An important note about grating the rind:

I can’t overstate the usefulness and desirability of a Microplane grater. It actually makes grating rind an enjoyable experience. No more scraped knuckles or difficult scraping of the rind out of a grater.

Be careful not to grate too deep into the skin of the fruit. The white part adds a bitter taste you want to avoid.


preparing lemon curd to bake in microwave with a Microplane grater, lemon ream, and pyrex bowl and whisk

How to cook lemon curd in the microwave:

Get out your 2-quart batter bowl and a whisk.  If you still don’t have a large pyrex batter bowl, take yourself down to Wally World and pick one up or click on the link provided. They are cheap and extremely useful in the kitchen–especially if you cook with me.

Unlike cooking on the stove, you won’t have to stand over the curd and stir it constantly. No worries about scorching. However, whisk/stir every minute or two when you see the curd mixture starting to thicken.


Variations of curd you can cook in the microwave:

close up of spoon in jar of orange curd
Orange Curd
  • MICROWAVE LIME CURD: Substitute lime juice for the lemon and grated lime rind for the grated lemon rind.
  • MICROWAVE ORANGE CURD: Grate rind from one orange and one lemon. Substitute orange juice for the lemon juice.

Note: I like to add a touch of food coloring to the lime and orange. Otherwise, they are yellow and look almost identical to the lemon.



It’s hard not to eat this stuff with a spoon, but that is dangerous for me. My current favorite way to eat lemon curd is combined with cherry preserves on sourdough toast.


More recipes you can make in your microwave:

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Paula

p.s. Questions or suggestions? Please email me: Paula at saladinajar.com.

Yield: 1-1/2 cup

Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe with Lime and Orange Versions

microwave lemon curd with whole eggs and lemons

Use the blender and a microwave to make your own lemon, lime or orange curd.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • grated rind from 2 lemons
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Combine sugar, juice, and grated rind in a blender. Blend on highest speed until you can barely see grated rind.
  2. Add eggs and pulse several times.
  3. Melt butter in a 2-quart batter bowl. Pour into blender through hole in lid while machine is on low.
  4. Pour mixture into a 2-quart batter bowl and microwave on HIGH for 3-4 minutes, whisking well after each minute. Toward the end, whisk every 15-30 seconds. Don't let the mixture boil. It should be thick, with a silky coating over the back of a spoon. It will thicken when chilled.
  5. Store in clean glass jars in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks or up to a year in the freezer.

Notes

Lime Version: Substitute lime juice for the lemon and grated lime for grated lemon.

Orange Version: Grate rind from one orange and one lemon. Substitute orange juice for the lemon juice.

I like to add a touch of food coloring to the lime and orange. Otherwise they are yellow and look almost identical to the lemon.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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Rachel

Sunday 9th of February 2020

This is wonderful! I was that making lemon curd was time consuming and freight with like they had to screw up, but this recipe is almost full proof. I can’t wait to make the orange!

Paula

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

Glad to hear it, Rachel. You'll love the orange, too.

Judy

Sunday 13th of April 2014

Im wondering if curd can be made with honey as I do not eat sugar

Amanda

Thursday 18th of April 2013

I'm so glad I stumbled across this on Pinterest! My husband can't have anything with little seeds in it, but loves jam. I will be making him some orange curd for his toast! Thank you thank you again.

Joy

Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

Getting back to this Lemon curd you really need a warning label say it is too addictive and easy to make!!!! Putting it with the homemade Greek yogurt just makes it all the better or worster(Yes, I know that isn't a real word but for this it fits just oh so well.LOL My taste buds don't want to stay out of it.

Joy

Tuesday 21st of February 2012

This lemon curd.....OMHD!!! (Oh, my heavenly days) Is beyond delicious, easy and did I say delicious?..Yummmmmmyyyyyy!! Thanks so much Paula.

Paula

Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

So glad you liked it Joy. This is a good time of year to make it too.

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