Microwave Lemon Curd

Up until Hungry Hubby and I moved into the Apple Chapel, we hadn’t owned a microwave in years. We’d both grown up in homes with them but we didn’t have the space to accommodate even a small one, but there is one built into the kitchen here. I will admit to belonging to the “anti-microwave” brigade for a long while but really, it’s a senseless prejudice I can’t quite understand anymore.

Obviously the original besmirching of microwave cooking is justifiable – no one should be eating microwave meals from a plastic tray, full of artifical preservatives, salt, sugar and all kinds of nasties if you have any concern for your health, but they do have their uses.

Besides reheating meals I’ve batch cooked, frozen then defrosted (in the fridge overnight, I draw the line at using the microwave to defrost my food), I’ve recently discovered that you can make the most Luscious Lemon Curd you’ve ever tasted in the microwave!

Believe me, I understand if you are sceptical. It sounds like a lemon scrambled egg splattered nightmare waiting to happen but I promise this works brilliantly. A foodie friend of mine called Rita shared her recipe for Microwave Lemon Curd a while back and our mutual buddies have been going crazy for it.

I’ve already made a heap of it myself (and rumour has it, you will need some for an upcoming recipe or two… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and have barely adapted the original recipe to what you see here today.

It’s thick and smooth and utterly delicious to eat. Making it in a double boiler has landed me in trouble over the years as I’ve either overcooked it or I’ve not got the heat high enough and it hasn’t set, which worries me as I’m never sure it’s safe to partially cook then reheat the curd to try and get it to set the next day.

This way, you get a perfect set every time. If your microwave is super high-powered, you may want to zap it in 30-second increments until you know how it will cook for you but don’t be scared – like melting chocolate, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with a bain marie and make your lemon curd this way every time from now on! Thanks to Rita for a genius recipe ๐Ÿ˜€

And psst, I use Clarence Court eggs and they are perfect here as their crazy deep orange-yellow yolks give this beautiful, vivid, all natural sunshine yellow colour to the finished lemon curd.

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Microwave Lemon Curd
Quite the simplest way to make lemon curd ever. There's no need to worry but if you are a 'fraidy cat like I was, just go in 30 second increments until you've seen the magic work in your own microwave. Makes about 750ml of curd.
: 1985 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 175 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 115 g very soft butter
  • 4 small-medium sized eggs
  1. Mix the lemon juice and caster sugar together in a large microwave safe jug or bowl (I use my Pampered Chef batter bowl here which is a heavy duty large glass jug which is safe in the oven as well as the microwave so do check if yours is before you make this).
  2. Stir in the butter.
  3. Whisk the eggs very well until combined and pass through a fine sieve into the jug of lemon juice etc. Discard any stringy bits in the sieve then wash and dry it thoroughly as we'll need it again later.
  4. Stir well then place in the microwave for 60 seconds on high. Take the jug/bowl out and whisk it well - it's unusual to see any change after the first zap.
  5. Return to the microwave and give it three more 60 seconds on high, followed every time by taking it out of the microwave and whisking it throughly - it should be thickening with every zap, initially around the edges. I find after 4 minutes, it just needs another 30 seond pulse before it's thickened enough to set on cooling (it will be like thick double/heavy cream when it's ready), so do feel free to go with lower increments of time as you approach the end of cooking if you think it's almost there.
  6. Pass the curd through the clean and dry sieve to catch any tiny bits of overcooked egg (I've found you barely get a single grain with this method but feel happier giving it a second sieve to ensure smoothness) into sterilised* jars and once cooled to room temperature, store in the fridge.
  7. I've found it lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge, if you don't eat it all!
Recipe Notes

*= I sterilise jars by running them through the dishwasher on hot and using whilst still warm.

Adapted from From my friend Rita Fraser's recipe

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  1. Vicky @ Avocado Pesto 21st June 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I am also normally not a huge Microwave user but you just have to admit that sometimes it really is super convenient. Never would have guessed you can make lemon curd in the microwave – looks lovely!

    • Just Jo 21st June 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      It was a revelation to me for sure!

  2. Azlin Bloor 21st June 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    What’s not to love about lemon curd and this recipe in the microwave, makes it even better!

    • Just Jo 21st June 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      It makes it too easy to eat too much, that’s the only problem when it’s so easy to make ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. shelby 21st June 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I love lemon curd and have been known to eat a spoonful at a time from the fridge!

    • Just Jo 21st June 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      It’s dangerous like that lol!

  4. Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction 21st June 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Lemon curd made in the microwave? Yes please! This looks so delicious!

  5. Ellen 21st June 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I love lemon curd but have never made it because I thought it was so difficult. Your microwave version looks like something I could manage!

    • Just Jo 21st June 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      It can be tricksy in a double boiler or Bain Marie but it’s simple as you’d like in the microwave! Give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Julia 23rd June 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Wow I had no idea you could make lemon curd in the microwave! I have to try this out… though I am afraid that if it is too easy I will make too much of it. haha

    Julia – http://bunnybaubles.com

    • Just Jo 23rd June 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      I know, it’s amazing right?! It *is* too easy though, I bare no responsibility for weight gained as a result of excessive microwave lemon curd making lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Melita Wheeler 13th January 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Can you make this with blood oranges? I have a glut of them and want to use them before they walk out the door,

    • Just Jo 13th January 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      No reason why not Melita – you may want to reduce the sugar though as the blood oranges are more sweet than lemons ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Melita Wheeler 13th January 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        Thank you – I’ll give it a go!!

  8. Melita Wheeler 15th January 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Wow, I’m impressed. So easy and really delicious. Made it with the blood oranges but the colour was no different, still yellow – I think that’s the butter and eggs, not the juice. It would have been lovely if it had stayed the colour of the juice though! Served some with pancakes last night and husband was very pleased. Thank you for the recipe. I feel it is going to be made on a regular basis!

    • Just Jo 15th January 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Oh I know what you mean about the colour change Melita – it’s the same with lime curd, which looks very pale yellow and not at all green! Still delicious regardless. You’re very welcome for the recipe and I hope you do indeed go on to enjoy it lots more in the future x

  9. Wendy Hanham 13th October 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Oh Joy! I have just made this to top your lemon and ginger cheesecake at the weekend. Made in just a few minutes and tastes absolutely divine. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Just Jo 13th October 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Youโ€™re very welcome Wendy, and thank you for your lovely comment!

  10. Norma Barlow 18th December 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I have made the lemon curd and lemon and ginger cheesecake – absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.

    I have frozen portions of the cheesecake and am wondering if the lemon curd might freeze as well?

    • Just Jo 18th December 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Youโ€™re very welcome Norma, thank you for your lovely comment! Yes you can freeze curd but it runs the risk of splitting on thawing but it doesnโ€™t always. I find this microwave Curd much more stable than when done in a Bain Marie. Just give it a good beat before using it once thawed (in the fridge) x

  11. Norma Barlow 19th December 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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