Microwave Lemon Curd couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. It’s perfect for topping yogurt, ice cream, cheesecake and so much more!
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you are well aware of the fact that I am a sucker for lemon desserts.
From lemon lime cupcakes and glazed lemon blueberry bread to this microwave lemon curd, I’m all about lemons – all summer long.
If you’re a lemon lover and have never made homemade lemon curd, print this recipe, head to the store, grab yourself a bunch of lemons, and get to making this microwave lemon curd.
While you’re at the store, be sure to also grab some vanilla bean ice cream, a cheesecake AND mini tart shells because you’re going to eating this sweet and tart spread on ALLTHETHINGS.
If you have never made lemon curd before, it’s a very basic process of heating eggs, butter, sugar, lemon juice and zest.
This combination of ingredients creates a thick, tart lemon spread that you’ll want to eat with a spoon. No shame here, I’m totally guilty of eating spoonfuls of the stuff with a little spray of whipped cream.
There are numerous methods for making lemon curd, but my absolute favorite way is in the microwave.
WHY I LIKE TO MAKE MICROWAVE LEMON CURD
Yes, the microwave.
Now before you tell me it’s easier to make lemon curd on the stove, I hear what you’re saying. And while I agree that making it on the stovetop is pretty simple as well, I find that cooking it in the microwave is just easier.
With this microwave method, you don’t have to mess with a double boiler, or really worry about cooking the eggs too much and ending up with little specks of scrambled eggs in your curd.
You may kind of feel like you’re cheating a bit and possibly become lemon curd obsessed since you can whip up a batch in about 5 minutes!
HOW TO MAKE LEMON CURD IN THE MICROWAVE
To make lemon curd in the microwave, start by whisking together all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.
Then cook the curd on full power in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each minute. After about 3-5 minutes (depending on your microwave), the curd will have thickened so it coats the back of a metal spoon.
At this point, I like to run it through a fine metal sieve, just to remove any bits of egg that may have scrambled during cooking.
After the lemon curd cools, pop it into the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. It will continue to thicken as it cools, making that thick, luscious lemon curd that we all love so much.
HOW DO I SERVE LEMON CURD? ON EVERYTHING
Once you taste this easy lemon curd, you’ll be digging through your pantry and fridge just searching for something to slather it on. Whether you spread it on scones, waffles, or mascarpone pancakes, or spoon it over your favorite angel food cake, this lemon curd is sure to become one of your new favorites!
If you need some ideas to use up your microwave lemon curd, I love to use it in baking recipes, too! I’ve added it to No-Baked Layered Lemon Pie, Roasted Berry Napoleons, Mini Lemon Cheesecakes and Lemon Cheesecake in a Jar, just to name a few.
Thursday 20th of April 2023
Made this last week for a dinner party and it was a big hit! Tasted super fresh and bright, served alongside lemon cheesecake and fresh whipped cream. My mom took the rest of it home to eat with fruit.
I will say it didn’t get super thick after chilling for me. Maybe I should have given it another minute in the microwave to get it thicker, or I could see using a tiny bit of cornstarch next time for a slightly firmer end result. As it was, it was more runny than I would have liked. Taste was 10/10 though!
Friday 21st of April 2023
So glad you enjoyed, Avery! Another short time in the microwave likely would have helped it be a bit thicker, so now you know for next time! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking – Jamie
Wednesday 12th of April 2023
This is the only lemon curd recipe I use now and I’ve been making it regularly for years now! Thank you!
Do you think this recipe would work for limes as well for a lime curd?
Thursday 13th of April 2023
I love to hear that! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, Joy. And I'm going to be posting a lime version in the next couple of months! ;-) Happy baking! Jamie
Friday 7th of April 2023
I have made this over and over and it turns out perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME. It is also very easy. I know I have microwaved it a couple times longer than I should have, and I didn't ruin it. Thank you!
Monday 10th of April 2023
So happy to hear this, Tamara! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie
Monday 27th of February 2023
I like that this cuts down the time for making lemon curd. The standard version is tedious- this isn't. I want to use it in a lemon Babka, what would you suggest to make it thicker more spreadable? As it is currently- a somewhat thin/ runny mixture even after spending time in the fridge...
Wednesday 19th of April 2023
@Jamie, When I require a thicker version? I have successfully added 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. I add the cornstarch in the beginning, with the sugar. After cooling, curd is creamy but more pudding like.
Thursday 2nd of March 2023
Hi Miss Karen – I haven't tried making it thicker, so I'm not sure what adjustments you'd need to make to this specific recipe. If you give it a try, I'd love to know how it turns out for you. Happy baking! Jamie
Tuesday 14th of February 2023
after failing to get the stove top method of making lemon curd to work for me, i chose the microwave method. i COULD NOT get it to thicken to coating a spoon with either. after learning from the stove top method that no matter how runny it was, it will thicken up nicely, i chose to continue hoping for same results and i got it. i thought it was a bit TOO tart but certainly not tart enough not to enjoy. i will just add more sugar next time. simple recipe for sure. don't get discouraged if not clinging to spoon as long as you've cooked it long enough. i cooked mine for 9 minutes.
Thursday 16th of February 2023
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback, Lori! Happy baking! Jamie