23 Delicious Uses for Lemon Curd

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Do you have some store-bought or homemade lemon curd and aren’t sure what to do with it? Here are 20+ delicious uses for lemon curd to help you out!

Do you have some store-bought or homemade lemon curd and aren't sure what to do with it? Here are 20+ delicious uses for lemon curd to help you out!

When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd.

And when life gives you lemon curd? There are soooo many possibilities!

You can enjoy the luscious, silky, tangy custard on scones or toast, by the spoonful, or as an ingredient in a huge variety of desserts and even breakfast foods.

Luscious, tangy lemon curd doesn't have to require constant babysitting on the stove - this easy lemon curd recipe is foolproof, silky, and delicious!
Easy Lemon Curd from Pinch Me, I’m Eating

What do I do with lemon curd?

If you’ve made or been gifted some lemon curd and aren’t sure where to start, here are some basic ideas of how how to use it. It’s so versatile!

  • As a topping: On scones, pancakes and waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, other cakes (Vanilla/white/lemon/nutty), cookies (ginger cookies are a great match), or even plain toast!
  • As a filling: Between cake layers, in a tart, in a crepe, or as a filling for macarons and other sandwich cookies
  • With a spoon: Layered in a parfait, or literally by itself out of the jar
  • In a recipe: See this whole list below!!
Small Batch Meyer Lemon Curd from Pinch Me, I’m Eating

What flavors go well with lemon curd?

Now you know what to do with it, but what flavors go well with lemon curd? Here are some common flavor pairings you’ll see.

  • Lemon curd + Fresh berries
  • Lemon curd + More lemon
  • Lemon curd + Cheesecake (or other mild creamy cheeses like ricotta or mascarpone)
  • Lemon curd + Almond or coconut
  • Lemon curd + Vanilla or white chocolate

Recipes that Use Lemon Curd

You can wing it based on the suggestions above, or there are tons of delicious recipes that use lemon curd as an ingredient!

Uses for lemon curd in a parfait or layered dessert

You can, of course, just eat lemon curd straight out of the jar, but you can also layer it into a parfait or other fancy dessert and still get nice spoonfuls of tangy goodness!

Uses for lemon curd as a tart or pie filling

You can use lemon curd on its own it as a filling for tarts, or fold it in with various cheeses to create a tangy tart or pie filling!

Uses for lemon curd as a filling for cookies and cakes

Lemon curd makes an excellent filling! It's great on its own between layers of cake, or you can mix it with ricotta or cream cheese for a more substantial filling. Here are a few examples!

Uses for lemon curd in or on top of ice cream

The easiest thing you can do is put a big ol' dollop of lemon curd on top of some white chocolate or vanilla bean ice cream! But if you want to get a little fancier with it, check out these homemade ice cream recipes that have lemon curd swirled right in!

Uses for lemon curd in breakfast foods

Can't wait for dessert to indulge in a lemon curd-filled treat? Never fear! You can have it for breakfast too!

Uses for lemon curd in other treats

Because lemon curd is so versatile it cannot be limited into the above categories, here are some miscellaneous uses for lemon curd you won't want to miss either!

These are just a few of the many ways to use lemon curd to brighten up your desserts (and breakfasts)! 

What’s your favorite way to use lemon curd? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply
    July 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful post with so many great ideas! Glad I made a lot of curd this year!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      July 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      I can’t wait to try your recipe! It looks so delicious and unique!

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    Kelly - A Side of Sweet
    July 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I absolutely love lemon and I’m always looking for new ways to use up the ones our tree grows!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      July 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Oh man, just do a search on my site for lemon and you’ll find tons of other recipes too! It’s pretty much my favorite flavor in cooking, especially savory foods! I WISH I had a prolifically producing lemon tree!

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
    July 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I adore lemon curd! Everyone should keep a jar on hand just for “emergency” desserts! Love these recipes!

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    February 19, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I love any type of lemon dessert. It’s just so good.

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    Kathy Bokelman
    June 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    a little dab on top of chicken salad is yummy

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      Caroline Lindsey
      July 2, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Wow, I would have never thought to try that! What kind of chicken salad do you like it with?

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    Claire Caines
    February 20, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I’m so thrilled to find this site and all the gorgeous lemon curd recipes! I overbought 2 jars of lemon curd 🤨 Now I can’t wait to put them to good use. Love these recipes!,

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      January 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      Hope you enjoyed many delicious uses for your extra lemon curd!

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