Lemon lovers, listen up! Do you have some store-bought or homemade lemon curd and aren’t sure what to do with it? Here are 60 delicious uses for lemon curd to help you out! Never wonder how to use up a jar of lemon curd again!
This post was originally published on July 4, 2018.
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.
What is lemon curd?
Lemon curd is a delicious, custardy spread made from just a few simple ingredients: fresh lemon juice and zest, sugar, butter, and egg yolks or whole eggs. A fine mesh strainer can remove lemon zest and any stray egg bits to make an even smoother consistency.
Curd can be used in many of the same ways as jam, preserves, or jellies, but differs in its inclusion of butter and eggs. While lemon curd is the most popular type, you can also make curd from other citrus fruits like Meyer lemons, lime, orange, or grapefruit (varying the amount of added sugar) or even other fruits like cranberries.
An easy recipe for individual strawberry shortcake parfaits (also known as trifles) layered with bright lemon curd, macerated strawberries, buttery scone, and pillowy whipped cream. This dessert is absolute BLISS in every bite and it’s beautiful, as well!
Bright, sunny days call for bright, sunny desserts and nothing brightens the end of a meal quite like a lemon dessert. Limoncello tiramisu is a citrusy take on an Italian classic, with limoncello soaked ladyfingers layered between clouds of an ethereal limoncello cream. Limoncello Tiramisu is a delicious no-bake dessert that’s both easy and elegant.
These lemon curd tartlets are made with a layer of pie crust, a silky smooth lemon curd filling, and topped with a fluffy layer of lightly toasted meringue. Mini lemon meringue tarts are an excellent spring and summertime dessert! Perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any springtime or summertime party.
This Spring In Bloom Layer Cake is an extra-tall spring cake COVERED with gorgeous frosting flowers! It’s filled with lemon curd and raspberry jam, and bursting with bright and colorful buttercream blooms. It looks and tastes like spring!
When you have no sweets in the house (horror!) and want something quick for dessert that tastes like you spent the afternoon baking? Mug cakes are always the answer! This one has lemon curd mixed right into the batter, and a quick lemon glaze on top! The recipe takes only 4 minutes start to finish & voila – instant dessert!
While traditional lemon bars require a much thicker lemon curd topping than what you’d find in a jar, these lemon cheesecake bars are a great way to use up some lemon curd! They have a delicious and simple cookie base with a rich, creamy yogurt and cream cheese filling and topped with a sweet, zingy home-made lemon curd.
Soft, chewy lemon curd thumbprint cookies are simply the best cookie to bake this spring and summer! A simple lemon crinkle cookies are filled with a vibrant and silky lemon curd for a delicious treat!
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!
This one looks so delicious! I'm not usually one for dairy-free ice cream, but this one uses cashew cream which sounds just delightful, and has regular dairy substitutes for those who aren't looking for dairy-free!
Easy recipe to make gorgeous mini pavlovas with lemon curd. Plus, the best lemon curd recipe to go on top! Pavlovas are meringues with a marshmallowy center. Really, this one should be at the top of the list! Light, airy pavlovas are the perfect match for a big dollop of lemon curd, some fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream. A perfect summer dessert!
I've never seen a recipe like this! From the description, I envision it almost as a light, fluffy crustless cheesecake infused with tangy lemon flavor and lavender – served atop homemade berry sauce. This recipe requires special equipment (these heart-shaped molds with holes in the bottom, (affiliate link) or any mold with holes in the bottom!) but the result looks sooo worth it!
This Microwave Lemon Sponge Pudding is a 10 minute wonder – it’s as tart as it is sweet and a great way to use up a jar of lemon curd. You’d never know it isn’t a traditional steamed sponge pudding either.
While not a sweet treat, I couldn't help including this unique recipe for lemon curd chicken! This Asian-inspired dish features crispy pan-seared chicken topped with a lemony sauce. Not only does using lemon curd in this recipe save time, but it gives this easy entree a luscious lemony flavor.
A quick and easy Yogurt Fruit Dip made with vanilla yogurt that tastes just like creamy Lemon Cheesecake! Please give me strawberries, skewers of blackberries and raspberries, vanilla wafers, and graham crackers to dip in this glorious concoction. Perfect for parties, shower, and brunches!
I want you to read that title one more time. Lemon curd. And coconut. Marshmallows. Yes, that's right. Just try and stop me from devouring the whole batch. Homemade Lemon Curd and Coconut Marshmallows that taste EXACTLY like those really expensive ones you get at farmers markets and fairs. Light and fluffy, these marshmallows make an amazing homemade gift!