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Preserved Lemons with Rosemary

Photo: Iain Bagwell
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Chill time 72 hrs
Total time 72 hrs, 20 mins
Yield Makes 1 quart
Stir finely chopped pieces into hot or cold dishes for a burst of salty, lemony flavor.


  • 4 lemons
  • 1/2 cup kosher sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil; add lemons. Boil 5 minutes; drain. Run lemons under cold water until cool enough to handle.

  2. Cut lemons into wedges; discard seeds. Toss lemon wedges with kosher sea salt, red pepper, and rosemary in a medium bowl. Pack into a 1-quart jar. Pour lemon juice over lemon wedges to cover. Seal jar, and chill at least 3 days or until rinds are soft and pliable. Shake container daily. Store lemons in refrigerator up to 1 year.