Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Makes 2 cups

We changed the mixing method of our favorite lemon curd, then cooked it in the microwave. The results? Buttery rich and smooth as silk, every time.

How to Make It

Step 1

Step One: Grate zest from lemons to equal 2 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice into a measuring cup to equal 1 cup.

Step 2

Step Two: Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add lemon juice to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition; stir in zest. (Mixture will look curdled.) Transfer to a 3-qt. microwave-safe bowl.

Step 3

Step Three: Microwave at HIGH 5 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Microwave, stirring at 30-second intervals, 1 to 2 more minutes or until mixture thickens, coats the back of a spoon, and starts to mound slightly when stirred.

Step 4

Step Four: Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm curd (to prevent a film from forming), and chill 4 hours or until firm. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Step 5

Stove-Top Method: Prepare as directed through Step 2, transferring mixture to a heavy 4-qt. saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 14 to 16 minutes. Proceed as directed in Step

Ratings & Reviews

bonniemacsgirl's Review

February 11, 2013
When I got my Feb 2013 issue and saw this lemon curd recipe for the microwave I knew I just had to try it. It's as easy as the instructions say. It tastes soooo yummy. I also tried the Lemon Yogurt crumb cake and it was superb too!. I can't get enough of that lemon curd. It's my new favorite recipe. Next I'll be making the lemon cheescake bars. Thanks, Southern Living!

Pretty Good!

December 25, 2015
I tried the microwave version, and for some reason it made WAY more than two cups. I haven't chilled it yet, but it tastes good.

wow ! super yummy & easy :)

November 09, 2015
Wow, you were,nt kidding ! Just made a batch & off course had to lick the spoon after :) I like it tart so used 1 3/4 cups of of sugar instead of 2c, perfect ! Also mine ook an extra minute in the microwave, so quick & easy I,ll be makeing it again very soon. Thank you !

branko's Review

March 20, 2014

stephdmarsh's Review

December 24, 2013
The absolute best lemon curd I have ever tasted. And, so easy! We will NEVER buy jarred lemon curd again.

Homer48's Review

April 25, 2013
Easy and yummy!!!

CRRichards's Review

April 10, 2013

tejasjbird's Review

March 12, 2013
Colossal success on the very first attempt! I'm not exactly sure why, but I chose to cook it on the stovetop instead of the microwave & it was easy and absolutely perfect. This recipe is most definitely a keeper.

Linnea's Review

February 26, 2013
This was quick and easy but too sweet for my taste. I like a more tart lemon flavor and will try again, this time using maybe 1/2 cup less sugar. We'll see what happens.

Dough21's Review

February 17, 2013