Egg Yolk Lemon Curd

egg yolk lemon curd recipe

When we make Italian meringue buttercream, angel food cakes or anything requiring egg whites, we have egg yolks left over. This egg yolk lemon curd recipe uses only the yolks, as opposed to whole eggs and additional yolks as in our classic Lemon Curd. It is the perfect use for your extra yolks.

Egg Yolk Lemon Curd
Makes: Makes about 1½ cups
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  1. Place yolks, sugar and juice in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Whisk together, breaking up the eggs and incorporating the sugar. Add pieces of butter. Cook over low-medium heat, whisking frequently. When the mixture looks like it is just about to bubble around the edges, lower the heat and whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and reaches 180˚ F. (The temperature is more important than the time it takes. Don’t let the mixture boil.) The curd will thicken and form a soft shape when dropped by spoon. It will also begin to look a bit translucent. If desired, stir in zest after removing from heat. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to release heat. Refrigerate in airtight container at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.

6 Responses to Egg Yolk Lemon Curd

  1. Elena October 10, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    How long will this keep?

    • Dede Wilson October 11, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      While the recipe says 1 week, in truth we have seen it last longer. One week to be safe, but if you have a good cold refrigerator and it is in an airtight container it might last up to 1 month.

  2. Gladys Farrugia December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Dear Dede,

    Had a dozen egg yolks left from another recipe and just finished making the lemon curd, it is delicious. I used fruit sugar instead of normal sugar.

    Great thanks and Seasons Greetings.

  3. carole January 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi can u tell me in grams how much is a stick of butter please thank you

    • Dede Wilson January 9, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Carole, there are 113 grams in a stick of butter.

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