This quick Microwave Honey Lemon Curd is life-changing! Made with fresh lemons and sweetened with honey or sugar, it's the easiest no-stir homemade lemon curd recipe you could imagine. No stove or double boiler required! Enjoy tangy, creamy, and versatile lemon curd in minutes with this easy lemon curd recipe.
I've made my stovetop recipe for Lemon Curd more times than I can count. It's a reliable recipe that makes silky-smooth honey-sweetened lemon curd, ready to use in luscious lemon desserts: tarts, pies, parfaits, cakes or on pancakes. However, it requires standing and stirring on the stovetop for up to 20 minutes.
❤️ Why this recipe works
Have you ever made lemon curd in the microwave? This Microwave Honey Lemon Curd recipe takes a fraction of the time! Combine, whisk, microwave, whisk, repeat as needed! It's so easy and so good.
You won't need any special equipment. No double-boiler required! All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a spoon and a fine-mesh strainer or sieve.
Once you make it, you can use it in other fun recipes, like this quick and easy Lemon Curd Fruit Dip and this Gluten-free Lemon Curd Tart. You can even use it as a filling for this mini pavlova recipe. This no-stir microwave lemon curd recipe is a huge time-saver!
This lemon curd recipe is part of my collection of Gluten-free Desserts for Easter and Spring.
Here's what you'll need to make sugar-free microwave lemon curd.
- butter: grass-fed if you're following a strict paleo diet, or use coconut oil
- eggs: farm fresh eggs often have darker yolks, which will produce a deep yellow lemon curd
- honey: Use liquid honey so you can easily whisk it with eggs. If you're not on a sugar-free diet, you can replace the honey with sugar. I often make this recipe with Lacanto Monkfruit sweetener, too.
- lemon juice: freshly squeezed is best. You'll want to avoid the metallic taste that may result from using bottled lemon juice. You'll need 2 or 3 depending on their size.
- lemon zest: It's best to use organic lemons and to wash the peel thoroughly first before zesting. Remember it's much easier to zest a lemon before you squeeze it!
🥄 How to make lemon curd in the microwave
- Begin by melting the butter in a glass measuring cup. Set aside. Zest the lemon.
- In a medium glass bowl, whisk the eggs with honey (or sugar) until well combined.
- Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest and whisk again.
- Slowly add the melted, cooled butter (or coconut oil) while continuing to whisk.
- Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute. Remove and give the mixture a thorough whisking.
- Return to the microwave and heat on full power for 1 minute. Whisk again.
- Repeat at 1-minute increments until the mixture thickly coats the back of a metal spoon. The time will depend on the power of your microwave oven.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour the mixture through a strainer into a clean bowl. Straining will remove the lemon zest and any bits of egg.
- Transfer to glass jars, then cover them and refrigerate.
- The honey lemon curd may seem thin when it's warm, but it will thicken as it cools.
🍽 Ways to use lemon curd
This easy lemon curd recipe made with honey is so quick, you'll likely find you're making it more often. This recipe yields 1 ½ cups. If you're making a lemon pie or tarts, you may have to double the recipe. Here are a few ideas for ways to serve it.
- Use it as a filling for this luscious Gluten-free Lemon Curd Tart with Berries, or make mini lemon curd tarts.
- Layer it with whipped coconut milk or whipped cream as in this Meyer Lemon Mini Parfait.
- Make a creamy Lemon Curd Fruit Dip for strawberries or berry kabobs.
- Swirl it into yogurt or a bowl of oatmeal or granola.
- Add a dollop of lemon curd to top this Flourless Lemon Almond Ricotta Cake or this Gluten-free Strawberry Lemon Loaf.
- Use it as a filling between layers of cake.
- Spread it on top of a lemon cheesecake.
- Replace the whipped cream with lemon curd in this recipe for Mini Pavlova with Berries.
- Spread it on pancakes for a morning treat.
- Eat it straight from the jar!
👍🏼Expert Tips and FAQ's
Lemon zest adds a wonderful flavour to baked goods and to this lemon curd. The zest of a lemon has natural oils that add far more flavour than lemon juice alone.
While you might use a paring knife or a zester for other recipes, you need finely grated zest for this lemon curd recipe. A microplane is the best tool to use to get that very fine zest.
You'll want to make sure to only use the yellow portion of the peel, as the white pith can be very bitter.
Make this honey lemon curd ahead of time to have on hand. It will last for two weeks or more if kept tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Yes, lemon curd freezes beautifully. I like to double this recipe and store it in small ½ cup Mason jars in the freezer. It will stay fresh for 3 - 4 months. Remember to label it with the date!
The trick I use most often is to roll it on the countertop. Rolling helps to break the membranes so that more juice is released.
You can also heat a lemon in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Another trick for juicing a lemon is to soften it by letting it sit in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes.
🍋When to serve lemon curd?
Easter, Spring and Summer parties, baby showers, bridal showers, Mother's Day, winter holiday celebrations . . . there's no end to the occasions that a dessert made with this 5-Minute Microwave Honey Lemon Curd wouldn't be perfect!
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5-Minute Microwave Honey Lemon Curd
- 6 tablespoon butter* or coconut oil
- 3 large eggs
- ⅓ cup liquid honey
- ½ cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- Melt butter (or coconut oil) in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.
- In a separate glass bowl, whisk 3 eggs with ⅓ cup liquid honey. Add lemon juice and zest and whisk again.
- Slowly add cooled butter (or coconut oil) and whisk until well combined.
- Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave at full power for 1 minute. Stir again. Repeat in 1 minute intervals, as necessary. The time needed will depend on the power of your microwave oven. When it thickly coats the back of a metal spoon, it's ready.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour the lemon curd through a strainer to remove zest and any possible bits of cooked egg. It may seem too thin, but it will thicken as it cools. Once cool, store in the refrigerator.
- Use grass-fed butter or coconut oil for paleo diet.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice is necessary in this recipe. Bottled lemon juice can sometimes produce a metallic taste in lemon curd.
- To avoid a bitter taste, make sure to only zest the outer yellow portion of the lemon peel.
- This recipe makes 1.5 cups of lemon curd. Nutrition information was calculated for 1 tablespoon.