6 egg yolk lemon curd

This 6 egg yolk lemon curd is perfect for fillings in pies, donuts or on top of biscuits. Or just eat it with a spoon!

Something new happened to me recently. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I have a problem. Since I like to make a lot of ice cream (which uses up egg yolks), I am always looking for recipes to use up the whites. Would you believe me if I told you that I had the opposite problem recently? I made a batch of my champagne cupcakes with lemon champagne buttercream and found myself with 6 egg yolks to use up. And since discovering Jeni’s ice cream recipes, I haven’t had a use for the egg yolks.

I bought a few extra lemons at my last trip to the grocery store so I decided to make lemon curd with my 6 egg yolks. I still hadn’t figured out what to do with the lemon curd (besides eating it with a spoon), so stick around and see what I finally made with it.

This lemon curd was rich, thick and tart – just the way lemon curd should be. Be sure to strain your curd before storing it because mine contained lemon pulp and cooked bits of egg yolk… not exactly the best thing for curd.

This was probably one of the easiest lemon curd recipes I’ve come across, so I hope you enjoy it.

6 egg yolk lemon curd

A sweet and tart lemon curd that's perfect for fillings (or eaten directly with a spoon).
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Other
Servings: 1 cups
Author: Eva Bakes


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest optional


  • In a medium heavy saucepan, mix together the egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice. Heat on medium low heat. Add the butter and continue to whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  • Keep whisking until the mixture thickens to the consistency of pudding.
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve and cover with plastic wrap. If desired, add in lemon zest before storing. Place the curd in the refrigerator to cool until use.


Covered lemon curd will keep for about 1 week.
Source: Bakepedia

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