Homemade Lime Curd

This homemade lime curd is packed full of citrus flavor. Use it in desserts or simply slather it on muffins, toast or scones.

This simple lime curd is packed full of lime flavor and is perfect in cupcakes or slathered on toast.

I have had lemon curd before but lime curd was a whole new thing for me. It’s amazing and I love it. Yes. I’m in love with the jar lime curd sitting in my refrigerator.  How could I not? The stuff taste like key lime pie in a jar. Which happens to be one of my favorite desserts. I actually ate a few spoonful’s for breakfast this morning…don’t judge me.

Another great thing about homemade lime curd is that it’s very simple to make. And you all know I’m a fan of simple. It took about 2o minutes to cook and then all I had to do was wait for it to cool….which was the hard part Smile

Make sure to come and visit Nutmeg Nanny on  Monday to see a little something you can make with your lime curd….you will LOVE it!!!

This homemade lime cured is packed full of citrus flavor. It's perfect for desserts or simply slathered on scones or toast.


Homemade Lime Curd

This homemade lime curd is packed full of citrus flavor. Use it in desserts or simply slather it on muffins, toast or scones.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large egg yolks

Source: Epicurious


Place fine strainer over medium glass bowl. Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat. Add sugar, lime juice, lime peel, and salt; whisk to blend. Add yolks and whisk until smooth. Return saucepan to medium heat and whisk constantly until curd thickens slightly and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across and instant-read thermometer inserted into curd registers 165°F (do not boil), 10 to 12 minutes (mixture will not be as thick as traditional curd but will resemble slightly thickened sauce). Pour curd into prepared strainer; discard solids in strainer. Place plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd and chill overnight.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

The curd needs to chill overnight, so prepare it one day ahead.

29 Responses to “Homemade Lime Curd”

  1. #
    Kristin — April 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Delicious! I love lemon curd but have never had lime curd. I have to try this!

  2. #
    Matt — April 15, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I have to get my wife to make this…it looks like something I would love.

  3. #
    Erica — April 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    oh my goodness! My husband is a HUGE key lime pie fan. I must make this. And I never judge- I just had a pickle with my breakfast….

  4. #
    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipes — April 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Yummmmmy! Excited to see what you use this in–can’t believe you’re making us wait until Monday 😉 I had a cream cheese brownie with my breakfast (after quinoa pancakes and egg white omelette- you win some you lose some!), so you’re not getting any judgement from me!

  5. #
    Joanne — April 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I am SO going to try making this using my less butter method! I like limes more than lemons anyway. 😛

  6. #
    Feast on the Cheap — April 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    No judgment here, I’d have done the same thing!

  7. #
    Emily — April 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve never made homemade lime or lemon curd before, but I want to. Love that you had some for breakfast! I had a few bites of bread pudding today. 🙂

  8. #
    Suzanne — April 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Love it too. You took some great photos of it too, not the easiest thing to photograph. Check out my post I put up today I used lime curd in the frosting for the cupcakes. Mmm.. I’ll have to check back with you on Monday for your creation!

  9. #
    rebecca — April 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    wow this looks so so good I adore lemon so this must be divine

  10. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This looks decadent!

  11. #
    Heavenly Housewife — April 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I need to try making my own curd one of these days. The lime curd really does look excellent.
    *kisses* HH

  12. #
    Lyndsey — April 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I make lemon curd because of my lemon tree, I get so many lemons I have to make something other than lemonade! I have some key lime juice that I squeezed in my freezer right now. I would love this lime curd (I love key lime pie) Thanks for sharing this! Yum!

  13. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Oh wow, this is so interesting! I love the idea of lime curd… I bet it would taste sensational in a cupcake… Great job on this and thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  14. #
    claudia lamascolo — April 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I really really wished I had seen this last week! I just bought some of this from Harry and David store so expensive and this looks so much and I know it is so much better homemade marvelous! Cant wait to use mine up and try yours!

  15. #
    marla — April 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Can’t wait to see what you are gonna do with this lime curd on Monday – looks awesome! Love your blog changes too!

  16. #
    Sasha — April 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    OMG that looks amazing! I am going to be making some key lime curd later today for key lime pie cupcakes.

  17. #
    Winnie — April 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Looks great Brandy…I’m all curded out for the year but will put this on the schedule for next winter 😉

  18. #
    pam — April 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I always thought curds were difficult!

  19. #
    Cookin' Canuck — April 17, 2011 at 4:40 am

    This lime curd is so pretty. I would love to spread it on a warm scone.

  20. #
    Katerina — April 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I am bookmarking this as I have a recipe for lime pie that requires curd and I didn’t have a recipe! thanks for sharing!

  21. #
    Raina — April 18, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Yum! This sounds great. I am looking forward to the Monday recipe too:)

  22. #
    Eva — April 18, 2011 at 3:14 am

    What a fantastic recipe, it sounds delicious! I love spreading lemon curd on buttered toast, I bet lime curd would taste even better 🙂

  23. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I’ve never made lemon or lime curd before, but I’ve wanted to make both. Yum…makes it seem like summer!

  24. #
    Megan'sCookin' — April 26, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Ohhh, Lime curd! I’ve never made it but I want to some day soon!

  25. #
    Cindy — November 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    This was freaking delicious! I’m using it for a filling in a coconut cake.


  1. Pingback: Grand Gold Lime Curd Filled Cupcakes–The Secret Recipe Club |

  2. Pingback: Strawberry Lime Tart

  3. Pingback: Valencia Orange Curd |

  4. Pingback: » No Cook Blueberry Lime Curd Tarts

Leave a Comment

 I have read and agree with the privacy policy

Back to Top