Lime Curd

I have a slight addiction. It’s called homemade curd. Lemon curd, lime curd, whatever. I can eat it with a spoon.

Instead of paying $4 a jar and breaking the bank, I decided to make my own.

Now you can too!

Homemade Lime Curd in under 10 minutes!

Have you ever had lemon curd? Chances are, you’ve seen it used in a plethora of lemon recipes here on this blog. I’ve added the sweet stuff to a Cake roll, to breakfast pastry, and even to milkshakes.

Curd is one of those things that you don’t realize you love until you try a spoonful. Thicker and creamier than jam or jelly, it’s got the consistency of a pudding, but it’s much, much better.

I’ve always been in love with lemon curd and I’d never seen lime until I visited Harry & David this past April. I bought a jar of lime curd while I was there and proceeded to come home and eat it all. Then I cried because I was out of lime curd and there is no Harry & David store near me. (Ahem, H&D, let’s remedy that please?)

Then I went to Miami and fell in love with Key Lime. I came home and bought a bottle of Key Lime Juice (actual key limes are hard to find sometimes) and tried to remake my lemon bars into key lime bars. For some reason, that recipe failed horribly. Then I had a bottle of key lime juice in my refrigerator. What to do, what to do.

Answer: Key Lime Curd. {Or, regular lime curd, if you don’t want to use Key Limes.}

Homemade Lime Curd in under 10 minutes!

This recipe is so simple, so easy, and so basic. It’s done in under 10 minutes. You only need a handful of ingredients – and you don’t even need real limes.

{Limes are super expensive right now. I guess there’s a shortage?}

The basics of homemade lime (or lemon) curd include: eggs, sugar, juice, zest (if you have it), and butter. You cook the eggs, sugar, and juice together until it thickens, then you add the butter. The butter gives it creaminess and lots of depth.

Plus, butter is good.

Now, you can argue with me all day about whether curd should have whole eggs or just yolks. This recipe includes whole eggs because honestly? I hate wasting the whites. I know, I know. I should make meringue. I should make waffles. I know that. I should also vacuum every day and not let my dog lick me, but I do.

I always, always forget I have whites in the refrigerator. ALWAYS. So I used whole eggs. Waste not, want not.

Now, I have 2 recipes for lemon curd on this blog already. One uses yolks only. One uses no eggs. I’ve made Glory’s lemon curd several times and it only has yolks. What’s the difference? Not much, to my tastebuds. This curd is slightly thicker than the other yolk-only recipes I’ve tried. My mouth, however, didn’t notice a difference.

The other tip I have for this recipe that might be different from others you’ve read is this: before I add heat, I whisk all the ingredients together in the pan. Once they’re whisked (which looks kind of like scrambled egg mixture before you cook it) then I put the pot on the stove. This way you will have less chances that the whites of your eggs will get lumpy. I didn’t need to strain my curd, but you can if you want.

This is all great, you say. But how do you eat lime curd, you want to know.

Me, laughing. How do you eat lime curd. With a spoon!

But you can also put it on toast, dip crackers in it, or add it to yogurt to make a dip for fruit. Put it in whipped cream, swirl it into fro-yo, or fill a cake with it.

Have I mentioned the spoon?

Homemade Lime Curd in under 10 minutes!

My mouth is watering looking at the photo. Excuse me, I have more lime curd to eat.

Did you make this recipe?

Lime Curd

Use limes, key lime juice, or even lemon to make the perfect curd at home. This recipe is easy and is done in under 10 minutes!


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (or bottled Key Lime juice)
  • Zest of 1 large or two small limes (or Key limes)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced


  1. Place eggs, sugar, salt, juice, and zest in a medium saucepan. Do not put it over the heat yet. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Place over low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens, about 4-5 minutes. Turn all the way to low and add the butter. Stir until smooth.
    Remove from heat and pour into jar(s). Makes just shy of 2 cups.
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  1. This looks so good! Something tells me that a dollop or two of this, with ice and tequila in a blender, would be spectacular 🙂 Or of course, making desserts with it. I love lime stuff (probably more so than lemons) and yes limes are crazy expensive right now. Key limes, girl, don’t do it!! I made a recipe about 2-3 mos ago with key limes and had to squeeze like 25 limes the size of ping pong balls to get 1/2 cup juice…nightmare. And the sad part is that I couldnt tell the difference between that juice and the one from a bottle. Just buy it, trust me. And that’s so odd your pie failed…hmm would love to get to the bottom of that one. #bakingsciencenerd

    • Oh yes. Ice and tequila. I need to get on that!

      The bars – I didn’t pre bake the graham crust, which I don’t always do for no bake, but for the baked bars the juice just settled below it and they got all soggy. I think I needed to bake the crust first to give it a solid base. I still want to re-do them! 🙂

    • I have a prolific key lime tree.  I just made this curd but doubled the recipe.  I canned the jars like I would when making jam.  I slice the limes in half and squeeze each half in my garlic press.  Easy as pie. I strain  the juice before I use it.   Curd is a bit tart so I might add a little more sugar next time.

  2. I’m so glad you posted this! Sometimes I can’t find curd in the grocery store and so now I can make it! Love key lime, by the way. So freakin’ addictive!

  3. Yes, lime curd is so expensive! Thank you for this!

  4. Oh how I love curd! I guess I didn’t even realize you can use the whole egg, I’ve been making it with just yolks for so long. Then again, I love having the egg whites…gives me an excuse to make meringues or homemade white cake 🙂

  5. I have never made curd homemade before but I have a bag of limes that looks like is going to be perfect for this! Thanks!

  6. Ooooh! I had no idea that making citrus curd was so. freaking. easy. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Lemon / Lime Curd is one of those treats that just has a really unfortunate name…I mean “curd”, really? That sounds like curdled…eeewww

    But I really want to make my own! I think I’ll start with your lemon curd though because limes are ridiculously expensive around here right now…if you can even find them! Gorgeous photos btw! Pinned!

  8. Lime curd can be so hard to find. I really just need to start making my own!

  9. OMG – glad to read that you used bottled key lime juice. Before I saw that I was imaging how many key limes you would have had to squeeze to make this. They are a pain sometimes! So tiny! This looks yummy!

  10. Straight from the spoon? I love your style! 🙂

    Seriously, this looks divine. Love love love anything tart + sweet.

  11. I so need to make this! I made lime curd once but overcooked the mixture. Time to give it a try again! Pinned!

  12. this looks so yummy! I will be making this soon. I love lime anything and have been craving key lime pie like not other, since I am pregnant. you posted this just in time.

  13. I love curds! I was wondering how long it lasts and giving as a gift would it have to be refrigerated? Thanks!

  14. Well, I just tried this recipe! I had 4 small limes and some lemon juice. I used this for my citrus. I didn’t have butter, so used margarine. All of these differences worked just fine!

    It amazed me how quickly it thickened!!! And OMG, this is SO good.

    Years ago, a lady brought a white fruit cake to a dinner I attended, the fruit cake was very light. She had a lemon sauce type stuff over the top. I have searched everywhere for the recipe.

    This Kurd is about as close as I can call her lemon sauce.

    Would anyone happen to have something similar to what I described? Thanks in advance!!!

    • I’m so glad you liked it Bonnie! I don’t have a sauce recipe, but if you add more juice or one less egg (and probably a little less butter) the sauce would be thinner!

  15. If you have any lime juice left, put it in a blender with some seedless watermelon, and you’ve got yourself a delicious drink! Thanks for another great make-it-yourself recipe!

  16. I love all flavors of curd, and lime is definitely one of my favorites! This is reminding me that it’s been way too long…it looks delicious!

  17. This lime curd looks amazing, Dorothy! I’ve only had lemon curd, so I can only imagine how tasty this must be. I think I could definitely eat this for breakfast…maybe on some toast!

  18. So glad you have an obsession with curds, because that means lots of awesome recipes for us!!! Love this lime curd Dorothy – it looks so refreshing and tasty! Pinned 🙂

  19. I can’t wait to try making my own curd. It’s crazy expensive in the store, which is part of the reason I don’t use it too much. While I like lemon flavored food, if there’s a lime version I’m all over it. For some reason lime is just a tad bit more special for me. It’s also great since my boyfriend isn’t as fond of lime as I am so there’s more for me! I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  20. This is fantastic! I am pretty intimated to make anything with the word “curd” in it but I am drying to try!

  21. This looks like pure heaven! I’m totally obsessed with curd too!! (although, can we all please vote on a new name for it? Pleeeeease??? Thanks.) 😉 Pinned!

  22. I totally prefer lime to lemon, and key lime is even better, can;t wait to try this curd

  23. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Just curious, about how long will this last in the fridge? I have a ton of extra eggs and limes, and I’m considering making a big batch if it’ll last longer than both of those would raw. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  24. A shortage?? What? Definitely going to have to go lime crazy at the grocery store! Oh my goodness, curds are the best. They are so easy to slather on everything! (oh this French toast? Waffles? Sugar cookies? Don’t mind if I do!)

  25. I love all curds but have never tried making lime curd. Yours looks so pretty and tasty and I can’t wait to try it – pinning 🙂

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  27. This sounds so good! I’ve paid the kabillion dollars to buy lemon curd and love it…but lime curd? I am so going to make this. Was great to meet you at BlogHer14!

  28. The only lemon curd I’ve had tasted like it contained absolutely no sugar… Bleck. But I’m positive your key lime version (and original lemon one too) are absolutely phenomenal! Totally worth buying key lime juice after Florida. I’m so sad I didn’t try a key lime pie while we were there!

  29. Hi!
    You can frozen your egg white in ice cube.
    I always have whites when I need (for meringues or macarons or chocolate
    I definitely try your recipe with yuzu.
    Thks for sharing

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  33. I made lime curd yesterday, because I had a bag of limes to use up before it was too late. The curd was so easy to make, and I was VERY happy with how it turned out! I would make this again next time I have extra citrus – will probably try with Meyer lemons in the near future. Then I made the tart crust from Smitten Kitchen, poured the curd in and….magic. Both the crust and the curd are in my favorites now!
    This site is gold – thanks for all your hard work!

    • Awesome! I’m so glad you liked it Vicki! A lime curd tart, I want to come over and share it with you. And I’ve used regular lemons to make curd with this recipe -it’s awesome too!

  34. I had a bag of limes sitting on my counter that needed to be used so I went searching for a recipe on Pinterest and found this one. My husband loves key lime pie so I thought he might enjoy your lime curd recipe. I substituted coconut palm sugar for the granulated sugar (trying to stay away from refined sugars) and although it doesn’t look as pretty as yours because the sugar I used is brown, it sure tastes wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  35. My lime curd did not thicken when I made this. The taste was good, but I added in the butter and it would not get into a curd consistency. Any advice for next time?

    • When you say it didn’t thicken, did it stay watery? Each time I’ve made it the curd ends up being like a very thick gravy. How long are you cooking it? Possibly your stove/pan combo needs to cook more time than mine? Mine is usually thick, but like pudding thick, and then it gets a little more thick as it cools. I’m not sure what else it could be, except in a pinch you can add a little cornstarch to get it thicken if it has problems again next time!

  36. My curd stayed watery- (little thicker than when I first whisked the ingredients together). I cooked the whisked ingredients for about 5 minutes, thinking it would get thicker when I added the butter but it never did. Thank you for your help!

  37. So I want to make homemade curd for wedding favors! Can I can this? Or do you know of a recipe that is used for canning? It has eggs so I’m unsure… I need to make a large batch though.

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  40. I am so in love with lemon curd! I am sure that lime curd is delicious too!! Here’s a new “love” for me!!!
    Have a nice day!!

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  42. I am having trouble getting the curd to thicken while stirring. Did you mean to cook it for 5 minutes on medium and then turn to low? I used xylitol as a substitute so that may be it but I also had success using it before with a different recipe. Do you have any suggestions on cooking it? Thanks!

    • I cooked mine on low heat and it took about 5 minutes or so to thicken, like a pudding does (but not quite that thick). Other stoves may take longer, it really depends on the power of the stove, the burner strength, etc., but you should notice a thickening. Adding the butter makes it even thicker. I’ve never cooked with xylitol so I’m not sure how it changes the chemical structure, but I know that sweeteners do and often need additional ingredients to work.

  43. Just made this and it was the easiest thing ever and most delicious!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Will be making more for holiday parties!

  44. Just made this for the first time, substituting lemon juice and lemon zest — delicious. I was worried at first since it took more than 5 minutes to thicken for me, but once I turned the heat up a notch more, it got nice and opaque and silky. I’d never made curd before and wasn’t sure what to aim for in the final consistency, but I read that it thickens more as it cools… and once I filled my jar I couldn’t stop eating the leftovers right off the mixing spoon. Very tasty and not too sweet. Tomorrow, when it’s chilled in the fridge, I’ll be using it in your Easy Lemon Tarts recipe to surprise my friend on her birthday. Thank you!

  45. The Key Lime Cheesecake sounds perfect for dessert this Thursday, Cinco de Mayo. Refreshing and decedent. I see that you tried to substitute key lime I’m your Lemon Bar recipe. Try using Nelly and Joe’s key lime juice in a bottle. The recipe on the back, for the filling, is perfect. Just use the buttery pastry crust for usual Lemon Bars and that filling. It’s a winner. Every time.

  46. I made a cheesecake for a co-worker. He bid on it at our Relay for Life silent auction. He commented he would like me to make it for his birthday/ Memorial Day weekend so I wanted it to be special.  I always customize my cheesecakes with chocolate, carsmel, or  berry type toppings.  His favorite is key lime. I had never tried that so I made a plain cheesecake and this lime curd to go on top. Wow! This recipe is delicious! Trying to stick to Weight Watchers so I only had a taste. So yummy!  I Love it! I will make this recipe again and again!  Thank you!

  47. I love this recipe, it’s awesome in lemon lime cupcakes and plain on it’s own. THANKS!!!

  48. i do love making lime curd and looking forward to trying this… does it keep in a sealed jar for christmas at all or is it just fresh?

  49. I’ve never made curd with whole eggs so I’ll have to give this recipe a go.  If you’re not making little meringues with egg whites, when making curd with just the yolks, then you’re missing out. One of the best ways to eat curd is a large dollop on a fresh made meringue, Try it. You’re welcome! 😊

  50. This lime curd is a winner! I have just made it exactly as you directed and it turned out perfectly. I am going to make mini lime meringue tarts for a high tea I’m having on Saturday and I’m sure they are going to be a hit with the guests if I use this as the filling. Thanks for such an easy recipe.

  51. Can I use salted butter for this recipe?

  52. Has anyone tried to make this with sugar substitute? I can’t imagine that sweet-n-low could work but perhaps the truvia or Splenda for baking? Always looking for things the “cheer-up” my diabetic husband! Would another ingredient be needed to adjust the curd consistency?

  53. Thank you for this recipe! I usually serve my angel food cake with lemon curd but the birthday boy requested a lime cake. So, angel food cake with a smear of your lime curd is on the menu. Hopefully the curd will last until Saturday….it may disappear spoonful by spoonful from the fridge……

  54. Are you aware of any curd that can be made without sugar, no artifical sweeteners. I am diabetic and I cannot tolerate hardly any sugar. Stevia maybe with even more butter. I am used to not being able to use salt and sugar I get very ill using chemical sweeteners. I cannot use spenda etc.

  55. I used your recipe for lime curd but substituted lemon. I followed your directions and used the whole eggs. My curd didn’t thicken. Why? Also what do I do with it now. The butter rose to the top and the lemon is runny.

  56. I just got done making this Lime Curd. It takes much longer than 5 minutes to thicken on a low heat. More like 15 minutes. It is absolutely delicious.

    • Agreed about cooking it longer. Mine takes 20+ minutes to thicken. It’s usually worth it but has me second guessing now that’s it’s after midnight

  57. I love curds! this looks so yummy, I love all flavors of curd, and lime is definitely one of my favorites!

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