Lime Curd {Recipe}

This recipe is the second in a 5-day lemon-lime recipe extravaganza, which began with lemon curd and will culminate on Sundae Sunday with my recipe for Pimm’s No. 1 Ice Cream Cup. Having made a delicious and simple lemon curd, I decided to convert the recipe into one for lime curd. Just as easy, and just as delicious.

Lime Curd

(based on lemon curd recipe by Alton Brown)


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 stick cold butter


  1. Put water in a medium saucepan to a depth of about 1 inch. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Lower heat.
  2. Combine eggs and sugar in a metal bowl large enough to fit over saucepan without the bottom of the bowl touching water in the pan. Whisk until light, about 1 minute.
  3. Add lime juice and zest to the egg mixture, place bowl over simmering water, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Cut butter into 10 pieces and whisk it into lime curd, one piece at a time, stirring until melted before adding the next piece.
  5. Scrape curd into a container, cover the surface with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled.

Makes 2 cups.

As with the lemon curd, this curd is great in ice cream, pie, and tarts, or on toast, scones, or a spoon. The lime curd will keep in the frigde for at least 3 weeks, but don’t stir it, or it will break down and become liquidy.



  1. July 24, 2011 at 7:20 am

    […] few weeks ago, I decided to try coming up with a few curd recipes — first lemon, then lime. I wanted the citrus curds to use in ice cream — again developing my own recipes for lemon […]

  2. July 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

    […] 1/2 cup lime curd […]

  3. Abby said,

    July 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    This sounds really yummy, especially as an ice cream…did you try that yet?

    • gaaarp said,

      July 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, the post will be up Saturday.

  4. Kayte said,

    July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This looks great, too, and such pretty photos. I am trying to decide which ice cream I will do. I don’t want to do lemon/lime because you have those covered so nicely, so thinking maybe something in strawberry or pineapple at this point. Looking forward to your Pimm’s post.

    • gaaarp said,

      July 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      I say go with lemon. It will be different enough from Pimm’s that it won’t seem like we’re doubling up. Besides, who beside me is ever going to make Pimm’s ice cream? Lemon, they’ll make.

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