Slightly Spiced Lemon Curd

Our slightly spiced lemon curd recipe is pretty traditional, with just a gentle hint of spice. You can use this tart and creamy concoction to liven up toasted bread, make a delightful cake filling, or even use as a cocktail base.

The heat comes from cayenne pepper powder, but the amount used makes this recipe mild enough for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, my kids cannot get enough of it on their morning toast. Of course, feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne pepper up if you want something a little spicier.

Don’t panic if the lemon curd seems a little thin after cooking. The curd will set in the refrigerator as the butter cools, thickening it in the process.

Note: There will be a thick skin that will form on top of the jar. You can avoid this by cutting some greaseproof paper and leaving it on the jar’s surface. Or scoop it off the top when first using the lemon curd. The skin is just as delicious as the rest of the jar, so there’s no need to throw it away.

See our spiced lemon curd being made:

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Slightly Spiced Lemon Curd

Slightly Spiced Lemon Curd

Richly, lightly spiced, and citrusy – perfect for desserts, cocktails, and more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Setting Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 16 servings
Calories 76 kcal


  • 3 large lemons
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Use a fine grater to zest one of the lemons and place the zest into a small saucepan.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons into the pan and add the egg yolks, sugar, cayenne pepper powder, and salt.
  • Place the pan over low heat and stir continuously for around 15 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until melted.
  • Pour the mix into a jar and allow it to set in the refrigerator.
  • Use up within 10 days. Enjoy!


Feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne used up or down, depending on your heat tolerance.


Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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