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How to Make Vegan Lemon Curd

4.67 from 18 votes
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Lemon curd is a staple in any Bold Baker’s fridge. If you’re vegan or don’t eat eggs and have had to shy away from making this incredible fruity treat, I’m here to show you how to make a killer VEGAN Lemon Curd! This recipe is thick, rich, and full of bright citrus flavors without the use of any dairy products or eggs. Get ready to spread Vegan Lemon Curd on toast, scones, or dollop it on top of cakes, pies, and more! And it’s perfect for my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake!

[ If you’re OK with eggs and short on time, you can actually make Lemon Curd in the Microwave! ]

How do I thicken my Vegan Lemon Curd?

Since my Vegan Lemon Curd is not thickened with eggs, you use a combination of cornstarch, coconut oil, and almond milk. All of these ingredients combine and react with the heat of the pan to make for a super thick and rich curd. You only need a small amount of cornstarch to create the perfect texture, just 3 tablespoons of cornstarch thicken a big batch and help to keep this recipe free of animal products.

What vegan recipes can I use with my Vegan Lemon Curd?

Vegan Lemon Curd can be used in all the same ways traditional lemon curd is used. I love it on top fresh fruit for a lovely quick dessert. Or it works really well layered between cake and coconut cream for a beautiful vegan trifle

How do I store Vegan Lemon Curd?

Keep it in an airtight container or in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You will find your self adding it into so many things. From inside crepes to on top of my Dairy-Free Ice Cream, I doubt it will last very long!

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Tips and Tricks to making Vegan Lemon Curd:

  • Use fresh lemon juice! Store bought lemon juice does not have the same potent fresh flavor!
  • To juice your lemons easily, stick a fork in the center and twist to release all the juice.
  • Strain the juice before adding into the curd to ensure there are no seeds in the lemon curd.
  • Use coconut sugar if you do not want to use refined sugar.
  • You can use vegan butter instead of coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Use a microplane to get the most zest off or your lemons.
  • While waiting for the curd to thicken, whisk constantly and slowly over medium-low heat. When it does thicken it will happen fast.

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Vegan Lemon Curd Recipe

4.67 from 18 votes
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) water
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • juice of 4 large lemons, about 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml)
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) coconut oil

Instructions

  • Place the lemon zest and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in the water to make a smooth paste, then whisk in the lemon juice and sugar.
  • Whisk constantly and slowly until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook the curd while whisking until it becomes very thick. This will take 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the mixture begins to thicken, turn the heat down to low and add the almond milk and coconut oil. Stir until melted and smooth then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the hot lemon curd into a bowl or jar and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Lay cling wrap directly on the curd and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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Louise
Louise
2 years ago

Thank you so much for this recipe!
I’ve just made it and it turned out perfectly.
I substituted the coconut oil for dairy free Marge, and used oat milk.
So quick and easy to make.

Sue
Sue
6 months ago

Thank you so much! I have been experimenting with dairy-free lemon curd, and trying out various options. I always make it in the microwave and saw no reason not to try your recipe in a pyrex jug in the microwave. I made half quantity, with slightly less sugar, and it’s turned out beautifully. About half a minute to thicken the cornflour mixture, another two or three after adding the sugar and lemon juice (stirring after each minute), and then another thirty seconds or so after stirring in the milk and fat. I used cashew milk as that’s the one I… Read more »

Dee
Dee
1 year ago

Can we use regular milk instead of a vegan milk?

Picaflor
Picaflor
2 years ago

Thank you for this recipe, it came out great and I will make it again.
At first I thought it wouldn’t settle hard enough to be used to fill a tart base. I left the tart in the fridge overnight and it’s perfect.
I reduced the sugar to 130g, but that’s me, I love lemon.

Janeen
2 months ago

This is an awesome recipe!! Been searching for an Eggless Vegan Lemon curd recipe!! I am in a pinch tho, I have Coconut Sweetened cond. milk (sweetened w/Cane Sugar) & also have a can of (Coconut Evaporated milk ) + I have Coconut Sugar , but I don’t have any thickener , if I added a little more Fresh squeezed Lemon to the Coconut Sw. Cond. Milk slowly into the saucepan would it thicken it enough ? (Along with the butter & other Inh.) Fresh grated Lemon ?? I love your recipes ,& you seem to know the science behind… Read more »

svastidutta
2 months ago

Hi Gemma! I’ve made this as well as your pie crust, how should I proceed with the rest of the tart-making process?

P.S. the curd is delicious, thanks for the recipe! I’m just concerned that it smells strongly of coconut because of the oil, was this your experience as well?

R S
R S
3 months ago

Can you use a different plant based milk? Coconut, oat, etc.

Anugya Sharma
Anugya Sharma
8 months ago

Hello! Can we use whole milk instead of almond milk ?

Laurie
Laurie
10 months ago

Can this curd be frozen for later?

Laurie
Laurie
10 months ago

I forgot to buy the almond milk and am making this for a vegan. Can I use water instead?

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