This absolutely delicious lime curd is tangy and uses fresh lime juice and lime zest to make a great filling for a pie or topping for cheesecake! Only a few straightforward ingredients make this recipe easy for home cooks and out-of-this-world tasty.
Like traditional lemon curd, homemade lime curd is a tart fruit curd that tastes gorgeous! It's simple to make lime curd using only eggs, butter, limes, and sugar. Lime curd is an ideal topping for cheesecake as it balances the creamy decadence of the dessert with a tart, citrusy flavor that is truly magnificent together. You must try making this lime curd the next time you have fresh limes!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Sweet and tart flavors dance across your taste buds
- Made with only five ingredients
- The bright and zesty flavors bring a refreshing note to decadent cheesecake
Equipment Needed to Make This Recipe
You'll need a few things to make this easy recipe
- Large Saucepan - a large saucepan helps to make a double boiler for your lime curd. Fill up the saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a light boil before carefully placing a mixing bowl over the hot water and adding egg yolks and whites to the bowl.
- Mixing Bowl - use a heatproof bowl made of glass to create a double boiler to cook your lime curd carefully. This method ensures that the eggs won't cook too quickly, which ends up scrambling your egg yolks instead of creating a silky fruit curd.
- Microplane - a microplane is a great way to get the zest from any citrus fruits to be used in a recipe. Use this fine zester to get plenty of lime zest to incorporate into your homemade lime curd.
- Jam Funnel - once the lime curd is finished and thickened to the proper consistency, use a jam funnel to transfer the curd to sterilized jars for storage easily.
- Storage Jars - small sterilised storage jars work best for storing fruit curds. A smaller amount of the lime curd in the jar means there is less chance of it going bad before you finish it up, although it is unlikely that it will stick around for long!
To test the thickness of the lime curd, coat the back of a spoon, preferably a wooden spoon, with the lime curd and run your finger through it. If the curd leaves a ridged path that doesn't appear runny, it's ready to be jarred!
What To Serve With This Recipe
Lime curd, like lemon curd, is versatile and deliciously perfect in several applications.
Use this delightful lime curd as a topping for your favorite cheesecake (check out this no bake lime cheesecake!) or scone, in-between cookies as a filling, folded into meringue, or to fill a tart shell for an easy and elegant springtime dessert.
You can fold lime curd into the filling of your favorite cheesecake recipe and top it off with a layer to showcase the curd's beautiful color and flavor. Top it with some lime zest for a more stunning presentation!
Variations to This Recipe
Omit butter to make this lime curd recipe dairy free. You can add a little cornstarch to help it thicken if you'd like. Start with ½ a teaspoon and increase according to your preference.
You can jazz up this lime curd with another citrus like grapefruit or lemon. Try this lemon and lime curd recipe if you love both lemon curd and lime curd and want the best of both worlds! If you have access to key limes, you can also use them, as they are slightly sweeter than regular limes.
Sterilise your canning jars by adding them to a large pot and filling them and the pot up with hot water about an inch above them. Boil the water with the jars for ten minutes, killing any bacteria that may be present. Be careful to avoid contaminating the inside of the jars before adding your curd to them.
Store packaged lime curd in an airtight container, preferably in a cool and dark place for about three months. Once opened, keep the lime curd in the refrigerator for up to a month for the best flavor.
Yes, you can freeze lime curd. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container with some extra space for it to expand in the freezer. When frozen, lime curd keeps for about a year. Quickly defrost the lime curd in the refrigerator overnight.
Yes! If you have a lot of limes and would like to make a large batch, just multiply the recipe by one two or three times.
Other Fruit Curd Recipes You'll Love
- Lemon and Lime Curd - if you love this lime curd recipe, try this combination of the two citruses for an even more tart flavor
- Strawberry curd - delicious strawberry makes this curd recipe perfect for topping pancakes, toast, or poundcake
- Kiwi curd - this uniquely made fruit curd bursts with sweet kiwi flavor and is easy to throw together for brunch.
- 6 large eggs
- 2½ cups sugar
- ⅔ cup butter
- 2 tbsp limes zest only
- ⅔ cup lime juice
- Quarter fill a large saucepan with boiling water and place over a low heat.
- Place a mixing bowl over the saucepan, if the bowl is touching the water tip some of the water out.
- Remove the mixing bowl from the top of the saucepan.
- Place the eggs in the bowl and whisk until the mixture turns pale.
- Tip in the sugar and whisk in until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the butter, lime zest and juice.
- Place the mixing bowl back on top of the saucepan. Whisk constantly until the mixture resembles a thick custard.
- Remove from the heat.
- Using a jam funnel, pour the curd into sterilized jars and immediately seal with the lids.
- Serve with whatever you like but we would serve it on a No Bake Lime Cheesecake. Enjoy!