All of the best Lemon Recipes including drinks, salads, main dishes, desserts and more! Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, there’s an amazing lemon recipe for you!
Lemon recipes are designed to capture the beauty and vibrant flavor of lemons. Lemons can satisfy a sweet tooth, but also liven up an entree or side dish. Try some of these lovely lemon recipes and learn about using lemons in your cooking.
One of my favorite things about using lemons in my cooking is that they have so much flavor! The recipes come together really quickly and taste amazing without too much effort.
Lemons are one of the most versatile products found in nature. Their bright and zesty flavor is a sure winner in desserts. On the other hand, savory dishes also benefit from the citrus and tangy addition of lemon. Don’t forget the ever popular sweet and sour lemonade which is always a favorite!
You can even make your own Lemon Pepper Seasoning to add bright flavor to pasta, vegetables, chicken, shrimp and salmon!
Table of Contents
Easy Lemon Recipes
Spring and summer bring out the lemon-loving spirit in me, and I crave the light and refreshing flavor it brings into my meals. The beauty and flavor of lemons make them ideal for fresh cooking.
These easy lemon recipes aim to capture the flavor and beauty of the peel and flesh. The zest, or outer layer, of the lemon contains the oils and a pure lemon flavor. The juice of lemons is acidic and sour and can easily be incorporated into sauces, batters, and icings, so its flavor is distributed throughout.
A lot of my lemon recipes are perfect for spring and summer cooking when I need them to be easy and light. They’re refreshing and perfect for family dinners and simple entertaining.
What You’ll Find in This Guide
- Tools for Cooking With Lemons
- Tips for Making Lemon Recipes
- How to Select Lemons
- Answers to All of Your Lemon Questions
- Easy Lemon Recipes to Make for Every Course and Occasion
- Zester – A small, handled kitchen tool with a row of small holes at one end. Use by pressing the holes on the lemon skin and pulling toward you. This will scrape the skin and produce little strips of lemon peel.
- Microplane Zester – Similar to a cheese grater, but with smaller openings. Gently rub the zester across the skin to produce small lemon skin shavings.
- Citrus Juicer – A small bowl that has an elevated piece in the middle, called a reamer. Cut lemon in half and place cut side down on the reamer. Move lemon around reamer to release juice. Or, in a lemon squeezer, place half of the lemon, cut side down, into the concave side of the squeezer. Press down and squeeze juice into container.
Tips for Making Lemon Recipes
Juicing and Zesting
- Zest the lemon while the lemon is whole, before you cut it in half to juice it.
- Heat the lemon in the microwave for a few seconds to get the juice flowing more easily.
- Roll the lemon on the counter to break up some of the membrane and more juice come out.
In Season – Lemon trees are in their prime fruit production season during the winter. Florida and California produce the most in the US, where lemon trees thrive in the warm weather.
What to Look For – When choosing lemons, look for a bright yellow color, and no dark spots. The lemon should be heavy for its size, be just barely soft, but still have a firm touch.
How to Store Lemons – Store them on the counter for a week or in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or until they get hard or spotted.
- Lemon Extract – 1:2 ratio of extract to lemon zest; 1:1 ratio of extract to lemon liquer;
- Lemon Juice – 1:1 ratio of lemon juice to lime juice;
- Lemon Zest – 1 medium size lemon yields 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Replace a teaspoon of lemon zest with a half teaspoon of lemon extract or dried lemon peel. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice can be substituted for 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.
You can find a full list of substitutions here!
You can certainly make lemonade, but you can also try any of the recipes I have here. They are delicious in pastas, sweet breads, and desserts.
Yes! Wash and dry your lemons. Place in a freezer bag or container and keep in freezer for up to 4 months. when ready to use, zest the peel and juice the pulp as usual.
- Garnish with a Lemon Slice or Wedge
- Make Gremolata to Garnish Pasta
- Sprinkle Zest on Top of a Dish or Dessert
- Add a Layer of Lemon Slices to the Top of a Cake
The Best Lemon Recipes
Lemon Main Dishes
I can’t wait to hear which lemon recipe is your favorite!
Hungry for more easy recipes? Sign up for my free recipe club and have amazing recipes delivered directly to your inbox each week!