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Preserved lemons are lemons that are packed in brine. Over time they lose their sour astringency but retain a floral lemon flavour with a salty, umami kick. Originating from North Africa and sold in jars whole, halved or quartered, they’re commonly used in soups and tagines as well as pilafs, dressings and sauces.
A jar of preserved lemons is a handy storecupboard staple and now available in many supermarkets, most commonly sold with the lemons whole in a light brine, sometimes with spices. Here are three of our favourites:
Preserved lemons are available in most bigger supermarkets, but they’re really easy to make at home, too. They will keep for up to a year without refrigeration.
This recipe for kale with lentils and preserved lemon salad is super-healthy, coming in at under 300 calories, but it’s packed full of delicious flavours. The preserved lemon adds a good zing to this dish.
Made with moscatel vinegar, preserved lemon, peas and cumin, this chunky dip packs in the flavour and only takes 15 minutes to whip up.
Celebrate the potato as a worthy staple in this spectacular dish that delivers a satisfying crisp crunch.
Make the humble radish shine in this summery dish, flavoured with cumin and dill. The preserved lemon yogurt base is the perfect accompaniment.
Check out our tuna steak dish with a simple bean salad. This low-calorie recipe takes 20 minutes to make and comes in under 400 calories per serving.
This zesty carrot and spelt salad is fresh, vibrant and super easy to make. The dukkah gives this salad a delightful nutty flavour, perfect for a meat-free Monday meal.
This recipe for roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon makes for a really easy midweek meal for one. It’s vegetarian, ready in under and hour and around 300 calories, but still delivers big, punchy flavours.
Packed with subtle perfume flavours and zesty preserved lemons, this vegan pilaf is a hearty all-in-one midweek meal for the family to enjoy.
Check out this poussin recipe with preserved lemons. This easy dish makes a great alternative to any weekend roast recipe. Serve with freshly chopped tabbouleh salad and a smooth saffron yogurt.
A rich and delicious lamb shank recipe. Look for Belazu preserved lemons, which are quite small. If you’re using your own homemade preserved lemons or larger bought ones, you’ll only need one. Serve with steamed couscous or rice.