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What are preserved lemons?

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.

Where do you buy preserved lemons?

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:

Belazu Preserved Lemons, £3.35/220g, Waitrose

Odysea Preserved Beldi Lemons, £2.75/360g, Amazon

Greenfields Preserved Lemons, £3.49/750g, Sous Chef

Preserved lemons recipes

Homemade preserved lemons

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.

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Kale with lentils and preserved lemon

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.

Kale with lentils and preserved lemon

Preserved lemon dip

Made with moscatel vinegar, preserved lemon, peas and cumin, this chunky dip packs in the flavour and only takes 15 minutes to whip up.

A white small white place of preserved pea and lemon dip, with a dollop of ricotta and drizzle of olive oil

Danish potato crunch with preserved lemons

Celebrate the potato as a worthy staple in this spectacular dish that delivers a satisfying crisp crunch.

A Danish potato dish in a roasting tin

Spiced radishes on preserved lemon yogurt

Make the humble radish shine in this summery dish, flavoured with cumin and dill. The preserved lemon yogurt base is the perfect accompaniment.

Spiced radishes on preserved lemon yogurt

Tuna steak with bean salad and preserved lemon dressing

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.

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bean Salad and Preserved Lemon Dressing

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

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.

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing on a white platter

Roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon

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.

Roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon

Preserved lemon, spinach and cherry tomato pilaf

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.

Spinach Rice Pilaf Recipe with Tomatoes and Lemon

Preserved lemon poussin with tabbouleh and saffron yogurt

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.

Poussin Recipe with Preserved Lemons and Tabbouleh

Lamb shanks with olives and preserved lemon

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.


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