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Why we love lemons

What's not to love about sweet, tart and zingy lemons? Their juice can transform any simple dish, adding freshness to creamy pasta sauces and colourful salads. Their zest can be whipped and whisked into desserts, adding a delicate flavour. You can even preserve them whole and use the salty flesh to balance out the flavours in a rich stew or tagine.

Cook's tip: Got a wooden chopping board that needs a good clean? Use some coarse salt and half a lemon to gently scrub, leave for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly and dry. The lemon will help remove stains and get rid of any odours.


Health benefits of lemons

Sunshine yellow lemons are packed with vitamin C, as well as fibre and protective plant compounds, which means they contribute to a healthy heart. They also contain citric acid – this can help to prevent kidney stones. Many people believe drinking lemon water to be good for your digestion and skin, although this may be down to the hydrating water as much as the lemon.


Sweet lemon recipes

Lemon tart

Spend time making a lemon tart from scratch – with its citrussy, creamy custard filling and golden, flaky pastry, it’s a richly rewarding project. A bright, sunshine dessert that's perfect for summer.

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A lemon tart on a white plate with two slices taken out, each placed on smaller plates with forks on a blue cloth

Lemon and pistachio bakewell tart

Got a jar of lemon curd in the cupboard? Put it to excellent use in this zingy riff on a bakewell tart, studded with pistachios and flavoured with cardamom.

We've also got a classic bakewell tart.

An iced bakewell tart with pistachios

Lemon cake

A showstopping, lemony sponge cake with a delicious lemon curd icing and beautiful edible crystallised violets and primroses on top.

Nail the basics with our recipe for classic soft cheese frosting.

Lemon Layer Cake With Lemon Curd

Lemon posset

The perfect way to get ahead for dinner parties or entertaining. Get the shots of limoncello ready to really take this pudding to the next level.

We've got lots more easy desserts to try.

Four lemon possets in small glasses with shortbread on the side

Lemon meringue pie

A classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that's easy to make. What more could you want?

Lemon meringue pie on a stand

Vegan lemon sheet cake

Use olive oil in place of butter and chia seeds instead of eggs in this beautiful grown-up take on a classic lemon cake. It makes for a much lighter (and totally vegan) bake.

Next, try our vegan chocolate cake.

A frosted sheet cake with one slice taken out of it

Lemon self-saucing pudding

Lemon self-saucing pudding, also known as lemon surprise pudding, is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks, it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath.

See our best ever bread pudding recipe.

Spoon in a yellow lemon pudding with a crisp top

Lemon cheesecake

The best family recipe for cheesecake. Rich and creamy, with lemon and vanilla flavoured filling this is designed to impress your friends and family. Plus, it uses a ready-made sponge base to make it even easier to make.

Check out our classic vanilla cheesecake.

Lemon Cheesecake Recipe With Vanilla

Rose ripple lemon nougat

Inspired by Italian torrone, this citrussy nougat recipe is dotted with roasted almonds and pistachios, and drizzled with sweet rose syrup.

Squares of rose ripple and lemon nougat on a board with a pink background

Lemon soft cheese pie

Our fuss-free lemon soft cheese pie makes a perfect dessert for al fresco gatherings. Simply cut into six squares or 12 fingers to serve.

Be inspired by our more effortless entertaining ideas.

Stack of lemon and cream cheese pies on a plate

Lemon trifle

Make this luscious lemon curd trifle in just 15 minutes (plus a little soaking time). Layered with vanilla custard, dark chocolate and madeira cake, it's the ultimate summer dessert.

You've got to try our rich chocolate trifle.

A large lemon trifle topped with cherries

Lemon and orange swiss roll

Simple citrus flavour combinations makes this swiss roll really light and refreshing. An airy lemon sponge is layered with tart marmalade and a rich vanilla and orange cream.

Check out Chetna Makan's golden syrup cake.

Lemon Swiss Roll Recipe with Orange

Lemon and blueberry bars

These simple lemon and blueberry bars are seriously moorish, gooey on the inside and crunchy on the out, the ideal summertime picnic treat.

You've got to try our blueberry shortcakes.

Lemon and Blueberry Tray Bake Recipe

Amalfi lemon syllabub

Check out this refreshing lemon dessert from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden. Bancone's easy recipe makes more lemony granita than you’ll need – store any leftovers in the freezer.

Check out more of our Italian dessert recipes.

Lemon Syllabub Recipe

Lemon and lime tart

Make your next lemon tart an epic one with Edd's Kimber's coconut macaroon tart case, filled with a zesty lemon and lime curd. It's the perfect make-ahead pud for a special occasion.

Next, give Edd's indulgent devil's food cake a go.

A lemon tart with lime zest on top

Limoncello

The ultimate zesty infusion, try this simple homemade limoncello as an aperitif or digestif alongside an Italian-inspired feast.

See all our cocktails made with limoncello.

A bottle of homemade limoncello with two glasses on the side

Lemon sandwich cookies

If you’re a Jammie Dodgers fan, you’ll love these lemon cookie sandwiches, combining crunchy poppy seeds and a creamy, zesty lemon curd filling.

Spend some time baking our delicious biscuit recipes.

A batch of sandwich cookies on a tray with lemon curd centres

Savoury lemon recipes

Baked lemon chicken

Lemon is the star of the show in this easy chicken dish the whole family will love. Bake whole chicken thighs in a creamy lemon sauce infused with rosemary.

Have a look at our healthy chicken recipes.

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Sriracha and lemon spaghetti

Spicy sriracha, zingy lemon and salty parmesan turn a simple spaghetti dish into an easy yet delicious midweek meal, ready in just 20 minutes.

Browse our best spaghetti recipes.

A white bowl filled with spaghetti in a red sauce topped with parsley and parmesan cheese

Chicken tagliatelle with lemon and tarragon

Turn your roast chicken leftovers into this zingy tagliatelle dish, flavoured with lemon, fresh tarragon and parmesan. It's great for a midweek meal.

Add a few new dishes to your repertoire with our roast chicken recipes.

A bowl of tagliatelle pasta with chicken shreds, tarragon and parmesan shavings

Lemon chicken with orzo

This chicken tray bake with lemon, olives and orzo is a great midweek meal for all the family. It's super simple, full of flavour and low in calories.

See all our easy low-calorie meals.

Traybake with chicken thigh pieces on a bed of orzo and olives

Spring veg and lemon broth

This recipe for spring veg and lemon broth is a quick, easy and healthy meal to make midweek – plus it's under 300 calories. Use lemon zest and juice to add lots of flavour to the broth while keeping the dish light.

Next, try our spring risotto.

Spring Veg and Lemon Broth Recipe

Lemon and garlic trout parcels

Lemon is always a great choice to pair with fish. This recipe for lemon and garlic trout parcels with asparagus is quick and easy to make, paleo-diet friendly and under 500 calories – perfect for a midweek meal.

Try our easy trout and new potato tray bake.

Lemon and garlic trout parcels with asparagus

One-pot lemon and spinach ravioli

Ready in a flash, this creamy pasta one-pot uses shop-bought ravioli as a base for a nutritious vegetarian meal for two. Use lemon juice to add a tangy flavour to the creamy sauce.

Next, see our butternut squash ravioli.

One-Pot Ravioli Recipe with Lemon and Spinach

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.

Find lots more ways with tomatoes.

Spinach Rice Pilaf Recipe with Tomatoes and Lemon

Lemon and mint courgettes

Use lemon juice in a simple veggie side dish to pair with a variety of mains. Lemon and mint pair together beautifully for a fresh, flavourful result.

For an easy lunch, try our courgette frittata.

Lemon and mint marinated courgettes

Pork schnitzel with green beans and warm lemon sauce

Add plenty of texture to pork escalopes with a crunchy breadcrumb coating and a punchy green bean bed, an easy midweek meal for two. The creamy lemon sauce brightens up this easy dish.

We also have a fantastic chicken schnitzel recipe.

Pork Schnitzel Recipe with Green Beans

Roast courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Check out this quick and easy vegan salad recipe with roasted courgettes and crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa and zesty lemon. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories, too.

For a seasonal supper, try courgette curry.

Roasted Courgette Salad with Chickpeas on a White Plate

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

This recipe is super zesty, buttery and great when you're short on time. Low-calorie and meat-free, this is a nourishing start to the week.

We've got lots more ravioli recipes.

Lemon Ravioli Recipe with Greens

Halloumi with caper and lemon dressing

This recipe for halloumi with caper and lemon dressing is easy, vegetarian and ready in under 30 minutes. Lemon complements the herby dressing for a bright and flavourful meal.

Love halloumi? So do we. Try adding it to spicy halloumi fajitas.

Halloumi with caper and lemon dressing and mixed grains

Preserved lemon dip

Made with moscatel vinegar, preserved lemon, peas and cumin, this chunky dip packs in the flavour but 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

Fried lemon with crab salsa

For a unique way to serve lemon, try frying slices with a crab salsa on top. The crunch of the breadcrumbs and zest of the lemon works really well with soft and sweet fresh crab.

For another starter idea, try our devilled eggs.

Fried Lemon with Crab Salsa Recipe

Lemon pasta

Try this lemon, garlic and parmesan linguine for a quick midweek meal for two. The zesty lemon ensures that this dish isn't too heavy, so you can enjoy it all year round.

You'll also love our fettuccine alfredo.

Linguine with lemon, garlic and parmesan

Roast cauliflower with herby lemon pangritata

There’s a careful balance of flavours here – a sweetness from the honey, a warming spice from the harissa, a freshness from the lemon – and they’re all soaked up by the cauliflower, becoming a wonderfully hearty and warm salad.

Check out our healthy chickpea stew.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Harissa Recipe

Salmon tartare with lemon and capers

Try a modern smoked salmon starter to use up some extra lemons. Finely chop the salmon and toss it in a fragrant dressing of lemon, shallots and capers. The lemon juice adds a zesty brightness.

Check out more salmon recipes.

Salmon Tartare Recipe with Lemon and Capers

Lemon chicken and kale stew

This recipe for lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous is a really easy midweek meal. It is low in fat and ready in less than 30 minutes.

To keep it veggie, try our nourishing turmeric, ginger and butter bean stew.

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Stew Recipe with Chicken, Kale and Couscous

Preserved lemons

Preserved lemons are available in most bigger supermarkets, but they're really easy to make at home, too. They can be used in a lot of different dishes, but are predominantly used in North African cuisine. They will keep for up to a year without refrigeration.

Preserved Lemons Recipe

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