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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.

Best 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.

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

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

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.

Linguine with lemon, garlic and parmesan

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.

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, paelo-diet friendly and under 500 calories - perfect for a midweek meal.

Lemon and garlic trout parcels with asparagus

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 perfectly with fresh crab.

Fried Lemon with Crab Salsa 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.

Salmon Tartare Recipe with Lemon and Capers

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.

Lemon Syllabub Recipe

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.

One-Pot Ravioli Recipe with Lemon and Spinach

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Roasted Courgette Salad with Chickpeas on a White Plate

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

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

Lemon Ravioli Recipe with Greens

Chicken traybake with lemons, olives and orzo

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

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

Lemon chicken and kale stew

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

Stew Recipe with Chicken, Kale and Couscous

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 pairs beautifully with the herby dressing for a bright and flavourful meal.

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

A bottle of homemade limoncello with two glasses on the side


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