Easy Vegan Lemon Curd

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Easy Vegan Lemon Curd taste just like regular lemon curd! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart and is beautifully creamy. It’s a perfect topping for pancakes and almost any dessert, or even eating it with a spoon!


A spoon scooping out some vegan lemon curd from a glass jar.

I love all things lemon! There I said it, I admitted it and I’m not ashamed. Now that I got that off my chest, I can now speak about this recipe with extreme bias. One day while sitting on the couch watching Bojack Horseman I realized that it wasn’t easy to purchase vegan lemon curd anywhere. I mean what would I top my vegan blueberry muffins with? When I was vegetarian, making lemon curd at one was genuinely one of my favourite baking scientist moments. I used to eat it with spoon friends – that’s how good it was. After that, my journey began. Trust me – this is the recipe that you never thought you needed! 

What is Vegan Lemon Curd?

Vegan Lemon Curd is a rich and smooth dessert topping. It’s a combination of a tart flavour with a creamy sweetness. Due to its consistency, it can be used as a spread to replace jam on toast or even a topping on desserts. Traditionally it is made with butter and egg yolks to make it creamy, but the vegan version gets the same smooth and incredible taste with some easy ingredients you probably already have.

In fact, one of my favourite things about this lemon curd was how easy it was to make. Although I used to love making vegetarian lemon curd, I was always aware of how temperamental it was. I knew I could make this recipe at like, 2 am in the morning (this is my life) and still be able to pull it off easily. It’s as easy as just following the instructions. Simple.

A spatula stirring a pot of vegan lemon curd.

How to make Vegan Lemon Curd

To make this vegan lemon curd is a very simple process. Best of all? You would only need 8 ingredients to get the key base texture, texture taste and look.

Add cornstarch, lemon zest, turmeric, water, and lemon juice in a pan. Can someone say One Pot! Make sure to whisk well so that the mixture does not clump up. The cornstarch essentially works here as the egg replacer, and the turmeric is purely for colour only, so you want the tiniest pinch possible!

After about 5-6 minutes remover from heat. After that add some sugar (slowly) them vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. This should be whisked on medium heat for about 2 minutes or so. Here is where the creaminess and sweetness come in to play.

Slowly incorporate coconut cream to the mixture as well but do this off heat. Never forget to keep whisking. Clumpy-ness is natural, this can all be whisked away (Get it?). Place the pan back on the medium heat for 5 minutes and voila! You have a perfectly creamy, playfully tart and satisfyingly sweet Vegan Lemon Curd. 

Vegan lemon curd in jar with lemon zest.

What can I use Lemon Curd for?

  1. They’re a perfect way to improve many breakfast items. Such as Waffles, pancakes and even muffins
  2. It tastes great with just the classics! You can spread it on toast, biscuits and English muffins.
  3. Adding this to a great yogurt or even spooned on top of ice cream

Close up of a spoon scooping out vegan lemon curd from a glass.

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A gold spoon scooping out vegan lemon curd from a little glass jar.

Easy Vegan Lemon Curd

This Easy Vegan Lemon Curd taste just like regular lemon curd! It's the perfect balance of sweet and tart and is beautifully creamy. It's a perfect topping for pancakes and almost any dessert, or even eating it with a spoon!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Course Jams, Sauces, Dips & Spreads
Cuisine American

Easy Vegan Lemon Curd

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • tiny pinch of turmeric for colour
  • 1/4 cup thick coconut cream (from the top of a can of coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Easy Vegan Lemon Curd

  • In an off pan whisk the cornstarch, lemon zest, turmeric, water and lemon juice until fully incorporated. Turn the pan to medium-high heat and begin to whisk for about 6 minutes as the mixture heats up. You want to whisk the entire time so the cornstarch doesn’t clump up. The mixture will begin to thicken around the 3-minute mark then continue to get thicker by 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Slowly add in the sugar and whisk thoroughly into the curd. Add in the sea salt, vanilla and stir to combine. Stir for another two minutes. If you begin to see any lumps whisk vigorously to remove.
  • Remove from heat and Stir in the coconut cream and whisk vigorously to combine again. Bring back to heat and allow the mixture to heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes more minutes until it begins to thicken up even more, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more sugar if needed for your tastebuds - it’s supposed to be sweet and tart.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool in the fridge. There’s barely any coconut flavour but any traces will be removed once it cools fully. Enjoy!


Serving: 1tbs | Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. RANDY E THILL says:

    5 stars
    eating some now over dairy-free unsweetened yogurt and it is quite tasty. My big plan is to make crepes tomorrow AM and fill them with dairy-free creme cheese…I bet your cashew sour cream would work well, too….with lemon curd over the folded crepes. I actually didn’t have any sugar (I try to never have any) so used some rice syrup and the flavor is just as good, I’m sure! Thanks so much for dessert!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Randy… Having this on crepes sounds incredible! The combination of it with cream cheese sounds even better. Thank you for that. Oh, thanks so much for leaving a comment too lol.

  2. Harry says:

    5 stars
    Could you please include the serving size for the nutritional info when you post that ? Thanks

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Harry we will. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a positive review!

  3. Wendi says:

    Could I sub the cornstarch? I’m corn-free, unfortunately. Thanks for all the great recipes you share!

  4. Ruth says:

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. Any idea how long it will keep? I bet saffron would make a nice substitution for turmeric if someone was feeling extravagant.

    Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Hi Ruth,

      Thank you so much! Oh wow! I didn’t think of that, but love that idea!! You’re so welcome!!

      Yes, it’ll keep at least a week, although mine kept up to two weeks!

  5. Kristin says:

    How much does this make? What is a serving size? I really want to make this as it looks delish and lemon is my favorite but I would like to plan out portions.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Kristin thanks so much for reading. This makes about 1 and a half cups or 24 servings of one tablespoon. I just changed the post to reflect that. I hope this helps!

  6. Annabelle says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I made a triple recipe last night. I may have drastically underestimated the number of lemons I would need for a triple recipe, so I ended up using the juice of 2 lemons, 2 limes, and 2 oranges. Instead of 1.5 cups sugar, I used 1 cup. My family loves it! Thank you so much!!!

  7. Faye says:

    Can this be used as a cake filling?

  8. Caroline R says:

    5 stars
    I ended up making this and then adding some vegan cream cheese to it at the end and then putting the mixture in little pastry cups…family loved it! They request it at every fam gathering. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome! We’re so Happy that you like it Caroline.

  9. Alison Wise says:

    I’m looking for a vegan lemon curd that I can add to a tart and then bake with apples. Do you think this recipe would endure baking with fruit?

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