If life gives you lemons, make one of these 13 lemon recipes, from sweet to savory and lemonade to fabulous lemon chicken. They’re all such amazing ways of making the most out of this nutritious citrus. Zing up your weekly rotation with this incredible fruit.
My family loves refreshing lemonade on a hot day, and I also love making it for them. And lemons add a refreshing zing to so many dishes because it’s the balancer of all flavors, the acidity that balances fat, and the tart that balances the sweetness.
You can freeze lemons for later use, but don’t freeze them whole; cut them into quarters or wedges instead. They’ll lose some of their structural integrity, but you’ll still get fresh lemon juice out of them.
Zesting a lemon is easy with a zester. However, you can use a box grater or a Microplane grater. Just be careful not to cut your fingers!
Most of the time, there’s no need to clean lemon, though I usually rinse them. However, you can wash them with dish soap and rinse them under a stream of cold water if you want to make sure they’re clean.
Sweet Lemon Recipes
1. Blueberry Lemon Cake
Moist and fluffy, this fabulicious lemon cake recipe combines blueberries and summery lemons for a fantastic treat. Of course, you just need a few pantry staples to make this deliciousness: flour, eggs, butter, and the likes. Then a few tablespoons of lemon juice and a whole lot of blueberries take it over the top! Knowing how to zest a lemon will also come in handy.
2. Lemon Almond Yogurt Cake
This mouthwatering cake is creamy and not too sweet, so it’s the perfect ending to a family cookout outside with a lemonade in hand. Lemon zest and almond extract give life to this gorgeous cake, and the lemon glaze also makes it look heavenly. Oh yeah!
3. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
Who doesn’t love pound cake? They’re dense and delicious, and they’re even better when you throw in some lemons. Sweet and tangy, this is an excellent lemon recipe to have up your sleeve. Freshly squeezed lemon and lemon zest come together with butter and tangy sour cream to give life to this classic pound cake. Yum!
4. Lemon Tart
Make the best of your lemons with this exquisite lemon tart. This lemon curd recipe wrapped in a tart crust is so drool-worthy! The sweet tartness is like a ray of sunshine on a gray day. So good!
5. Lemon Blueberry Scones
For a teatime classic, these flaky and perfectly crumbly scones check all the right boxes for a super easy-to-make treat. These scones are also gorgeous when on a plate next to a cup of coffee. Of course, this snack/breakfast is one of my faves.
6. Lemon Curd
This recipe is the ultimate sweet treat you can make with lemons. And it’s just as delicious as it looks. It’s so amazingly versatile that you can use it to fill cream puffs, tarts, and donuts. Oh, and smearing it on graham crackers is totally awesome. Fresh lemon juice, eggs, butter, and sugar have never tasted so good.
7. Lemon Bar
I’ll tell you what. You can enjoy these lemon bars during the week if you make a big batch of them. This summer classic is gooey, tangy, and has the most addictive sweetness. And, of course, the shortbread crust with lemon curd is a match made in heaven. So divine!
Savory Lemon Recipes
8. Lemon Garlic Pepper Chicken
Chicken dinner takes a new spin with this lovely one-pot lemon recipe that gives pizzazz to juicy chicken thighs. Of course, this one is simply perfect. Creole seasoning, onion, and garlic, along with lemon juice and a few lemon slices, make this chicken dish a great weeknight meal. Woohoo!
9. Creamy Lemon Garlic Boneless Chicken Breast
If creamy chicken dishes are more up your alley, this creamy one-pot meal is the one for you. This lemon recipe is loaded with flavor, so it’s sure to become a family favorite. All that savory creaminess comes from heavy cream, milk, and tomato puree, brightened up by a splash of lemon juice.
Lemon Drink Recipes
10. Brazilian Lemonade
The most famous summer drink just got better with a splash of condensed milk. This super easy and fabulous drink blows regular lemonade out of the water. Its bits of limes with water, sugar, and condensed milk are happiness in a glass.
11. Pineapple Lemonade
Pineapple and lemonade come together for an incredibly refreshing drink. This tropical fruit adds extraordinary sweetness to this refreshing drink. Make it even easier by having simple syrup ready in the fridge, then flavor it with a leaf or two of mint. So deliciously good!
12. Mango Lemonade
Aren’t mangoes beautiful? They also make supercharged lemonades. This colorful and beautifully balanced summer drink recipe deserves its place on your list of favorite lemon recipes. Mango, lemon juice, and lime juice are so good together.
13. Strawberry Lemonade
Lemonade and strawberries have something wonderful in common; they’re the very essence of summer. So let’s put them together for an unbelievably fabulous drink. Oh yeah! This lemon recipe will sigh in ecstasy.