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
Spend time making a lemon tart from scratch – with its citrusy, creamy custard filling and golden, flaky pastry, it’s a richly rewarding project. A bright, sunshiny dessert that’s perfect for summer.
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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.
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 cream cheese frosting.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 cream cheese pie
Our fuss-free lemon cream 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken tagliatelle with lemon and tarragon
Turn your roast chicken leftovers into this zingy tagliatelle dish, flavoured with lemon, fresh tarragon an parmesan. It’s perfect for a midweek meal.
Add a few new dishes to your repertoire with our roast chicken recipes.
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.
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.
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.
Try our easy trout and new potato tray bake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve got lots more ravioli recipes.
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.
Love halloumi? So do we. Try adding it to spicy halloumi fajitas.
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.
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.
For another starter idea, try our devilled eggs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To keep it veggie, try our nourishing turmeric, ginger and butter bean stew.
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.
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