Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker Easy Lemon Curd is sweet and tart and is delicious on cakes and cupcakes. It is ready in less than 15 minutes in your Pressure Cooker.
Pressure Cooker Easy Lemon Curd
If you have seen my Fool Proof Lemon Curd recipe, which cooks on the stove, but want to use your Pressure Cooker, you are in luck. No longer do you have to stand over the stove and watch a candy thermometer.
If you want to use the stove, try my Fool Proof Lemon Curd. What is nice about the stove top version, is that you can easily adjust the thickness of the curd by cooking it longer and use the curd in Thumbprint cookies and other recipes, which require a very thick, jellied curd.
I like to use Eureka Lemons for my Curd, but you can certainly use Meyer Lemons or any other lemon. In fact, many types of citrus make delicious Curd.
Try my Pressure Cooker Easy Key Lime Curd, Lime Curd or Orange Curd. Grapefruit Curd is quite delicious too. I like to use Pink Grapefruit, as the color is lovely.
Gather your ingredients together and let the butter come to room temperature.
Using a Bakers Scale, weigh the butter, then the sugar and mix together.
Add the eggs, one at a time.
I use my Food Processor because it is so easy and for me, and it is easier to weigh ingredients right in the mixing vessel.
An Immersion Hand Blender will work really well too.
Notice the change in texture in each step.
Combine the butter and sugar first and process, until completely combined. It will look a bit chunky.
Make sure you blend everything together really well!
Add in the eggs and process until smooth. Once you add in the lemon, things will look weird, but don’t panic. 🙂
You will now see that once the lemon is added, the mix will look a bit curdled. Don’t scream! It will smooth out during cooking.
See how it still looks a bit curdled?
It is fine, really, I promise.
You don’t want a tight lid as you are not canning and you don’t want pressure to build inside the jars.
***** If you prefer to make your Pressure Cooker Lemon Curd in one large container, it’s easy.
I recommend using these Stainless Steel Stacking Pans.
They have legs, so you don’t need to worry about a Trivet and they come with a cover!
Add two minutes to your cook time. You can easily do a double batch too!
Make sure the Mason Jars are on loosely, just until you feel the catch when screwing them on.
A handy hint from Amy S. – to take the lids off, use the rounded end (bottle opener) of an old fashioned “church key.” Pops right off, doesn’t bend the lid, and no sharp knives.
Well, in this case, I asked my husband to take a butter knife and do the dirty work.
I am prone to knocking things over and making a mess.
Use as Microplane to zest the lemon rind. Make sure to just get off the yellow part and not the pith (the white part) or else it will be bitter.
Remember, if you are using Meyer Lemons for your Curd, do not use the Zest; use another kind of lemon, as the thin skin of the Meyer Lemon is quite bitter.
Give the curd a good whisk so that the Zest is nicely incorporated into the Lemon Curd.
The foam you see will disappear and you will achieve a silky texture.
You can already see the difference in the front jar v. the back jars, which have not yet been stirred.
Place the lids back on the Mason jars and allow to sit out for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, place the Mason jars in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
The Pressure Cooker Easy Lemon Curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
Here’s one of my Meyer Lemon trees. Our other one is a Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. We also have a Eureka Lemon tree, which makes the best lemonade, and gives great zest.
If you love this Pressure Cooker Lemon Curd, be sure to try my Pressure Cooker Easy Key Lime Curd.
If you want to make Curd the old fashion way, here is my Fool Proof Lemon Curd recipe for making the Curd on the stove. 🙂
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk
- OXO Good Grips Cutting Board
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
- Stainless Steel Insert Pans for cooking Curd in one large vessel
- Bakers Math Scale
- Kitchen Math Bakers Scale
- 11 Cup Food Processor
- Kerr Half Pint (8 oz) Mason Jars
- Microplane Stainless Steel Zester
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- In the bowl of food processor (or with an Immersion Blender or Hand Blender), mix the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until completely smooth. Slowly add the eggs and yolks and mix for just 1 minute.
- Add the lemon juice and mix to combine. The mixture will look curdled, but it will smooth out as it cooks.
- Divide Mixture into Mason jars and place the lids, turning until the lid catches, but not super tight. If using a large pan, use the lid with the vent holes.
- Place 1.5 cups of water in the Pressure Cooker and place a trivet inside. Place Mason jars on top of trivet or place large pan on trivet.
- Lock on lid and close the Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes. When Beep is heard, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release.
- Remove jars (or pan) from Pressure Cooker and carefully open. Add in the Lemon Zest and stir into the curd, until very smooth. Place lids on Curd and tighten just until the lid catches.
- Allow to cool for 25 minutes and then place in the refrigerator overnight. Curd will thicken as it cools.