How to Make Preserved Lemons

Making preserved lemons is easy, it just requires patience. The recipe below is a super simple version using quartered lemons to help speed up the process. Once you succeed at making your first batch you may want to try adding herbs and spices like peppercorns, cinnamon or bay leaves the next time! You will need a large sterile mason jar.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dessert recipe, how to
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 8 fresh good quality lemons
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • large mason jar


  1. Quarter each lemon from the top without cutting through the bottom (so the quarters can separate but the intact bottom holds the fruit together).
  2. Toss in a bowl with sugar and salt.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Pour liquid and lemons into a clean mason jar pressing lemons down so they are submerged in liquid.
  5. Place lid on jar and store in the fridge for at least two weeks and up to 4 months.
  6. Use in sandwiches, alongside roasted chicken or lamb etc...