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Preserved Lemons Recipe


Preserved Lemons Recipe

Preserved Lemons

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As elements from the kitchen of Holland's fast-growing Moroccan community slowly seep into mainstream consciousness, there seems to be more and more demand for exotic ingredients such as preserved lemons. And while the sight of this salty ingredient in a recipe usually has us heading straight to a specialty store, making preserved lemons at home is actually easy squeezy lemon peasy.

Use preserved lemons in stews and tajines, or add the thinly sliced peel to salads. It's particularly good in salads with chicken, fish or cheese. Don't toss out the lemon water - it adds a salty tang to salad dressings.

This recipe is from Home Made Zomer cookbook, and has been translated and adapted for this site and published here with the permission of the publisher.

Yield: Makes 2 pints (1 liter)


  • 12 lemons
  • 1¼ cup (300 ml) lemon juice
  • Boiling water
  • Plenty of coarse sea salt (at least 5 cups/3 lb/1.5 kg)
  • 2 sterile 2 pint (1 liter) mason jars (learn how to sterilize canning jars)


Wash the lemons and cut them into quarters lengthwise stopping about 1/2-ich short, so that they stay intact.

Rub plenty of salt into each quartered lemon, working the salt into the flesh. Fill both mason jars with salted lemons and add another handful of salt to each jar. Divide the lemon juice between the two jars and top up with boiling water.

Seal tightly and allow to stand in a cool, dark place for at least 3 weeks, shaking the jars every now and again.


  • Rinse the preserved lemons prior to use.
  • The preserved lemons will keep for up to 1 year in a sealed mason jar. Once opened, keep the jar in the refrigerator.

    Use Preserved Lemons in these Recipes:

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  • Pasta shells with ricotta, preserved lemon and pesto
  • Parsley & Preserved Lemon Salad
  • Israeli Couscous with Feta, Preserved Lemon and Mint
  • Moroccan Spinach Salad with Preserved Lemon and Olives
  • Artichoke Salad with Preserved Lemons
  • Lemon Parsley Salad Dressing
  • Broccoli Salad with Lemon
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