Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons Recipe

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Cathy Gillespie


Remove the lemons from the jar with a clean wooden spoon -- never your fingers.

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30 Min
No-Cook or Other


1/4 - 1/3 c
coarse sea salt or kosher salt

How to Make Preserved Lemons


  • 1Sterilize 1 quart mason jar. Coat the bottom of the jar with a thin layer of salt.
  • 2Cut each lemon lengthwise into quarters to within about 1/2" of the base, keeping attached at the stem end.
  • 3Holding a lemon over a bowl, press a generous amount of the salt into the exposed flesh. Close up the lemon and roll it in more salt to coat the skin. Put the salted lemon in the jar and continue with the remaining lemons, pushing each lemon down tightly to release some of the juice and fill all the space. Pack jar to within 1/4" of the top. If the released juices do not cover the lemons, top it off with more squeezed lemon juice before closing the jar.
  • 4Keep the jar in a cabinet for four weeks, turning the jar every day.
  • 5To use: rinse the amount of lemon needed under water. Store the opened jar in the refrigerator. The lemons will keep six months, as long as they are completely covered with juice. If the juice level falls to low, top it with more fresh lemon juice.

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About Preserved Lemons

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Greek