Preserved Lemons

August 16, 2018
Easy steps on How to make Preserved Lemons
Preserved lemon slice photo


Whats not to love?
They are bright, fresh and tart, able to wake our senses, with sour grimace faces, we made when we had it just like that.

Types of Lemons

I was blessed with loads of lemon from my low-lying lemon plant, planted in a pot.
There were about 40 to 50 lemons from that pot of lemon only.
Hence it is called 'Lots of Lemons'.

These lemons are huge, very juicy and sour, unlike lemon Meyer which is not so sour and tart.

I plan to bake Lemon Poppy Seeds Loaf Almond Lemon Syrup Cake and of course lemon slice.

However, these lemons may be too sour to even make lemon slice and lemon curd, but I will give it a shot and I will keep you posted :)

What do you do when mother nature gives you loads of lemons?

Make preserved lemons!

Preserving lemons in salt and its own juice, enable us to enjoy having lemons all year round (so to speak)

Preserved lemon in a jar photo

What are preserved lemons good for?

Preserved lemons are widely used in Mediterranean, Middle eastern and North African cooking.

However,  I found out that Malays from Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling, loves having their  Biryani with preserved lemons on the side.
I can't wait to try eating Biryani with preserved lemons.

Preserved lemons makes an excellent condiment for steaming fish, with soy sauce, tomatoes, scallion and ginger.
Cut lemons for preserving photo
Salt on lemons for preserving photo

How to Preserve Lemons?

My second year making these easy Preserved Lemons.
All that I needed were 2 ingredients. Lemon and salt. And a jar :P.
Add some herbs later but I prefer mine to be clean taste, just preserved these lemons in salt.

Check out my quick video showing how easy it is to make these preserved lemons, below.

How long to soak lemons in brine for?

I let my lemon wedges sits in salt in the larder for 2 weeks.
The salt will draw out all the lemon juices!

However, I still need to top up with lemon juice to expedite the brining process.
Lemons ready for making preserved lemons photo
Lemons ready for making preserved lemons in a jar photo

Do you refrigerate preserved lemons?

After two weeks, I will top up the preserved lemon bottle with olive oil.
Then I will transfer the jar to the refrigerator.

How long do preserved lemons last?

Preserved lemon can last for a very long time as long as tit is kept in the refrigerator.
Olive oil will stop any fungal or microbes forming, as long as preserved lemon wedges are submerge below the olive oil level.

Do you rinsed Preserved Lemons?

I only used lemon peel for my cooking and I don't wash them prior.

What can I use instead of preserved lemons?

Preserved lemons mellow out the bold, tart taste in a lemon and brings out, and heighten their lemony essence.
In my humble opinion, nothing taste quite the same as preserved lemons.

I have tried using preserved kumquat and it was a disaster! (Seriously, preserved kumquat has an unpleasant smells to it!)

preserved lemons in a jar, ready for consumption photo

Make them now and you are able to enjoy your preserved lemons in a month time.

Preserved lemons are great for Asian steam fish.


  1. Hi! Just a quick question, could I do this with limes as well? my mother has been looking for a lime and salt seasoning everywhere but no luck! She would be really happy if I could make it for her. Thanks!


    1. Hi Cali,
      You could try with lime. At the moment I am preserving kumquat using salt.

  2. I've never tried preserving lemons but I should! I buy mine at Costco and I always have too many! Waste not, want not!

  3. I would love to try this - such a lovely way to have that brilliant citrus all year round!


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