How to Make Preserved Lemons

Whether you are sun drying tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, or freezing fresh herbs, there are plenty ways to preserve the summer harvest this season. How about preserved lemons? Preserved lemons are a staple in Indian and North African cuisine. They are simple to make and can add zesty flavor to just about any dish!


The goal of preserving lemons is to be able to use the rind to add extra lemon flair to a recipe. How? Here are a few ideas!

  • Stews and Tagines:  Preserved lemons are commonly used in Moroccan-inspired tagines. Simply chop them up and throw them in! The flavor of preserved lemons works with any lamb, chicken or chickpea-based stew.
  • Dressings and Sauces: Substitute preserved lemon in any dressing recipe that calls for lemon zest or a squeeze of lemon juice. Blend the preserved lemon right in to your next vinaigrette or add them to a lemon-basil pesto or parsley-based chimichurri to top off a grilled piece of chicken or fish!
  • Grains: Jazz up your summer pilaf by chopping up small pieces of preserved lemon and adding them directly to your favorite farro, barley, or pasta salad!


How do you make preserved lemons? Use the simple recipe below to get started!

The opportunities for using preserved lemons this summer season are endless! How do you use preserved lemons in your cooking?

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