With these savory and sweet lemon recipes, you will love the mouthwatering tastes that come out in each and every bite! There are so many options that you will definitely find more than one recipe that you love!
These lemon recipes are AMAZING and taste SOO good. They are light and refreshing in every bite. Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, dinner or dessert, the lemon adds the perfect touch! It is balanced just right and makes these meals savory and sweet in one sitting. In fact, these lemon recipes are so tasty and different that you could sook these recipes all in the same week and still not be sick of lemon flavor!
Sweet and savory lemon recipes are a huge hit no matter what time of year it is! Each recipe is built around the fresh taste of lemon. For lemon lovers, this is the perfect combination of recipes to help you soak in every last drop of freshly squeezed lemon juice right into a bowl or skillet. Then, you can make the most delicious lemon meals. I have rounded up my favorite recipes for you to start with that are so incredibly delicious, the hardest part will be deciding which one to cook first!
How to Pick The Best Lemons
Fruit can be so tricky to pick out! There is nothing worse than bringing home produce from the store to use that night in a recipe and finding out that it’s bad! Here are some quick tips on how to pick out the best lemons for your recipes!
Color: The brighter the better! You want the lemon to be all yellow with no green coloring.
Size: It is best to choose a lemon that is heavy for its size. The heavier the lemon and the thinner the skin is usually means there is more juice inside of the fruit
Smell: Smelling the fruit will also help know how strong and ripe the lemon is. So the stronger the smell, the riper the lemon!
Texture: he skin of a lemon should be bright and yellow with no wrinkles on it. The wrinkle means the fruit is old and a little bitter.
Fresh Lemons vs Lemon Juice
Some lemon recipes are specific with what they call for. Others just say “lemon juice”. So what exactly does that mean? Here are a few helpful tips for deciding which works better in your recipe!
Fresh lemon: Juice from a fresh lemon will be exactly that… Fresh. It still has that extra “zing” to it.
Bottle of lemon juice: bottlejuice tend to have a different taste to it. Because it has to be stored, a bottle of lemon juice has extra additives and perservatives which alter the taste. This makes the flavor not quite as potent.
There are a couple of different ways to store lemons to get the most out of them! Follow these instructions and you can be cooking with fresh lemons in your recipes all year long!
Refrigerator: Storing lemons in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag is the best way to keep lemons lasting longer. When stored at room temperature, lemons tend to harden after a week. If you are planning on using the lemons before that then the counter, pantry or basket outside of the refrigerator will work too.
Freezer: Freezing lemons will work as a whole but may become mushy when thawed. The juice does stay well and still tastes delicious. Lemon slices can be frozen easily by adding them to a ziplock bag laying flat in the freezer. Lastly, freezing the juice itself is just as simple by adding the squeezed juice into ice cube trays and freezing them. This is perfect for adding to water, cooking skillet or a flavored drink.
This Lemon Baked Pancake with Berry Sauce is such an easy breakfast for serving a crowd! Perfect for all your holiday brunches.
Ingredients: bag frozen berries (fresh is fine, too!), + 2 tablespoons water, pure maple syrup, corn starch, all purpose flour, large egg, milk, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, juice of 1 lemon, zest of 2 lemons
Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake! This pound cake is made lighter by using greek yogurt, and is loaded up with lemon flavor thanks to zest and fresh lemon juice! Juicy blueberries are baked right in. All drizzled with a luscious lemon glaze.
Ingredients: white granulated sugar, lemon zest, all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, vanilla greek yogurt, vanilla extract, eggs, lemon juice, vegetable oil, blueberries, all purpose flour, zest of 1 lemon, powdered sugar, lemon juice
Brown Butter Lemon Salmon is a freshly seared salmon sautéed in olive oil, infused with a brown butter glaze with fresh parsley, thyme and rosemary herbs with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This is the perfect balance of a light and tasty family meal!
Ingredients: salmon, olive oil, salt and pepper, butter, Juice of half lemon, thyme, parsley, rosemary
This sweet and savory lemon tart dessert is pure heaven and melts in your mouth with every bite! From the buttery shortbread crust, to the sweet and creamy lemon curd then topped with fresh fruit and powdered sugar, this dessert is rich and flavorful.
Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta! This is a must make meal!
Ingredients: Chicken , butter, Italian Bread Crumbs, grated parmesan, flour, pasta of choice, heavy whipping cream, grated parmesan cheese, of one lemon, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata is creamy lemony sauce-coated noodles with juicy lightly breaded chicken with a hint of garlic, all topped with savory capers!
Ingredients: large boneless skinless chicken breasts, flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, linguine noodles or thin spaghetti noodles, chicken broth, heavy cream, salt and pepper, juice of 1 lemon, capers
Fresh lemon, herbs, and garlic come together in this fast and flavorful marinade. Complemented with fresh and bright summer veggies in this amazing meal that is under 400 calories!
Ingredients: garlic, fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, minced fresh herbs, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, medium zucchini, large red bell pepper, medium red onion, boneless skinless chicken breasts, lemon cut into wedges for serving
Lemon Garlic Butter Flank Steak with Mushrooms is tender, juicy flank steak cooked in a buttery, lemon garlic sauce mixed with mushrooms for the perfect combination. It is cooked in a skillet to tender perfection and a meal that everyone will love!
Ingredients: flank steak, olive oil, garlic cloves, sliced mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, juice of one lemon, of red pepper flakes, fresh chopped herbs for garnish
There’s nothing better than a buttery shortbread crust topped with a juicy lemon filling and a sprinkling of powder sugar. This classic recipe for lemon bars is the only one you’ll ever need! It’s happiness in bite-sized pieces.
Ingredients: butter,, confectioners’ sugar, plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour,, eggs, granulated sugar, grated lemon zest,, freshly squeezed lemon juice,, milk, Additional confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling on top
This fresh asparagus salad is one of my favorites and I can't wait to show you how to make it. With lemon vinaigrette dressing drizzled on top this salad has a light and flavorful crisp crunch in every bite.
Ingredients: bunch asparagus, spinach, radish, cherry tomatoes, peas, red onion, feta cheese, olive oil, juice of one lemon, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper
Lemon Garlic Butter Herb Chicken with Asparagus is the easiest 30 minute meal that is bursting with amazing flavor. Cooked in a buttery lemon garlic herb blend to tender juicy perfection with asparagus!
Ingredients: butter, Juice of one lemon, garlic cloves, freshly chopped oregano, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, boneless skinless chicken thighs, salt and pepper, bunch asparagus
Sparkling pomegranate lemonade is the perfect sweet and tangy holiday beverage!
Ingredients: water, full cup white granulated sugar*, ~4-6 large lemons freshly squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened pomegranate-cranberry juice, and ½ cups sparkling lemon-flavored water, Pomegranate, Ice and additional lemons, Fresh mint
Buttery Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a Glaze are light and fresh with vibrant sweet and sour flavors that are surprisingly easy to create! Every bite is packed with a burst of lemon flavor and the shortbread has the perfect dense, buttery texture that will make this your new favorite cookie!
Ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, zest of one lemon, juice of one lemon, flour, salt, baking powder, flour, lemon juice, powdered sugar, zest of one lemon
Triple Berry Chicken Avocado Salad with a Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing is my all time favorite salad! Tender and juicy pan seared chicken with romaine lettuce, avocados, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Topped with pistachio nuts, feta cheese and drizzled in the best creamy dressing!
Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta is made in just one pot and ready in 30 minutes! Fresh shrimp is cooked in a buttery lemon garlic sauce and tossed in fresh parmesan cheese and pasta. It's unbelievably good and sure to become a new favorite!
Ingredients: linguine pasta, olive oil, butter,, garlic,, red pepper flakes, large shrimp, salt and pepper to taste, italian seasoning, baby spinach, parmesan cheese, parsley,, lemon juice
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs and Veggies is a hearty and flavorful meal! Filled with tender veggies and tuscan herbed spice chicken that all get cooked in a lemon garlic sauce.
Ingredients: red potatoes, bone-in, Tuscan-Style seasoning *see notes, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, Juice of 2 lemons, baby carrots, green beans, cornstarch, water, chopped fresh italian parsley
An amazingly moist muffin bread filled with blueberry pie filling. Topped with a crumb topping and drizzled in a lemon glaze this bread is incredible!
Ingredients: all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, egg, vanilla, sugar, milk, can Lucky Leaf® Blueberry Fruit Filling and Topping, cold butter, flour, light brown sugar, powdered sugar, Heavy Cream, Lemon Juice
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken is simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken cooks up tender and juicy in a buttery lemon garlic sauce.
Ingredients: boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin* , garlic powder, olive oil , butter divided, onion, chopped, cloves, sliced or minced, Italian seasoning , Juice and zest of one lemon, homemade or low sodium chicken broth, **SEE NOTE Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish, if desired
Grilled Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with Vegetables – a simple and tasty recipe for summer grilling. Juicy shrimp and tender veggies are coated in an amazing buttery lemon garlic blend that are grilled to perfection.
Ingredients: Olive oil for the grill, about 18 raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on, bell peppers, red onion, Coarse salt and ground pepper, smoked paprika, Metal or wooden skewers*, butter, finely minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley
Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken is an incredible restaurant quality meal you can make under 30 minutes. Tender and juicy chicken is drowning in a creamy lemon parmesan sauce and is a meal the family will go crazy for!
Ingredients: Boneless, olive oil, garlic cloves, heavy cream, chicken broth, Juice from one lemon, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, cornstarch
Soft, cake like cookies that are bursting with fresh blueberries and have a hint of lemon. These cookies melt in your mouth and are topped with the most amazing lemon cream cheese frosting!
Ingredients: all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, zest of 1 lemon, butter, granulated sugar, sour cream, large eggs, juice of 1 lemon, blueberries, butter, cream cheese, zest of one lemon, juice of one lemon, powdered sugar