Preserved Lemons

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Chef floWer

Preserved lemons are a popular ingredient for Middle Eastern recipes. I saw this recipe on SBS's Food Safari. It appeared in the Moroccan episode and the chef's name is Malika Ennaim. This recipe is perfect when lemons are in season Try picking unblemished fruit for best results. You could use as many lemons as you wish, however the equation will always be two teaspoons per cut lemon (as per Step 1), Step 2 will always be the same (juice of one lemon, four teaspoons of sea salt and warm water to cover lemons). Lemons will be ready in 40 days.

Top Review by JustJanS

I made these over 40 days ago now and opened them tonight for a recipe. I'm thrilled with them as it's the first time I've ever made them myself (my son often makes them for me). They were really easy to make and my big jar full should last ages. It's so much cheaper than buying them and has been well worth the wait to open them. Shall post a photo soon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and dry lemons. Cut each lemon into quarters, do not cut all the way through so that the lemon is still intact and joined together at the base.
  2. Spoon about two teaspoons of sea salt into each cut lemon and place the lemon into a sterile glass jar, packing them in tightly. Repeat step until all your lemons you want to preserve have finished.
  3. Add juice of one lemon and four teaspoons of sea salt into the jar. Cover lemons with warm water.
  4. Seal jar and leave in a cool dark place for 40 days and nights. (You can leave them longer than 40 days if you wish) do not refrigerate until opening.
  5. Enjoy.

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