Recipe Sifter

  • Start Here
    • Course
    • Main Ingredient
    • Cuisine
    • Preparation
    • Occasion
    • Diet
    • Nutrition

Select () or exclude () categories to narrow your recipe search.


As you select categories, the number of matching recipes will update.

Make some selections to begin narrowing your results.
  • Calories
  • Amount per serving
    1. Total Fat
    2. Saturated Fat
    3. Polyunsat. Fat
    4. Monounsat. Fat
    5. Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Total Carbohydrates
    1. Dietary Fiber
    2. Sugars
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Find exactly what you're looking for with the web's most powerful recipe filtering tool.

    You are in: Home / Recipes / South African Lemon Pickle Recipe
    Lost? Site Map

    South African Lemon Pickle

    South African Lemon Pickle. Photo by French Tart

    1/4 Photos of South African Lemon Pickle

    more photos

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    27 mins

    15 mins

    12 mins

    Zurie's Note:

    This versatile pickle is great with cold meats or cheeses, and is really nice to serve with a cheese board. It originally came from our S A herb guru, Margaret Roberts, who adores lemon for its many uses and medicinal value. The pickle is very good with smoked meats or, finely chopped, as a garnish for oily fish like mackerel, tuna or salmon. As soon as I have enough thick-skinned lemons again, I'll make this again and post a photo!

    • Save to Recipe Box

    • Add to Grocery List

    • Print

    • Email

    My Private Note




    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      You need clean bottling jars for this. You need about 5 - 6 1-cup jars or 3 larger ones. Put into a cold oven, then heat oven 325 deg C/160 deg F and leave until needed.
    2. 2
      Halve the lemons, then slice into thin slices. Remove pips.
    3. 3
      Put the rest of the ingredients in a fairly big pot with a thick bottom, stir well, and bring to boiling.
    4. 4
      Boil for about 12 minutes, then add the lemon slices. Stir well once and pull from heat.
    5. 5
      Carefully take your sterilised bottles from the oven (best is to put them straight on to a metal oven tin).
    6. 6
      With a slotted spoon, ladle the lemon pieces into the jars, the fill up with the liquid, to cover the lemon slices.
    7. 7
      Very carefully, using oven gloves, wipe spills off the bottle necks with a damp cloth.
    8. 8
      Seal bottles with their tops.
    9. 9
      Cool, wipe completely clean, label, and leave for 2 weeks before using.

    Browse Our Top Condiments, Etc. Recipes

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 27, 2008


      I cannot seem to post a NO STAR review anymore - so, I have opted for 5 stars for now! I am basing this initial review on the recipe and how it was written...............the ease of making it and the instructions etc! I have not been able to taste this yet, as it needs to "sit" for 2 weeks - but I already suspect that it will be 10 star!! The recipe is well written and VERY easy to follow - good instructions and tips. The quantities appear to be spot on - I halved the recipe as I have LOADS of pickles and chutneys etc to make my way through - so, I opted for 5 lemons and the rest of the ingredients were pro-rata. I made two half pound jars out of my 5 lemons - and the smell of all of those lemons and combined spices was intoxicating! I was LUCKY enough to be able to use REAL Cape Malay Curry powder - a gift from a Herbs and Spices swap I had with Zurie last year!! I used unrefined light brown sugar and also added the optional mustard seeds. I will return with MORE photos and my final review in a couple of weeks - but it is looking good! Thanks Zuri for posting this much missed and classic South African pickle recipe - we plan to eat this alongside freshly grilled fish, as we used to when we lived in the Cape! FT:-)

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
    • on February 01, 2008


    • on January 29, 2008


      If Margaret Roberts had anything to do with this it wil be excellent, my fellow south african, thanks for this recipe, will be making it very soon, 5 stars in anticipation!

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No


    Nutritional Facts for South African Lemon Pickle

    Serving Size: 1 (1424 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 246.8
    Calories from Fat 13
    Total Fat 1.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 960.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 68.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.0 g
    Sugars 42.9 g
    Protein 3.3 g

    Ideas from


    Over 475,000 Recipes Network of Sites