Quick Preserved Lemon

preserved lemon

Preserved lemon is an ingredient often used in Moroccan cooking.  It traditional takes weeks to make and lasts quite a while.  This recipe is a short-cut to give you a similar flavor, but in about an hour.  It only lasts a week in the refrigerator, but you can make a lot or a little.  Did I say it just takes an hour?

Quick Preserved Lemon


  • 1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt


Combine ingredients in a small skillet over medium high heat; stir to dissolve salt.

Cover, reduce heat to low, simmer until lemon slices are nearly tender (peel will appear translucent), about 10 minutes.

Cool; store in the refrigerator up to one week.

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