Saturday, August 8, 2009

Recipe :: How to Preserve Lemons

We used these Preserved Lemons in our Chicken Tagine, and they are one of the most popular Moroccan condiments. You can use them in many traditional Moroccan dishes, like couscous, fish & lamb. But don't be afraid to throw them into a salad, a pasta or any old chicken dish - we use them all the time!

All Photos by Karen Mordchai

10 to 12 lemons (2 1/2 to 3 lb)
2/3 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
a 4- to 6-cup jar with a tight-fitting lid

Scrub lemons well, and slice them into medium or thin slices, leave a few extra lemons for juice
Coat the sliced lemons in kosher salt & a bit of the olive oil, allow them to sit for about an hour to allow the juices to formulate
Pack the lemons in a jar and Push the lemons down firmly to pack them tightly
Fill the top of the jar with the extra lemon juice and top it with remaining olive oil. Be sure to fill the jar up to the very top and seal well.
Store in Refrigerator for up to 6 months.


  1. Yummy! I definitely think Ill try this one!

  2. Yum! I definitely want to try this one!

  3. what a lovely space you have here! delicious. found you via pia's blog features. and have passed you on to a foodie/photographer friend. gorgeous images and inspirational treats. i'll surely visit again.

  4. Lemons looking great! nice photos

  5. how long would it be till they're ready to use?