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🍋 Homemade Pickled Lemons Recipe 🍋

Learn how to make delicious homemade pickled lemons with this easy recipe from Just Pickling. Perfect for adding tangy flavor to your dishes. Try it now!

Homemade Pickled Lemons

You will need:

  • fresh lemons4-5 fresh lemons
  • coarse sea saltCoarse sea salt
  • sterilized jarSterilized jar
  • lemon juiceExtra lemon juice (if needed)
  • spices for picklingOptional spices (bay leaves, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, etc.)


  1. Start by scrubbing the lemons clean and drying them.
  2. Cut off the ends of each lemon, then slice them into quarters without cutting all the way through, so they open like a flower.
  3. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt inside each lemon.
  4. Pack the salt-filled lemons into your sterilized jar, pressing them down to release their juices.
  5. If the lemons aren't completely covered by their own juice, add additional fresh lemon juice until they are submerged.
  6. Optional: Add your chosen spices to the jar.
  7. Seal the jar tightly and leave it at room temperature for a few days, shaking it daily to distribute the salt and juice.
  8. After a few days, move the jar to the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 3 weeks before using the lemons.


Remember, the longer they sit, the better they taste. Once opened, ensure to refrigerate.

Discover the tangy delight of Homemade Pickled Lemons with our easy-to-follow recipe. This unique spin on pickling is sure to add a zesty twist to your meals. Whether you're a seasoned pickler or a novice, this recipe is a perfect way to explore the vast world of pickling beyond cucumbers and peppers.

Imagine the burst of citrusy flavor in your salads, marinades, or even grilled fish dishes. The beauty of pickled lemons lies in their versatility. The process of pickling not only preserves the lemons but also intensifies their flavor, making them a fantastic addition to a wide range of dishes. If you're curious about more easy and delicious pickling recipes to try, we've got you covered.

Now, you might be wondering, what is the secret to making successful homemade pickles? The answer lies in the quality of your ingredients and the patience to let them pickle properly. With our Homemade Pickled Lemons recipe, we ensure you get the best results by guiding you through each step.

While our recipe uses simple ingredients like fresh lemons and coarse sea salt, the optional spices add an extra layer of flavor. From bay leaves to coriander seeds, the choice is yours. If you're feeling adventurous, why not try a unique pickle recipe by adding unexpected spices?

Remember, the magic of pickling happens over time. The longer the lemons sit in their salty juice, the better they taste. So, let your jar of lemons sit for at least three weeks before you start using them. Patience is indeed a virtue when it comes to pickling!

Ready to embark on your pickling journey? Check out our guide on how to pickle lemons and start transforming your meals with the tangy goodness of Homemade Pickled Lemons.