Quick lemon meringue pie recipe

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This quick lemon meringue pie is the perfect cheat's recipe that takes only 30 mins to prepare. This recipe uses only 4 ingredients and is so easy

Lemon meringue pie recipe
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories364 Kcal18%
Fat13 g19%
Saturated Fat6 g30%
Carbohydrates56 g22%

This lemon meringue pie with lemon curd saves on time but delivers on flavour.

Whip up this quick lemon meringue pie with our perfect cheat’s recipe. The classic French pie takes a total of 30 minutes to prepare, using just four ingredients. Spoon some shop-bought lemon curd into your rolled out readymade shortcrust pastry (opens in new tab) pie, and top with an easy homemade meringue. Then put your foot up and let it cook for 45 minutes. We’ll be serving ours with a generous drizzle of cream after a Sunday roast. But you could enjoy it cold with a wholesome cuppa.


  • 1 packet of ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • 8 tbsp of lemon curd, from a jar
  • 6 eggs
  • 300g caster sugar




  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas 5 and grease a 22cm tin.
  2. Roll out the pastry to generously fit the tin. Line the tin with the pastry.
  3. Spoon the lemon curd into the pastry lined tin and spread evenly to the edges.
  4. For the meringue, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form stiff peaks (this means you can hold the bowl upside down above your head and it will not fall out). Whisk in the caster sugar, a spoonful at a time.
  5. Spoon the meringue mixture on top of the lemon curd.
  6. Bake the pie for about 45 minutes until the meringue is crisp on the outside and soft and marshmallow-like underneath.
  7. Serve warm or cold in slices.

Top tip for making quick lemon meringue pie:

For an extra cheat, bake the pastry case and filling for 45 mins and then crumble 4 ready made meringue nests on top of the lemon curd.

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Samuel Goldsmith
Freelance food writer

Former Assistant Headteacher, Samuel has a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham and is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. His work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel has also consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less.