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Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are a classic Moroccan condiment. Easy to make, packed with flavor and they can be stored for a very long time.

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 32 preserved lemon wedges; serving size 1 wedge

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Moroccan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Curing Time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days 15 minutes
Makes: 36 Servings
Calories: 8 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 12 large heavy-for-their-size lemons, washed and dried, divided
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt such as Diamond Crystal


  1. Pour boiling water into a 1-quart or 1-liter glass jar with lid. Immerse lid, too. Drain and air dry. We used a Weck 1 liter tulip shaped jar.
  2. Squeeze the juice from up to 8 of the lemons, measuring out 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) and set aside. (If you have extra juice you can use it for another use or freeze in ice cube trays). Use a hand-held reamer for best results!

  3. Cut 4 of the lemons into 8 wedges, keeping seeds intact. Remember, depending on how many lemons you used for juice, you might be left with an intact lemon or two for another use.
  4. Place a few lemon wedges in the clean jar, cover with salt and repeat layering all of the lemon wedges alternately with the salt, finishing with a layer of salt. Press down gently to lightly compress. Pour lemon juice into jar to cover. The lemons should be submerged. Cover the jar and let it sit at room temperature for 7 days, inverting the jar a few times every day to keep the lemons, salt and juice well combined.
  5. Many recipes suggest storing at room temperature as with the high salt content the mixture is safely “preserved”. That said, I find no downside to refrigerating the jar after the curing period. They last a long time. I have had jars last for months, but use your judgment. Three months is a conservative estimate although some cooks say a year or more!
  6. To use, simply rinse the lemon wedges gently, scrape away seeds and add to your chosen dishes. I know that sounds persnickety, but the seeds fall away almost by themselves and the process goes very quickly.


  • We like to use an old-fashioned wooden citrus reamer. These tools are cheap and work very well. You can pick them up for a few dollars and they will last a lifetime.
  • Some recipes suggest removing the seeds, but I do not find that it is necessary. I do remove them after curing and before using. When you rinse them gently before incorporating into your recipes, the seeds separate easily.
Nutrition Facts
Preserved Lemons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 2358mg98%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.