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Tangy slivers of preserved lemon make wonderful additions to rice and pasta dishes and salads, as well as adding zest to chicken and fish.


Categories     100+ Everyday Cooking Recipes

Time P7DT15m

Yield 32

Number Of Ingredients 4

4 large lemons, cut into 8 wedges each
¾ cup kosher salt
1 cup lemon juice
¾ cup olive oil


  • Toss the lemon slices in kosher salt to coat, and place them into a sterile 2 quart glass jar. Pour in the lemon juice, cover tightly, and let stand on the counter for 1 week. Turn the jar over daily. At the end of the week, top the jar off with enough olive oil to cover the lemons. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.
  • To use, pull the lemon pulp from the peel, and scrape out the pith to leave only the yellow rind. Julienne, and add to your favorite dish for a lemony zing.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 49.5 calories, Carbohydrate 2.2 g, Fat 5.1 g, Fiber 0.7 g, Protein 0.2 g, SaturatedFat 0.7 g, Sodium 2135.5 mg, Sugar 0.2 g


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Preserved lemons, sold loose in the souks, are one of the indispensable ingredients of Moroccan cooking, used in fragrant lamb and vegetable tagines, recipes for chicken with lemons and olives , and salads.

Provided by Paula Wolfert

Categories     Citrus     Condiment     Lemon     Spice

Yield Serves 6; makes about 1 1/2 cups

Number Of Ingredients 13

5 lemons
1/4 cup salt, more if desired
Optional Safi mixture:
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
5 to 6 coriander seeds
3 to 4 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Freshly squeezed lemon juice, if necessary
Shallow bowl
Sterile 1-pint mason jar
Sharp knife


  • 1. If you wish to soften the peel, soak the lemons in lukewarm water for 3 days, changing the water daily.
  • 2. Quarter the lemons from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, sprinkle salt on the exposed flesh, then reshape the fruit.
  • 3. Place 1 tablespoon salt on the bottom of the mason jar. Pack in the lemons and push them down, adding more salt, and the optional spices between layers. Press the lemons down to release their juices and to make room for the remaining lemons. (If the juice released from the squashed fruit does not cover them, add freshly squeezed lemon juice - not chemically produced lemon juice and not water.*) Leave some air space before sealing the jar.
  • 4. Let the lemons ripen in a warm place, shaking the jar each day to distribute the salt and juice. Let ripen for 30 days. To use, rinse the lemons, as needed, under running water, removing and discarding the pulp, if desired - and there is no need to refrigerate after opening. Preserved lemons will keep up to a year, and the pickling juice can be used two or three times over the course of a year.
  • According to the late Michael Field, the best way to extract the maximum amount of juice from a lemon is to boil it in water for 2 or 3 minutes and allow it to cool before squeezing.
  • Paula Wolfert shares her tips with Epicurious:
  • •Located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, south of Casablanca and north of Essaouira, the city of Safi is known for its seafood specialties. •To most closely approximate the flavor of Moroccan lemons, Wolfert recommends Meyer lemons for this recipe. This lemon/mandarin orange hybrid, in season in January and February, has yellow-orange flesh, a smooth rind, and a sweeter flavor than other lemons. •To sterilize a mason jar for the lemons, place it upside down in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes. Using tongs (wrap the ends in rubber bands for a better grip), remove the hot jar and dry it upside down on a paper towel-lined baking sheet in a warm oven. To sterilize the jar's top, boil it in water for 5 minutes, then remove with tongs. For more information on home canning, click here. •When you're ready to use a lemon, remove it with clean utensils to avoid contaminating the inside of the jar with bacteria. This way, the remaining contents of the jar will not need to be refrigerated.


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Preserving with salt has been a common method for storing vegetables past their season for centuries, and preserved lemons have long been a staple of Arab Mediterranean cuisines. There are different methods for making preserved lemons. Some recipes call for spices such as cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn and bay leaves. The Indian version of these pickled lemons uses an abundance of seasonings, including fenugreek seeds and turmeric. My recipe relies primarily on salt and sugar, so the fruit's bright flavor shines through. (A couple of sprigs of oregano gives them a Mediterranean bent). The preserving process is easy to do at home. Once the lemons are ready, I use them in classic Moroccan tagines, salad dressings and sandwiches, as well as marinades and stews. And since the rind is tender and completely edible, the whole lemon can be used.

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Time P28DT15m

Yield 10 preserved lemons

Number Of Ingredients 4

13 to 14 lemons (see Cook's Note)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Kosher salt
2 sprigs fresh oregano, optional


  • Wash 10 of the lemons thoroughly and dry them completely (reserve the remaining 3 to 4 lemons for juicing). Cut off about 1/4 inch from the tip of the 10 lemons, then cut them almost all the way into quarters, keeping the ends attached.
  • Mix the sugar and 3/4 cup salt in a small bowl. Gently open each quartered lemon, use a small spoon to fill it with the salt mixture and close it back up. Place the lemons and remaining salt mixture in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to overnight. After this time, the lemons will have released some of their juices and become squishy.
  • Transfer the salted lemons and oregano if using to a sterilized quart glass jar with tight lid, pressing them tightly into the jar; you want as little space between the lemons as possible. Squeeze enough juice from the reserved lemons (about 3/4 cup) to fill the jar with lemon juice. You may need more or less juice, depending on the size of the lemons.
  • Refrigerate the lemons, turning the jar upside down every few days and then placing it back in the refrigerator right-side up, until the rinds are soft, 3 to 4 weeks. You can keep the preserved lemons in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.


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Provided by Alton Brown

Time P8D

Yield 1 pint

Number Of Ingredients 2

4 lemons, scrubbed and dried, plus the juice of 1 lemon, if necessary
40 grams kosher salt


  • Trim the ends off the lemons. Slice each lemon into 8 wedges, removing any seeds as you go. Reserve as much of the juice as possible.
  • Layer the lemon wedges in a wide-mouthed 16-ounce canning jar, covering each layer with salt. Pack the jar as tightly as possible, pressing down to release the lemons' juice as you go and leaving about 1/4 inch of headspace in the jar.
  • Cover the wedges with the reserved lemon juice from the cutting board and the ends. If your lemons do not release a significant amount of juice, top off the jar with the juice of another lemon.
  • Stash in the refrigerator for 4 days, then flip the jar over and age another 4 days before sampling. The peel should be nice and soft. Rinse before using.


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This is a Moroccan recipe.

Provided by Jamie Oliver

Categories     condiment

Time P4DT3h15m

Number Of Ingredients 7

Fennel seeds
Cinnamon stick
Coriander seeds
Bay Leaf
Sea salt
Large fat Lemons (preferably Sicilian ones with the leaves still attached)


  • In a bowl mix the spices into the sea salt. Cut a cross into the lemons -- almost to the base, but so that the quarters stay together. Push the seasoned salt into the lemon segments and pack the lemons as tightly as possible into an airtight jar. The less space there is between the lemons the more attractive it will look and you won't need to use so much salt. The lemons will be ready after one month of preserving, and will last for about 2 years. Tips:The peel is edible This also works very well with limes You could preserve oranges like this too -- but there are not so many recipes which use them You must use sea salt not table salt -- table salt is too chemical and harsh
  • Uses:For seasoning rice and couscous -- it works like salt and makes the rice and couscous lemon scented Put chicken/fish into a foil bag and bake with the lemon salt Use to season stews and soups ;


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Provided by Ina Garten

Categories     condiment

Yield 2 to 3 lemons

Number Of Ingredients 2

2 to 3 lemons
2 tablespoons kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Cut the lemons into sixths, lengthwise, sprinkle with the salt and place in a non-corrosive dish (glass is good). Cover the lemons with water and cook in the oven for 3 hours. Allow to cool and then refrigerate.


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Preserved lemons are a popular ingredient for Middle Eastern recipes. I saw this recipe on SBS's Food Safari. It appeared in the Moroccan episode and the chef's name is Malika Ennaim. This recipe is perfect when lemons are in season Try picking unblemished fruit for best results. You could use as many lemons as you wish, however the equation will always be two teaspoons per cut lemon (as per Step 1), Step 2 will always be the same (juice of one lemon, four teaspoons of sea salt and warm water to cover lemons). Lemons will be ready in 40 days.

Provided by Chef floWer

Categories     Lemon

Time 15m

Yield 10 Preserved lemons

Number Of Ingredients 5

10 lemons
20 teaspoons sea salt
1 lemon, juice of
4 teaspoons sea salt
warm water (to cover lemons)


  • Wash and dry lemons. Cut each lemon into quarters, do not cut all the way through so that the lemon is still intact and joined together at the base.
  • Spoon about two teaspoons of sea salt into each cut lemon and place the lemon into a sterile glass jar, packing them in tightly. Repeat step until all your lemons you want to preserve have finished.
  • Add juice of one lemon and four teaspoons of sea salt into the jar. Cover lemons with warm water.
  • Seal jar and leave in a cool dark place for 40 days and nights. (You can leave them longer than 40 days if you wish) do not refrigerate until opening.
  • Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 17.9, Fat 0.2, Sodium 5582.4, Carbohydrate 5.7, Fiber 1.6, Sugar 1.6, Protein 0.7


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These lemons pickled in brine and spices add an intense citrus flavour to Moroccan dishes - a larder essential

Provided by John Torode

Categories     Condiment, Dinner

Time 25m

Yield Makes 1 litre/ 1 3/4 pts

Number Of Ingredients 5

10 unwaxed lemons
250g sea salt
10 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp whole coriander seed


  • Juice 6 of the lemons then cut the remaining 4 into quarters. Pack in layers with salt, star anise, cinnamon sticks and coriander seeds, into a sterilised jar. Pour in lemon juice and top with water to just cover lemons. Seal and store in a dark, cool place for at least a month before using. Scoop out the pulp and rinse before use. These will keep for about six months.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 24 calories, Fat 1 grams fat, Carbohydrate 7 grams carbohydrates, Fiber 4 grams fiber, Protein 2 grams protein, Sodium 2 milligram of sodium

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