lemon loaf with icing

A spritz of lemon can add instant flavor to a recipe, and for those of us who can’t get enough of that citrusy taste, there are loads of refreshing lemon recipes you can make right at home. Lemon plays well with all sorts of ingredients. Add it to desserts for an incomparable tangy-sweet flavor that instantly pleases the palate. Or let lemon take the starring role in savory dinner dishes where it can cut through rich sauces or complement an assortment of fresh herbs to transport your tastebuds straight to culinary bliss.

Of course, you can also use lemon when mixing up refreshing beverages to quench your thirst. Lemonade is an old-school favorite, and anyone who’s ever tried their hand at making lemonade knows that freshly squeezed lemons make your homemade drink downright amazing.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into the best Mashed lemon recipes that need to be on your radar.

Lemon curd

two glasses of lemon curd

Light but creamy, sweet yet tangy, lemon curd is a recipe every citrus lover should know by heart. Spread lemon curd over freshly baked scones or pancakes. You can also use it as a substitute for jam when making thumbprint cookies or even as a filling for fruit tarts. Add a dollop or two to a cheesecake, or simply enjoy a bowl of lemon curd with fresh berries. Delicious, versatile, and dangerously easy to make, you’ll come back to our lemon curd recipe again and again.

Lemon cake

lemon bundt cake with icing

Light, moist, and boasting a vibrant flavor, lemon cake is a terrific summer dessert you can serve alongside afternoon tea or dig into as a sweet treat at night. It’s a simple, yet elegant cake that requires very little prep work and under an hour of baking time. A quick word of advice? Don’t be shy when pouring the lemon glaze over the cake, and definitely don’t forget to dust it with plenty of powdered sugar.

Lemon chicken

skillet of lemon chicken

Golden brown chicken cutlets drenched in a mouthwatering sauce of butter, thyme, white wine, and of course, plenty of lemon? Yes, please. This amazing lemon chicken recipe (which you might recognize as chicken francese) is simple, yet sophisticated and easy to make. Lemon balances out the richness of the butter, while also imparting its sensational flavor to the sauce. It’s a winner for moments when you want to wow friends or family with your culinary skills without spending half the day in the kitchen.

Zucchini walnut bread with lemon glaze

sliced zucchini bread

While it’s often relegated to savory dishes like sheet pan dinners or fried as an appetizer, the humble zucchini works brilliantly in desserts. This easy zucchini walnut bread with lemon glaze has a mild, lightly sweet flavor. It’s moist with a bit of crunch, courtesy of the chopped walnuts, and topped off with a zesty glaze. That hint of lemon works so well with the subtle flavor of the zucchini. Not only is it a tasty snack, but zucchini bread is also a clever way to eat more of this healthy vegetable.

Copycat Chick-fil-A lemonade

mason jar of lemonade

When the temperatures rise, there’s nothing that hits the spot quite like an ice-cold glass of homemade lemonade. This copycat Chick-fil-A lemonade recipe is the only lemonade recipe you’ll need. Great-tasting lemonade is all about getting the ratio of lemon, water, and sugar right, and as far as we’re concerned, this recipe is the holy grail. Say hello to amazing lemonade all summer long. Save the leftover lemon peels to use in other recipes.

Lemon brownies

lemon brownies

While these lemon brownies aren’t brownies per se, they share the same perfect cakey-chewy texture. They’re a serious upgrade from your classic lemon bars and take just over a half hour to make. With lemon present in both the luscious brownies and the glaze, it’s a fantastic recipe for lemon lovers to enjoy as a satisfying dessert, a sweet treat after lunch, or with a piping hot cup of tea.