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Moroccan Preserved Lemons are a must in every kitchen pantry. They require only 2 ingredients to make and can be used in an array of dishes! | cookingtheglobe.com

Classic Moroccan Preserved Lemons

Moroccan Preserved Lemons are a cornerstone of Moroccan cuisine. They are used in an array of Moroccan dishes but can also be added to our everyday dishes!
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 quart (litre) jar
Calories 367kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


  • 6 lemons (about 5 oz. or 140g. each) + 6 more for juicing
  • ¾ cup (110g) kosher salt
  • 1 quart (litre) jar


  • Scrub six lemons with a vegetable brush and rinse in cold water. Dry well. Trim the nubs off both ends. Quarter each lemon lengthwise leaving them still connected at a base.
  • Put the salt into a bowl. Working with one at a time, hold the lemon over the bowl and fill it generously with salt. Every lemon should get about 2 tablespoons of salt. Put them cut side up in the jar. You should push down really hard to fit them in.
  • Juice the remaining 6 lemons and add the juice into the jar until the lemons are submerged. If it's not enough juice, you can either juice more lemons to fill the jar to the brim or use boiled water.
  • Seal the jar and store in a dark place (not in a fridge) for a month, turning and shaking it once a day for the first week (to redistribute the salt).
  • After a month, rinse the lemons, remove the pulp and use the rind for your dishes. You can also use the pulp if you want to but usually only the rind is used. Enjoy!


Adapted from Mourad: New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou


Calories: 367kcal