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So You Bought a Jar of Preserved Lemons, What’s Next?

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So you bought that jar of preserved lemons because it seemed like a good idea. Or maybe that one recipe called for a slice or two for brightness and levity. Or maybe you were curious and saw it on the grocery store shelf and thought to yourself, Hey, I’ll try this! Either way, you’ve now got yourself a jar of the stuff sitting in your fridge and, if you’re anything like me, have no idea what to do with them.

For starters, preserved lemons are a condiment common in South Asian and North African cooking, made by canning wedges of the citrus in jars of salt mixed with their own tangy juice. The brine keeps the lemons sharp and zesty well into the off-season months. You can use bits of the rind and flesh in your cooking, or a dash of the acidic brine to breath lemony life into a sauce or dressing. And if you find yourself with extra lemons on hand, why not preserve some lemons at home? It’s a lot easier than you think.

KatieQ Shares a Trick for Making Quick Preserved Lemons
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KatieQ Shares a Trick for Making Quick Preserved Lemons

Okay, now that you’ve mastered that—or picked up a jar at your grocery store—it’s time to get cooking. But how? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are all the recipes from our site that have a splash, dash, zest, or chop of preserved lemon in their ingredient list. Get going!

With Chicken

Renee Erickson's Roast Chicken with Brown Butter and Lemons
Renee Erickson's Roast Chicken with Brown Butter and Lemons
Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives

Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives by Sonali aka the Foodie Physi...

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, a... by em-i-lis

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon
Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon

With Vegetables

Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger
Small Oven's Green Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger
Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon

Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon by Kristy Mucci

Artichokes with Parsley and Preserved Lemon Pesto

Artichokes with Parsley and Preserved Lemon Pesto by solmstea

 Portobello Mushrooms with Pearled Barley and Preserved Lemon

Portobello Mushrooms with Pearled Barley and Preserved L... by Yotam Ottolenghi

Moroccan carrot salad with Harissa

Moroccan carrot salad with Harissa by Cordeliah

With Seafood

Dorie Greenspan’s Butter Poached Scallops in a Pouch

Dorie Greenspan’s Butter Poached Scallops in a Pouch by Dorie Greenspan

Savory Shrimp with Chickpeas, Green Olives, and Preserved Lemon

Savory Shrimp with Chickpeas, Green Olives, and Preserved... by Melina Hammer

Feeling inspired? What do you like to make with your preserved lemons? Tell us below!

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Tags: Indian, Fruit, Pickle & Preserve, Ingredients