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Lemons sometimes make my dishes bitter - help!

I've cooked two different dishes recently that have had lemon slices in the sauce. In one, I cooked lemon slices in hot olive oil to infuse it and then mixed it with gnocci and a few other things. The other was this incredible spatchcooked chicken:

I've made both dishes and had them come out incredibly - really delicious and lemony. But I've also made both and have had a really bitter taste that kind of tastes like the peel/pith/seeds of the lemon. I can't figure out why this sometimes happens - I've taken out the seeds each time. I know I can add juice and zest instead, but it really takes away from the great browned/caramelized lemon slices that, when the dish works, are so good. Maybe the individual lemons are the problem, but I don't know how to tell when a lemon will be bad. Any thoughts?

asked by LucyS about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

Lucy, i had that bitter lemon experience once so i never put lemon slices into dishes any more. But SOMEone will have an answer for you. the only thing i am wondering is about washing the lemon really well.. ...?

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Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

It might be worth trying Meyer lemons to see if they would be less strident in the dishes you've tried, since they're sweeter.