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preserved lemons in oil

Spiced Preserved Lemons In Oil

Easy recipe for lemons in oil, a great way to have lemons on hand for cooking at any time of year
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course preserves
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Calories 193 kcal


  • 6 lemons unwaxed or washed
  • 3 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf per jar
  • 3 cloves per jar
  • 6 peppercorns per jar
  • 1 dried chilli small dried chilli per jar
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • Slice the lemons either into rounds and place in a bowl with the salt and mix well
  • Leave overnight then next day place in a collander and allow to drain for 2 hours shaking occasionally
  • Pack lemons into jars and add the spices to each jar and top with the oil using a skewer to make sure there is no air trapped in the lemons
  • Seal with lids and set aside for 2 weeks to mature
  • Will keep for up to 6 months or longer stored in fridge


The oil will solidify in the fridge. Don't panic. Just spoon off the lemons and oil you want to use and place in a small bowl to bring to room temperature. Pop the jar back into the fridge.
Top up with olive oil to make sure lemon slices always under the oil. The amount of oil used depends on the sizes of jars you are using.


Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 7gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 20945mgPotassium: 923mgFiber: 19gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 344mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 4mg
Keyword lemons
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