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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

This is the one and only lemon meringue pie recipe you'll ever need. The flaky and tender from-scratch crust is worth the effort. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add 3 tablespoons cold water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • 2. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 3. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • 4. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and lemon peel. Gradually stir in lemon juice just until combined. Pour into the crust.
  • 5. For meringue, in a saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in cold water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is clear. Transfer to a bowl; cool.
  • 6. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat in cornstarch mixture on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust.
  • 7. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 444 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 269896
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2017

"My son loves lemon meringue pie and he really loved this recipe."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 269848
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2017

"A bit too sweet for my tastes, and I would prefer less meringue and more filling, but those are my personal preferences. Gotvrave reviews at the picnic I attended."

Debbie User ID: 9143533 264690
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"I did not use the pastry crust included with this recipe so no comment on that. The filling was a bit heavy handed on the thickening agents so I added another 1/2 cup of lemon juice and a bit of lemon oil instead of zest. The resulting flavor was bright and lemony. The meringue was just right when prepared as directed.No moisture or weeping after several hours."

Juicybooboon User ID: 8018964 263487
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"How come no one uses Meyers lemons? That is how a real Lemon Meringue is made!!! Delish!"

MariahL User ID: 6035998 239894
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I piled the meringue on for a "mile high meringue" instead of "spreading evenly". Turned out great!"

Michelle J. Zimmerman User ID: 1351552 228382
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"I made this pie for a friend's retirement party. It was a huge hit. The use of fresh lemons for the jiuce and zest made this pie outstanding. I had to immediately make another for my family."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 224475
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites and this recipe lives up to the quintessential tart yet sweet flavor combination lemon meringue pie should be. It's fabulous."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 224212
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"I can not review the crust as I used the one that I make all of the time, but we loved the filling and the meringue. I used a scant 11/4 cup sugar so it was quite tart as that is how we like it and it was great. The amount and taste the meringue was lovely. It made a nice high meringue. I think I would make an extra half batch of filling for my family as we really love the lemony part. An excellent recipe, Lee! Thank you."

GIORGIA83 User ID: 8308183 223558
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015


oldyellowflower User ID: 8178342 215673
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"easy and crust turned out goodvery pretty"

alrightjsp User ID: 6388560 138613
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"excellent recipe. Added extra lemon juice. Make sure cornstarch mix is chilled!!"

OliviaW. User ID: 7938377 54165
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I make this recipe for my neighbor he loves it. He says it's just like what his grandma used to make for him."

robinsonjm21 User ID: 7943128 141014
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"A great recipe just like my mom used to make"

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 100787
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I made this with a gluten free crust and used a gluten free pre-mixed flour blend in the filling. The family went for seconds! I do have to practice the meringue, the first time I added the cornstarch mixture it turned to a liquid. Not sure what I was doing wrong. I ended up making the meringue as I normally would (I will add cream of tarter next time as well) and drizzled the cornstarch mixture over top of the pie. Overall, delicious and simple to make."

BarbiVee User ID: 6261512 58361
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Very good! Made for Thanksgiving. I had never made a lemon meringue pie before and this one was surprisingly easy. Because I had already made a couple of pies and was home-made-pie-crusted out, I used a store bought crust for this, which was still good. The only thing is that I couldn't get my meringue to make the high peaks I wanted, but it peaked nonetheless. The pie was a hit with all. Will definitely make it again."

tengl User ID: 5887481 58185
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving. The filling and meringe set up well and everyone loved it."

4birds User ID: 1550664 81196
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Lemon Meringue is one of our families favorite pies, and I have been making it for years. It is definitely so much better making the filling from scratch. I have always had trouble with my meringue collapsing and shrinking away from the sides. Not any more will I be ashamed of how they look. This recipe is a lot of work, but the results are beautiful and delicious. Thanks."

Debbie D2 User ID: 5732807 58359
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"I absolutely love made-from-scratch lemon meringue pie and this recipe was a delicious way to enjoy one of my fave desserts. thank you."

Tennessee Momm User ID: 4848549 141013
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This is by far the best lemon meringue pie I have ever made. I have made quite a few considering it is my husband's favorite type pie. It is a "keeper"."

janet s User ID: 1475006 97885
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"This is a delicious pie. However, one of the steps(cooking the sugar, cornstarch and water) is given twice in the recipe. It's quite time consuming to make but the end product is very good."

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