Easy Lemon Mousse Recipe

Mousse is a great dessert item that comes in many different flavors and varieties. While there's no doubt that chocolate mousse is among the most popular, there are plenty of other incredible-tasting mousse recipes that you can whip up in the comfort of your own kitchen. Recipe developer Catherine Brookes came up with this recipe for lemon mousse that is perfect for anyone who loves lemon flavor or anyone who has a sweet tooth in general. It's a great dessert because it doesn't take many ingredients to make, and it's super cost-effective. The prep is also easy, and it requires no baking, making it a no-brainer. Whether you're making the mousse for a crowd or just for a treat for your family, it always hits the spot.

Brookes shares that her favorite part of the recipe is the ease. "I love how little prep is needed to make something so delicious!" Brookes says. "You just whip the mixture up and pop it in the fridge to set." Keep reading to find out how to whip together this delicious dessert. Trust us: This is one recipe that you don't want to miss out on.

Gather the ingredients for your lemon mousse

To kick things off, it's best to put together a grocery list to see what you will need to get at the store. As the title suggests, this recipe for easy lemon mousse is simple and requires just four ingredients to make. For starters, you will need some lemon curd. You can usually find this in the same aisle as the jam. In addition, grab a few cups of heavy cream, which helps make this mousse nice and thick.

The dish's star is lemon, so you also need the zest of one lemon and then some extra lemon zest and slices for decorating. Please note that it is optional to decorate the mousse, but it makes an Instagram-worthy shot if you do.

Mix the ingredients for your easy lemon mousse

Now that you have everything you need, you can get started. For starters, take out a large mixing bowl. First, you will need to add the lemon curd, heavy cream, and the zest of one lemon. Once you toss in all of the ingredients, take out an electric hand whisk and whip everything together until the mixture holds its shape. It shouldn't take more than a few seconds to combine everything. The mix should gain a thick, mousse-like consistency, and that's a good indicator that it's done. 

Transfer the mixture

Once you are done whisking, it's time to transfer the mousse. Don't worry, this step is easy! Simply dump the mixture into your serving pots or cups (you can choose how you'd like to serve, but the recipe yields about five portions). Then, stick the pots or cups in the fridge for at least two hours to chill. Please note that you can also make these ahead of time and let them chill overnight. Making it ahead makes it easy for a party or other occasion where you'll be busy making dishes on the day of.

Decorate the cups

Once your cups have chilled for at least two hours, it's time to get to decorating. This step is optional, but it adds a lot of color, flavor, and a pretty spin to this delicious dessert. If you want to impress your guests, then this is the way to do it! 

Simply use the extra lemon zest and a few lemons to garnish each cup. You can be as creative as you would like, and it's great to use your imagination. One thing is for sure — there is no such thing as too much lemon! 

Brookes shares that you can also add blueberries or raspberries to the top.

How to store your leftovers

If you happen to have any leftovers, don't worry — we have you covered because this recipe stays good for quite some time. "They should actually keep pretty well for up to a week in the fridge," Brookes says. "Just make sure to put some foil or plastic wrap over the top of each pot." 

Hopefully, you love this recipe as much as we do! It's perfect to please a crowd, and the lemony flavor hits the spot, especially on a hot day! 

Easy Lemon Mousse Recipe
5 from 41 ratings
This recipe for lemon mousse is perfect for anyone who loves lemon flavor or anyone who has a sweet tooth in general. Give it a try!
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Easy Lemon Mousse Recipe in glasses
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 ½ cups lemon curd
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Optional Ingredients
  • Extra lemon zest and slices, for decorating
  1. Add the lemon curd, heavy cream, and zest of one lemon to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk everything together until the mixture holds its shape.
  3. Transfer the mousse mixture into your serving pots and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (though you can make these up the day before and leave them to chill overnight).
  4. Decorate the mousse with extra lemon zest and slices if desired.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Calories per Serving 514
Total Fat 46.9 g
Saturated Fat 28.9 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 204.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 20.5 g
Sodium 56.3 mg
Protein 4.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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