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How To Make An Easy Lemon Meringue Pie In The Microwave; Flaky Pie Crust Recipe Included: Instructions With Photos

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Easy And Quick Lemon Meringue Pie

This article will explain how I make a Lemon Meringue Pie in the Microwave. I used to make it in a saucepan on top of the stove. This required constant stirring, and I didn’t enjoy making the pie that way. One day, I decided to make it in the microwave, and now I love making this pie. It is so simple to do. I wish I had thought of this long ago.

Get All Ingredients Ready

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

7 min

22 min

8 servings

Ingredients For The Pie

1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour

Dash Salt

1 ½ Cups hot water (I heat the water in the microwave)

3 slightly beaten egg yolks

2 Tablespoons Butter

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice. This can be bottled Lemon Juice, or the juice from two Lemons.

3 egg whites for the Meringue

A baked 8 in. Pie Shell. This can be a shell from the Grocery Store or one you have made.

I have included my recipe for a good flaky pie crust below.

How Simple Is This??

You really can't get an easier way to make a lemon meringue pie than this: You just put the first four ingredients into a microwavable bowl, (I use my 2 quart Pyrex container), add the hot water, microwave for 2 minute, bring it out, beat it, put back in the microwave for another 2 minutes, add a small amount into the beaten egg yolk, return to the microwave for another 2 minutes, bring it out, add the lemon juice and butter, put it back in the microwave for another minute or so. That's it! So instead of standing in front of the stove, and continually stirring for about 15 minutes on medium, this way you have a total of 7 minutes in the microwave, and you're done!

First Four Ingredients

First Four Ingredients

Into a 2 quart microwavable plastic container, Mix together:

The Sugar, Cornstarch, Flour, and Salt

Hot Water Has Been Added

Add Hot Water And Mix

Gradually add the hot water. Mix well. Place in the microwave on high setting for 2 minutes.

Take out and use hand held beater to mix well. Put back in the microwave for another 2 minutes.

3 Beaten Egg Yolks

Mixture Is Added To The Beaten Egg Yolks.

Pour a small amount of the mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Mix this well. Return it to the mixture in the container.

After The Egg Yolks Are Added

After The Egg Yolks Are Added

Put it back in the microwave for 2 minutes. It will be slightly thickened at this point. Use the hand held beater to make sure there are no lumps.

Add the Lemon Juice and Butter.

Put back in the microwave for 1 minute.

Beat well with the hand held beater till nice and smooth. The mixture should be very thick at this point and ready to put into the baked pie shell.

Spoon The Lemon Pie Mixture Into Baked Pie Shell

Recipe For A Flaky Pie Crust Using Oil: No Shortening

For one crust:

Ingredients: 1 cup All Purpose Flour (not self rising)

1/2 Cup Wesson Oil (any good oil will do)

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 Cup Milk

Measure the Oil in a one cup measuring cup, add the Milk. Beat with a fork until it is foamy and thick. In a large bowl, put the Flour and Salt. Pour the oil mixture directly onto the Flour and Salt to form a ball. If the ball is too sticky, add a little more Flour.

I always roll my pastry between two sheets of waxed paper. That way it doesn't stick. After the pastry is rolled into the correct size for your pan, remove the top piece of waxed paper and place the pastry in your pie pan.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.


The Baked Pie Shell

Make The Meringue

Make The Meringue For The Lemon Meringue Pie

Make the Meringue by beating the 3 egg whites until you have nice peaks. Add about 3 Tablespoons sugar. Egg whites should be at room temperature, and they beat better in a glass bowl, not plastic.

Spread The Meringue On Top Of The Pie

Spread the Meringue on top of the pie, covering the entire pie, making peaks. I like to sprinkle a little sugar on the top just to give the pie some sparkle.

Spread The Meringue On Top Of The Pie

Bake Pie In Oven Till Meringue Is Browned

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Cool in Refrigerator for at least an hour before you cut the pie. It will be nice and firm, and hold it’s shape when cut.

Place Pie In Oven Until Meringue Is Browned

This is how your finished Lemon Meringue Pie will look. Make sure it's been chilled before you cut into it. We never want to wait!

If you like my recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie and Crust, please let me know by rating it using the Stars. Thanks so much!

Good Books On Cooking In The Microwave Oven

Comments

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 17, 2015:

Hi there, ChitrangadaSharan Oh, this pie can't compare with those they serve in restaurants; it is SO much better! This way of making Lemon Meringue Pie is fool-proof and is so easy to make,

Thanks so much for the votes, and I do hope you'll try and make this pie, Mary

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 17, 2015:

This looks delicious and easy method of preparing Lemon Meringue Pie. I have eaten this at restaurants but never tried making it on my own.

Now that you have shared the details of the recipe with helpful pictures, I am going to make it soon.

Thanks and voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 11, 2014:

Hi, Elsie Hagley. My recipe is so much easier than the old way of mixing the ingredients and stirring on the stove! I'm so pleased you will try making a Lemon Meringue pie in the microwave!

Hope you'll come back and let me know how you liked it. Mary

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 11, 2014:

I have never made a Lemon Meringue Pie in the Microwave, will be trying it out. Thanks for the recipe I have copied and printed it out.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2014:

HI, Stephanie Henkel If you like a lemon meringue pie as much as my family does, you can't go wrong with making one in the microwave. It is so easy to do, and turns out perfect every time.

I do hope you'll give it a try, Mary

Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 07, 2014:

Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites! Have to give this a try soon as it looks delicious!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 03, 2014:

Hi, Au fait. I'm so glad you like my idea of making Lemon Meringue pie in the microwave. This recipe does save a lot of time, and it is also good for making a chocolate pie among others.

Thanks so much for the votes, the Pin, and the shares, Mary

C E Clark from North Texas on July 03, 2014:

I love lemon meringue pie! Your idea to microwave instead of stirring and stirring is a great way to speed things up. Lots of people want to serve their families good food but really don't have a lot of time for cooking, so this sounds like a good shortcut.

Voted up and useful, pinned to my 'Fabulous Desserts' board, and will share with followers.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 31, 2014:

Hi, Jackie, If you like lemon meringue pie as much as I do, you will. Enjoy making this one. It is just so easy.

If you have made puddings in the microwave, this will be a breeze for you!

Thanks so much, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 31, 2014:

Hi Blond Logic. I used to cook my lemon pie on the top of the stove,too! This way is so much easier. Lucky you to be able to get fresh lemons!

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 31, 2014:

Hi, Peggy, So nice to see you. Thanh you for the return visit! I appreciate the pin, too.

I made one of these pies last night, and I made a pig of myself!

Good night, Mary

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 31, 2014:

So glad to see this I love this pie too and have not had it in a number of years; since before my mom passed on. I think with these instructions I could actually do this. I have made pudding in the microwave but not homemade and not lemon so at least it won't be like French will it? lol Thanks so much for sharing this; I can almost taste it!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on May 31, 2014:

This is timely, I have two friends with trees which are loaded with lemons. I have stood over the stove stirring my lemon mixture, no more- now it is the microwave for me.

Nicely laid out and wonderful example photos.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2014:

Hi Mary,

When I first commented, I was not yet on Pinterest. Going to pin this now! Thanks! I love lemon meringue pie!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 31, 2014:

Good Morning, TFN If you like lemon meringue pie as much as I do, I hope you will give my method a try. It is just so easy to make!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on May 30, 2014:

I love Lemon Meringue Pie. Had no idea you could even make it in the microwave. This is so awesome. And seems so easy. I will definitely have to give this a try.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 30, 2014:

Hi, moonlake So nice to see you. I have thought of you often. If there was some way I could get some of my lemon meringue pie, I certainly would!

I think you should treat yourself by making one of these. It is so simple to do.

Thinking of you, Mary

moonlake from America on May 30, 2014:

I love Lemon Meringue Pie and I wish I had some right now. I was just setting wonder what I want to eat when I saw your pie. Voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 25, 2012:

Hi, Kathi. Gee, I thought my pie looked pretty good!

Sounds like you are a more experienced cook than me. I'll keep on practicing!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Kathi on October 25, 2012:

I have been using the microwave to make my fillings for many years and they always turn out perfect. But I have to say your picture of the lemon meringue looks terrible! The meringue should stand up with pretty peaks and be golden brown all over--practice makes perect.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 22, 2012:

Hi, jenbeach21. This recipe for lemon meringue pie is really easy to make. We all love this pie!

Do hope you will try it. Thanks for the vote, the Pin and the share, Mary

jenbeach21 from Orlando, FL on October 22, 2012:

I love how easy this looks. I will be trying this as lemon meringue pie is my favorite. Pinned, voted up, and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 22, 2012:

Hi, Jools99. I'm glad you are going to make my recipe for easy lemon Meringue Pie. I was amazed at how easy this pie is to make. It is a favorite around my house.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 22, 2012:

Mary, looks yummy! I will certainly try this next time I make LMP. I regularly makde sponge in the microwave and pineapple upside down cake and I love anything that saves me time and effort :o)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 04, 2012:

Hi Cogerson. I do hope you will make this Lemon Meringue Pie. Your Mother will be so impressed. Honestly, it is really easy. Buy a ready made crust if you like....

Thanks for reading and for the vote, Mary

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 04, 2012:

I think I will give this recipe a spin the next time my mother is over my house for dinner. She made a lemon meringue on a regular basis when I was growing up.....so it seems logical to return her the favor and make one for her....bookmarking this hub for future. Voted and useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 20, 2012:

Hi, L.L. Woodard. I could honestly eat an entire Lemon Meringue Pie in a day. Sometimes I can't wait for it to cool until I cut into it. If you want a good recipe for coconut cream pie, check out Martha Stewart.com In the meantime, I'll check my cook book and get back to you if I find a good recipe.

Thanks for reading, commenting, voting and shared. Mary

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on September 20, 2012:

I love that this pie is something that can be made and eaten in the same evening. I enjoy lemon meringue, but wondered if I could wheedle a similar recipe for coconut cream?

Voted up and Shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 20, 2012:

Hi, Janine. Yes, this lemon meringue pie is really easy to make. I am making one for supper tonight! Hope I don't "pig out" on it.

Thanks for reading voting, sharing and tweeting! Mary

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 20, 2012:

Mary, this looks delicious and so very easy to make. I have of course pinned this one to try, voted, shared and tweeted too!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 16, 2012:

Hi, Rema, I'll bet you would love lemon meringue pie. It's always a favorite around my house, in fact, I have been known to eat a half a pie all by myself! I do hope you will try to make it.

Thanks for the shares, I do appreciate that, Mary

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 16, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Wonderful recipe. I had no idea about how a lemon meringue pie is made though I am familiar with the name. You have given extremely simple directions that I am tempted to try it out. I will, very soon. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. Sharing, pinning and tweeting. Cheers, Rema.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 02, 2012:

Hi ChristyWrites, if you like lemon meringue pie, you gotta try this method of making one. I could eat a whole pie all by myself.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 02, 2012:

I had not idea that the microwave could be used to help make this pie! What an interesting recipe. You make it sound easier than I had thought for this pie. It's sweet and yummy, a pie that I like to eat.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2012:

Hi skye2day. So nice to meet you! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my lemon meringue pie. The meringue is so simple to do, and it makes the pie look so pretty. I do hope you will try to make the pie this way (and my pie crust, too), although I agree. The ready made crusts are really good too.

Goodnight.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on July 07, 2012:

wow I love this Mary.. I was like no way. This is my kind of baking. I look forward to making this. I never knew how to do meringue, wow easy as pie. How about that?? hmmmm. Cooking and baking not my niche, can you tell? Thank you so much for sharing

I have joined your club and will be back for more goodies. God Bless you sister. I will let you know about the comments I get. They will probably be no way you made this. tee hee. I love the pie crusts by Pillsbury's that are already made. They do taste and look homemade. One day perhaps I will give your crust a try (0: Hugs to you, mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2012:

Hi, lyricwriter. You lucky man! I wish I had a lemon meringue pie right now. I can almost eat a whole pie all by myself!

This recipe is SO easy.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on July 07, 2012:

I knew this would come in handy Mary. The wife just came home and Lemon Meringue Pie is on the menu. Yeah:) Easy and delicious.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2012:

Hi there, rebeccamealey, Yep, it really works. I used to want to make a lemon meringue pie but I wouldn't cause I didn't want to stir on top of the stove. Now, it's a breeze. So easy. I wish you could do the meringue in the microwave, too!

Give it a try.

Bye for now.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 07, 2012:

Who would've thought! A lemon meringue pie in the microwave. How cool is that!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2012:

Suzie HQ, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I see you are from Ireland! My Mother's folks are from there. I always wanted to go, I understand it is a beautiful country. I just put the mixture into my microwave without changing any setting, so it's on regular power which is high. Making a lemon meringue pie this way is SO easy.

Do hope you will try it.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2012:

Hi, Peggy W. Lemon Meringue pie is a favorite of so many people, but they don't like having to stand and stir and stir while the mixture thickens. This is SO much easier.

Thanks so much for share. I appreciate that.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on July 07, 2012:

Sounds lovely Mary, my partners favorite dessert! I too love and would not have thought of doing in the microwave though. LOOK FORWARD TO TRYING! Could you just clarify which temp setting for the microwave, thanks! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I came back to mention that Lemon Meringue pie was my grandfather's favorite pie of all and I also love them. Sharing this so that other pie lovers can learn an easier method of making this one. Thanks again!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 26, 2011:

Hi habee, hope you will try this method. You'll never make one the old way again. Thanks for the vote! Goodnight...

Holle Abee from Georgia on November 26, 2011:

Hmmm...my comment disappeared. Anyway, I've never tried lemon meringue pie in the microwave, but I will now! Voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 26, 2011:

Hi Rosemay50, I do hope you'll try making the pie this easy way! You can't fail. Good to see you, goodnight.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on November 26, 2011:

This is something I rarely make because it takes so long standing over the stove.. But this makes it much easier and quicker.

Thank you Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 26, 2011:

Hello Sueswan, you could use this same recipe, just mix everything together and cook on med. heat till it's thick. Pour some into the egg yolks and return to med. heat till thick. I used to do it the conventional way till I discovered this way.

Thanks for the votes!!

Miss Baby is still fine, thanks so much. Regards, Mary

Sueswan on November 26, 2011:

Hi Mary,

I love lemon meringue pie but I have to make it the conventional way as I don't have a microwave oven.

Voted up and awesome.

Hope you and Baby are your enjoying your weekend.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 24, 2011:

Hi Peggy W, so glad to hear you will try this pie. You won't be sorry you did! It is SO easy. Thanks for the votes, too! Goodnight.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2011:

This is one of my favorite pies of all time! Will bookmark this hub and keep it for future reference. Thanks for the tips on how to easily make lemon meringue pie using the microwave. Appreciate it. Up and useful votes!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 23, 2011:

Good Morning, thelyricwriter! Have your wife try this method. She will love it. Thanks for the votes, too. I hope you and yours have a wonderful ThanksgivingDay!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

Up, useful, and awesome Mary. This pie looks great and I bet it taste even better. Seems simple to make, but I tend to mess these things up. That is why my wife does most of the cooking. A great recipe and thanks for sharing it. Have a great Thanksgiving:)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Hello, oceansnsunsets. I do hope you will make this pie in the microwave; you can't go wrong! Let me know how it turns out, OK? Goodnight

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 22, 2011:

Mary, an easy to make meringue pie? I am in! This sounds great, almost too good to be true? I have to try it, I am such a fan of lemons and lemon meringue pie! Yum :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

I have a daughter who just bought a convection oven, and she loves it. Said she wished she had it years ago. I've never tried one myself, but I'm tempted to. See you later, Gypsy Rose Lee....

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Hi Om Paramapoonya, if you like Lemon Meringue Pie, you will love this one! Try it and see.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 22, 2011:

We have microwaves in Latvia but we have a rather little kitchen with not much counter space so we opted for a convection type electric oven and that's what we use more than our gas stove. This oven also cooks pretty quick like a whole chicken of course depending on size anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour.

Om Paramapoonya on November 22, 2011:

I love lemon meringue pie, too. Your recipe sounds good and the pictures look great! Just like you, I am very grateful for the microwave. :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Good Morning, thebluestar! Thanks for reading and I do hope you will make this pie. You won't be sorry. Thanks for the votes, too. I hope you have a wonderful day in your far off land of Ireland!

Annette Donaldson from Northern Ireland on November 22, 2011:

Well, one of my family's all time favourites, and you have made it so easy. This is a method I wont forget. Bookmarked my dear friend and voted up and ABI x

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, I am so spoiled, I don't know how I lived before microwaves. I depend on mine SO much. I'm just curious..why don't you have one? I'd send you a pie that I made but it might be too expensive to send to Latvia! Hope your day is wonderful for you.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Hi Lord, good to see you this morning! Take some time from your busy writing and make yourself this pie! You'll be glad you did. See you again, soon.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 22, 2011:

Looks yummy but no microwave.

Joseph De Cross from New York on November 22, 2011:

lemon meringue pie! Sounds like the start point to an inspiration of mine. Had to read this hub step by step too! Can't be easier that that! And as always Mary, you take pictures even from the ceiling! Nice to read you on this one. The ingredients are easy to get and we all need is some time. Thanks Mary!

LORD

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 21, 2011:

Hi, AliciaC, if you like Lemon Meringue Pie, you'll love this one! It really is quick and easy. Thanks for reading, and do try it! Goodnight.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 21, 2011:

I love lemon meringue pie, but I've never made it myself. I'm going to try your recipe when I have time. It looks easy, quick and delicious - a great combination!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 21, 2011:

Hi gogogo, Please do try this method and let me know how you like it, OK?

gogogo on November 21, 2011:

I am going to try this I love Lemon Meringue Pie

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2011:

Why, thank you, Holly32! So glad you liked it!

Holly 32( on November 20, 2011:

I was able to enjoy this pie yesterday. Awesome !!!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2011:

Hello, Hyphenbird, (Love that hat), I can't believe you don't like Lemon Meringue Pie! I could eat a whole pie. Do pass it on to your friends. Good to see you.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2011:

Hey there, Will Starr, I do hope you will try to make this pie. You'll love it! Let me know how it turns out.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2011:

Why, there's my friend, the Chef! Good to see you. Let me know how you like this one., OK?

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 20, 2011:

Well it sounds easy enough. I wouldn't make it though. I cannot stand the texture or taste. But I will pass your recipe on to friends who make lemon meringue pie. Thanks Mary.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 20, 2011:

How easy is that!

This is a keeper...bookmarked!

William Odell from Upstate South Carolina on November 20, 2011:

Wow Mary, my Floridian friend....this is awesome. Never would have dreamt you could make Meringue Pie in the microwave..will try !!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2011:

Hi, Just Ask Susan, I do hope you'll try this. You'll never go back to the old way of making Lemon Meringue Pie.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2011:

I will try this next time I make a lemon meringue pie. Looks great!

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