Lemon Soufflé

Lemon Soufflé Recipe

Don’t open the oven door during the first seven minutes of baking this lemon souffle, but do check the souffle regularly for doneness during the final few minutes of baking. Be ready to serve the souffle immediately after removing it from the oven. Using a 10-inch traditional (not nonstick) skillet is essential to getting the right texture and height in the lemon souffle.–Editors of Cook’s Illustrated

LC Lovely Lemony Lilt Note

The preceding words of practical advice from the analytical minds over at Cook’s Illustrated is just the sort of critical left-brained commentary we’ve come to expect from them. Yet it doesn’t exactly say anything about why you’d want to bother attempting this recipe. Allow us. For starters, there’s the lovely lilt of lemon, the aw-shucks-I-just threw-it-together weeknight-friendly appeal, the fact that it requires a plain old skillet in place of a fussy souffle dish…shall we go on?

Lemon Soufflé Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 6


  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup (4 2/3 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup juice from 2 to 3 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  • 1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar together on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Slowly add 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar and the salt, then increase the mixer speed to medium-high, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Gently transfer the whites to a clean bowl and set aside.
  • 2. Using an electric mixer (no need to wash the mixing bowl), whip the yolks and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar together on medium-high speed until pale and thick, about 1 minute. Whip in the lemon juice, zest, and flour until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  • 3. Fold one-quarter of the whipped egg whites into the yolk mixture until almost no white streaks remain. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until just incorporated.
  • 4. Melt the butter in a 10-inch ovenproof (not nonstick) skillet over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan to coat it evenly with the melted butter, then gently scrape the lemon souffle batter into the skillet and cook over medium-low heat until the edges begin to set and bubble slightly, about 2 minutes.
  • 5. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake the souffle until puffed, the center jiggles slightly when shaken, and the surface is golden, 7 to 11 minutes. Using a potholder (the skillet handle will be hot), remove the skillet from the oven. Dust the soufflé with the confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.

Chocolate-Orange Souffle

  • Grating the chocolate fine is key here; we find it easiest to use either a rasp grater or the fine holes of a box grater.
  • Follow the recipe for Lemon Souffle, substituting 1 tablespoon grated zest from 1 orange for the lemon zest, and 1/3 cup orange juice for the lemon juice. Gently fold 1 ounce finely grated bittersweet chocolate (about 1/2 cup) into the souffle batter after incorporating all of the whites in step 3.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Jackie G.

Aug 31, 2009

Lemony, light deliciousness. More specifically (for us), Meyer lemony deliciousness. That is what this recipe delivered. The souffle was light, airy, and bursting with the flavor of Meyer lemons. The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar to be mixed in with the egg whites. I researched some other souffle recipes and found ones that don’t call for cream of tartar. Since my cream of tartar is eons old, I didn’t want to use it. I left it out, and can’t think how the cream of tartar could have made this any better. Despite wanting to keep eating, we refrigerated a small portion of the souffle, thinking that it probably wasn’t going to work as a leftover. The next morning our souffle was a bit more like a (very fallen) piece of light lemon cake. It was delicious! Just writing about this makes me want to go directly into the kitchen and make another soufflé. I bought more eggs today so I can do just that. Right now.


  1. I just got my first Kitchenaid Mixer and this is what I made for my first recipe. I didn’t even know what a souffle was until I saw them make it on Cooks Country TV. It took about 6 minutes to assemble and 7 to bake! It was so simple, the instructions were perfect, and I even used the video they posted with the recipe (for free at least for now) that they have up right now on their site for reference.

    IT WAS SPECTACULAR and perfect for a quick after dinner dessert when you want something a little sweet.

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