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5 Easy Meyer Lemon Substitutes: Brighten Up the Recipes

When life gives you lemons, sometimes they aren’t Meyer lemons. Meyer lemons have a unique tang, and not every store stocks them. We get it, you need that distinct flavor without the hassle. We’ve got you covered with simple swaps.

From regular lemons to some unexpected candidates, these substitutes are lifesavers. Some of these options may already be in your kitchen.

Others might surprise you with their versatility. Use any one of these to keep your recipes zesty and fresh. Plus, you’ll discover ingredients you might have overlooked. Ready to find out more? Let’s get started.

5 Easy Substitutes for Meyer Lemons

As a quick disclaimer, these substitutes won’t be exact replacements for Meyer lemons. But they do come close enough to capture their unique flavor profile. Here are some of our favorite options:

1 – Regular Lemons

Regular lemons are a solid alternative to Meyer lemons. They’re a bit tarter and zestier. We usually swap them out at a 1:1 ratio in recipes.

For example, use the juice and zest of one regular lemon for every Meyer lemon called for. They’re more sour than sweet but still bring a bright, citrusy flavor.

We’ve done it many times and it works just fine. Regular lemons give your dishes a fresh zing. Keep a few on hand for a quick and easy fix.

2 – Lemon Juice with Sugar

The trick here is balancing the tartness. We mix lemon juice and sugar to get closer to that Meyer lemon flavor. Start with the juice of one lemon and add one teaspoon of sugar.

If it still feels too sour, add a little more sugar. Keep tasting and adjusting until it tastes right. Simple, right?

This combo isn’t just for emergency substitutes; it’s also versatile. Need more info on replacing lemon juice in recipes? Head over to lemon juice substitutes.

3 – Orange and Lime Juice

When regular lemons aren’t around, let’s mix orange and lime juice.

We like to use this combo at a 2:1 ratio—two parts orange juice to one part lime juice.

This mix brings a sweet and tangy flavor that’s pretty close to Meyer lemons. It’s a little sweeter than a regular lemon and packs that citrus punch we crave.

We’ve swapped orange and lime juice in salad dressings and marinades. Always delivers that bright, fresh taste.

Craving more details on citrus substitutes? Check out our orange juice substitutes.

4 – Lemon Extract and Sugar

The brief for this one is so simple it’ll make your day. Mix a teaspoon of lemon extract with a teaspoon of sugar.

You’ll get a flavor that’s close to Meyer lemons. The extract provides that lemony punch, and the sugar adds sweetness.

We’ve used this in our baking and it works like a charm. This combo creates a balanced, tangy-sweet taste that’s perfect for almost every recipe.

Want more ideas on alternatives? Check out our lemon extract substitutes for more tips!

5 – Lemon Zest with Grapefruit or Clementine Juice

Last but not least, we have lemon zest paired with grapefruit or clementine juice. This combo is bright and refreshing. The zest packs a bold, citrusy kick while the juice brings out a sweet and tangy flavor.

Use one teaspoon of lemon zest with two tablespoons of grapefruit or clementine juice. This works great in dressings and desserts. We love how it mimics the Meyer lemon’s unique blend of sweet and tart.

For more substitutes, check out our lemon zest substitutes. This duo is a lifesaver.