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Wondering how much juice in one lemon? Here’s the formula you need, plus tips on how to juice a lemon, zesting, recipes, and more.

How much juice in one lemon
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Making a recipe with lemons and need to know how much juice you’ll get? Here’s our expert answer: honed after making hundreds of lemon recipes throughout the years.

How much juice is in one lemon?

This is a common question when you’re working with citrus, especially if a recipe calls for lemon juice in tablespoons. The answer to this question all depends on the size. All lemons are different, but here’s a basic guide. How much lemon juice in one lemon?

  • A medium lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice, and a large lemon yields 4 tablespoons juice (¼ cup). A very small lemon yields about 2 tablespoons juice.

Other frequently asked questions

With this ratio in mind, here are a few more answers to common questions about lemon juice:

  • How much juice is in 2 lemons? Two medium lemon equals about 6 tablespoons juice, and two large yield ½ cup juice.
  • How much juice is in ½ lemon? Half a medium lemon yields 1 ½ tablespoons juice; half a large lemon yields about 2 tablespoons juice.
  • How many lemons do I need for ½ cup juice? You’ll need 3 medium or 2 large lemons. (We’d recommend buying 3 lemons to be safe.)
  • How many lemons do I need for 1 cup juice? You’ll need 6 medium or 4 large lemons; again, buy 6 to err on the safe side.
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How to juice a lemon

What’s the best way to juice a lemon, once you’ve purchased your fruit? There’s really no wrong way to do it: though if you use your hands you might end up with lots of seeds and pulp. Here are a few ways to juice a lemon:

  • Roll the lemon on the countertop for a few seconds. This helps to release the juices inside the fruit.
  • Cut the fruit in half width-wise.
  • Place in a press juicer: A press juicer is the quickest and easiest method: it gets out the most juice and saves your fingers from tiring out from squeezing. Place the fruit into the press juicer cut side down and squeeze the handles together.
  • Or, press in a handheld citrus juicer. Place the fruit cut side down onto a handheld citrus juicer and twist the lemon to release the juices.
  • Don’t have a juicer? Simply squeeze out the juice with your hands into a small liquid measuring cup, then strain it to remove seeds.
How much lemon juice in one lemon

What about lemon zest?

Does your recipe also call for lemon zest? One lemon medium lemon yields about 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Always zest a lemon before juicing it! If you juice it first, the shape of the lemon collapses and it’s difficult to rub it against the grater blades.

Our favorite method for zesting? A microplane grater is a handheld grater with sharp holes in it and it’s quicker and easy to clean than a box grater. Go to How to Zest a Lemon for more.

Lemon recipes

What are the best recipes for using the juice and zest of this citrus fruit? Here are a few of our top lemon recipes:

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How to Juice a Lemon


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 3 to 4 tablespoons 1x

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Wondering how much juice in one lemon? Here’s the formula you need, plus tips on how to juice a lemon, zesting, recipes, and more.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Roll the lemon on the countertop for a few seconds. This helps to release the juices inside the fruit.
  2. Cut the fruit in half width-wise.
  3. Place in a press juicer: A press juicer is the quickest and easiest method: it gets out the most juice and saves your fingers from tiring out from squeezing. Place the fruit into the press juicer cut side down and squeeze the handles together.
  4. Or, press in a handheld citrus juicer. Place the fruit cut side down onto a handheld citrus juicer and twist the lemon to release the juices.
  5. Don’t have a juicer? Simply squeeze out the juice with your hands into a small liquid measuring cup, then strain it to remove seeds.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Juice
  • Cuisine: Citrus
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!