How Much Juice Is In One Lemon

Do You Love to Add Lemon in Your Food?

A typical lemon can produce about 2-3 teaspoons of juice. Given the variability in lemon sizes, we opt to play it safe and estimate that a single lemon gives off 2 teaspoons of juice. Therefore, if a recipe requires 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, you would approximately need 1 and a half lemons.

Lemons, of course, come in a variety of sizes. However, unless otherwise specified, your recipe is most likely referring to medium lemons.

½ lemons Equal 1 tbsp juice

How To Make Lemon Juice

Before you begin juicing, roll the lemon around on a chopping board or the counter for a few seconds, pressing lightly. This softens the fruit and facilitates the entire process.

Here are three methods for juicing a lemon.

Pressed Juice

A hand-held juice press, which can be purchased for $5 to $15, is one of the simplest ways to juice a lemon. To use a juice press, simply.

  • Slice the lemon in half.
  • Place one lemon half in the press cup (the exposed side should face up) and squeeze over a bowl until the lemon is entirely bereft of juice.
  • Rep with the second half of the lemon.

Reamer Of Citrus

Though it isn’t as straightforward as a juice press, a citrus reamer does the job just as well:

  • Slice the lemon in half.
  • Push the blade into the exposed side of a lemon half and twist it over a dish. Continue until it is totally juiced.


Squeezing lemons with your own two hands requires more effort, but it is possible:

  • Lemon Should Be Peeled.
  • Squeeze the now-naked lemon as hard as you can over a basin with clean hands. Squeeze it again and again until it’s thoroughly juiced.
  • You may alternatively cut the lemon in half and squeeze each half separately, preferably through a fine-mesh sieve to capture any seeds.

What About The Zest

The outermost ring of a lemon’s peel is known as its zest. Zest is frequently used in cooking because the natural tastes in its oils are concentrated, making it taste more strong and fragrant than juice.

A tablespoon of zest is found in one regular-sized lemon.

So, if your recipe asks for one tablespoon of lemon zest, use one tablespoon.

1 lemon Equals 1 tbsp. zest

The Best Way To Zest a Lemon

There are several methods for zesting a lemon, and you most likely already have the necessary instruments in your kitchen.


The simplest way is using any type of graters, such as a box grater (like the sort used for cheese) or a Microplane.

  • Drag an unpeeled lemon along your grater in a downward motion over a cutting board.
  • Repeat this motion until the pith (the white part of the peel) is revealed.
  • Repeat the technique all over the lemon.


If you don’t have a grater, a knife will suffice. This is especially useful if the zest is going to be used as a garnish for a drink.

  • Maintain a tight grip on the lemon with your dominant hand.
  • Cut the yellow peel into strips using a sharp chef’s knife. Begin at the top and work your way down the fruit.
  • After you’ve thoroughly peeled the lemon, finely slice the peel and you’re ready to start.

Ideal Lemon

To juice lemons, you should ideally use a standard measurement. The issue is that lemons vary in size, and the larger the lemon, the more juice it contains. In other words, purchasing one little lemon for a dish that asks for several teaspoons of juice may be insufficient. And if you don’t use enough lemon juice, the flavor of your cuisine may suffer.

To determine how much juice is in one lemon, I squeezed the juice from almost a dozen lemons (small, medium, and large) and compared the yields. The modifications were minor, but significant enough to alter the flavor of your recipe.

So, the next time you’re creating a lemon-infused drink or a brown butter sauce and the recipe calls for a precise amount of juice, use this handy chart. Here’s how much juice is in one lemon, regardless of size:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh juice Equals 1 small lemon (4 oz.)
  • 1 medium lemon (5 oz) Equals 4 tbsp fresh juice
  • 5 tablespoons fresh juice Equals 1 large lemon (6 oz.)

What can be the Alternatives of Lemon

Lemon Alternatives

What if you don’t have any lemons, or have a picky eater who doesn’t like lemons… here are some alternatives to try in place of the citrus fruit.

In a Drink or Cocktail

Try a different citrus fruit in place of lemon. My favorite is lime, but grapefruit is closer in tartness.

To Deglaze a Dish

Use wine or even water. If you need juice to deglaze a pan you can use white or red wine (if fish or chicken use white, red meat use red wine) or just use water.

In a Savory Recipe

Lime is the best lemon alternative in savory dishes. It gives a nice tartness and can help you use less salt!

In a Sweet Recipe

Us grapefruit in place of lemon in sweet recipes. It’s closer in tartness and has a lovely color.

To Wrap it All Up

Lemon is a part of the household, it does not matter whether you are cooking or just using it for juice, lemon is best for all. Many people love to take lemon as part of their diet as it gives you a lot of health benefits. Lemon has a lot of vitamin C in it, also it helps to lose weight so it can be used for that purpose as well. Apart from all this lemon can be used in to marinade many things as it adds flavor to cooking.

If your recipe asks for three tablespoons of lemon juice, you’ll need at least one small lemon. If your recipe asks for the juice of one lemon and you only have bottled lemon juice, you’ll need between 3 and 5 tablespoons of juice.


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