Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie is a dessert classic. Never made meringue before? Don’t despair! Watch our how to video below for step-by-step instructions on making the perfect meringue.

Serves: 8
Time to prepare: 20 min
Time to cook: 4 min


1 9-inch (23 cm) pie shell, baked

Ingredients (Filling)

1 1/4 cups (315 mL) granulated sugar
6 tbsp (90 mL) cornstarch
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt
2 cups (500 mL) water
3egg yolks
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

Ingredients (Meringue)

egg whites
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Instructions (Filling)

STEP 1 Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Stir in water gradually. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks in medium bowl. Stir small amount of cooked mixture into yolks. Add egg mixture to remaining cooked mixture in saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and butter. Fill baked pie shell with lemon filling.

Instructions (Meringue)

STEP 1 Beat egg whites and lemon juice in large bowl with electric mixer until frothy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until sugar is dissolved and stiff, glossy peaks form. Spread meringue over filling, sealing to edge of pie shell.

STEP 2 Bake in preheated 425°F (220°C) oven until meringue is golden, 4 to 5 minutes.