Gluten-free Lemon Meringue Pie – Quick and Easy Recipe

what is lemon meringue pie?

Lemon meringue pie is a popular dessert that consists of three main components: a flaky pastry crust, a tangy lemon filling, and a light, fluffy meringue topping. The combination of the buttery crust, the tart lemon filling, and the sweet meringue creates a delightful contrast of flavors and textures, making Lemon Meringue Pie a beloved dessert.

This combination is thought to have been inspired by the French lemon tart, while the addition of meringue might have been influenced by the Swiss and Italian desserts of the time. This dessert is so popular that it has its own national day – August 15th. It even inspired the martini world with the Lemon Meringue Martini – the pie in liquid form.

Lemon meringue pie is quite hard to make
Perfect baked lemon meringue cake

While the old-fashioned recipe is a timeless favorite, numerous creative variations take this dessert to new heights. Some of them are lemon meringue bars, lemon meringue cheesecake, lemon meringue parfait, vegan lemon meringue pie, or lemon meringue with fruit compote (raspberry, cranberry, or passion fruit).

Some recipes are healthy with low sugar or sugar-free, some use lemon curd instead of lemon filling, and some make the cake easier to make with a biscuit base, sweetened condensed milk, or jello.

Gluten-free lemon meringue pie recipe

There’re lots of lemon meringue pie recipes, but it’s hard to find one with gluten-free ingredients. So, I decided to make a gluten-free one.

A classic lemon meringue pie
My homemade lemon meringue pie is easy and simple

Gluten-free pastry is notoriously tricky stuff – gluten is the stretchy bit that binds stuff together (that’s the highly technical term, in case you didn’t know!) so without it, pastry has a tendency to fall apart. However, after a lot of experimentation, I’ve found that the addition of a little bit of egg yolk works wonders.

Of course, if you’re not coeliac, you can just make normal pastry, without any problems! This pie does take a bit of time and effort, but it is well worth it. This is how to make gluten-free lemon meringue pie:

Gluten-free Lemon Meringue Pie

A classic dessert for everyone
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 250 kcal


For the pastry

  • 4 oz plain gluten-free flour
  • 2 oz margarine
  • 1 tsp beaten egg yolk

For the filling

  • 3 large egg yolks minus the small bit used in the pastry!
  • 2 oz caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 1.5 oz margarine
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

For the meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 oz caster sugar


  • Seive the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Lightly rub the flour and butter between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add a few drops of water and begin to combine with a flat knife. Add a little bit of egg yolk and finish combining with your hands.
  • Then wrap the pastry and put in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • When chilled, roll out the pastry until it is just larger than the tin and press into the tin. Trim, pierce base with a fork and blind bake for 20 mins. Then remove from the oven and reduce oven temp. to 150oC.
  • Meanwhile, make the lemon filling. Put the cornflour and sugar into a bowl and add just enough water to mix to a paste. Put 10fl oz of water into a pan with the lemon zest and bring to the boil. Then add to the cornflour and sugar, mixing continuously until smooth.
  • Beat in the egg yolks, lemon juice, and butter and return the whole mixture to the pan, heating until thickened. Pour into the pastry case.
  • Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form stiff peaks, then whisk in the caster sugar a little at a time. Spoon the meringue onto the filling and spread to seal the edges of the pastry case. Swirl the top as you like!


– Lemon meringue pie is often served cold. That’s why it need to be refrigerated before serving. After baking, you should let it cool on a rack for an hour. Then put it in the refrigerator (on a top shelf) for 3-6 hours. Remember not to leave the pie out for more than 2 hours to prevent bacterial growth.
– You can serve lemon meringue pie with whipped cream, fruit salad, vanilla ice cream, custard sauce, cup of coffee or tea.
– To store the pie, you can keep it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge for 3 days. You shouldn’t freeze the lemon meringue pie as meringues tend to lose their texture when frozen. Instead of that, you can freeze the lemon filling and crust separately if needed.
– To keep your lemon meringue pie from getting soggy, you can follow these tips:
  • Blind bake the crust: This helps create a barrier between the crust and the filling, preventing excessive moisture absorption.
  • Use a lemon curd layer: Before adding the meringue, consider spreading a thin layer of lemon curd on the pre-baked crust. This acts as an additional barrier against moisture and adds extra lemon flavor to your pie.
  • Ensure the filling is properly cooked and thickened before adding it to the crust.
  • Seal the meringue: When spreading the meringue over the lemon filling, make sure it touches the crust’s edge. This helps create a seal that prevents moisture from getting to the crust.
  • Let the pie cool gradually and store it properly.
Keyword baking, dairy free, desserts, gluten free
Johanna Cleveland
About the author

Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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