Korean lemon Chung or versatile lemon syrup is a form of preserved lemons. Koreans use these preserved lemons in various recipes like hot teas, lemonade, sauces, dips, and even in main course dishes. You can make and store this amazing recipe within 30 minutes without using a stove. All you need is fresh lemons, sugar, salt, and baking soda to prepare the Korean preserved lemon recipe.

Korean Lemon Chung

Preparation Time 40 minutes
Cooking Time o minutes
Total Time  40 minutes
Type Syrup
Cuisine Korean
Yield 6 servings
Calories 112 kcal
Korean Lemon Chung Ingredients
  • Lemons 10 large
  • Sugar (1:1 weight ratio to sliced lemon)
  • Salt to rinse lemons
  • Baking soda to rinse lemons
  • Water to rinse lemons

Directions for Making Korean Lemon Chung

Scrub Lemons with Salt

Firstly, take ten fresh lemons and put them in a large bowl. Then scrub each lemon thoroughly with salt using your hands.

scrub lemons with salt

Rinse with Water

Once all the lemons are done scrubbing then put the lemons in a bowl filled with water. Then rinse the lemons with water and keep them aside until dry.

wash lemons

Scrub Lemons with Baking soda

Then put lemons in a bowl and sprinkle baking soda on them, thoroughly scrub the surface of the lemons with baking soda. Baking soda helps in cleaning chemical residue, it is an important step in making Korean lemon syrup.

scrub lemons wth baking soda

Rinse Again with Water

Again take another bowl full of clean water and put lemons into it. Then keep them in water for 10-15 minutes. Then after 15 minutes rinse the lemons one by one under hot tap water. Before making Korean lemon Chung, put them on a paper towel until the lemons are completely dry.

wash lemons again

Slice Lemons

Then thinly slice the lemons using a sharp knife, making sure to deseed the lemons while cutting them. Then after cutting the lemons weigh the lemons using a digital scale.

slice lemons

Combine Lemon and Sugar

Then put the lemon slices into a bowl and then add granulated sugar. The amount of sugar should be 1:1 weight ratio to sliced lemon. Once after adding sugar mix them well until combined. Let the sugared lemons sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

add granulated sugar

Store in Jar

Finally, take sterilized dried containers and put lemons in them. After adding lemons, pour the remaining sugar syrup into the jars and tightly close the jars. Then keep them at room temperature for three days, in between shake the jars to evenly distribute the sugar.

put in jars


  • Use airtight containers or jars for preserving lemons.
  • Make sure to sterilize the jars before using them.
  • Once after opening the jar, you can store Korean lemon Chung in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.


Sweet and fresh lemon jar

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