These elegant Lemon soufflés are a beautiful, fragrant, and delicious single-serving dessert, topped with fresh raspberry sauce. Winter is the time to focus on citrus and lemon dessert recipes, and this Raspberry Topped Lemon Soufflé recipe brings lemons to the center stage!

A Soufflé Recipe may seem daunting, but following a few simple tips, you can add any of the numerous flavors of soufflé to your dessert repertoire.

Raspberry Topped Lemon Soufflés in a white ramekin on a saucer with a red handled spoon

Lemon Soufflés

The thought of making a soufflé may seem daunting, but with a few tips, it’s not so difficult. A few years ago, I invited some friends over for a bake along. One mentioned she wanted to try the lemon soufflés from Mary Sue Milliken she’d seen on Top Chef Masters. It was served with rhubarb sauce, but due to the season, I substituted a simple raspberry sauce. The perfect pairing!

photo of fresh raspberry sauce being poured onto Lemon Soufflés

My tasters loved these lemon soufflés. They puffed up perfectly, and the lemon yellow was an amazing contrast to the deep red raspberry sauce. We all decided the whipping, straining, cooking, dirty pots and pans might be too much for a dinner party dessert.

If you’re determined, you could pre-make the lemon base and whip the egg whites while your guests are finishing dinner.  They definitely are show stoppers and worth the extra effort.

Raspberry Topped Lemon Soufflés with a spoonful removed

How to Make Lemon Soufflés 

  • Remember that egg whites beat best at room temperature, so get them out about an hour ahead of time.
  • PRO-Tip: You can always put the eggs in a bowl of warm water if you don’t have time to spare. This will warm them up quickly.
  • When eggs are a room temperature, it is more likely the egg yolk will break when you’re trying to separate them. I suggest separating each egg into two empty bowls, then transferring to the collective bowls (8 yolks in one, 9 whites in another).
  • PRO-Tip: Note that any fat (from a little grease left in the mixing bowl or a bit of egg yolk contaminating the whites) in the whites will prevent them from whipping to firm peaks. It is worth a little extra effort to use the 3 bowl method mentioned above, so you don’t waste 8 eggs (been there!).
  • This lemon soufflé recipe, like all soufflés, will start to deflate as soon as they emerge from the oven.
  • If you want to impress your guests, have the raspberry sauce ready to go, then make the soufflés after dinner and serve right from the oven.

Can You Make Soufflés in Advance?

Yes, as long as the egg whites were whipped properly and all the other ingredients folded in well, you can make souffles a few hours before you serve them. Just cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Bring them out and let them warm up as the oven preheats. You may need to add an extra minute or two to the baking time.

What Makes a Soufflé a Soufflé?

According to my Food Lover’s C0mpagnion, a soufflé is a light, airy mixture that usually begins with a thick egg yolk based sauce that is lightened by stiffly beaten egg whites. They can be hot or cold, savory or sweet. A baked soufflé puffs up impressively while in the oven, then quickly deflates. They must be served immediately for the best presentation.

Soufflé dishes are typically round ceramic dishes with straight sides. To encourage the soufflé to rise, the dishes are buttered, then dusted with sugar, giving the batter something to attach grasp onto as it puffs.Progressive Eats logo

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Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party where each course is held at a different home. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

Progressive Eats Citrus Menu



Main Course

Veggies/Side Dishes


This month’s theme is Citrus hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. Enjoy these lemon, Meyer lemon, orange and blood orange recipes, ideal for any special occasion and the perfect way to celebrate citrus season!  You might also enjoy my French Gruyere Soufflé, Fresh Strawberry Soufflés, and Individual Raspberry Souffles.

To make the lemon souffles, you may need (affiliate links):

Raspberry Topped Lemon Soufflés

Raspberry Topped Lemon Soufflés

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 5-12; Varies depending on size of ramekins, 12 max

An elegant citrus dessert made in individual ramekins


  • Butter, at room temperature to butter ramekins
  • Sugar, for dusting ramekins


  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 9 large egg whites
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Raspberry Sauce::

  • 10 ounces frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar to garnish
  • Raspberry sauce for serving, if desired
  • Fresh raspberries to garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Generously butter 12 6-ounce ramekins, then coat with sugar.
  2. Whisk together yolks, flour, zest and half the sugar (1/4 cup).
  3. Bring milk to boil in a saucepan. Slowly pour milk into yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent yolks from cooking. Return mixture to pan and whisk, while cooking, till thick like a pudding, 1-2 minutes. Strain through a sieve, then stir in butter and lemon juice.
  4. Beat egg whites till foamy. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar and whip till medium firm peaks form. Stir ⅓ of whites into yolk mixture. Fold in remaining whites gently with spatula.
  5. Fill each soufflé cup to the top, tap to settle, and smooth the top with a spatula. Run your thumb around the inside perimeter of each dish. Place soufflés on a baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes till they rise about an inch above the rim but are still jiggly in the center. Lightly dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately with raspberry sauce if desired.
  6. To make the raspberry sauce, cook raspberries and sugar till fruit is soft and breaking apart. Strain through sieve. Add squeeze of lemon juice. Cool before serving.


I used 8 ounce ramekins and baked the same amount of time. I only had enough batter to make 5 soufflés.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 303mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 5gSugar: 58gProtein: 17g

Calories were calculated with 6 servings


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