Desserts and Sweets/ Sauces and Condiments

Orange Curd

Citrus curd without the pucker, this orange curd recipe reminds me of a creamsicle. Recipe on

I heard a radio DJ yesterday listing off four or five words that women hate to hear in conversation. I agreed with a few, because they’re just awkward words to used outside of very specific situations, but curd was on the list and I’m not sure why. Do people use the word curd outside of describing foods like cheese curd, lemon curd, lime curd, and the topic of today’s post – orange curd? How would you even do that? There was no mention of curdle the verb, just curd, the noun. I just don’t understand how this could make the list of top five words women don’t like. 

I promise you’ll really like the word curd when it refers to my orange curd recipe though, because this is delicious! It’s so creamy, with just the perfect hint of orange and vanilla so it’s reminiscent of an orange creamsicle, only more grown up. You could use it as an alternative filling in my Key Lime Tart , serve it with scones for tea, or use it to make an extra special dessert I’m posting Friday. 😉

Citrus curd without the pucker, this orange curd recipe reminds me of a creamsicle. Recipe on

Orange curd doesn’t have the same citrus “bite” that lemon or lime curds have, so this is a really good option if you don’t really like the citrus pucker but you’d still like something fruity and fresh. I used a mix of cara cara and navel oranges because that’s what the store had that looked good, but once winter arrives and it’s citrus season, I plan to make this using blood oranges as well for a gorgeous red color. Oranges are amazing in the winter, so be sure to pin this recipe for later when they’re in season!

It takes just a few minutes to make orange curd on the stove top, and you can keep it a week or so in the fridge or freeze for later. Enjoy!

Orange Curd
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Serves: about 3 cups
  • zest of 1 orange (zest the orange before you juice it!)
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ lb unsalted butter (1 stick, 8 tbsp)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 large oranges)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  1. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together the orange zest, sugar, and butter on high until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  3. Stir in the orange juice and salt and mix until just combined. It will likely look curdled and ugly. That's okay.
  4. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and place over medium low heat. Stir constantly for 10-15 minutes or until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. On at instant read thermometer, this will happen between 170-175 F.
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer to another container immediately to cool. Refrigerate to chill and set. If you'd like a smoother curd with no hint of orange zest, run the hot curd through a fine mesh strainer when you transfer to the other container.

Citrus curd without the pucker, this orange curd recipe reminds me of a creamsicle. Recipe on


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  • Reply
    Heather Simpson
    April 30, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    My question is when do you add the vanilla and the lemon juice your recipe never says when to add them however I did at it I did enjoy the curd but butter seemed to come to the surface it didn’t want to cream in as I was cooking it down why do you think that is? I followed the recipe right to everything you said to do other than the fact that you did not tell when to add vanilla or lemon juice thank you

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      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      May 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

      I add the vanilla at the end. The lemon juice during cooking. I will update that. If your butter didn’t blend in, try creaming a bit longer next time. Sometimes it takes a little while for the sugar to really blend with the butter.

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    November 29, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I had oranges that needed to have something done with them. This recipe is the ultimate. Will definitely make again. It has wonderful flavor!!

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    September 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    So the citrus bite is why I make lemon curd in the first place but this looks SO good I might just have to deviate and give it a shot. Pinning!

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      The Godmother
      September 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Me too, but I’m still really loving how this turned out.

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