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Citrus Curd 3 Ways: Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime

I mentioned grapefruit curd last week when I posted my Grapefruit Poppyseed Scone recipe.

As promised, I’m finally sharing the recipe.

The scones are wonderful as is, but mmmmmm magnificent with a little bit of the curd on top, plus they’re prettier that way too!

Right now Madeline is totally smitten with any kind of curd.

To her it tastes even better than frosting!

She loves to eat it with a bowl of fresh or frozen berries for a snack or spread on top of a toasted English Muffin with her breakfast.

grapefruit curd recipe

Grapefruit Flavored for Grapefruit Poppyseed Scones

Citrus curd is the perfect thing to make when you need to use up leftover egg yolks.

A quick recipe search on sites like Foodgawker will show that Lemon Curd is obviously the most popular of citrus curds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other flavors as well!

I’ll also show you how easy it is to make other flavored citrus curds and the many ways you can use this creamy, citrus deliciousness.

I could go on and on, but I think I’ll round out the list at an even 15 just for good measure.

15 Ways to Enjoy Citrus Curd

Citrus curd is a great basic condiment to have on hand for sweet cravings or the need for a last minute, simple dessert.

Or just to add a little brightness to the winter doldrums.

Is it spring for real yet?

No more tricks!

This, like so many other Pantry and Fridge Staple favorites, is so simple to make at home yourself, there is no need to experiment with store bought counterparts.

lemon curd recipe

Lemon Flavored with plain yogurt.

There are so many fun ways to enjoy citrus curd that I’m sure you’ll find yourself making it often.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy it, plus some links for recipe inspiration.

You can allow the citrusy goodness to take center stage, or be a background flavor for just a hint of flavor.

With Your Breakfast

With Dessert

What are some of your favorite ways or recipes to enjoy citrus curd?

grapefruit curd recipe

Grapefruit Curd

Yield: approximately 1 pint
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Grapefruit curd is the perfect thing to make when you need to use up leftover egg yolks.


Grapefruit Curd

  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 10 tablespoons butter, sliced into tablespoons

Lemon Curd

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 10 tablespoons butter, sliced into tablespoons

Lime Curd

  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 10 tablespoons butter, sliced into tablespoons


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice(s), zest, and sugar.
  2. Heat over medium heat until simmering. Turn heat to low.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a medium sized bowl until smooth.
  4. Slowly pour half of the citrus mixture into the yolks while vigorously whisking.
  5. Return the amount in the bowl to the saucepan.
  6. Continue to cook over low heat while whisking until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. About 5-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time.
  8. Cool to room temperature, then store refrigerated in an airtight container for about a week.

Note: I added just a drop of pink food coloring to the grapefruit curd for fun.


Note: vary the sugar amount according to your personal preferences. If you like things on the sweeter side, add the larger amount. If you like a curd with more tartness, add the smaller amount. Or maybe you like it in between.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 111mgSodium 62mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 0gSugar 19gProtein 1g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tammie Martinez

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Know this may sound like a silly question but are all of the citrus juices supposed to be 'freshly squeezed'? Every recipe I've seen, other than the ones here and one on another site clearly states that, in other words, no bottled juices. I've made lemon curd many times and today I plan on making the lime curd (going to make mini Pavlova's and mix the curd with whipped cream). I came across your site while searching for orange curd recipes (know the hubs would really enjoy that one! ) which then led me to these three. I'm really excited yet nervous about trying to make the three you have listed but of course before I do, I have to know the answer to my question. Thank you in advance. 


Friday 21st of July 2017

Yes, I always use freshly squeezed citrus juices.

Stacie balletto

Saturday 24th of June 2017

Is it okay to freeze the curd?  What about canning?


Monday 26th of June 2017

I have no experimented with either. I would consult a canning reference book regarding canning recommendations. Let me know if you try either and how it works out. Thanks!


Monday 2nd of December 2013

Make lemon curd all the time as I have 5 massive lemon trees which are laden this year. My pink grapefruit trees are also offering up quite a bit of fruit so shall try this recipe. I also make passion fruit curd when they are in season -- yummy

Terri Nguyen

Sunday 1st of September 2013

Does the butter need to be at room temperature?


Monday 9th of September 2013

I have used cold or room temp butter

Pamela Rothbard

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

I love the grapefruit curd idea. Your pictures are divine.