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How to Make Orange Curd

Orange Curd is a delicious way to use up extra oranges!

I showed you before how easy it is to make lemon, lime, or grapefruit curd.

Creating this Orange Curd

I found myself with several pounds of oranges in the produce drawer last week and felt the urge to do something with them.

Despite not having egg yolks that needed using up, I decided to go ahead and experiment with my lemon curd recipe to create an adaptation using delicious, winter oranges.

Now, what should I do with all those egg whites??? Perhaps experiment with French Macarons or bake an Angel Food Cake.

The tricky thing with oranges is they are already so sweet, so you really don’t need nearly as much sugar in orange curd as you’d need with lemons or limes.

I used a little lemon juice and zest to balance things out.

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.

15 Ways to Use Orange Curd

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.

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.

Orange Curd With Your Breakfast

Orange Curd With Dessert

What is your favorite way to eat citrus curd?

Orange Curd

Orange Curd

Yield: about 1 pint
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Orange Curd is a delicious way to use up extra oranges!


  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 - 2 drops of 100% Pure Orange Essential Oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar, depending on your sweetness preferences
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 10 tablespoons butter, sliced into tablespoons


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

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 111mgSodium 62mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 2g 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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