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A jar of orange curd on a plate, along with a spoon of curd and a sliced orange.
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Orange Curd

You kind of want a creamy spread, but also kind of want orange marmalade. Get the best of both worlds with this easy to make orange curd!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 16 Servings (About 1 ¾ cups)
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Mini Food Processor
Silicone Whisk
Infrared Surface Thermometer


  • 1-2 Oranges Any variety
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ¾ teaspoon Citric Acid
  • 6 tablespoon Salted Butter Chilled and cut into pieces.
  • Orange food colouring Optional


  • Zest the oranges.
  • Add the zest and sugar to your mini food processor, blitz until zest is finely chopped and well incorporated in the sugar. Note: See post for details on skipping this step.
  • Juice your orange(s), measuring out ⅓ cup of the juice.
  • In a small pot, whisk together egg yolks, large egg, and orange sugar until well combined. Add the ⅓ cup of juice and the citric acid, whisk until well combined.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. It should be able to coat the back of a spoon and retain a clear trail when a finger is dragged across the back of the spoon. Ideally, you want the mixture to reach 165F - I use a surface thermometer for this.
  • Once mixture is thick / hot enough, transfer to a bowl. Add the pieces of butter, whisking until well incorporated.
  • If you want to strain the curd, press it through a metal strainer at this point.
  • Once all of the butter has melted in and been fully incorporated into the curd, tint orange with food colouring, if desired.
  • Transfer orange curd to your storage container and chill for at least 1 hour before use.



This orange curd will last for 2 weeks in the fridge, or a few months in the freezer. (Thaw overnight in the fridge before use!)


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg