Orange Curd

Apart from chocolate, cake and cookies, this is also the season for citrus. One of the indulging ways to enjoy citrus is in the form of curd. Easy to make, requires very few ingredients and can be used in several different ways. This Orange Curd can be topped on your pancake, or oatmeal. Sandwich it in between cookies, macaron or fill in donuts. During the Holiday season, it makes a great edible gift!

Orange Curd

There are some condiments I absolutely never buy because it is so easy to make at home. And we have the control to make it our way.  Fruit curd is one such condiment.

Once you get the hand of making fruit curds at home, you will probably always have a jar stocked in your refrigerator. 

You can use the same recipe to make other citrus curd too. Here is a link to the Lemon Curd I had shared in the past.


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What you need to make Orange Curd

Homemade easy Orange Curd requires just 5 ingredients!

Orange juice and zest – Do use only fresh orange to make the curd.

Sugar (you can use honey too) – I always make with sugar. You can use honey too but you have a to adjust the taste.

Salt – Always a must to balance the flavor.

Butter – Butter cubes are added at the end. It is the butter that gives the creamy velvety texture.

Eggs –  I always add egg but you can add corn flour instead. However, the richness comes from the egg, which you will not get if you add just corn flour.

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Preparing Fruit Curd in Double Boiler:

Fruit curd is typically prepared in a double boiler. Which means placing a bowl on top of a saucepan that will have water simmering away in medium heat.

The heat from the water keep the bowl warm where you add all the ingredients and then whisk until it all comes together.

Fruit Curd needs to be prepared in very low temperature whisking away slowly.

If the heat is not retained and you try to rush by preparing in medium heat, chances are the eggs will scramble within the curd.

Happened with me once!

What can I do if egg scrambles while making the curd?

When egg scrambles within the curd, the texture looks bad but it still tastes good. So don’t discard.

I read somewhere that blending with a hand blender will mix everything turning into a smooth texture. I haven’t tried though.

Just keep in mind LOW AND SLOW COOKING. And most importantly give your complete attention. 

Preparing Fruit Curd WITHOUT a Double Boiler

You can see my video on Lemon Curd where I prepared it straight on a heavy bottom pan. It didn’t curdle and it was perfectly smooth.

So, YES! You can prepare WITHOUT a double boiler. You just need to cook it at medium low heat without losing attention even for a second.

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All I can say is making fruit curd can feel little intimidating at first. You might even curdle it if you never tried before, but it is one recipe that is really easy to pull off. And you will get the hang of it very quickly.

So, go give it a try and share it with your friends too!

Orange Curd

Orange Curd

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Apart from chocolate, cake and cookies, this is also the season for citrus. One of the indulging ways to enjoy citrus is in the form of curd. Easy to make, requires very few ingredients and can be used in several different ways. This orange curd can be topped on your pancake, or oatmeal. Sandwich it in between cookies, macaron or fill in donuts. During the Holiday season, it makes a great edible gift!


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 9 tablespoons cold butter, cut in 1- tablespoon cubes


  1. Take a heavy bottom saucepan and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, salt and eggs. Whisk to combine everything and then place it on medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring for 3 minutes as it slowly cooks and dissolves the sugar.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low and start adding butter cubes, 2 at a time. Keep stirring continuously and as the cubes melt, add 2 more.
  4. Continue the process till you have added all the butter cubes. In about 6 to 7 minutes, you will notice that the curd will start to thicken.
  5. You will know it’s ready when it coats the back of the spoon.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool down a bit. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  7. Then, strain it into a clean airtight jar. Once it cooled down completely, seal it tight and keep it in the refrigerator.


  • It's important to cook it in low heat or else, it will curdle.
  • It's important to keep the egg and butter at room temperature for a creamy texture

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  • indugetscooking
    December 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Hi, I am unable to view the recipe. Is there some plug in I need to install?

    Love the xmassy banner.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Hi Indu, I am facing some issue with the plugin and hence had to remove the plugin and update the recipe in normal text. You should be able to see it now! Sorry for the inconvenience caused!

      • indugetscooking
        December 27, 2012 at 4:48 AM

        Thanks Kankana, able to see it now…

  • Radhika
    December 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I can imagine the aroma of it. Wow. I have never made any sort fruit curd. So do you have any idea how long this keeps when refrigerated?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Thanks Radhika 🙂 Well, I generally keep it for two to three weeks, but it’s best to finish it fast as I don’t use any artificial preservatives!

  • Grishma
    December 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    mmmmmm I can smell the beautiful citrusy aroma of that orange sugar. Love orange in anything.
    Lovely photographs as always.

  • dishesfrommykitchen
    December 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Lemon curd,orange curd,passion fruit curd are my absolute favorite..can lick the whole jar.. Way too tempting. Wonderful filling for many baked goodies. As usual your pictures are too good.

  • Reem
    December 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Looks gorgeous babe….
    I always have lemon curd on toast in morning. ..
    Now im so craving this…

  • sangeeta khanna
    sangeeta khanna
    December 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Lovely pictures but I love those flavors even more 🙂
    Lime and orange curd is one of my favorite ways to dress up my desserts. I like that you didn’t strain this orange curd, it would keep getting richer in flavors till you finally serve it.

  • Rosa
    December 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Divine! Lemon and orange curds are just irresistible.

    Happy Holidays (cute banner by the way).



  • Sarvani
    December 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I made lemon curd last week.. and since I’m a huge fan of oranges.. I can just imagine how gorgeous the orange curd would have been!! I like the idea of the peel with the sugar to make the zest..i usually struggle with that.. thanks for that!!

    happy holidays!!!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    December 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    This looks so good. I have been seeing so many fruit curd recipes and they all look gorgeous. How ever I don’t eat eggs so can’t make them!

    Enjoy your holidays 🙂

  • nisha
    December 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    i am getting slightly obsessed with fruit curds..made passion fruit curd and now im thinking what else i can make 🙂 this looks like a great idea, slathered on toast and breakfast is sorted ..

  • dassana
    December 27, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    i have never made fruit curds. so will try making if possible without eggs. the combo of oranges and greys in the pics is looking great.

  • Sudeshna
    December 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    I’m so drooling over it. have some croissant just out of the oven, this will be so good with those.

  • Manju
    December 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Have never tasted any form of fruit curd, and I’ve been seeing a lot of them in many blogs these days…should try it out soon. I love oranges and recently I’m crazy about Orange Marmalade…mayb as soon as that’s over I’ll try this orange curd 🙂

    Happy New Year to you as well and big hugs!! XOXO


  • Wizzy
    December 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I absolutely adore fruit curd. Never tried adding the zest though but I imagine it would give a more intense flavor

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I love homemade curd, what a luscious gift!

  • Vijitha Shyam
    Vijitha Shyam
    December 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Save some for me to taste it on Sat 🙂 Looks so yummy.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      December 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Sure 🙂 Will save some for you!

  • foodwanderings
    December 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I made lemon curds on several occasions before but never orange one. What a lovely idea. I love to stock up around this time of the year on savory and sweet condiments. They come in handy on so many occasion and elevate the dishes.

  • Deepa
    December 28, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    I couldn’t view you recipe earlier, glad now I can. I wouldn’t save these jars for long 😉 very well captured…

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    December 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    A big hug back to you and best wishes for a beautiful New Year!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    December 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    What lovely clicks, Kankana! Have a very happy New year. Love.

  • nipponnin
    December 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I got home late yesterday from trip and your post is the first one I peeked at this morning. I love the vibrant color photos! I’m lucky! I have all the ingredients to make this curd…perhaps I should send my husband to get a loaf of bread. Have a happy New Year!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    December 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    What a beautiful curd…like a burst of sunshine 🙂
    Happy New Year Kankana!

  • Radhika @ Just Homem
    Radhika @ Just Homem
    January 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Kana, Happy New Year!
    Lemon or Orange curd is one of the few things I’d love to make but know that it is difficult to replicate without eggs..

  • mjskitchen
    December 27, 2020 at 3:56 PM

    I’m seeing the recipe fine and loving what I see. I love a good lemon curd, but your orange curd is calling my name. What a gorgeous color and texture. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

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