This decadent orange curd recipe provides a blast of citrus that will make citrus lovers pucker with joy. This technique is slightly different than a traditional curd in that the butter is whisked into the egg-sugar mixture as it's heating rather than being creamed with the sugar first. It is a bit more fussy than just mixing it all up in the pot, but the velvety results are well worth it. Spoon it over Buttermilk Poundcake (see Associated Recipe) or over scoops of vanilla ice cream.

EatingWell Magazine, November 2020


Recipe Summary

30 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a large saucepan.

  • Combine sugar and eggs in a large metal bowl that will fit on top of the pan without touching the water. Whisk the sugar and eggs until smooth. Add orange juice and salt; whisk until smooth. Place the bowl over the simmering water and cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture reaches at least 180°F on an instant-read thermometer and is thick enough so it holds the streaks created by whisking, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Remove the bowl from the heat and let cool, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is 140°F, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Gradually whisk in butter until smooth, then whisk in Grand Marnier (or triple sec) until combined, about 30 seconds more. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the curd to create an airtight seal and refrigerate until pudding-like, at least 4 hours and up to 1 week.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Associated Recipe

Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon
40 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 17mg; sodium 8mg; carbohydrates 3g; sugars 3g; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 106IU.