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A jar full of orange curd on a marble surface beside a cut orange.

Cara Cara Orange Curd

A sweet, tangy and citrus-y curd that tastes like sunshine in a cup.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 100 kcal


  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 each orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp unsalted butter


  • Place juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and reduce to 1/4 cup. Let cool completely.
  • Fill the saucepan with water and bring to a simmer.
  • In a large metal nonreactive bowl, combine cooled orange juice, sugar, egg yolks, zest, lemon juice and salt. Whisk until combined. Place the bowl over the simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and reaches 181F, about 8-10 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and add butter, whisking until totally melted and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap pressing directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Let chill completely.
Keyword Cara, citrus, Curd, dessert