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Orange Curd

How to make delicious smooth orange curd in the microwave.
Course Jam and Curd
Cuisine British
Keyword orange curd
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 73kcal


  • 2 medium oranges zest and juice (you will need 125 ml orange juice)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 145 g caster sugar
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 ml lemon juice squeeze half a lemon for this


  • Squeeze the juice from two medium oranges, zest the oranges and add it to the juice. You will need 125 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice. Prepare the rest of the ingredients - weigh out the sugar and butter and get the eggs ready. You'll also need 25 ml of fresh lemon juice, add this to the orange juice so you have 150 ml juice in total.
  • Add the eggs, sugar, butter to the juice and zest in a large bowl.
  • Mix using a fork (make sure you beat well so that the eggs are fully combined). Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir again.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well after heating. You'll see the curd start to thicken up.
  • Microwave on high for another minute then stir well.
    Check if the curd is coating the back of a spoon - dip a spoon into the curd and seeing if it slides off or remains on the back of the spoon. If it coats the spoon then the curd can now be put in the fridge to set.
    Note - if it doesn't coat the spoon yet, heat for another minute, stir then check again.
  • Transfer the curd to a sterilised glass jar, put on the lid, and allow to cool fully. Then refrigerate.


This recipe will yield one jar of orange curd (324 ml jar size).
Orange curd keeps for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.
If you can see white specks or lumps in your curd this may be from uneven cooking and whisking, where the egg has formed into lumps. Sieve the curd before transferring it to jars.
Removing the zest
I usually sieve my curd before jarring it up to remove the tiny pieces of zest.
How to tell the curd is ready
If it coats the spoon and has a shiny appearance on the surface then this shows the curd is ready.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg