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Homemade Grapefruit Curd

Homemade Grapefruit Curd

Sweet and tangy, this grapefruit curd is delicious in a tart, between French macarons, or simply spread on toast for a bright bite.
By Miranda Couse


I’ve been grapefruit crazy lately. To start the craze, I’m going to show you some grapefruit curd that I threw together. Just to warn you, I added a little pink gel paste color to make it gorgeous. Leave it out if you’re going for all natural.

If you haven’t tried curd on toast yet, do it. It’s better than any marmalade you’ll find. Another idea is to use it as filling for some French macarons.


I wanted the grapefruit curd to have a zing. It’s pretty tart, but still sweet. If you look closely, you can see all the little pieces of zest. That’s all flavor. Delicious, tangy flavor.

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Like I said up above, I did add some pink coloring. I wanted it to look like the pulp of grapefruit. Of course, completely unnecessary. If you make this with no special colors added, it will probably look like lemon or orange curd. No biggie.

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  • Author: Miranda Couse
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Sweet and tangy, this grapefruit curd is delicious in a tart, between French macarons, with ice cream, in a layer cake, or simply spread on toast for a bright bite.


  • 6 egg yolks
  • zest from 1 grapefruit
  • 1 + ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups grapefruit juice
  • 3 T. butter, cold


  1. In two bowls, divide the egg whites and yolks. Set aside the egg whites from another recipe.
  2. Add the zest of one large grapefruit in with the egg yolks.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add in the sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Whisk until combined.
  4. Add in the grapefruit juice and whisk until incorporated into the sugar mixture. Place saucepan over medium heat and let it come up to a boil. Whisking occasionally.
  5. Once it comes up to a boil, let it boil for 2 minutes. Whisk constantly to avoid burning.
  6. Pour about ½ cup of the juice mixture into the egg yolks that you’ve set aside. Whisk immediately to avoid cooking the yolks. This is tempering the yolks.
  7. Add the tempered yolks into the saucepan with the juice and whisk until incorporated.
  8. Let the grapefruit curd come up to a boil, and boil for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  9. Remove from the heat and add the cold butter. Whisk until the butter is melted and well combined.
  10. Place in a shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap. Be sure that the plastic wrap is touching the curd, otherwise it may form a skin. Let cool completely. It will take 2-3 hours.
  • Category: Dessert


View Comments (7)
  • This looks delicious!! I never would have thought to try this but I absolutely love grapefruits and I love curd too. Can’t wait to try this :D

    Holly ||

  • Hello. Sorry I´m a beginner in the kitchen, really this need 3 cups of butter? Or what is the meaning of the letter T.? Thanks.

    • Hi there Izabella! Thanks for the comment. :) It doesn’t need 3 cups, only 3 tablespoons. The T. means tablespoons and tsp. means teaspoons. Hope that helps!

  • I love the sound of this and am trying to make it but steps 6 and 7 a bit confusing. What yolks that I’ve set aside are you referring to? And step 7 – add the yolks into the saucepan with the juice? Is this a separate juice? I’m gonna try and make it anyway. Thanks for the recipe!

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