Grapefruit Curd Recipe

This fresh and bright Grapefruit Curd is a delicious addition to many desserts, ice cream or even toast!  My favourite way to enjoy it is on my Grapefruit Shortbread Squares! (recipe for that coming soon)

Over the years I’ve made many many batches of delicious lemon curd…for tarts, shortbread squares or just to drizzle on scones or even ice cream.  It’s really so good.  And I’ve always wondered, if I love lemon curd so much, what would a grapefruit or even orange curd taste like?  I had to try, and am I ever glad I did.  Grapefruit curd is delicious.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

Grapefruit curd is tangy yet sweet.  It’s flavour is as bright and fresh as the curd itself.  So so good.

But let’s talk for a minute about the colour of the grapefruit curd.  I have always seen pictures of grapefruit curds being the same pink colour as the inside of the grapefruit, like the ones I have in my pictures here.  But I’m here to tell you that is not the colour the curd turns out like.  In real life the curd is actually only slightly more pink than what you see in my pictures (it’s hard to capture in an image), but it is definitely not bright pink like so many recipes lead you to believe it is…my belief is that the only way grapefruit curds are bright pink is if someone has added food colouring to them.  And I’m just not into that.  I do think though, if the grapefruits you use are really really pink, then your curd will be slightly more pink than the one I made here.  Anyway, I thought it was something I would mention in case you are surprised by the colour of this curd.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

I made this batch of grapefruit curd specifically for these Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares.  But it can be used as a spread on scones for tea time, or as a tart filling, or even drizzled over ice cream.  I bet it would be delicious with crepes too!  Really, the possibilities are endless.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

What I do know for sure is that if you love grapefruit, then you’ll love this.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

So far I’ve made lemon curd, grapefruit curd, and next up on my list…orange curd.  Yum!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Grapefruit Curd Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: approximately 3/4 cup

Description

This fresh and bright Grapefruit Curd is a delicious addition to many desserts, ice cream or even toast!  My favourite way to enjoy it is on my Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares!


Ingredients

Grapefruit Curd:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • juice from 1/2 grapefruit (about 1/4 cup)
  • zest from 1/2 grapefruit

Instructions

Grapefruit Curd:

  1. In a saucepan whisk together the sugar and the egg until smooth.
  2. Stir in the melted butter, fresh grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest, and cook on low-medium heat, whisking often.
  3. Whisk and cook until the grapefruit curd glaze thickens, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Use this grapefruit curd to make these Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares!

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

Have a delicious day!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth Vlug April 29, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    I love a good citrus curd. I never really thought of making one with grapefruit. Thanks for sharing. And also for the tip on the colour. (I’m not into food colouring either)

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney May 1, 2018 at 9:26 AM

      You are so welcome! I hope you try it…it’s really so fresh and delicious!

  • Reply Ruth Wells May 6, 2018 at 5:55 AM

    I made this using lime and delicious with a little bit of a bit. On to the grapefruit!

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