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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!

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

So Why Isn’t the Grapefruit Curd Bright Pink?

Let’s talk for a minute about the colour of this curd.  I have always seen pictures of curds made with grapefruit 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 it.

Grapefruit Curd Recipe

Have Curd?  Make Shortbread!

I made this batch of curd specifically for these Grapefruit 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

Now I need to try and make an orange curd.  Yum!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe!


Grapefruit Curd Recipe

This fresh and bright Grapefruit Curd is a delicious addition to many desserts, ice cream or even toast, pancakes and crepes!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 0 approximately 3/4 cup 1x


  • 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


  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 curd glaze thickens, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Keywords: grapefruit curd

Use this curd to make these Grapefruit Shortbread Squares!

Grapefruit Curd Shortbread Squares

Have a delicious day!

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

    5 stars
    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!

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    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!

  • Reply
    September 2, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    I haven’t made this yet. Been looking around for grapefruit curd recipes then came across yours. First off, thanks for being honest about the coloring. Every recipe I glanced at (never opened the link but one) has shown their curds to be pink. It’s so frustrating to feel like you’re being played. I’ve made so many batches of lime and lemon curd in the past three years. In fact I just made a lemon curd yesterday. It’s from a different recipe but it did come out nice and silky and thick. My question is. Does your recipe come out the same way? Only asking because I noticed your instructions don’t call for sieving and also, it looks to be a bit on the thinner side from the pics. BTW, did you happen to create an orange curd yet? I’ve tried four different recipes so far and every single one had to be tossed out. I’m looking forward to hearing from you….

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 2, 2019 at 3:13 PM

      Hi Tammie! This recipe does produce a nice and silky curd that’s thick and not thin. I don’t sieve mine only because I’ve never felt the need to as I do like the texture of the final curd. I really enjoy this curd recipe and hope you do too! I haven’t yet tried orange, but it’s on my list to try for sure! Good luck!

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    CC Conboy
    May 2, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    This is DELICIOUS!!! I had a surplus of grapefruits – so happy to come across this recipe!

  • Reply
    October 9, 2021 at 3:39 AM

    It ended up tasting very little like actual grapefruit. I used the required amount of very punchy fresh grapefruit juice and zest, but I can barely taste it. It’s just simply a sweet curd, no specific flavour.
    The recipe needs to be tweaked to include more grapefruit.

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      October 10, 2021 at 10:57 AM

      It is a fresh grapefruit curd recipe so it can be tricky to get the ‘typical’ grapefruit flavour that people expect, which most times is achieved artificially. Using natural flavour is so dependent on how flavourful the grapefruit and grapefruit zest is. You could always taste test and stir in extra grapefruit zest, or if you wish you could purchase grapefruit extract for a stronger flavour.

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