Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!)

This Vegan Orange Curd is easy to make, super creamy and zesty and contains no eggs, dairy or butter. It’s ready in just 10 minutes and is great for desserts and snacking.

If you love all things orangey then this is the curd for you. I love lemon curd too, but this year I really wanted to work on an orangey, zesty and vibrant one that would work well I n desserts, buns and for spooning straight from the jar. I have worked and re-worked this recipe several times as I wasn’t happy with the texture, colour and/or taste but this is it. It’s a creamy, smooth and decadent orange curd that is healthier, contains no butter (vegan or otherwise) and is totally dreamy.

A jar of Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!) with a spoon and oranges
Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!)

Why will I love this?

This orange curd is seriously the best, it is:

  • Fresh, vibrant, fruity and zesty
  • Orangey, sweet and creamy
  • Smooth, luscious and only flavoured with real ingredients
  • Contains no eggs or dairy
  • Does not contain butter (vegan or otherwise)
  • It’s vegan, gluten-free and nut-free
  • Made with REAL oranges
  • Made with 5 ingredients only
  • Is quick and easy to make in 10 minutes
  • Great for baking with, spooning into desserts or from the jar

If you already love the sound of this, then skip ahead to the recipe card below. Or, first let’s discuss the recipe in more detail.

What ingredients do I need?

The ingredients you need are simple and I have linked below to my favourite brands and shops to get ready to make this recipe.

  • Oranges: this recipe works with fresh oranges. We use the zest and juice of the oranges for a really fresh and vibrant flavour.
  • Cornstarch: or arrowroot powder works to thicken the mix enough that is is creamy and smooth but so that it is spreadable and spoon-able.
  • Caster sugar: the finer the sugar, the better for this curd as it melts into the liquid ingredients more smoothly and creates a better overall experience. I have tried this with maple and coconut sugar and it still works but the colour us darker and less vibrant.
  • Coconut cream: this is the magic ingredient which means we do not need any vegan butter. Chill a tin of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge and then scoop off the solid cream part. Save the liquid and other cream for smoothies, curries and oatmeal.
  • Turmeric: this is for added colour and is not strictly essential. We only need a tiny amount, too, so as not to impart any of the turmeric flavour.
  • Vanilla: this is also optional and is for flavour only.

Is this curd egg-free, gluten-free and nut-free?

Yes this recipe does not contain eggs, gluten or nuts.

How do I make this?

I have worked this recipe so it’s as easy as it can be and to squash any ideas that making your own curd is hard or time consuming!

  • Zest and juice the oranges: get as much as you can out of them.
  • Stir the cornstarch with some of the juice: to make a slurry to pour in.
  • Into a medium saucepan add the juice and zest, the slurry and sugar: and begin to warm through.
  • As soon as the sugar has dissolved, continue to cook over a high heat: for 10 minutes, whisking often.
  • The mix will start to thicken at 8 minutes but keep going: the mix will start to pull away from the sides.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the coconut cream: and the turmeric and vanilla, if using.
  • Whisk till sooth then pour into heatproof jar: and allow to cool fully.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight where it will continue to thicken: and then enjoy.
A spoon going into a jar of Vegan Orange Curd
Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!)

Are there are tips and tricks to consider?

Be patient with the curd as it will thicken if you continue to heat it over a high heat and don’t worry if it is bubbling away to the top of the pan, this is normal. A stainless-steel pan rather than a ceramic works best for me. Also, this recipe works best with freshly squeezed juice and not that from a carton.

How can I use this orange curd?

There are so many ways to enjoy this Vegan Orange Curd:

How long will this last?

Once cooled and in the glass jar, keep the orange curd for up to 1 week in the fridge.

A jar of Vegan Orange Curd with a spoon
Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!)

What else can I make?

If you are looking for other zesty recipes, how about my:

A jar of Vegan Orange Curd with a spoon

Vegan Orange Curd (No Eggs or Butter!)

Yield: 1 jar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Vegan Orange Curd is easy to make, super creamy and zesty and contains no eggs, dairy or butter. It’s ready in just 10 minutes and is great for desserts and snacking.


  • 4 large oranges
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 90g coconut cream*
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence


  1. Prepare the oranges: finely zest two of the oranges and juice enough oranges so you have 200ml of fresh orange juice.
  2. Combine the cornstarch with 2 tbsp of the orange juice and whisk to a slurry.
  3. Into a small saucepan: add the orange juice, zest, cornstarch slurry and sugar. Place on a high heat and whisk well. When fully combined, allow to come to the boil and continue to whisk and heat for 10 minutes. It will start to thicken quite quickly and after 8 minutes, it will start to come away from the sides so continue to whisk.
  4. Remove from the heat and immediately add in the coconut cream, turmeric and vanilla. Whisk till fully combined and the coconut cream has melted.
  5. To set the curd: pour the warm curd into a heatproof jar and allow to cool before sealing well and chilling overnight in the fridge.
  6. Once set remove the lid and enjoy the orange curd and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


*chill a tin of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and then in the morning, do not shake and remove the lid. Scoop off 90g of the solid part, this is the cream. Save the rest for smoothies, soups etc, in the fridge covered well for 3-5 days.

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With orange curds of love x

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