Easy, No-Fail Mango Curd Recipe - Celebration Generation (2024)

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This delicious mango curd recipe is a fun, tropical twist on tradition, and easy to make! Try it on biscuits, drizzled over cheesecake, or eat it with a spoon!

Originally posted on October 13, 2021, updated on 4/18/2023

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This is the 11th of 12 fruit curd posts I’ve made lately! Whew!

If you haven’t noticed the plethora of curd recipes, there are links to each, further down.

Anyway - a while back - I had a bit of an epiphany on making fruit curds.

Many non-lemon curds end up runny - they don’t set up properly, as they lack the acid level that lemons have.

You need enough acid to react with the proteins in the egg yolks, to ensure a nice, thick product. Without that, you end up with a runny curd.

Generally speaking, non-lemon curd means either accepting a runnier curd that you’d get from a classic lemon curd, or supplementing the focus fruit with some lemon juice.

Two problems with that:

1. The intended fruit flavour is diluted with the flavour from the lemon. I want my fresh mango curd to taste like mangos, not lemon!

2. The acid that the lemon juice brings is diluted with the base fruit ... so it still doesn't set up quite as thick as lemon curd.

What if - instead of supplementing with lemon juice - I brought in additional acid in the form of citric acid?

It worked beautifully!

So, obviously, I had to test the limits, and make alllllll the curds.

This creamy mango curd is one of the easiest curds to come out of that marathon curd making adventure.

It’s actually easier to make than lemon curd is, as you don’t need to juice or zest anything!

... my homemade mango curd does, unfortunately, resemble Cheez Whiz - especially in photos.

Which, you know, could be fun for pranking people.

No matter what it looks like, it has an absolutely amazing mango flavour, and works up very quickly!

Like lemon curd, it also requires some specifics with regards to ingredients, equipment, and technique... so let's get to it!

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Uses for Mango Curd

Beyond a “just eat it with a spoon, straight from the jar”, there are many, many different uses for mango curd!

Here are a few ideas for you:

- On the breakfast table. Spread some creamy curd on toast, Biscuits, scones, etc. Spoon it over waffles or pancakes (especially good when topped with berries!)

- As a filling for baked goods. Fill Macarons, Cream Puffs or Profiteroles, or layered cakes* with mango curd. This used to be a really popular cake filling option back when I was still making wedding cakes.

- For a mango curd tart, spoon the warm curd into pre-baked tart shells. Let it chill for a few hours, then top with a your favourite mixture of fruit and/or berries. I love the combination of fresh berries with that bold mango flavor from the curd.

- Mango curd is also a great option for Butterfly Cupcakes, either instead of or in addition to frosting. When “in addition to”, I’ll spoon some curd in the cavity, then pipe frosting over it.

- My favorite way to use the curd is as a topping for Pavlova. I like to do the layer of whipped cream, then the curd, and finally the fruit topping. You can even mix some into the whipped cream to flavour it. Alternately, it’s great as an offering on a Pavlova Dessert Board.

- Spoon it over ice cream, Cheesecake, or crepes.

- We like to drizzle it over yogurt that’s been topped with my Porter’s Yogurt and Ice Cream Topping.

- You can also make layered parfaits with curd and yogurt, or curd and cottage cheese.

* When filling layered cakes with curd, it’s best to pipe a ring of frosting around the outer perimeter of the layer being filled, then fill the inside of that border with the curd.

This gives some stability to the filling layer, and will prevent the curd from oozing out.

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Tips for Making Mango Curd

Mango Curd Ingredients

Most of the ingredients are super simple, and easily found in any larger grocery store: mango purée, sugar, eggs, and unsalted butter.

Canned Mango Pulp

While I usually use fresh fruit for making curds, I actually find that the best flavour comes from canned mango puree.

When using mangos for anything sweet, you really want to use ripe mangoes - which can be hard to come by.

Also, it can be difficult to pick out ripe mangos from unripe or overripe mangoes at times, and then you have to be sure you’re ready to cook with them in the short window of “perfect”.

So, I use canned Mango Pulp for this recipe. It’s a combination of mango, sugar, and citric acid.

It’s a favourite ingredient of mine - usually found in the international section at grocery stores, or at any Indian grocer. It tends to provide an even better fresh mango flavour than fresh mangoes!

I use it for everything from my Mango Daiquiri Panna Cotta, Mango Lassi Popsicles, and Mango Mojito Upside Down Cake to my Mango Wine.

It’s a quick and easy way to get a TON of mango flavour, without the hassle of dealing with fresh tropical fruit.And hey, no need for a fine-mesh sieve or food processor!

In this case, it also ensures a very smooth final product. Smooth as Cheez Whiz, LOL!

When I was living in the USA, Swad Kesar Sweetened Mango Pulp was our default, as it was readily available in our local grocer’s international foods aisle for about $3/ can.

Now that we’ve moved back to Canada, the brand that we see more often locally - Quality Alphono Mango Pulp - is the one we tend to default to.

Both taste great and work well, so go with what you have access to - there are plenty of brands out there, I’m sure they’re all great. It’s mango and sugar, after all!

The Other Ingredients

Use basic white granulated sugar for the best taste.

Also, for the best results, use nice fresh eggs.

I use only use egg yolks, rather than whole eggs - I find the texture better with just the yolks. I also find that this prevents the curd from having an eggy flavor.

As far as the leftover egg whites go, I like to use them to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Meringue Cookies or Pavlova.

One last ingredient, the one that’s key to making a great mango curd?

Citric acid.

We initially started buying citric acid for use with our Homebrewed Ciders and Wines (along with Acid Blend), but over the years, we've been using it a lot more in our kitchen.

You can find it used in such things like my replica Beep Drink, as part of the fun rim on my Fuzzy Peach Candy co*cktail, and as part of my Wine Slush Mix - always a favourite for gifting!

Citric acid is the “secret” ingredient to providing enough acid for the curd to set up, without diluting the flavour of the curd.

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Mango Curd Equipment

You don’t need a ton of equipment to make curd, but each piece you do need is important. Here’s the rundown:

Heavy Bottomed Pot OR Double Boiler

Personally, I prefer using a heavy bottomed pot, but a double boiler is the traditional way to do this... more on that in a bit!

A Silicone Whisk

Yes, wire whisks are great in general... but they can react with the acid in your mango curd, and give the curd a metallic taste.

I like to avoid that whole thing, and just use a silicone whisk. (Stainless steel tends to be ok, though).

Note: it’s a good idea to use a non-reactive saucepan and a nonreactive bowl , for the same reason. “Reactive metal” = prone to acid issues.

When making curd, I use the smallest whisk in my Set of 3 Silicone Whisks.

I just find that the smaller one is best to keep everything moving, and prevent clumps.

That said, any brand of silicone whisk should do just fine.

A Thermometer

For both proper thickening AND food safety reasons, I like to use a thermometer when making fruit curds.

Ensuring that the curd reaches the right temperature is key to having the perfect consistency!

You can use any thermometer that will accurately read a temperature of 165 F.

Personally, I like to use a Infrared Cooking Thermometer. It's quick, easy, and no-mess!

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Cooking Technique

While you’re “supposed” to cook this over a double boiler - and I did in the photos - I’ll be honest... I never do.

Every since the first time I made a lemon curd - that took FAR too much time, over a double boiler at a gentle simmer - I like to cook mango curd over lowish, direct heat. I whisk it constantly, and it’s ready in just minutes - so much less fussy.

If you’re not cooking it over higher heat and you keep an eye on it / keep whisking, you’re not going to end up with clumps.

I like to use a heavy bottomed pot, for the best heat distribution.

You’ll find that when you start out, there will be a lot of foaming.

As you approach the right temperature, that foaming will subside - that’s when you should really start keeping an eye on the temperature, to avoid overcooking it.

Finally, just know that the curd will thicken more as it cools, so don’t be so worried if it’s not as thick as you’d like.

If you followed the recipe, did the spoon trick (more on that later), and your curd reached 165F, it’ll thicken!

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How Long Does Mango Curd Last?

Depending on who you ask, homemade mango curd will last up to a month or two in the fridge. (ALWAYS refrigerate your curd, it’s not safe to be stored at room temperature!)

Personally, I find it’s best to use it up within 2 weeks, for the best flavour.

I like to keep it in an airtight container - usually a glass jar - with a piece of plastic wrap right against the surface of the mango curd. This prevents a skin from forming.

Can I Freeze Mango Curd?

Yes! It’ll keep for about 6 months in the freezer, and you can freeze it right in a canning jar.

Freeze your curd as fresh as possible - ie, don’t wait til it’s about to go bad.

When you want to use it, let it defrost in the fridge for a day or two before use.

Once the mango curd is thawed, you’ll want to use it within a week or two.

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How to Make Mango Curd

The full recipe follows - in the recipe card at the end of this post - but let's start with the pictorial overview!

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In a small saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, large egg, and sugar until well combined.

Add the mango puree and the citric acid, whisk until well combined.

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Cook over medium-low heat (medium heat if you’re brave!), whisking constantly, until mixture thickens.

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It should be able to coat the back of a spoon and retain a clear trail when a finger is dragged across the back of the spoon.

Ideally, you want the mixture to reach 165F - I use an infrared surface thermometer for this.

Once the mixture is thick/hot enough, transfer to a medium bowl (a heat safe bowl!).

Add the pieces of cold butter, whisking until well incorporated.

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Once all of the butter has melted in and been fully incorporated into the curd, transfer mango curd to your storage container and chill for at least 1 hour before use.

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More Fruit Curd Recipes

Looking for more fun fruit curd recipes to dress up your breakfasts, brunches, or desserts? I've got you covered!

Blackcurrant Curd
Blueberry Curd
Cranberry Curd
Grape Curd
Grapefruit Curd
Kiwi Curd
Lemon Curd
Lime Curd
Orange Curd
Passionfruit Curd
Raspberry Curd

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Easy Mango Curd

This mango curd is a fun, tropical take on tradition, and easy to make! Try it on biscuits, drizzled over cheesecake, or eat it with a spoon!

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time10 minutes mins

Cooling Time1 hour hr

Total Time1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Course: Breakfast, Condiment

Cuisine: British

Servings: 20 Servings (About 2 cups)

Calories: 64kcal

Author: Marie Porter

Equipment

  • Silicone Whisk

  • Infrared Surface Thermometer

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Mango Pulp
  • 1 teaspoon Citric Acid
  • 6 tablespoon Salted Butter Chilled and cut into pieces.

Instructions

  • In a small pot, whisk together egg yolks, large egg, and sugar until well combined. Add the mango pulp and the citric acid, whisk until well combined.

  • Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. It should be able to coat the back of a spoon and retain a clear trail when a finger is dragged across the back of the spoon. Ideally, you want the mixture to reach 165F - I use an infrared surface thermometer for this.

  • Once mixture is thick / hot enough, transfer to a bowl. Add the pieces of butter, whisking until well incorporated.

  • Once all of the butter has melted in and been fully incorporated into the curd, transfer mango curd to your storage container and chill for at least 1 hour before use.

Notes

This mango curd will last for 2 weeks in the fridge, or a few months in the freezer. (Thaw overnight in the fridge before use!)

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 439IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg

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FAQs

What is mango sauce made of? ›

Peel mango; remove and discard the pit. Cut mango into chunks, and place in the bowl of a food processor, along with 5 tablespoons water, lemon juice, and sugar. Process until the mango is pureed, about 1 minute.

How do you eat fruit curd? ›

Here are some of our favorite ways to use fruit curd:
  1. Used to make filling for lemon meringue pie.
  2. Served with pancakes, French toast, or waffles and sprinkled with fresh fruit, such as blueberries.
  3. Spread it over a slice of angel food cake.
  4. Spreading it over your multigrain toast – it turnsbreakfast into dessert.

What brings out the flavor of mango? ›

To bring out flavor, chill chunked mangoes with a wedge of lemon or lime. Or purée them with a splash of lime to make a delicious, brightly colored sauce for desserts (like this coconut rice pudding topped with mangoes). The mango's cool, juicy flavor complements spicy dishes such as curries.

What is the creamy mango called? ›

Alphonso is considered the king of mangoes in India. They are large in size with bright yellow skin. Alphonso has a creamy, rich, sweet, and juicy flavor and smooth texture.

What is the difference between curd and yogurt? ›

Both curd and yoghurt contain bacteria, which The amount of bacteria in yoghurt is significantly higher when compared to curd. Also, in curd, the bacterial population is a mixed bag. Whereas, while preparing yoghurt, specific types (or strains in scientific terms) of bacteria are used.

Which fruit is best with curd? ›

Take fruits like banana, strawberry, mango, chikku and other such fruits in a blender and add a cupful of thick curd. Add sugar and ice if desired.

What's the difference between curd and yogurt? ›

Curd typically has a looser texture and a milder flavour, as its fermentation process is less controlled. yoghurt, on the other hand, undergoes a more controlled fermentation, resulting in a thicker, custard-like consistency and a distinct tangy taste.

What does mango flavor taste like? ›

Some mangoes are sweet and have a tropical, fruity flavor, while others can be more tart and have a more complex, citrus-like taste. The texture of mangoes can also vary, with some being firmer and others being softer and more juicy.

What is artificial mango flavor made of? ›

ethyl 2-methyl butyrate, diethyl malonate, ethyl acetate, ethyl butyrate, allyl hexanoate, allyl 3-cyclohexylpropionate, allyl heptanoate, hexyl acetate, isoamyl acetate, amyl acetate, and isoamyl hexanoate were used to impart fruity note of mango flavor.

What does mango hot sauce taste like? ›

This mango hot sauce is spicy and a little bit sweet from the mango. Thicker than usual it's so versatile to add a bit of chilli spice to your dishes and makes for a fun Christmas gift.

Does mango syrup have mango? ›

Ingredients: FRUCTOSE, SUGAR, MANGO JUICE, WATER, CITRIC ACID, MANGO FLAVOR, CLOUDY AGENT, LACTIC ACID, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE (AS PRESERVATIVE), GLYCINE, FD&C YELLOW #5, FD&C YELLOW #6.

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