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Grand Marnier Soufflé

Chef John's Grand Marnier soufflé recipe makes 2 light, airy, and elegant orange liqueur-flavored desserts perfect for impressing someone special.
Makes:2 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar, divided
  • 5 teaspoons butter
  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 0.125 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites


Prep:30 mCook:25 mReady:55 m
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush the insides of two (8-ounce) ramekins with 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt 5 teaspoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir flour in hot butter until golden brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour in milk and cook, stirring continuously, until smooth and thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in orange liqueur and zest. Add egg yolks and vanilla; mix until smooth.
  3. Whisk egg whites in a second large bowl until frothy. Slowly add 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk until combined. Add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue to whisk until meringue holds its shape and is thick but not stiff.
  4. Fold 1/2 of the meringue into egg yolk mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining meringue until well mixed. Transfer to the prepared ramekins, leaving 1/4-inch space at the top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until risen and browned, about 16 minutes.

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