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Candied Orange Peel Recipe

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Candied orange peel

Candied orange peel

Great Way to Use Orange Peels

I'm very fond of oranges, and I was grateful when I recently received a large gift of oranges. I wondered, though, is there anything I can do with the peels—rather than just throwing them away or composting them?

In the past I've simmered orange peels in water to bring the beautiful scent of oranges throughout the house. But after receiving this recent gift I wanted to try something else. I remembered that my mom once made candy out of orange peels, and so decided to try doing the same thing.

Note: You will need two days to make candied orange peel, as it takes that long for the prepared rinds to become "candied."

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

1 1/2 cups


  • 2 large oranges
  • 4 cups sugar, divided (3 cups and 1 cup)
  • 3 cups water
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  1. Bring a large pot of water up to the boil as you begin to prepare the orange peels.
  2. Prepare the orange peels by cutting off 1/4 inch from the top and bottom of the oranges.
  3. Cut the peel on each orange, from end to end, into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including the white pith) in one piece.
  4. On a cutting board, cut the peels into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
  5. Place the cut peels into the boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes. Then drain, rinse, and drain again.
  6. In a medium pot, bring 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water to a boil. Then turn the temperature to medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  7. After the sugar is dissolved, add the cut-up peel. Return the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the peel is very soft. This will take about 45 minutes. Drain off the sugar water and set the peels aside.
  8. Place 1 cup of sugar onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  9. Toss the peel into the sugar, separating the strips.
  10. Lift the peel from the sugar and transfer to a sheet of foil.
  11. Let the peel rest on the foil until the coating is dry. This will take about 1 to 2 days.
Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit can be used to make candied citrus rinds.

Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit can be used to make candied citrus rinds.

Recipe Tips

  • Why trim the top and bottom of the oranges? Cutting off the top and bottom of the orange creates a uniform length for the candied orange peels.
  • Citrus alternatives: Other citrus fruits such as lemon, limes, and grapefruit can be used with this recipe as well. There is only one precaution and that is with the limes. Lime peels are much thinner than other citrus fruit, which means they need to boil for a shorter period of time. My experience suggests cutting the cooking duration for lime peels for 25 to 30 minutes to achieve the soft textured required for candying.
  • Great gift idea: Candied orange peels make excellent gifts for any occasion.
  • How to store: After resting, you can wrap and freeze candied orange peel for up to two months.
  • Safe food handling: If giving candied orange peel to others, safe food handling is important. One way to safely handle food that you are handing out is to purchase self-adhesive, food-grade cellophane bags. Place the food inside the bag and then seal the bag prior to handing it out to others.

Delicious Treat

If I say so myself, these candied orange peels turned out to be quite delicious.

It's true that the recipe calls for a lot of sugar. But then again, candy requires sugar and candied orange peel is candy!

I hope you enjoy making this treat. And, if you like this recipe, do try it with other citrus peels such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

© 2021 Marlene Bertrand

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