How to Make Orange Marmalade

Updated on December 20, 2017
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My homemade orange marmalade
My homemade orange marmalade | Source
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This is a first-class, yummy, homemade orange marmalade recipe. There are literally thousands of sites in the internet offering recipes like this (but that aren't as good as this one!). Let me add another one here. You can try this recipe and decide for yourself which one is better. I use the term “better” because, frankly, I don’t think there is a way to accurately qualify which one is the "best," homemade or otherwise. After all, taste is quite personal and subjective.

Let’s get down to business. This is how to make this strikingly delicious condiment.


  • 4 large oranges
  • 1.25 liters water
  • 500gm sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or cointreau


  1. Wash and scrub clean the oranges.
  2. Put the oranges in a large saucepan.
  3. Pour in the water.
  4. Bring to boil under medium heat, and then gently simmer uncovered for 1 hour or until orange skin turns soft. Do not boil under high heat because the oranges may burst. To test whether the skin is soft, poke with a sharp object, or with the sharp end of a knife.
  5. Remove oranges and leave to cool. Do not pour away the water which will be used later.
  6. Slice off four sides of each orange plus the top and bottom, leaving a cube of orange flesh. (Refer photo on the right showing one of the cut oranges)
  7. Cut the orange rind into very fine thin strips.
  8. Chop the orange cubes also into very fine pieces. Discard all the seeds.
  9. Put all the chopped pieces back into the saucepan.
  10. Add the lemon juice.
  11. Bring to boil under medium heat for 30 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  12. Add sugar, reduce heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  13. Then bring to boil again under medium heat while continue to stir for 30 minutes, or until the contents jell into marmalade.
  14. Add in the Brandy or Cointreau, and stir to mix.
  15. When cool, transfer to airtight glass jars.

Soft-skin oranges after boiling. I used 6 because they were not big.


The rind slices and the flesh cube of 1 orange


The rind strips


The chopped orange flesh


Lemon juice


The chopped orange flesh and rind in the pot ready to boil


The final result

You should have the luscious tangy homemade orange marmalade as shown in the photos below!!

Enjoy your well-deserved reward!

Finished homemade orange marmalade
Finished homemade orange marmalade | Source


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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi prasetio30,

      Thanks for visiting and vote.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hmmm...Yummy. It sounds delicious. I can't wait to make it soon, because my mother bought 2 kg oranges yesterday. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I love this! Pinning for reference...

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Shauna ,

      Sorry I don't know, but definitely long enough for me to finish.

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      Shauna 5 years ago

      What is the shelf life of the orange marmalade?

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      aunty oriole 5 years ago

      This recipe is very easy to follow because it is clear and accompanied by the photos. I am motivated to try it and shall let you know the result. Can save money and safe from preservatives. Thanks.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Alisa, Thelma, and Christine,

      Thanks for visiting this hub. Hope all of you try out this recipe. 100% natural and save money too!

      Thanks for vote up, Christine.

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      Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

      Great hub, well written, very detailed. Thank you for taking the time to teach us all. Voted up & more.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! It sounds easy to make. I know it´s delicious. I ´ll try it sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alisa Arishina 5 years ago

      I have to add this hub to my bookmarks!