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Candied Orange Peel Recipe

My candied orange peels are crisp, sweet, and tart.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 5 navel oranges
  • 1 grapefruit Use all oranges or all grapefruit if you prefer. You could also try this with other citrus fruit like tangerines, lemons, or pomelos.
  • 6 cups sugar


  • Cut the fruit in half and juice it. (You won't need the juice, so save it to drink!)
  • Scrape out the pulp but leave the white pith.
  • Cut the ends off of the fruit to remove the rough parts of the peel.
  • Cut the peel into slices that look like French fries.
  • Place the orange peel slices into a medium-sized pot and fill it with water to cover the peels.
  • On high heat, bring the peels to a boil, then use a colander to drain the water off.
  • Boil and drain three more times.
  • Place sugar, two cups of water, and the orange peels back into the pot on medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture up to 250 F, stirring occasionally; this will take about 30 minutes. I recommend that you use a candy thermometer so as not to burn the sugar.
  • Keep the pot on the stove and hold at that temperature until the sugar is a thick caramel and doesn't resemble a liquid syrup.
  • Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  • Using tongs, remove the peels from the pot and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cool to room temperature and serve as a snack, or cut the peels up to use in stollen or panettone.


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 106g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg