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Candied Citrus Peel Recipe

Candied Citrus Peel Recipe, an easy and delicious way to use up your citrus peels! Whether it’s oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or limes- these candied citrus peels are amazing!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Drying Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 1 cup (varies)
Calories 121kcal
Author Lisa


  • Citrus Peel of choice
  • 4 grapefruit peels
  • 4 orange peels
  • 6 lemon peels
  • 6 lime peels
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar for dipping
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips optional


  • Rinse fruit and peel. Scrape away any extra fruit that is still attached to the peel. Leaving the pith (the white part on the peel) is okay.
    scraping orange peel clean
  • Slice peels into thin strips.
    slicing orange peels
  • Fill a medium sauce pan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Place sliced peel strips into boiling water a boil for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
    boiling orange peels
  • Using a slotted spoon remove peels from water and place on a cooling rack.
    taking candied orange peels out of simple syrup
  • Dump the water from the sauce pan out and add 1 cup of fresh water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and the water is boiling.
    adding water to sugar in saucepan
  • Add the boiled citrus peels to the sugar water, stir and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
    boiling orange peels in sugar water
  • Using a slotted spoon remove peels from the sugar water and place on a cooling rack. You can save the sugar water (aka simple syrup) and use it to make lemonade, or even my mint juleps!
    orange peels on cooling rack drying
  • Allow to dry for 2 hours or overnight. Try to separate the pieces to allow maximum air flow.
  • Toss candied citrus peels in sugar and enjoy!
    tossing candied grafefruit peel in sugar
  • If you want to dip these in chocolate (which I highly recommend), simply melt chocolate chips in microwave, dip each peel piece and place on a piece of parchment paper (or wax paper). Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy!
    candied orange being dipped in chocolate



Tips and Tricks
  • Store any candied citrus in an airtight container in a cool, dry, place for up to a month!


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g