Candied Orange Slices Recipe (2024)

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Candied orange slices are firm and sweet! They are a delicious snack or can be used in baking or simply over sour cream or yogurt. They last forever in the fridge and are a great way to preserve oranges if you find yourself with too many.

Growing up, there was always a huge jar of delicious candied orange slices in the fridge. We’ll reach in it with a fork, and fish a slice of sugary orange. We never added it to anything, just ate it right off the fork and had to resist the urge to reach in for another one.

This might not be your usual candied orange slices recipe where the orange is dried and covered in sugar… This recipe probably came with my grandma from Morrocco many many years ago and passed down to my mother, myself, and now to you.

Candied Orange Slices Recipe…

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These candied orange slices are cooked in a sugary syrup that is thick and sweet. We are going to use the whole orange, peel included, and the result is going to be firm orange pieces that are sweet and sticky. I make a jar of those candied orange slices every fall just for us to enjoy, however, you can also consider this recipe a great way to preserve oranges if that’s your goal (or check out my orange jam recipe).

Table Of Contents

  1. Ingredients…
  2. Kitchen Tools…
  3. How to Make Candied Orange Slices…
  4. How to Store Candied Orange Slices…
  5. How to Serve Candied Orange Slices…
  6. Frequently Asked Questions…
  7. Other Recipes You'd Like…
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Ingredients…

  • Oranges – use 5 medium-large oranges (about 2 pounds). The kind of oranges that you use doesn’t matter, just make sure that they are fresh and not overripe.
  • Sugar – weigh your fruit, we’ll use half of the weight of the fruit in sugar plus one cup.
  • Fresh lemon juice – from one medium lemon.

Kitchen Tools…

How to Make Candied Orange Slices…

Step one – prep the oranges. Since the orange part of the peel is very bitter, use a grater to remove it. Make sure to divide it into 1/2 teaspoon measurements and freeze it. You can add it to baked goods as you would do with lemon zest. Next, cut the top off the oranges.

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Step two – soak the oranges. Place the oranges in a large bowl and fill it with water. Let the oranges soak overnight. If you can, change the water once or twice during the soaking.

Step three – boil the oranges. Add the oranges to a pot and fill it with water to cover the oranges. Set on the stovetop and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat just a bit (keep a rolling boil) and boil the oranges for 20 minutes.

Step four – slice the oranges. After 20 minutes of boiling, remove the oranges from the hot water and set them on a cutting board to cool. Then slice the oranges however you like. My mother’s recipe says to quarter them so I did, but I later decided to cut them into smaller pieces. It’s really your choice, you can leave them in large pieces or cut them into smaller pieces.

Step five – cover with sugar. Add all the slices into a large mixing bowl and cover them with a cup of sugar. Let the oranges rest with the sugar on top of them for six hours. You’ll notice that they soak all the sugar and secrete some liquid which we want to keep.

Step six – cook the oranges. Add the orange slices to a wide and shallow pot and add the rest of the sugar. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, then, lower the heat to medium, cover the pot and cook for an hour stirring frequently. Uncover the pot and squeeze the juice of one lemon right into the pot. Then cover the pot again and cook for an additional fifteen minutes.

How to Store Candied Orange Slices…

You can add all of the candied orange slices into a large jar and store in the fridge (you should get almost a quart from this recipe). I divided mine into smaller half-pint jars because I gifted some of the jars to friends. If you have some syrup in the pot, make sure to add it to the jar too. These candied orange slices will last in the fridge for 12 months or even more!

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How to Serve Candied Orange Slices…

  • As candy – stick a clean fork in the jar and get yourself a slice. Just eat it right off the fork when you are in the mood for a little sweetness.
  • Over sour cream – oh man, this might be my favorite way! Scoop some sour cream into a bowl and add a few orange slices on top. It’s an absolutely delicious desert.
  • With yogurt – add yogurt (here is how to make yogurt in the crock pot, or how to make yogurt from raw milk) to a bowl, some homemade granola on top and a few candied orange slices. It’s an easy breakfast.
  • On toast – spread some homemade pumpkin seed butter or raw tahini on toast, and a couple of pieces of oranges and enjoy next to your coffee.
  • Add them to beef dishes – I’ve never tried this but I think that these will work really great in any kind of roasted beef dish.
  • In baked goods – if you are making any kind of baked good that calls for oranges, try replacing fresh oranges with these candied ones. They work really well in baked goods.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Can I follow this recipe with other citric fruits?

Yes, you can. It will work great with grapefruit. I’ve never tried it with lemons though…

Can I season these candied oranges?

Definitely! You can add a few whole cloves and cook them with the oranges. Or you can add the seasonings when you add the lemon juice. Add cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg or anything else that you think will add a special taste.

Can I use just orange peels and not the whole orange?

If you happen to squeeze many oranges for their juice and you want to do something with the orange peels, you can follow the same recipe just add a little bit of water (a cup or two) when you cook the oranges to allow them more time to cook and soften.

Can I adjust the quantities of the ingredients?

Yes, however, I don’t recommend processing more than 4 pounds of fruit at a time. Just follow a ratio of one part fruit to one-half part sugar plus one or two cups for the six hours that the oranges need to rest covered in sugar.

This is a special recipe that brings back a lot of childhood memories for me! These candied orange slices are delicious and there are many ways to use them. I hope that you’ll give them a try!

Other Recipes You’d Like…

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Candied Orange Slices

Yield: One quart

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Soaking Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 13 hours 25 minutes

Candied orange slices can be used in many different ways or simply as candy.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb oranges
  • 1 lb sugar plus one cup
  • Juice from one lemon
  • One tablespoon of seasonings like cinnamon is optional (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Prep the oranges. Since the orange part of the peel is very bitter, use a grater to remove it. Make sure to divide it into 1/2 teaspoon measurements and freeze it. You can add it to baked goods as you would do with lemon zest. Next, cut the top off the oranges.
  2. Soak the oranges.Place the oranges in a large bowl and fill it with water. Let the oranges soak overnight. If you can, change the water once or twice during the soaking.
  3. Boil the oranges. Add the oranges to a pot and fill it with water to cover the oranges. Set on the stovetop and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat just a bit (keep a rolling boil) and boil the oranges for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice the oranges.After 20 minutes of boiling, remove the oranges from the hot water and set them on a cutting board to cool. Then slice the oranges however you like. My mother’s recipe says to quarter them so I did, but I later decided to cut them into smaller pieces. It’s really your choice, you can leave them in large pieces or cut them into smaller pieces.
  5. Cover with sugar.Add all the slices into a large mixing bowl and cover them with a cup of sugar. Let the oranges rest with the sugar on top of them for six hours. You’ll notice that they soak all the sugar and secrete some liquid which we want to keep.
  6. Cook the oranges.Add the orange slices to a wide and shallow pot and add the rest of the sugar. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, then, lower the heat to medium, cover the pot and cook for an hour stirring frequently. Uncover the pot and squeeze the juice of one lemon right into the pot. Then cover the pot again and cook for an additional fifteen minutes.
  7. Store. You can add all of the candied orange slices into a large jar and store the jar in the fridge (you should get almost a quart from this recipe). If you have some syrup in the pot, make sure to add it to the jar too. These candied orange slices will last in the fridge for 12 months or even more!

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions...

  1. Can I follow this recipe with other citric fruits?
    Yes, you can. It will work great with grapefruit. I’ve never tried it with lemons though…
  2. Can I season these candied oranges?
    Definitely! You can add a few whole cloves and cook them with the oranges. Or you can add the seasonings when you add the lemon juice. Add cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg or anything else that you think will add a special taste.
  3. Can I use just orange peels and not the whole orange?
    If you happen to squeeze many oranges for their juice and you want to do something with the orange peels, you can follow the same recipe just add a little bit of water (a cup or two) when you cook the oranges to allow them more time to cook and soften.
  4. Can I adjust the quantities of the ingredients?
    Yes, however, I don’t recommend processing more than 4 pounds of fruit at a time. Just follow a ratio of one part fruit to one-half part sugar plus one or two cups for the six hours that the oranges need to rest covered in sugar.
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4Serving Size: One half pint jar
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 588Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 152gFiber: 6gSugar: 140gProtein: 2g

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FAQs

Why are my candied orange slices bitter? ›

A: You may not have boiled your orange slices long enough in plain water to pull out the bitterness from the peel. To make it less bitter next time, boil a few minutes longer and maybe a couple additional cycles (boil-rinse).

How do you take the bitterness out of candied oranges? ›

The secret to getting rid of the bitterness. is to boil your citrus for 2 minutes. and then toss it in an ice bath to stop the cooking.

Are candied oranges supposed to be soft? ›

Exterior candied oranges texture

This should be soft but firm to the touch and have a thin layer of crystallized sugar that provides a slight crunch when bitten down. If you find that its texture is sticky, excessively soft or hard, it may be the result of an incorrect confit process.

What are candied orange slices made of? ›

The 'candying' process, wherein the orange slices are simmered in a sugar syrup, softens the rind and infuses it with sugar syrup. Not to mention that the 'byproduct' of the entire process is a truly fantastic candied orange syrup that's almost better than the oranges themselves.

Why wont my candied fruit harden? ›

If your candied coating isn't hardening, the candying mixture did not reach a high enough temperature.

Why is my candied fruit chewy? ›

The sugar will be chewy if it hasn't been heated to a high enough temperature. The temperature we want to reach is hard crack. However, if you don't quite reach that you will get a candy shell at soft crack. At this stage, it will set, but with a stick in your teeth, chewy consistency.

Are candied oranges supposed to be bitter? ›

Candied orange peels that taste overly bitter can ruin the otherwise delightful treat. They should be tart, sweet, with very subtle bitter undertones to round it out. It helps to understand what parts of the orange are bitter and then how that bitterness can actually be reduced.

Do candied oranges go bad? ›

Paradise does not recommend freezing your candied fruit. It is generally not necessary since it lasts for 24 months if kept in a cool dry place.

Should you refrigerate candied orange? ›

I like to keep my candied orange slices in a well sealed container at room temperature for a few days, or in the refrigerator for longer. I layer them between sheets of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to one another.

How do you know when candied fruit is done? ›

You will need to cook each batch of fruit until it is translucent. Put the fruits on a wire rack once they are done cooking; this will help to get rid of all the excess sugar syrup.

How long do candied oranges last? ›

First, you'll want to let them cool at room temperature until no longer warm to the touch, at least 4 hours, then refrigerate them until thoroughly chilled. The oranges last refrigerated for 1 month as long as they are submerged in that syrup.

Does candied fruit need to be refrigerated after opening? ›

If you want to keep it for a year or more, Bush suggests that you store it in the refrigerator. Be aware that the sugar may crystallize and the fruit become very hard. To counteract the crystallization and soften the fruit, the fruit can be soaked overnight in a cooked sugar syrup.

How to make orange slices? ›

Instructions
  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 175 degrees. If your oven doesn't go that low, preheat to 200 degrees. ...
  2. Step 2: Thinly slice your oranges. ...
  3. Step 3: Arrange on baking sheet. ...
  4. Step 4: Bake the slices in the oven for about 6 hours, or until completely dry. ...
  5. Step 5: Cool and Store.
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What can I do with leftover syrup from candied oranges? ›

Save Your Leftover Orange Syrup and Oranges!

It can replace simple syrup in co*cktails, mocktails, and lemonade. You can also use it to replace honey or maple syrup on pancakes, baked pears, French toast, or even fruit salad. After cooking, the orange syrup is quite concentrated and sweet.

Why is my orange jam bitter? ›

The time to soak orange in boiling water should not be too long will cause the orange martial is too ripe. Wait until the boiling water is completely fresh for the orange peels to boil, this will help remove the bitterness and essential oil in the orange peel.

Is it normal for oranges to taste bitter? ›

Blame limonin. Limonin is a bitter compound found in most citrus but especially in navels oranges that increases in concentration the longer it sits. So, drink that juice quick, or use varieties that have less limonin for juicing, like Cara Cara navels, Valencias, or blood oranges.

Is an orange bad if it tastes bitter? ›

If “safe” means “non-toxic”, then yes, bitter oranges are safe to eat. If “safe” means “can I eat these out of hand without gagging violently”, then the answer is a hearty “NO”. No variety of citrus is toxic to humans, but some of them are so awful-tasting they might as well be.

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