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Candied orange peels on a wooden board

Easy Candied Orange Peel

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Total Time: 1.5 hours
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Dried fruit
  • Cuisine: English


Candied orange peel is easy to make at home and the homemade version is bitter-free, with a soft, chewy texture that’s perfect on its own or as an ingredient in holiday baking.


  • 4 thicker skinned oranges, like valencia, navel, cara cara, or blood oranges
  • 5 quarts of water, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional)



  1. Wash oranges to remove any wax or pesticide residue
  2. Score each orange in four places and remove the peel.  Set the orange fruit aside for another use.
  3. Cut the peel into 1/4 inch strips.
  4. Fill a 2 quart sauce pan 1/2 full of water.   Place peels into sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.  Strain the peels and pour off the water.  Repeat 2 more times.
  5. In a clean 2 quart saucepan, add 2 cups of water and sugar.  Split a vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and vanilla paste.  Add it to the simple syrup.  Chop the vanilla bean into 1/4 inch pieces and add to sauce pan.  Add the orange peel slices.
  6. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 to 45 minutes until the orange peel is translucent.
  7. Using a slotted spoon remove the orange peel from syrup.   Dry on cooling rack.  Reserve the orange flavored syrup for another use.
  8. Allow the orange peel slices to dry for several hours.  Turn the candied orange peel several time during the drying process.  This can be sped up using a dehydrator, but watch it carefully so that you don’t caramelize the peel.
  9. The peel is ready to store when it is dry to the touch, no longer sticky and is flexible.
  10. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.  The candied orange peel will be better after a day or two in the jar, where the moisture level is able to balance out.


To store the syrup, strain the syrup through a fine sieve to remove any bits of orange.  On its own this will last up to month in the fridge.

Keywords: candied orange peel

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