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Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Citrus Peel

Slice off the peel, boil in water for 15 minutes, boil in sugar water for 45 minutes. Dip it in sugar. Voilá! Upscale garnish straight from your own kitchen.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert, Garnish


  • 2 - 4 lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits
  • 2 c sugar for making the syrup
  • 1 c water for making the syrup
  • 1 - 2 c water for boiling the peels
  • 1 +/- c sugar for coating the peels


  • Slice the peel off the fruit, trying to get just the peel and very little of the white pith. Lay the peel pith side down and thinly slice into uniform strips.
  • Boil the strips of peel in water 15 minutes. Discard the water and rinse the peel in a strainer.
  • Dissolve 2 cups sugar in 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add the peel and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  • Put a cup or so of sugar in a wide, flat bowl or plate. Use a slotted spoon and pick up a few peels. Let the syrup drip off. Place the peels in the sugar. Use a fork and toss them around to completely coat with sugar.
  • Remove the peels to a wire rack and let dry 1 - 2 days.
  • Store in an airtight container. 
  • Don't discard the syrup from the boiled peels. Store this in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use to flavor tea, booze, cakes ... 
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