Candied Citrus Peel

prep time: 10
cook time: 8


  • 1 blood orange or navel orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 pink grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


Using vegetable peeler, remove peel (colored part only) from fruit in 1.5- to 2 inch-long pieces. Cut peel into very thin strips (about 0.063 inch wide). Bring small saucepan of water to boil. Add strips and boil 5 minutes. Drain. Repeat.

Bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to simmer in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add blanched citrus peel, cover, and simmer 3 minutes. Transfer syrup with peel to small bowl. Cover and chill overnight. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.)

Using slotted spoon, transfer citrus peel to paper towels to drain before using.