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Candied orange peel tossed in sugar in a white bowl

Candied Orange Peel Recipe

  • Author: Nancy Burkhart
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


An easy-to-make, delicious and attractive sweet-tart homemade orange candy that can be used as a snack, or as a garnish for cakes and other baked goods. 



4-5 large oranges

2 cups water

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Place a clean orange on a cutting board and cut off the ends. 
  2. Stand orange on one end. Using a vegetable peeler, peel just the exterior (rind) from the fruit using a downward motion, being careful to leave the pith (white spongy coating) on the fruit. Repeat until all oranges are peeled.
  3. Trim orange peels to desired size.
  4. Add water to a medium saucepan and place trimmed orange peels inside. Add the sugar and salt and bring to a simmer. Allow peel to simmer on low for 20 minutes or until soft. Do not cook longer or on a higher flame, as it will cause the orange peel to turn brown.
  5. Place 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl, then prepare the drying rack by setting a sheet of foil or wax paper beneath it to catch the sticky drippings. 
  6. After 20 minutes, stir in the vanilla extract and Grand Marnier orange liqueur. Remove from heat and allow the peel to set for 5 minutes. 
  7. Remove orange peel from the cooling rack with tongs and place them in the bowl with the sugar. Toss to coat. 
  8. Allow the orange peel to sit at room temperature until completely dry. 
  9. Store in an airtight container or plastic storage bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 


  • In place of the Grand Marnier, you can use 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice. 
  • You can use the same recipe to make candied lemon peel (sugared lemon peel), simply substituting 1 teaspoon of a limoncello lemon liqueur or fresh squeezed lemon juice in place of Grand Marnier liqueur. 
  • You can also use this recipe to make candied lime peel. Just add 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice in place of the Grand Marnier. 

Keywords: candied citrus peel, candied lemon peel, candied lime peel, orange rind