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Candied citrus fruit peels

Candied fruit peels are easy to prepare, plus they only require two extra ingredients: sugar and water. Once you master them, you will never go back. Be sure not to skip the 2 boil and drain steps. They're essential to get rid of the bitterness.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 29 minutes


  • 3 medium sized citruses orange, grapefruit or shaddock
  • ¾ cups of sugar plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sweet spices optional


  1. Wash the fruits
  2. Thinly peel them while make sure to avoid as many of the white spongy layer as possible. I use a vegetable peeler; it makes this task easier
  3. Cut the peels into smaller portions

Removing the bitterness

  1. Fill a pot with water and add the peels
  2. Bring to a boil, let simmer for about 20-30 minutes
  3. Discard the water
  4. Fill the pot once more with water and add the peels
  5. Repeat the process of boiling and simmering
  6. Drain and discard the water

Preparing the candied peels

  1. In the same pot, combine the sugar, 1 cup of water and sweet spices (optional)
  2. Add the fruit peels and bring to a boil
  3. Let simmer at low heat until the liquid is almost fully absorbed, and you’re left with syrupy peels (about 20 to 30 minutes)
  4. If you added sweet spices, remember to take them out promptly
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  6. Sprinkle generously with sugar
  7. Using tongs, extract the fruit peels from the pot one at a time
  8. Layer them on the lined baking sheet
  9. Sprinkle with sugar to coat
  10. Let cool
  11. Enjoy or preserve in a glass jar

Recipe Notes

Remember to take the sweet spices out before your peel turns into candied fruits. Or else, you will end up with candied sweet spices that I don’t recommend eating. I am not sure you will be a fan.