How to Make Orange Marmalade

I had never learned how to make orange marmalade or any type of marmalade. Although I grew up with my family making jams, jellies and preserves, no one ever made marmalade.  This type of condiment is made with citrus; the peel (which jams, jellies and preserves do not contain), pulp and juice of oranges (and/or) grapefruit and smaller amounts of lemon. Other non-citrus fruits may or may not be added to the recipe.

The British people know quite well how to make orange marmalade. It is the most popular condiment served with British scones. Various versions of marmalade can be found dating back to the Romans.  The term “marmalade” can also be found in Spain but most often refers to what we call preserves; made with fruit other than citrus. Other European countries will also use the term “marmalade” for any jellied fruit.

I decided to learn how to make orange marmalade because I have so many recipes, both for desserts and entrees, using it as a main ingredient. I bought a good brand from the grocery store but was very disappointed in the taste. Have you ever tasted the commercially made type? It is so artificially sweet to the taste without adding significant flavor to the recipe. Once I learned how to make orange marmalade or citrus marmalade, I was hooked. The flavor it adds to recipes is unbelievable! It is also delicious on hot biscuits and homemade scones.


How to Make Orange MarmaladeHow to Make Orange Marmalade
  • 1 Quart thinly sliced orange peel
  • 1 Quart orange pulp, cut up
  • 2 Thinly sliced lemons
  • 1 ½ Quarts water
  • Sugar

Slice oranges; cut the orange rind away from the white section and measure 1 quart.
Cut the orange pulp off and measure a quart of the pulp. DISCARD THE WHITE PART OF THE ORANGE.
Put the orange peel and pulp in a large heavy saucepan; add the lemons.
Add the water to the fruit and heat to a simmer; simmer for 5 minutes.
Cover pan and let stand in a cool place for 12 to 18 hours.
Reheat to a rolling boil and cook until peel is tender about 1 hour.
Measure fruit and liquid; add 1 cup of sugar for each cup of the mixture.
Bring mixture slowly to boiling stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Cook rapidly to the jelly stage about 25 minutes; stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Pour boiling hot mixture into clean sterilized pint canning jars.
Adjust lids and process in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.
Makes about 8 pint jars.

Pictured Below: Cooking the marmalade to the jellied stage

Cooking to Jelly StageCooking to Jelly Stage


  • 1 ½ Cups thinly sliced grapefruit peel
  • ½ Cup thinly sliced orange peel
  • 1 ½ Cups chopped grapefruit pulp
  • ¾ Cup chopped orange pulp
  • ½ Cup thinly sliced lemon
  • 1 ½ Quarts water
  • Sugar

Add 1 ½ quarts of water to fruit peel in a large saucepan; boil 5 minutes and drain.
To the drained peel and the fruit pulp, lemon and 1 ½ quarts water; bring to boil and boil 5 minutes.
Cover and let stand in cool place for 12 to 18 hours.
Bring to a boil and cook rapidly until peel is tender about 40 minutes.
Measure fruit and liquid; add 1 cup of sugar for each cup of mixture.
Bring slowly to a boil stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
Cook rapidly to the jelly stage about 30 minutes while stirring frequently.
Pour hot mixture into hot sterilized canning jars; adjust lids.
Process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 to 15 minutes.


Orange Coconut CakeOrange Coconut Cake
  • ¾ Cup butter divided
  • ¾ Cup orange marmalade
  • ½ Cup flaked coconut
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups flour
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ¼ Teaspoon orange extract

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Melt ¼ cup of the butter in a 9 inch (smooth) ring mold.
Mix the marmalade and coconut and distribute evenly over the melted butter.
In a mixing bowl combine sugar, eggs and remaining ½ cup of butter; blend well at low speed.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt; combine milk and orange extract.
Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to the creamed mixture; blend well.
Spoon batter evenly over the marmalade mixture.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes; invert onto a cake plate.

Marmalade and Coconut Mixture First LayerMarmalade and Coconut Mixture First Layer
Second Layer Cake BatterSecond Layer Cake Batter
Ready for OvenReady for Oven


Orange Marmalade ChickenOrange Marmalade Chicken
  • 4 Large chicken breasts
  • ½ Cup orange juice with pulp
  • ½ Cup orange marmalade
  • Olive oil
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 Small chopped onion
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ Teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 Cup chopped almonds

Marinate chicken in orange juice and marmalade for about 1 hour.
Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.
Add chicken breast to hot oil discarding marinade; brown chicken lightly on both sides.
Top chicken with lemon juice and onions.
Sprinkle both sides with remaining ingredients just before removing from skillet.
NOTE: Chicken is done when juices run clear.

Chicken Marinating in MarmaladeChicken Marinating in Marmalade


  • 2 ½ Cups sifted flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons soft butter
  • 3 Beaten eggs
  • 1 Cup orange marmalade
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 Cup finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan.
Sift again the sifted flour with baking powder and salt; set aside.
Beat honey, butter and eggs with a spoon until smooth; stir in marmalade and orange peel and mix well.
Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture; stir until well blended and stir in nuts.
Turn batter into prepared pan; bake for 1 hour or until pick comes out clean.
Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.