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Orange marmalade in a mason jar.

Orange Marmalade Recipe

My orange marmalade recipe is made with ordinary oranges and lemons, and it’s as unfussy as it is delicious. Every sunshiny spoonful makes your morning toast sparkle. If you love candied oranges and fruit preserves, I bet you’ll be making this on a regular basis.
Course Pantry
Cuisine British
Keyword lemons, oranges
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Overnight soak 8 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 120 tablespoons
Calories 107kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 4 large seedless oranges scrubbed clean
  • 2 lemons
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 cups sugar


  • First, cut washed oranges and lemons in half crosswise, then into very thin half-moon slices. Discard any seeds. Place the sliced fruit along with their juices into a stainless steel pot.
  • Add water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  • The next day, bring the mixture back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Turn heat up to medium and boil gently, stirring often, for another 30 minutes.
  • Skim off any foam that forms on the top. Cook the marmalade until it reaches 220 degrees.
  • If you want to be doubly sure the marmalade is ready, place a small amount on a plate and refrigerate it until it's cool but not cold. If it's firm–-neither runny nor hard–- it's ready. It will be a golden orange color. If the marmalade is runny, continue cooking it; if it's hard, just add a bit more water.
  • Pour the marmalade into clean hot mason jars; wipe the rims thoroughly with a clean damp paper towel, and seal with the lids. 



If putting up for storage, use a hot water or steam canner to properly seal lids, according to canning instructions. Otherwise, refrigerate and use within the month. 


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 107kcal