Candied Citrus Peel - An Ode to my Father

March 28, 2015

You are probably wondering why the connection of candy and my Dad right? Well of all the childhood memories I have eating stuff that my dad made, this one of candied citrus peel stands out the most.

My dad made this for us using shaddocks (pomelo) but it was much easier for me to find grapefruits here but technically you can use any citrus fruit.

I loved this snack. It is a mixture of fruit, sweet and bitter all in one. I know he continuously had to tell us, "don't eat anymore today" as my sister and I would go grab strips after strips.

You will need to have a little patience for this treat, but your ingredients are simple and more than likely already in your house:

  • 3 grapefruits (washed and dried)
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Grated ginger

We need to "gut" our grapefruits. I cut mine in half, then cut around the edges and use a spoon to dig out the pulp.

Then cut the them into thin strips. About 1/2 inch wide strips.

We then have to scald the rinds in water to remove the oils. Place strips in a large saucepan and cover with boiling water and let simmer for 5 minutes.. 

Pour water off and repeat this process four times using fresh water each time. 

Drain peels. In the same saucepan add sugar, water and ginger and bring to boil. Lower temperature and simmer until sugar dissolves. Do not stir.

Add peel to sugar mixture and cover partially. Simmer for 1 hour. Peels would get tender and syrup will absorb (as much as possible)

While peels are in syrup, line a large pan with wax paper. Transfer peels to wax paper and separate.

When strips are cool, roll strips in remaining sugar. I used 1/2 cup of the 1 cup of sugar left back.

Place strips on clean waxed paper and leave to dry over night. And your final project will be a tart citrus skin with ha sweet taste.

I had to stop myself from eating these out during the process. I had a few strips that were wider than needed and I put those to the side to use when I'm baking a carrot cake later in the week.

Have you every made candy out of citrus?

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Grapefruit Candy

A step by step guide to creating this candied grapefruit that can be eaten alone or used in cakes and drinks. The perfect Summer snack. This recipe can easily be used to candy any citrus.


  • 3 grapefruits (washed and dried)
  • 3 cups of sugar ( 2 cups and 1 cup)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  spoons of grated ginger


  1. Cut fruit in half and scoop out pulp leaving white pith attached to peel
  2. Cut peel into 1/2" wide strips
  3. Put strips in large saucepan and cover with boiling water.
  4. Leave to simmer for 5 mins
  5. Drain strips and repeat this step 4 times to remove bitter oils from rind
  6. Drain, and remove peels
  7. Add 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water and grated ginger to the saucepan
  8. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until sugar dissolves. Do not stir
  9. Add peel to syrup and partially cover pan.
  10. Simmer until syrup is absorbed and peels are tender
  11. While strips are simmering, line a large tray with wax paper
  12. Transfer hot peel to tray and separate strips
  13. When cooled, toss strips in remaining sugar
  14. Place in a single layer, on new wax paper and leave to dry overnight at room temperature
  15. Store in an airtight container
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.


  1. Serious trip back into my childhood! I used to LOVE these

    1. I loved having it again too. Really took me back to running free lol

  2. I've never done this, but your tutorial makes it look really simple! In Florida, we've got a lot of citrus - so I'd better get busy!

  3. It is citrus season here so this is perfect

  4. Fantastic treat here! Thanks for great idea; we've never made this but I've always wanted to!

  5. I don't think I've ever had candied citrus peels before. They're beautiful! I love the idea of using them in a carrot cake. Do you use them as a garnish or bake them into it?

  6. Funny I have never done this at home, but tend to just buy it. Looks great and I'm sure tastes much better too.


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