15 Recipes With Orange Marmalade

214001 Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze Rebekah Rose Hills
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Like many people, you might have a jar of orange marmalade in your pantry or fridge. But orange marmalade isn't just fabulous on toast or a scone, it's also a key ingredient that adds sweetness and citrus zing to chicken, ham, seafood, fruit salads, cakes, cookie bars, and more.

Fruity and tangy, orange marmalade is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used in dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Made from just oranges and sugar, marmalade has a more concentrated flavor than fresh oranges and a gooey texture that thickens as it cooks. It's less sweet than other kinds of jams or jellies, is more complex, and lends itself to both sweet and savory recipes. It features prominently in a wide variety of main dishes, glazes, sauces, and fillings.

Once you open a jar, it's best to use it within three months, so these recipes with orange marmalade will help you finish a jar before the sugar crystallizes.

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Sweet Chili and Orange Marmalade Glazed Chicken Wings

This is a perfect example of how marmalade can star in the simplest recipes. Sweet-sour orange marmalade and spicy chili sauce form a glaze for chicken wings that are roasted on a foil-lined baking sheet for easy clean up. Recipe reviewer DIZ♥ recommends sprinkling the wings with salt and pepper before baking.

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Coconut Shrimp II

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Crispy fried coconut shrimp get a delectable dipping sauce of marmalade, mustard, curry powder, and horseradish. A good potluck appetizer, recipe reviewer PartyGirl77 shares that she transported the shrimp to a party in a covered glass cake pan and then reheated them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4 to 5 minutes.

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Spicy Orange Beef

This home version of a Chinese takeout favorite can be made in a wok or skillet using mostly pantry staples. Adjust the amount of red pepper to suit your tastes. Recipe creator ChristyJ says it can be made in about the time it takes to make a pot of rice to serve with it.

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Orange Marmalade Cake

A recipe for true orange lovers, this spiced Bundt cake is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, plus a healthy dose of marmalade. If you're making the cake for someone who dislikes nuts or with an allergy to walnuts, leave them out. Both the recipe creator and reviewers recommend serving this cake with tea.

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Bahamian Marmalade Barbeque Sauce

This sauce is an intriguing combination of orange marmalade, soy sauce, dry mustard, and rum for Caribbean flair. "Flavorful, quick, and easy to make with ingredients I always have on hand," says recipe reviewer Lutzflcat. Store the sauce in the refrigerator and use it for marinating, basting, or dipping. It's especially good on shrimp, ribs, or chicken.

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Citrus Cheesecake

This luscious cheesecake is glazed with orange marmalade but also has fresh lemon juice, along with lemon, lime, and orange zest to boost the citrus flavor. Chilling before serving makes the cake easier to slice. A few paper-thin slices of lemon or orange can also be added as a garnish.

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Baked Chicken Thighs with Marmalade-Mustard Sauce

A quick and easy recipe, this sauce is made with orange marmalade, bourbon, mustard, onion, and garlic and cooked for just two minute. Then it's used to coat the chicken. Recipe creator Chef Mo suggests serving these saucy chicken thighs with rice. Note that bone-in thighs will take longer to cook than boneless thighs, so adjust your cooking time accordingly.

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Orange Surprise

Surprise your dinner guests with this easy no-bake dessert recipe that tops a buttermilk doughnut with vanilla ice cream, orange marmalade, and orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau, and a flourish of whipped cream. If your doughnuts are very large, you could slice them in half and use just one half per serving.

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Slow Cooker Marmalade Curry Chicken

Chicken breasts are coated in a sauce of orange marmalade, chicken stock, curry powder, cayenne pepper, and ground ginger. Some recipe reviewers suggest coating the chicken in flour, adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper and curry powder, or adding coconut milk to add more richness to this otherwise low-fat dish.

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Best Ever Rugelach

Cottage cheese blended with butter takes the place of the higher fat cream cheese often found in many rugelach recipes. The filling for these rolled cookies is a combination of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and raisins. The recipe makes four dozen cookies, but recipe reviewers report that they freeze well.

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Orange Marmalade Chicken

While this recipe calls for drumsticks, recipe creator Yoly says you can use any cut of chicken you like. The sweetness of orange marmalade in the saucy glaze is balanced with the savory and spicy flavors of Dijon mustard, barbeque sauce, sambal oelek, and soy sauce. Final broiling or grilling will crisp up the skin and add even more flavor.

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Orange Marmalade Bars

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This recipe, a twist on the classic jam cookie bars, uses one dough for both the shortbread style crust and crumb topping. The dough is seasoned with both cinnamon and ground cloves which complements the gooey orange marmalade filling which thickens as it bakes. Allow the bars to cool thoroughly for easier slicing.

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Holiday Turkey with Honey Orange Glaze

Holiday Turkey With Honey Orange Glaze

Orange juice, a tiny bit of honey, chunks of fresh orange, and marmalade form the sauce for basting and glazing your holiday bird, along with the classic herbs, sage, and thyme. This recipe has been a hit with reviewers who have also used this glaze on chicken and pork tenderloin with great results.

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Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze

214001 Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze Rebekah Rose Hills
Rebekah Rose Hills

A simple glaze of apricot jam, honey, hot English mustard, and orange marmalade adds flavor and balances the saltiness of the baked ham. Recipe creator Cheryl Gausdal suggests microwaving the glaze to melt the jam and marmalade and to help combine the ingredients more easily before using the sauce to glaze and baste the ham.

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Amaretto Yams

Skip the marshmallow topping in favor of a more sophisticated combination of marmalade, amaretto liqueur, and ginger to flavor your holiday yams. A crunchy topping of some crushed amaretto cookies and butter adds texture and emphasizes the almond flavor in the dish. Some recipe reviewers suggest using fresh sweet potatoes rather than canned yams.

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