Easy Candied Grapefruit Peel


This candied grapefruit peel is delightfully bittersweet and festive-looking. You can also dip the cooled rinds in chocolate. Will keep in an airtight container for several weeks, or in the refrigerator longer.

close up view of Candied Grapefruit Peel on a colorful platter
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
5 1/2 dozen


  • 4 medium grapefruit

  • 2 ¾ cups white sugar, divided


  1. Quarter grapefruit and remove rinds; use interiors for another purpose. Slice each rind lengthwise into strips, approximately 1/4 inch at the widest point.

  2. Cover rind with 2 inches of water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Drain. Repeat 3 more times with fresh water. Drain.

  3. Place boiled grapefruit rind, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and 1 cup of fresh water into the saucepan. Let simmer slowly, increasing heat as needed, until water is absorbed or evaporated, about 1 hour.

  4. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in a large bowl and toss peels in it. Cool and allow to dry on wax paper or a wire rack. Dust with more sugar as preferred.

Cook's Note:

You can use white or pink grapefruit. I have had the best batches from grapefruit that has thinner, rather than thicker, rinds. The thicker rinds tend to stay very moist.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

79 Calories
20g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 79
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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