Candied Lemon Peel


This candied lemon peel recipe is a good way to use up lemon rind and goes well with coffee or dessert. It really does taste like candy, and you can use this method for any citrus fruit. If you use oranges you can add brandy, cloves, or other spices to the mixture. Chop it up and put it in cakes or cookies, or just eat it by itself.

looking down at a tray of candied lemon peels
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • 3 lemons

  • 8 cups cold water, or as needed

  • 2 cups white sugar, or as needed


  1. Cut lemons into slices about 1/4-inch thick and remove the fruit pulp. Cut the rings in half so the peels are in long strips.

    lemon peels

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  2. Bring water and lemon peels to a boil in a small pan. Drain water, and repeat with fresh cold water. Repeat the boiling step three times (see Editor's Note). Drain and set peels aside.

  3. Combine 2 cups fresh water with 2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir in citrus peels; simmer until the white pith is translucent. Store peels in syrup, refrigerated, to keep them soft.

  4. Alternatively, strain peels from syrup and allow them to dry. Toss dry candied peels in additional sugar and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

    candied lemon peel with bowl of sugar

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Editor's Note:

If you use grapefruit peel, change the water and boil the peels about five times to remove the bitterness. For orange peel, one boiling is usually enough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 33mg 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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