Candied grapefruit peel recipe

Candied Grapfruit Peel Recipe


Use all of your citrus by candying the peel!



  • 2 large red or pink grapefruits
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for tossing


  1. Cut the peel on the grapefruit into quarters by scoring it (picture a globe) from pole to pole and back to the first pole, make a second circular cut 90 degrees from the first, giving you four equal segments
  2. Peel and slice the peel lengthwise (and white pith) into 3/8 inch slices
  3. If you don’t want to use the pith (it provides a bitter sweet that is so characteristic of grapefruit), you could just just a vegetable peeler to take of the zest without the pith
  4. Place in a small pan (large if you’re making multiplying the recipe), cover with cold water
  5. Bring to a boil, and drain
  6. Repeat this process twice to remove some of the bitterness; it seems to also insure that all of the slices of peel are cooking equally, the ones floating on the top will be on the bottom of the next batch
  7. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to the peel, bring to a boil, simmer and cook until the peel is translucent, about 15–20 minutes
  8. Drain; move the peel to a wire rack and let dry for 2–4 hours
  9. Toss in more sugar
  10. If your candied peel still seems too wet at this point, place back on the wire racks and put it in the oven on the lowest possible setting. In my case that is 170 F. Prop the oven door open just a smudge with a wooden spoon until you get the desired texture.