Make crystallized or candied orange slices or peels to eat as snacks or as elegant garnishes for a dessert. The name comes from the glazed appearance the fruit has when you’re finished. Although you’d usually toss the peel when eating an orange, crystallizing lets you leave the peel on and eat it with the rest of the fruit. Alternatively, you can crystallize the peels by themselves, making a sweet treat from something you’d normally throw out.

Things You'll Need

Cut the oranges in half and remove any seeds. Slice each half into 1/4-inch pieces.

Add 3 parts water and 1 part granulated sugar to a skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Place the orange slices in the skillet and turn the heat to medium.

Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the water and sugar form a syrup and the orange slices become translucent. Turn the heat down and simmer the oranges.

Flip the slices periodically and let them simmer in the syrup until it becomes thick, being careful not to damage the soft fruit. After about 10 minutes of simmering, remove the orange slices and set them to dry on a rack or sheet of wax paper.


  • The leftover orange syrup can be saved and used in another dish for an infusion of citrus flavor.

References and Resources

Food and Wine: Candied Orange Slices