Really Quick Orange Marmalade Recipe | (2024)

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Just two ingredients and a few minutes in the microwave and you can have a quick batch of orange marmalade ready to go.

Really Quick Orange Marmalade Recipe | (1)


ready in:

under 30 minutes

10 reviews


1 large orange with a good quality peel
1 cup white sugar or sugar substitute


Wash orange well. Remove stem end if still attached, and any blemishes. Cut in eighths with a serrated knife and carefully remove all seeds.

Process in food processor until most chunks or peel are fairly small and uniform. Add sugar and pulse to mix.

Place mixture in an uncapped glass container (a clean glass jar works great if you've kept the lid) and place in microwave. Cook on high for 2 minutes. Stir, and cook for another minute. Stir again.

Watch carefully so the marmalade doesn't scorch or boil over and microwave for 1 minute more. Repeat a 4th time. Cool, then cap and store in the fridge.

Great for toast, bagels or crispy rice cakes with lite cream cheese, or stirred into low fat or fat free yogurt or cottage cheese. Or throw calorie caution to the wind and use it to make a Miami Sundae.

This recipe can be made on the stovetop also: Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Turn heat as low as possible and simmer gently, stirring often, for about eight minutes.

recipe tips

Use organic oranges if possible to avoid pesticide residues in the peel.

Let the marmalade cool completely before capping to avoid condensation.

Stir the mixture thoroughly between each microwave interval to make sure it cooks evenly.

Use a deep microwave-safe container to prevent boiling over.

Test the marmalade on a cold plate; it should wrinkle when pushed with a finger if it's set.

Be careful of steam when opening the microwave and stirring.

Serve the marmalade as a spread on toast, as a topping for desserts, or as a glaze for meats.

Adjust the quantity of sugar based on the sweetness of the orange and personal preference.

Try combining different types of citrus fruits for unique flavor combinations.

common recipe questions

Can I use a different type of sugar, like brown sugar?

Yes, brown sugar can be used for a deeper flavor, but it may alter the color and taste slightly.

Is it necessary to use a food processor?

A food processor helps to finely chop the orange, but you can also do it manually with a knife for a chunkier texture.

How can I tell if the marmalade is done?

The mixture should thicken and become jelly-like as it cools. It might still be slightly runny when hot.

Can I add other ingredients to the recipe?

Yes, you can add ingredients like lemon zest or ginger for additional flavor.

Is it possible to double the recipe?

Yes, but you may need to adjust the microwave cooking time and sugar amount (depending on the tartness of the oranges) accordingly.

Can I use a different type of citrus fruit?

Yes, you can experiment with lemons, limes, or grapefruits, adjust the amount of sugar as needed.

What should I do if the marmalade is too runny?

Cook it for additional 1-minute intervals in the microwave, checking the consistency each time.

How long does this marmalade last in the fridge?

It can last for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I can this marmalade for longer storage?

This recipe is not designed for canning. For canning, you would need to follow a recipe with specific proportions and processing times for safety. You can freeze it, however, for longer storage time.

What can I do if the marmalade is too sweet?

Add a bit of lemon juice to balance the sweetness.

nutrition data

26 calories, 0 grams fat, 7 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.

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reviews & comments

  1. Jane REVIEW:
    September 29, 2020

    I loved it I needed a sugar free marmalade and I made it with sweetener

  2. annette REVIEW:
    July 7, 2020

    Brilliant, I added stem ginger and a squeeze of lemon. Will never buy shop bought again. Thank you

  3. Joyce REVIEW:
    May 9, 2020

    Needed marmalade for a fruit cake recipe & this was so easy & good!

  4. Callafaith REVIEW:
    February 6, 2020

    Wow! Can’t believe how well this turned out- it looked too simple. Needed this for a shrimp recipe and didn’t have enough time to go back to the store. Thanks for saving dinner:) We had plenty left over, looking forward to using it again at breakfast.

  5. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    January 19, 2020

    Wow, so easy and so good. I needed this for a citrus stir fry. I was perfect. Thanks so much.

  6. Rhonda REVIEW:
    November 24, 2019

    This was fast, beyond easy and really delicious! I definitely will be making this on a regular basis.I follow the recipe with a 5-minute water bath so that my jars are sealed and shareable.

  7. Mike REVIEW:
    June 28, 2019

    Love this recipe! Thank you for sharing. Turned out perfectly and is so easy to do. I will add this to my personal list of top 10 recipes as it is handy to do when you just want a good marmalade fix without spending an entire day in a sticky kitchen.

  8. Denise June 15, 2017

    Mine did not look like that. My came out looking like a smoothie. What did I do wrong?

    • CDKitchen Staff Reply:

      Sounds like maybe you processed it longer? Is it just the appearance that's different? If so, I wouldn't say anything was wrong with it.

  9. Guest Foodie July 19, 2013

    Not to my taste

  10. Chrisleo REVIEW:
    September 15, 2012

    Just used this recipe for quick marmalade, very easy to follow and it turned out great

  11. Miriam REVIEW:
    June 9, 2012

    I love it, so quickly & easy!

  12. Anita REVIEW:
    January 19, 2012

    a lovely marmalade, tasty, chunky, and very easy to make. Will definitely use it again.


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