Spiced Orange Marmalade

An English classic served with a mild spicy kick making it more exciting on the palate.


This is an English classic served with a mild spicy kick making it more exciting on the palate. This hot and spicy citrus jam/marmalade is super easy to make and the perfect wake-up call on toast in the morning. This is an English classic sweet dish that is cooked down into a jammy consistency and is so easy, fresh, and delicious!


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The word Marmalade means quince Jam and comes into English via French and Portuguese, deriving from 'marmelo' meaning quince. Further back, the origin is Latin and Greek, from terms meaning honey-apple, which was the fruit resulting from the grafting of an apple onto a quince. Orange Marmalade is a unique form of jam or jelly that contains not only the juice of oranges but the peel of oranges as well, making it an extra flavorful option to use in many ways.

If you are using the spiced orange marmalade as a savory dish with fish or chicken, add a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flake for a hint of spice. Marmalade works great as the topping of baked chicken or grilled chops.

Quick and Easy Spiced Orange Marmalade

This recipe takes a little time, but it's relatively foolproof and will yield delicious results. The results are, without a doubt, well worth it. This orange marmalade will last for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.This recipe makes an excellent gift for holidays, teachers, friends, or family. There are absolutely no additives or processed ingredients you’d find in this recipe, making it a much healthier, made-from-scratch option.

Warning: It is addictive!

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How to make Spiced Orange Marmalade?

1) While working over a bowl to catch the juice, you need to hold a fully peeled orange and use a Meyer Sharp Knife to cut out each segment between the membranes that hold the sections together. Once you've cut out all the fruit, squeeze any juice out of the membranes into the bowl of segmented fruit. Set the membrane aside, along with any seeds.
Orange Marmalade

2) Simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the peel is very soft and the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the sugar and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
Spicy Marmalade

3) Boil it for about 15 minutes until the setting point is reached, that is when a small amount of marmalade can be placed on a saucepan and will wrinkle when cooled.
Spicy orange Marmalade

4) You can add the whole spices and zest to the reduction and let it infuse on low heat.

5) After 10-15 mins when the water has evaporated leaving behind jam, switch off the heat and pour it into a jar.
Orange Marmalade

6) Cool it for 10-15 mins and serve.

7) Let the jars sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then refrigerate for storage. Since this recipe is not processed after filling the jars, it should be refrigerated for storage.
Orange Marmalade

 Expert Tips

1) For an additional bold flavor, use half brown sugar and half white granulated sugar. 

2) You can substitute some of the Mandarin oranges for a few lemons for a beautiful multi-citrus marmalade.

3) For a seasonal spiced marmalade with a beautiful color, use thinly sliced blood oranges.

4) You can also add in a few fresh cranberries for a tangy and tart taste.

5) Add some water to thin it out and make homemade orange marmalade popsicles.

6) To avoid bacterial growth, allow the marmalade to cool completely before placing the jars in the fridge.

7) Since you’re using the skin of the oranges, it’s advisable to wash them beforehand to remove any dirt, impurities, or wax, etc

8) Stir occasionally during the cooking to avoid scorching.

9) A cast iron dutch oven works great for making marmalade or jam of any kind because the liquid doesn’t reduce as quickly. Cover the dutch oven and allow the fruit to really cook through, then uncover and allow it to cook down to that jam consistency. Try using Meyer Cast Iron Dutch Oven and you won’t be sorry

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