Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe

This Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe will become a staple in your kitchen. Sweet and tart, spiked with vanilla, it’s perfect on toast, pancakes or stirred into a savory sauce.

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I’m a jam fan….really…I am.  I always loved spreading jelly and jam in a thick, clumpy layer on a slice of bread before sandwiching together with an equally generously peanut buttered slice…making the messiest, tastiest PB&J sandwich ever. When I was little, I always thought I was a culinary adventurous when I broke out the strawberry and raspberry jam.  I mean, really…didn’t everyone reach for the Concord grape?  I was a rebel living on the edge.

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Until one time…..I saw a jar of bright and sunny Orange Marmalade.  I was curious and excited.  I couldn’t wait to dip my trowel into that jar and once I did….holy cow, why were there orange rinds in there!?!??  I was seriously horrified and didn’t even bother trying it.  I mean, who in their right mind would eat something that was swimming with the part of the orange that I throw in the trash.

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Fast forward about 15 years (yeah, it took a little while to shake that one off) and I encountered a little coffee shop near my office that had the most fabulous scones.  They were served with a variety of homemade jams and spreads, like this Strawberry Jam.  Then I saw it….the gorgeous glow of the Orange Marmalade.  It smelled fabulous…with a hint of vanilla that kinda reminded me of an orange creamsicle. So, I dove in and spread a healthy helping of the marmalade on my cinnamon scone. And then I hated my younger self for not trying this fantastic creation years ago.  I had missed out on the gloriousness of orange marmalade.

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This Easy Orange Marmalade recipe is so simple to make.  You’ll need some time to hang out a bit so you can stir occasionally….and it takes a bit of time to thicken up to a jam consistency, but your patience will be rewarded.  Try to use a sweet orange like my favorite Honeybells or a super juicy Cara Cara. And don’t skip the vanilla, it adds a creamy note that is absolutely amazing making it stand out from the usual marmalades I’ve tried. It’s fantastic spread on pancakes or a slice of homemade bread.

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And if you’re feeling adventurous….and can get your hands on some figs, definitely give this Fig Jam a try.  It’s equally amazing!

Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Total Time 1 hr
Yields 3 cups


  • 1 pound oranges (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


  1. Slice the oranges thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick, picking out the seeds as you go. A mandolin makes this process move quickly.
  2. Place the orange sliced in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir in the water, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low.
  5. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has darkened in color and thickened to a jammy consistency. The process will take approximately 35-40 minutes and the temperature will read 222-223 F on a candy thermometer.
  6. Carefully transfer the marmalade to canning jars and seal with the lid.
  7. Marmalade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in an airtight container.
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20 comments on “Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe”

  1. This recipe sounds great and easy! Love marmalades and jams. I am considering doing enough to cold pack to seal them. Do you think it will work?

  2. Do u have an easy recipe rhubarb sauce I can’t wait try orange marmalade, will let u know does it cost to sign up on c to this website

    • Hi Cheryl! It’s free to sign up for my emails. And I’ll have a rhubarb jam in a few weeks that you will probably like. I haven’t tried a sauce yet but will definitely give it a go this rhubarb season!

  3. Up to 10 days!!? That’s a lot to take. What can I do to make that longer like 6 months or so?

    • You could freeze it, I transfer it to an airtight container (like the disposable Glad or Ziplock containers) and cover with plastic wrap before sealing with the lid.

    • You can also just put the mixture into smaller jars and can them. So you just open a new jar as you use them. if you added some lemon juice you should be able to have a low enough PH level. also the orange oil in the oranges should suppress bacteria.

  4. Try just canning it in small jars. may need to ass a little lemon juice to hit your ph level.

  5. I made the recipe but found that I needed to add another cup of water and more sugar. I just added a cap of vanilla and that was enough. Then I had to cook it down because I don’t like a thin marmalade. But the vanilla seemed to do something to bring out more of the orange flavor. It occurs to me that with a little white vinegar this could be a good glaze for pork.

  6. So how much lemon juice do you think you should add? I really want to make this to put up for winter….

  7. What a nice and easy recipe. I’ve been wanting some marmalade like I had years ago at a hotel in Washington DC. As I recall it was called “Pecan Praline Orange Marmalade”. The pecans had been toasted before adding them to the marmalade. I’m trying to work out in my head how best to do this… I’m thinking to toast the pecans in some butter and add it in just prior to canning … the vanilla in your recipe will punch up the “praline” side of things. ‘course, maybe just make a glazed pecan, chop and add.. What do you think? Any suggestions?

    • I would add the pecan right before canning, I think the oils in the nuts could make it difficult for the marmalade to set up so definitely hold off on adding them until the end.

  8. I tried this recipe exactly as written and basically I am out a pound of oranges. I cooked the mixture for over an hour and it never changed color nor did the rinds soften or the mix thicken as stated it would. I was excited to try this but am very disappointed.

    • Hi Chandra, I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you and that you wasted your oranges. I’ll test the recipe again but other readers have made it with great results. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you through the process should you decide to give it another try.

  9. When you freeze it in the plastic containers are you putting the marmalade directly in the container or the jars in the container? Thank you! 

  10. My daughter and I tried this yesterday, and it never thickened nor did it turn darker. Not sure what went wrong. We did exactly as the recipe said.

    • I’m finding that some oranges may react differently and have to be cooked a bit longer. Sometimes up to an hour or hour and a half. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you but I’ll need to go back and add my favorite orange varieties for this recipe.

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