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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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! Or even go the savory route with this Sweet Tomato Jam! It’s so easy and a pleasant surprise to your holiday cheese board in the winter months!
This Easy Orange Marmalade recipe is fabulous used in SAVORY recipes, too! I made my own twist on everyone’s favorite Slow Cooker meatballs HERE!
Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe
Quick and easy Orange Marmalade recipe made from scratch! Sweet, tangy and fantastic for all your breakfast and brunch spreads.
- 1 pound oranges about 4 medium
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- Slice the oranges thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick, picking out the seeds as you go. A mandolin makes this process move quickly.
- Place the orange sliced in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in the water, sugar and vanilla.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low.
- 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.
- Carefully transfer the marmalade to canning jars and seal with the lid.
- Marmalade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in an airtight container.