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.

This Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe is spiked with vanilla and perfect spread on absolutely everything! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

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.

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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! 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.
4.71 from 27 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 332 kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 2gCalories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 1gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 3gSugar: 80gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 80.4mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword jam, jelly, spread
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70 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.

  11. Hi, your recipe sounds lovely.  Before I dive in to cook all the oranges we’ve grown, did you really mean this marmalade has to be eaten in 10 days ?.?  Probably not – but how long will it keep out of the refrigerator?  thankyou for a great-sounding recipe.  Maggie

  12. Can I can it in jars and seal so it will last?  I am making for Christmas baskets?  Also should I use pectin?

    • You don’t need to use pectin and you can can it in jars/seal it. Some readers have left some great tips if you want to read through those. I’m not a canning expert and usually just eat it within a month.

  13. I know this is a year later, but altitude is a major factor, as well as humidity. If you live at a higher altitude, then sugary recipes tend to not set up like they are supposed to. Also high humidity will cause similar issues. 

  14. I have a bumper crop of naval oranges this year but I hate canning and making preserves so I was looking for a simple marmalade recipe that would allow me to enjoy my oranges all year long without a huge production. I have to admit though that after trying this recipe, I did not like it. The inclusion of the pith makes the marmalade too bitter to overcome with any amount of sugar. However, I did enjoy the simplicity of this recipe so with a couple minor tweaks, I was able to produce a delicious marmalade that will be my go-to recipe from now on. All I did was use a cheese grater to remove the rind from the whole oranges, then I sliced the oranges in half, sliced off the pith, and finished them off with the mandolin and followed the cooking instructions as shown in the recipe. I also replaced half the sugar with honey, which gives it a nice honey-orange flavor. I agree that the vanilla adds a nice touch. Delicious!

    • Love all your tips! I do know that when I use large navels the pith is a bit more bitter so you can do what you did or add a bit more sugar. I try to use a thinner skinned orange for this reason.

  15. i am making this but will add 3 tbs chia seeds may will make thick will let you know

  16. Tried two batches, even weighed my oranges. The sugar and water evaporate leaving me with just semi soft oranges. First time making a marmalade so I tried twice. Same issue. Even used a candy thermometer but this just didn’t turn out like a spreadable “jam” like it sounds like it’s supposed to.
    Never got to the “jammy” consistency you mentioned even after an hour.
    Anyone else who’s had problems, have you figured out a solution?
    I was so excited to have this for breakfast.

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry you had issues with the jam not setting up. I’m wondering now if the oranges may be the culprit. I recreated the recipe yesterday using cara cara oranges and it’s IMPERATIVE that the oranges are thinly sliced. I’ll try again with a navel orange. What type of oranges were you using? I have a marmalade expert I can ask for troubleshooting tips, too.

  17. Can I use coconut sugar instead of white sugar!

  18. I have never eaten (or prepared) orange marmalade before, but I have a recipe for glazed carrots that called for it that I wanted to try. THIS IS SO GOOD. I had mandarin oranges on hand, so that’s what I used. I threw them in the food processor with the slicing blade and cooked it all up, per the instructions. It’s delicious.

  19. till After 2 hours I just have hot sweet oranges. I’ve made lots of jam before so I’m not inexperienced so ……… I’ll just put this down to an unfortunate pinterest fail.

  20. I cooked this for an extra hour all the while adding more water (approx 2 cups) and it turned into more of a puree than a jam – very disappointing and a huge waste of fruit.

    • I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you but I’m curious as to why would you add an extra 2 cups of water? It will definitely turn into more of a puree if you’re adding additional water, you need to give the fruit time to cook down and concentrate. The marmalade does thicken to a jammy consistency when it cools. As when you put jam in the microwave and heat it….it will be runny. So, hot marmalade while you’re cooking it will not set until it’s cooled. Hope that helps.

      • Left me with hot oranges and no marmalade. #disappointed Will not be recommending to my friends. 🙁 

        • Hi Hope, I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you. Did you try the freezer test to make sure it set? If the oranges were still hot, did you give them a chance to chill in the fridge overnight? The jam will still be pretty fluid when it’s hot like if you heated jelly in a saucepan, it will become thin.

  21. Can this recipe be canned so that I can send it to family and friends?

  22. Can I double up on thr recipe?

  23. I added the seeds from the orange and some lime zest. The seeds help with setting. I put them in a little mesh bag I happened to have. Use lemon seeds too if you have them. I added Jamaica leaves (I’m in Mexico) what a pretty colour and the taste is amazing. Also added a little local vanilla…..it’s setting now, but the cold plate test worked fine. During cooking, added orange juice that’s I’d juiced from the oranges. I don’t like tons of peel so hopefully it will be like runny jelly with a small amount of very thinly sliced peel.

  24. Marmalade is currently on- don’t think I,ve cut the oranges small enough! Can I strain them after & leave them out so it becomes more like a jelly jam ? Welsh lady in wales uk 1st time attempting marmalade/ jam! Help!

    • Hi Jo! If you feel the peels don’t melt down enough, you can strain them. The jam may be a little runnier but to be sure it’s the right consistency, put a drop or two on a plate and stick it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to make sure it sets to the consistency you want. Good luck!

  25. Thank you! This is my second time making the marmalade. I was so happy with the first results! Thanks for the helpful recipe. I don’t think I’ll buy another jar of marmalade again!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! A lot of people are commenting it’s watery but I think they didn’t wait long enough for it to chill before making that assumption. thank you for your comment!

  26. Absolutely adore this! Thank you so much – so easy to make, and it worked! I always thought having some home made marmalade would be difficult, so I appreciate your sharing x

  27. I’m getting ready to try this recipe now. Wish me luck.

  28. can I water bath can this recipe ?

  29. I tried this recipe… It took much longer than stated but it did turn out perfectly! And it taste great! Thanks for sharing!

  30. I made these from the orange tree in my yard. They have thick rinds. I cut about a 3rd of the rind off, discarded them and simmered the rest for an hour,. I did the set test in the freezer on a very cold plate and it set in 5 minutes. I also canned them in 4 oz jars. The recipe made 5 jars. I boiled them for 10 minutes in the jars. The cooking time in the pot is going to vary due to the thickness of the rind. The canning method boiling time is going to vary depending on your altitude. If you have not ever canned before, you can go to the National Center For Home Food Preservation website for more information.

  31. I made this twice as directed with great results. My thermometer wasn’t working as planned so I boiled the mix for a bit before reducing to simmering. It also had to simmer longer than 30 minutes before it reduced to my liking. Sunny color and delicious. I love that it’s lower in sugar than other recipes. I like the small batch too. Worked for me!

    • I’m so happy you loved it! And yes, I think a lot of readers are not letting it simmer long enough and then it does set up when it cools. Some oranges take longer to cook down than others due to the sugar content.

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