This quick and easy Candied Lemon Peel Recipe uses sliced lemon peels cooked in a sugar syrup. Perfect for garnishing cakes, pies, deserts and more.
Sweet-Tart Candied Lemon Peel Recipe
When you want to garnish your desserts with something sweet and neat, look no further than this Candied Lemon Peel Recipe. It only takes 10 minutes of cook time and 30 minutes or so rest time, to make these beautifully lemon sticks that you can use a few or a lot to beautify your food.
Okay, it’s always easiest to buy Candied Lemon Peel—or is it?
I have found that in the time it takes to get ready and drive to my favorite grocery store, I can already have made Candied Lemon Peel.
If you have a lemon, you can make this recipe. Plus, as a bonus, you also will have the syrup which you can use in a variety of recipes. (See Below)
You can even chop them up to be incorporated into Lemon Scones.
If you are inspired with this recipe, why not try using lime, grapefruit and orange peels. The possibilities are endless.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Candied Lemon Peels
This recipe takes minimal ingredients and the results are amazing. It’s a quick and easy recipe that takes 10 minutes to make. Here’s how:
Start by removing lemon peels with a vegetable peeler. Avoid catching the white pith. That will make the candied lemon peels taste bitter.
Slice each strip into small sticks.
You’ll need 1/4 cup of sugar for this recipe.
To a sauce pan add 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Prepare plate with sugar on a plate.
Once cooked, strain and place candied lemon peels on sugar.
Roll candied peels in sugar. Allow to dry for 30 minutes to one hour. Then use in your favorite recipes.
What to Do with Leftover Lemon Syrup
Whatever you do, don’t throw away your leftover lemon syrup. Here are some ways you can use it that are tasty, too!
How to Store Leftover Lemon Peels
Store leftover lemon peels in an airtight container, nestled in a layer of sugar in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
And, once the lemon peels have been used, you can use this sugar for cooking desserts, sweetening coffee or tea drinks and more!
For more delicious fruit-inspired recipes, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section.
Candied Lemon Peel Recipe
- Lemon peel from 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Carefully slice the lemon peel from one lemon using a vegetable peeler. Try not to get any white pith.
- Slice the lemon peel into thin strips.
- In a small sauce, add the lemon peels, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water.
- Allow this to come to a boil and cook for 10 minutes until the lemon peels begin to look translucent.
- Using a cooking spider, carefully remove the lemon peels and spread out on a cake plate that has the rest of the sugar smoothed out evenly.
- Using a fork, roll the lemon peel in the sugar and allow the peels to dry naturally, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Store leftover lemon peels in an airtight container, nestled in a layer of sugar in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. (And, once the lemon peels have been used, you can use this sugar for cooking desserts, sweetening coffee or tea drinks and more!)
- Use to garnish on top of cakes, pies, desserts and more. Enjoy!