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Orange Marmalade Recipe

Orange Marmalade made with beautiful Seville oranges for that bitter sweetness we all know & love. With my helpful step-by-step photo guide you will be able to enjoy it on toast before you know it!
Course Jams, Marmalade, Preserves
Cuisine British
Keyword orange marmalade
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 9 340g jam jars
Calories 42kcal
Author Jo Allison


  • 1 kg Seville Oranges see notes
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 kg caster or granulated sugar unrefined golden caster or granulated can be used as well
  • 2.5 l water


  • Put 3-4 small saucers/plates in the freezer for later. You will need them to check whether your marmalade has reached the setting point later.
  • Prepare the jars and make sure you’ve got the lids for all of them to avoid lots of faff later.
  • Cut oranges in half and squeeze out all the juice pouring it into the pan through the sieve. Remember to keep the pips!
  • Cut the orange peels into quarters and using a teaspoon (find one with relatively sharp edge) scrape out as much of the white pith from the skins as possible. Put it aside with your saved orange pips.
  • Take a muslin square/cotton cloth/cheese cloth and put all the pips and pith on it, gathering into a parcel and tying it up with a string or a strong thread. Do not skip this step as this pip/pith bag contains a lot of pectin you will need for your marmalade to set. Put the bag into the pot and tie it onto the handle for easier removal later.
  • Cut orange peel into strips. I like to cut my quarters into halves and slice them really thinly using a sharp knife. Feel free to cut your peel as thin or as thick as you like, it really is personal preference. Once you’ve sliced all the peel pop it into the pan.
  • Halve and juice one lemon adding the juice to the pan.
  • Pour 2.5 l water into the pan and place it over medium heat and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for approximately 2 hours until orange peel is nice and soft. You can check it by giving it a gentle squeeze between your fingers.
  • Remove pan from the heat. Take muslin bag out of the pan trying to squeeze out as much of the pectin goodness as possible by pressing it against the side of your pan with the spoon or simply squeezing it with your hands (wear gloves as it’ll be super hot). Add sugar to the pan and put it on low heat until it dissolves stirring from time to time. Make sure you let the sugar dissolve completely before you crank up the heat and bring marmalade to boil.
  • Once sugar has dissolved, increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil (it may take some time). Once you get to the point of nice rolling boil with lots of foamy scum on top, let it boil for 15 minutes.
  • Take your saucer out of the freezer and spoon a little bit of marmalade onto it to check whether it’s set. Simply push the liquid with your finger and if it wrinkles your marmalade is done. If it hasn’t reached setting point simply continue boiling it for another 5-10 minutes and do the wrinkle test again. You might have to repeat it few times so don’t get discouraged.
  • Once your marmalade has reached setting point, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Skim the excess scum with a spoon.
  • Transfer orange marmalade to sterilised jars, cover with lids and leave to cool. Marmalade will continue to set as it cools down.  Once your jars are completely cold you can put labels on store in dark and relatively cool place or enjoy immediately!


  • Nutritional information is approximate, per tablespoon of marmalade and should be treated as a rough guideline only.
  • You can buy Seville Oranges in the UK from late December until mid February. They freeze well (whole) so even if you don't fancy making marmalade now, stock up for later.
  • My orange marmalade recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Store your jars with marmalade in a dark & cool place, away from excessive light and heat. It should last up to 2 years if stored properly. Once opened, store in the fridge for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg