Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe for Small Batches

Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe for Small Batches is a delicious citrus spread that’s perfect for toast, scones, or even just by the spoonful. But it can seem like a daunting task to make at home, especially if you’re new to preserving. This easy orange marmalade recipe is perfect for small batches, so you can experiment with different flavors and textures without having to commit to a large quantity.

Ingredients for Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe for Small Batches

  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Wash the oranges and lemon thoroughly. Cut the oranges and lemon into thin slices, removing any seeds if necessary.
  2. Place the fruit slices in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the fruit is softened.
  3. Mash the fruit with a potato masher or immersion blender until it reaches your desired consistency. Some people prefer a chunkier marmalade, while others like it smoother.
  4. Stir in the sugar and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes, or until the marmalade thickens. To test if the marmalade is ready, place a small spoonful on a chilled plate. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it’s set.
  5. Let the marmalade cool slightly, then pour it into clean jars. Seal the jars tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • For a more intense orange flavor, use Seville oranges. These oranges are a bit tart and bitter, but they make a delicious marmalade.
  • You can add other fruits to your marmalade, such as grapefruit, blood oranges, or even rhubarb.
  • If you don’t have any pectin, you can use the natural pectin in the orange peels to help thicken the marmalade. Simply leave the peels on when you slice the oranges.
  • Get creative with your spices! A pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger can add a warm and flavorful touch to your marmalade.

Making marmalade is a fun and rewarding experience, and this easy recipe is a great way to get started. With a little practice, you’ll be a marmalade-making pro in no time!

Here are some additional benefits of making your own marmalade:

  • You can control the ingredients and sweetness level.
  • Homemade marmalade is fresher and tastes better than store-bought marmalade.
  • It’s a great way to use up fresh oranges.
  • Making marmalade is a fun and satisfying activity.

I hope you enjoy this easy orange marmalade recipe!

Here are some other small-batch recipes you might enjoy:

  • Easy Strawberry Jam
  • Blueberry Lavender Jam
  • Fig and Honey Jam

Happy canning!

I would also like to add that this recipe is very versatile. You can easily adjust the sweetness level to your liking, and you can also add other fruits or spices to create your own unique flavor combinations. I hope you give this recipe a try!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy cooking!

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