Kumquat Recipes

Kumquats are a citrus fruit that is in season in winter. They look like miniature, oblong oranges, and every part of them is edible except for the seeds. The peels are the most flavorful and aromatic part of kumquats.

These recipes make the most of the brief kumquat season so that you can enjoy the sunny taste of this fruit year-round.

  • 01 of 07

    Kumquat Marmalade Recipe

    Kumquat marmalade recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel 

    This marmalade recipe perfectly preserves the bright color and flavor of kumquats. The addition of an orange to the kumquat fruits adds depth to the citrus flavor.

    There is no need to add commercial pectin to this recipe. The natural pectin present in the citrus peels, combined with the sugar and the acidity of lemon juice, ensures a good gel.

  • 02 of 07

    Candied Kumquat (Kumquat Glass)

    candied kumquats

    The Spruce / Leda Meredith

    This simple recipe makes candied kumquat slivers that look like tiny wheels. Also known as kumquat glass, these elegant morsels are tasty as is, but also fantastic dipped in melted chocolate (or served along with anything chocolate flavored).

  • 03 of 07

    Whole Preserved Kumquats in Syrup

    Whole kumquats preserved in syrup

    The Spruce / Leda Meredith

    Serve whole preserved kumquats alongside coffee or desserts, or in the bottom of a glass of champagne.

  • 04 of 07

    Honeyed Kumquats Recipe

    sliced kumquat

    Serg!o / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    These kumquats are preserved in diluted honey, and the warmth of the honey flavor works perfectly with the citrusy but not too sour taste of this fruit. Try them spooned over yogurt or ice cream, or on pancakes. Save the leftover honey-kumquat syrup to use as a glaze for ham and other meats, or on roasted root vegetables or winter squash.

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  • 05 of 07

    Kumquat-Ginger Caipirinha

    Kumquat-Ginger Caipirinha

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    In this version of the popular Brazilian rum drink, the Caipirinha gets a special boost from the natural citrus flavor of kumquats.

  • 06 of 07

    Kumquat Endive Salad

    endive salad


    During its brief season, kumquats deserve to be enjoyed fresh as well as preserved. Try them quartered or slivered and served on top of salads, as they are in this recipe made with winter salad ingredients. 

  • 07 of 07

    Kumquat Vodka Recipe

    two kumquats

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    You get two terrific treats when you make this vodka recipe: vodka infused with the sunny citrus flavor of kumquats, plus the fruits themselves after they've soaked in the booze.