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Marmalade in a glass jelly jar with a white ceramic spoon.
Orange Marmalade
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Soaking Time:
8 hrs
Total Time
10 hrs 20 mins

Make this easy homemade orange marmalade- you only need 4 simple ingredients, no pectin required! So sunny-sweet and cheerful!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make marmalade, how to make orange marmalade, marmalade, orange marmalade, what is marmalade
Servings: 48
Calories: 52 kcal
  • 3 oranges, medium (I used navel oranges)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Cut the oranges into thin slices, then cut the slices into quarters.

  2. Place the oranges in a large pot and add the water.

  3. Soak the oranges in water overnight.

  4. Place the pot over high heat and boil the mixture for 30 minutes.

  5. Turn the heat to low, add the sugar, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  6. Increase the heat to medium high and boil the marmalade until thickened (220 degrees F).*

  7. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

  8. Carefully spoon the marmalade into sterilized jars (allowing about 1/2-inch of head-space), wipe the rims with a clean cloth, add the lids, and submerge in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.**

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes approx. (3) 8-ounce jars of marmalade.

*To test the marmalade for doneness, place a small amount on a plate and freeze for 1 minute.  If the edge wrinkles when pushed, it has reached the gel point and you can remove it from the heat. 

**You'll know your jars are safely processed when the "button" on the lid suctions down and stays that way.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Marmalade
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 18IU0%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.