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. In fact, 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 09
    Kumquat jam
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     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 09
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    Candied kumquats, also known as kumquat "glass". 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 09
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    Whole kumquats preserved in syrup. Leda Meredith

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

  • 04 of 09
    kumquat marmalade
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     Many thanks to the reader who took my basic recipe for kumquat marmalade and turned it into something extra special with the addition of a splash of bourbon. The booze goes perfectly with the citrus, making this a holiday-worthy gift.

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  • 05 of 09
    sliced kumquat
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     These kumquats are preserved in diluted honey, and the warmth of the honey flavor works perfectly with the citrus-y 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.

  • 06 of 09
    orange kumquat cocktail
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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.

  • 07 of 09
    endive salad
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     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. 

  • 08 of 09
    two kumquats
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    You get two terrific treats when you make this recipe: vodka infused with the sunny citrus flavor of kumquats, plus the fruits themselves after they've soaked in the booze.

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  • 09 of 09
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     The sweet-sour flavor of kumquats goes deliciously with the sliced almonds and ginger in this easy to make cake. The glaze gives the whole dessert an extra infusion of kumquat's unique citrus note.