Candied lemon slices are an easy-to-make treat that is perfect for topping cakes and cookies. Learn how to make delicious candied lemons here!
If you are a citrus lover like myself, you are going to LOVE this recipe! Candied lemons could not be easier to make, yet they add such an elegant and sophisticated touch to everything they are used for. Also, they are truly delicious. You take all the sour notes of lemon and transform them into something magical. This method also makes a great way to use up any extra lemons you have on hand before they go bad. Enjoy!
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Super easy to make.
- Sweet, tart, rich, decadent and flavorful.
- Can be used a large variety of ways.
- Vibrant and beautiful—makes a stunning decorative element!
- Naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free.
🗒️ Ingredient Notes
Lemons: Since you will be eating the peels and all, I do recommended buying organic lemons to avoid harmful pesticides. Look for deep yellow lemons with smooth skins for best results.
Sugar: Using white cane sugar will produce the prettiest results and is recommend if you plan on decorating baked goods or garnishing dishes with these candied lemons. If looks are unimportant, you can use coconut sugar for a slightly healthier option (though the flesh will turn brown!).
Lemon juice: A touch of lemon juice both tenderizes the lemon peels and adds additional flavor to these candied lemon slices.
- As a beautiful garnish for cupcakes, cheesecake, lemonade, cocktails, ice cream or even a cup of tea.
- You can chop candied lemons and incorporate into baked goods, homemade candy recipes, or even a favorite salad.
- The syrup that remains in the bottom of the pan after making candied lemon peels is also known as lemon simple syrup and it can be stored and used to mix into warm and cold beverages alike.
- This candied lemon slices recipe makes an excellent gift for the foodies in your life
- As a delicious snack!
You can keep candied lemon slices stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
💭 Top Tips
While tempting, allow the candied lemon peels sufficient time to dry before using them for best results.
For the easiest and prettiest results use a mandoline to make your lemon slices over using a sharp knife.
You can use this same recipe to candy other citrus fruits like grapefruit , meyer lemons, oranges or limes.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. When candying lemons, the rinds soften, tenderize and soak up the sugar syrup making them delightfully edible and delicious.
While refrigeration produces the best results, you can store candied fruit in a cool, dry place as an alternative.
Yes. You can freeze candied lemons for up to 4 months.
🍋 More Delicious Lemon Recipes
Candied Lemon Slices
- 1 cup granulated sugar see Notes below
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 lemons sliced
- In a large saucepan over high heat add the sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
- Add the lemon slices, then turn the heat to a simmer (medium-low). Simmer gently for 40 minutes, or until the slices are translucent and the liquid has reduced considerably.
- Transfer the candied lemon slices to parchment paper and arrange in a single layer. Allow the lemon slices to dry overnight or at least 8 hours before enjoying or storing.