Candied Kumquats

It’s raining kumquats. Literally. My pal and neighbor Garrett found a fully loaded kumquat tree on his campus and now we are quite flush with them. A few days ago Garrett brought a jar of these candied kumquats over and we’ve been nibbling on them ever since. Ridiculously easy to make, candied kumquats are half condiment, half candy. You can use them on salads, pork, chicken, cheesecakes, or even with chocolate ice cream. Or you can do what I do, which is to sneak a couple out of the fridge and just eat them straight. Sticky gooey goodness.

Candied Kumquats Recipe



  • 4 cups of roughly chopped kumquats (roughly 1-1½ lbs.)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar


1 With a pairing knife roughly chop the kumquats. Discard any seeds you can that are easy to get too, but they're edible so don't fret if some get chopped up or stay in the fruit. Feel free to leave any small kumquats whole.

2 Heat the water and sugar over high heat until it comes to a boil. Simmer for 4 minutes. Add the kumquats and simmer for 10 minutes.

3 Drain the kumquats through a sieve set over a bowl. Return the syrup to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the syrup. Combine the kumquats and 1/4 cup of the syrup together.

Serve or jar and refrigerate. Can be stored for up to two weeks.

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  • Garrett

    I am going to also add that if you want, you can add spices such as cinnamon, cloves or star anise to the cooking syrup if you want to fragrantly spice these.

    I recently added some of these to a chicken tagine. Very, very tasty!

    I plan to use some for some cocktails later. Yum!

  • Marina

    Hi, I love kumquats and can’t wait to try this recipe out! When heating the water and sugar, do I have to keep stirring constantly? Does the same apply for after when simmering the syrup? Thanks!

  • Amanda

    This sounds very tasty. I bet these would be great with chocolate ice cream. I would love to try these with limequats and add them to mojitos.

  • SusanV

    This looks terrific! My parents grow kumquats, and we never know what to do with them all. They’re out of season now (they peak in December here), but I’m saving the recipe for next year.

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