Kumquat Salsa

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Festive kumquat salsa! Perfect for seafood, made with tiny kumquats, cilantro, and red onion.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever tried a kumquat? They’re these little citrus fruits, like miniature oranges, not much bigger than a grape, that you can eat whole, even the seeds.

You can slice them and add them to salads, or just pop them into your mouth for a quick snack.

A friend stopped by the other day with a container filled with kumquats (don’t you love friends who bring you food?) and a mission to make salsa.

What follows is the citrus-y salsa we made with the kumquats, which I’ve been eating up with fish and in steak tacos.

Kumquat Salsa

You could easily add some chopped mango or avocado to the salsa, and chop it up more finely if you wanted to use it as a dip for tortilla chips.

Looking for other things to make with kumquats? Check out the list at the end of the recipe with ideas from other food bloggers.

Kumquat Salsa Recipe

  • Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups of salsa


  • 2 cups chopped cleaned and thinly sliced kumquats
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt


Combine all ingredients. Add more or less red pepper and cayenne to desired heat. Let sit for 1 hour for the flavors to more fully blend.

Great served with steak or seafood such as halibut, black sea bass, or salmon.

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  • Natalie H

    I’m thinking about making this for my foods class since I was assigned kumquats, do you think it would be as flavorful if I blended it all together?

  • Leisureguy

    I really like kumquats braised with chicken. Cut chicken into serving pieces, brown, put in a baking dish/pan with some liquid (I use white wine with a little orange and lemon juice, perhaps a little honey), sprinkle with halved kumquats, salt, and pepper, and braise in oven until done.

  • Garrett

    I had some more of the salsa with some greek yogurt the other night. Perfectly delicious. I’m sure any cottage cheese fans out there would also love this little dish!

  • Amanda

    We made this today with all the kumquats on tree! Never thought of putting them in salsa. So good!

  • Cara

    We had some kumquats and limequats that we picked up at a local fruit stand. We put this in some homemade tacos with carne asada and corn torillas. It was out of this world, the fruit really gave it a nice citrus kick that was to die for.

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