Kumquat Salsa

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.

My friendĀ Garrett 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.

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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Pan seared sea scallops with kumquats from Susan the Food Blogga

Kumquat, fennel, and blood orange salad from Erin's Kitchen

Preserved kumquats from Redacted Recipes

Kumquat and mango mojito by Live To Eat

Kumquat chutney from Rachael of Fresh Approach Cooking

What does eating a kumquat look like? by Lelo in Nopo

Cooking with Kumquats recipe round-up from Coffee and Vanilla

Kumquat Salsa

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  • nandita

    That’s a lovely lively looking salsa. I love fruits in salsa – mango, papaya, oranges for eg…Haven’t tried kumquat though, that’s probably because I haven’t found it here in Bombay!

  • Ann

    Ooh… doesn’t that look wonderful! I think kumquats with fish is just a match made in heaven. Thanks for the link, btw!

  • Liza

    Wow, this sounds like it would be delicious in a ceviche with some scallops.

  • Michelle @ Us vs. Food

    I’ve never had a kumquat, although they grow in several of the parks where I bike.

    This salsa sounds refreshingly delicious, and the picture is perfect for a freezing February morning.

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