[homemade] Candied Lemon peel

Homemade candied lemon peel is a delightful sweet treat that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a garnish for desserts and baked goods. Here’s a recipe to make candied lemon peel at home:


  • 3-4 lemons
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, plus extra for coating


  1. Wash the lemons thoroughly to remove any dirt or wax. Using a sharp knife, cut off the ends of the lemons.
  2. Make lengthwise incisions on the lemons, about 1/4 inch deep, and carefully remove the peel in long strips. Try to remove only the yellow part of the peel and avoid the white pith, as it can be bitter.
  3. Slice the lemon peels into thin strips or desired shapes.
  4. Place the lemon peels in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Drain the water and repeat this process two more times. This helps remove any bitterness from the peel.
  5. In a separate saucepan, combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Add the blanched lemon peels to the sugar syrup and simmer gently for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the peels become translucent and tender.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the candied lemon peels to a wire rack or parchment paper to cool slightly and drain any excess syrup.
  8. Once the peels are slightly cooled but still sticky, roll them in granulated sugar to coat evenly.
  9. Place the coated candied lemon peels on a separate piece of parchment paper or a wire rack to dry completely. This may take several hours or overnight.
  10. Once dry, store the candied lemon peels in an airtight container at room temperature.