Mandarin Marmalade

My mum’s mandarin tree has been fabulous this year and produced buckets full of mandarins.
The kids have eaten so many they seem to smell like a mandarin.

So what do you do when your mum turns up with a bag full of mandarins…well make jam of course!

Just made it up as I went along and it turned out great, I put less sugar than the equal part fruit to sugar ratio, but you can add as much as you want.

a few tips

  • you can peel the mandarins and take out the pips if you like
  • if you do take out the pips, wrap them in muslin to add back to the saucepan as pips contain pectin which helps set the jam
  • the pips will eventually rise to the top so you can spoon them out whilst the jam is cooking
  • the skins will give the jam a marmalade taste
  • to sterilise jars and lids, wash in hot soapy water and place on an oven tray, put in the oven on 120C for about 30 minutes
  • pour jam into hot jars, holding the jar with an oven mitt or tea towel, close jar and turn upside down to create a seal


Mandarin Marmalade
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Recipe type: Marmalade
  • mandarins
  • sugar
  • lemon juice
  1. wash mandarins and cut in half
  2. put in a large heavy based saucepan and cover with water and simmer on low till mandarins are tender
  3. take mandarins out and weigh them, then put them in a food processor and pulse a few times
  4. put back in the saucepan of water and return to a low heat
  5. add sugar, you can add equal amount as the fruit or slightly less to get more of a marmalade taste, add the juice of one lemon
  6. remove any pips that are floating whilst stirring occasionally
  7. allow to simmer for another 25 minutes
  8. test by placing a little bit of jam on a chilled saucer, pop it in the fridge for a minute, to check if it has thickened




and there you have jam for your toast in the morning!

  • home-made mandarin jam… sounds yummm… i'd very much love to have some of that with my morning toast!

  • Very clever! Delicious idea!

  • Delish-o-rama – I must try that one – thanks!

  • I can almost smell this….your photography is so evocative. Just beautiful. I'm sure you get told that a lot, but tis true 🙂

  • Yum. We had a good crop of mandarins this year (not enough for jam though). Our season has ended, which is especially sad for me this year as Little Guy loved picking and devouring a “landalandalee” every time we went into the yard. It made me smile (sometime giggle) every single time I heard him say that. I know that next year he will learn to say it properly, just one season in my life of sweet landalandalee’s!

  • beautiful jam!! I wish I had a tree like that in my yard… or a friends yard 🙂 love them!

  • Cathie this is beautiful!! I dont have mandarins now.. would oranges be the same method? I love this ..I'm making it for tomorow's breakfast!

  • oh droooooooooool that sounds devine, i LOVE mandarins 🙂

  • Love a recipe that only requires 3 ingredients! Sometimes Less is definitely more. Very pretty picture of all the mandarins in the pot!

  • Nat

    Oh Cathie, This is fantastic ! If I get my hands on some fresh mandarins I will definitely try this out. I love your blog so much, its just JAM packed with brilliance and relevance. Thank You !

  • That looks absolutley heavenly…now if only I had a mandarin tree!

  • Mandarin Marmalade…. really?
    Cook the skins…. really?
    Are you sure?
    Of course you are because you do amazing things in the kitchen. This looks and sounds delicious Cathie.

  • Oh you make it look so easy! wish you were in my kitchen for brekkie! nothing like hot toast, butter & marmalade or jam 🙂 yummmi!

  • i love mandarin! fresh and yummy 🙂 i made mandarin and apple jam..absolutely delicious! 🙂

  • You explain things so well I really want to try them myself (I recently googled 'easy jam' but it sounded anything but easy so I gave up and bought some at the school fair – as soon as that runs out it's all on here!) Thanks!

  • I wondered whether or not one cooks the peels in marmalade, to get that sour taste. Now I know.

    Your photos are gorgeous! You are quite a talented photographer.