Kumquat marmalade is a delicious use of this tiny orange, tart and tangy fruit. A delicious preserve that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. The kumquat is a different kind of citrus. They come with a sweeter peel and pulp which are perfect for preserving or using in a variety of recipes. Even the seeds are edible.
Kumquats look like mini oranges with an interesting name that is Chinese for small citrus orange. Native to South Asia and the Asia-Pacific, there are 3 varieties of the fruit, in this recipe I’m using the oval. They also come in round and the Jiangsu variety which can be round or bell shaped.
What is the difference between marmalade and jam?
Marmalade is a preserve that is made with citrus fruit including the peel making it typically chunkier. Jam (or jelly) is made with the pulp and juice of other fruits.
In the process of making this marmalade, I couldn’t help think about spreading it on a lovely warm scone with clotted cream, think I might have to make some.
When it comes to chopping the kumquats, I found that if you cut them lengthwise you can see the seeds and remove them easier. If you find when you cut them, that the white pith inside looks really dry, remove it.
To save yourself from chopping madness, I found that putting the halves in the food processor and pulsing makes for a much quicker process than trying to finely chop by hand. This is also helps release some of the juices and oils from the zest.
- To test if the marmalade has boiled enough to set, place a place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Drop a little of the marmalade mix onto the plate and freeze for 1 minute. If it sets, it is ready.
- When you are ready to transfer the marmalade to your jars, pour the marmalade into a glass measuring jug, that makes for easy transfer into the jars.
I don’t use a canning method to preserve the marmalade because it doesn’t last long in my house. If you want more information on proper canning, this is a good source> canning basics.
22 Comments on “Kumquat Marmalade”
Hello, I doubled this recipe since I had so many kumquats, but it is not gelling. Is there anything I can do to help?
Did you allow the marmalade to set in the jars for 24-48 hours? If so, you can return it back to a pan, reheat back to a boil and get it back to the setting point of 220°F/104°C. If that doesn’t work, you can add fruit pectin that you can find in any grocery store in the baking aisle. Maybe your kumquats were very juicy and released a lot of juice. I hope this helps.
Here’s a tip for future marmalade making. When you are ready to transfer the marmalade to your jars, pour the marmalade into a glass measuring jug, that makes for easy transfer into the jars.
Hi! I have just made this today and i cant wait for it to cool! Tastes delicious ! I did add a few bits of cinnamon sticks to it though 😊 thanks for sharing this recipe 😊
I’m so glad you like it, I’ll try adding cinnamon next time. Thank you for the feedback
Good recipes. I have to try it at home. Mybe my child like it
Thank you so much Cara
I would love to start my day out with this!
I am looking for a “sugar-free” version of this marmalade. Any suggestions? If I can substitute Agave and/or Splenda for some (or all) of the sugar, that would work.
Hi Myrna, you could replace the 3 cups of sugar with 3 cups of Splenda that would work as well. Thank you for stopping by.
I enjoy making marmalade but I’ve never tried using kumquats, Your recipe sounds delicious and very easy, I will definitely give it a try.
My mom used to make orange marmalade and I loved it. I have never tried Kumquat marmalade but I will definitely give it a shot. Thanks for sharing!
I had never had it and got inspired by seeing them in the store, now I love it 🙂
There are about 30 in 12 ounces. Let me know how it turns out and thank you for visiting.
Well, I gave it a try. Cooked it for almost 40 minutes and it still didnt seem thick enough though the temp on the candy thermometer was at 220. It was a bit thick, but certainly not marmalade thick. Hoping it will thicken more as it sits.
It does thicken as it cools. Let me know how it turned out.
Thank you so much for your prompt responses to my questions/comments. I had my first toast with marmalade this morning and it was perfect!!
That makes me so happy! Thank you for keeping me posted! 🙂
I have a new kumquat tree, so excited to try this! About how many kumquats are 12 ounces?
These look delicious. I wanted to try it but had completely forgotten abt it.
Kumquats are the prettiest fruit. My late mother-in-law used to have a tree in her garden and she would just eat them whole right off the tree! I’m not sure I could do that, but I’d definitely love an enormous piece of toast slathered with your jam.
I made it today😃👍🏽!!
Great, I hope you liked it.