Citrus Recipes

Add the best of the season's zest to a variety of recipes for a citrus dish you won't soon forget.

Cooking with Citrus

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Cooking with Citrus

Known for their fragrance and sharp flavor, citrus fruits are one of the treasures of winter. Whether you like lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit, these citrus recipes are sure to put a smile on your face.

First up is our Cilantro-Jalapeño Limeade. Jalapeño adds a subtle kick, and cilantro brings grassy, herbal notes to classic limeade. Adults might like to stir in a little tequila.

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Lemon Squares

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Lemon Squares

Lemons are such an integral part of so many recipes, but this is one that truly frames its freshness, fair and square. Pine nuts in the sweet cookie crust balance the boldness of the lemon filling.

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Orange Salad with Arugula and Oil-Cured Olives

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Orange Salad with Arugula and Oil-Cured Olives

The best way to use fresh market or garden produce is often in its simplest, purest form. This dish highlights the color of oranges for an elegant presentation. You can peel and slice the oranges ahead, if you like, arranging the slices on a plate and covering with plastic wrap. You can prep the other components ahead, too. Make the dressing several hours or even a day ahead; just bring to room temperature before tossing with the arugula.

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Grapefruit Pound Cake

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Grapefruit Pound Cake

This recipe blossoms from the floral essence of grated grapefruit rind, while fresh grapefruit juice packs refreshing flavor to the powdered sugar glaze which is drizzled over this moist pound cake.

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Grapefruit, Walnut, and Feta Salad

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Grapefruit, Walnut, and Feta Salad

Perfect to pair with pizza or a springtime pasta dish, this fresh salad is bursting with flavor, color, and the best ingredients of the season.

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Orange-Cranberry Pork Stew

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Orange-Cranberry Pork Stew

Add a sweet, citrusy twist to traditional stew with luscious, fresh orange slices. If you prefer a thicker stew, reduce the broth to 3/4 cup, or simmer on the stove after baking.

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Spice-Rubbed New York Strip with Avocado-Lime Salsa

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Spice-Rubbed New York Strip with Avocado-Lime Salsa

Ready in just 26 minutes, this strip steak topped with avocado-lime salsa is an ideal way to add a unique twist to a weeknight steak dinner.

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Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake

This cake is great with a cup of morning coffee or mixed berries and a scoop of sorbet for dessert. Use a whole teaspoon of lemon extract for more intense lemon flavor.

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

A three-minute dip into a pungent cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to chicken breasts. Serve with saffron rice.

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Mixed Citrus Marmalade

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Mixed Citrus Marmalade

Tart marmalade is delicious on scones or breakfast breads. This recipe produces classic British-style bitter marmalade. If you prefer less bitterness, use only half the grapefruit rind called for in the recipe. Keep in mind that the mixture will thicken as it cools.

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Shaker-ish Lemon Pie

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Shaker-ish Lemon Pie

Traditional Shaker lemon pie uses the whole lemon, pith and all. This version uses only the rind and the meaty-juicy lemon part, leaving the pith for those hearty Shakers. Macerating the rinds in sugar for 24 hours tenderizes them and reduces bitterness. There's rich caramel flavor in the golden cane syrup; light-colored corn syrup will work fine, too, but the flavor won't be quite as rich.

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Orange Gratin

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Orange Gratin

Serve this simple dessert to wow dinner guests--present it in a gratin dish, and serve individually at the table.

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Grapefruit and Hearts of Palm Salad

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Grapefruit and Hearts of Palm Salad

Grapefruit adds a perfect sweet-tart zing to this salad. Hearts of palm have a semifirm texture and nutty flavor similar to that of artichoke hearts, which you could sub in a pinch.

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Four Citrus-Herb Chicken

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Four Citrus-Herb Chicken

Citrus zest perfumes the chicken while it marinates. A fresh salsa of citrus segments and herbs doubles down on fruit flavor.

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Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

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Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Marmalade provides pectin to give the glaze syrupy body and balances the sweet orange juice with a touch of pleasant bitterness.

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Chewy Meringues with Tangerine-Lemon Curd

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Chewy Meringues with Tangerine-Lemon Curd

The meringues and curd can be made up to a day ahead for convenience. Store meringues at room temperature in an airtight container, and keep curd chilled with plastic wrap directly on the surface so it doesn't form a skin.

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