Honey Ginger Candied Grapefruit Peels

This recipe makes a lot of candied peels - plenty to share. Don't throw the cooking syrup away, it's perfect for sweetening tea or making an Italian soda.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Marissa Stevens


  • 2 large ruby red grapefruits
  • 2 1/2 cups natural cane sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 2-inch pieces fresh ginger peeled and very thinly sliced


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a cooling rack inside. Set aside.
  • Cut each grapefruit in quarters, from top to bottom. (reserve for another use or eat them now!)
  • Separate one corner of peel from flesh and use a spoon to pry out the fruit. Repeat with remaining quarters.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the the peels into long, thin strips.
  • Place the peels in a medium sauce pan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain. Repeat this process twice more.
  • Remove the peels from the pan and add 2 cups water, sugar, and honey; bring to boil. Stir in grapefruit peels and ginger slices; reduce heat to low. Simmer on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until grapefruit peels are translucent. Remove from heat.
  • With a slotted spoon, lift peels and ginger slices from syrup and arrange on cooling rack so that all have space between.
  • Allow to dry for a few hours or even overnight.
  • Scoop remaining 1/2 cup sugar into a bowl. Add grapefruit peels and ginger slices a few at a time, pressing them in to the sugar to coat.
  • Store at room temperature in an air tight container.