How to Cook an Orange

by Gail Sessoms

Cook oranges to eat alone or use as an addition to other dishes.

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The orange is an ingredient in many recipes, including those for meats, salads, drinks and desserts. The sour orange is seldom eaten raw and is used to make marmalades or essential oils. The sweet orange, which includes the Valencia, navel and blood varieties, is more common in the United States. The orange adds a sweet, citrus flavor to dishes, but the orange can serve as a dish on its own when cooked. You can enjoy or serve the cooked orange as a special treat or dessert. You can choose from several cooking methods to cook oranges.

Wash and peel the oranges and remove as much as you can of the white membrane from the flesh of the fruit.

Cut the oranges in half or cut them into smaller slices and lay the slices on a baking sheet.

Apply a sugar-water glaze to the orange slices or sprinkle the slices with sugar and cinnamon. Skip the sugar, if you prefer.

Bake the orange on a cooking sheet in the oven set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or until the oranges are hot. You may also pour a glaze over the orange slices and broil them. You may choose to simmer the oranges in your choice of a poaching liquid, such as water, sugar-water or wine, until the oranges are hot. Other cooking methods are to grill orange slices for five to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces, or sauté the orange slices for three minutes.


  • Place the cooked oranges on a platter or in a bowl, serve them as sweet treats or as a topping over ice cream or other dishes or use them as garnishes on other dishes.

    You can make candied orange peels using just the peels or rinds by blanching ¼-inch strips of peels in water and cooking the peels in a hot sugar and water mixture.

    You can also make orange compote to use as a topping by cooking orange zest, which is made from the orange peel, and peeled slices with sugar, salt and a little water or about 15 minutes.

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About the Author

Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.