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Juicy Bites: 30 Citrus Recipes to Explode With Flavor in Every Meal

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Citrus are very versatile fruits. Due to their flavor, with some being tart and others sweet, their use varies from savory dinners to desserts. Not only because of their excellent taste but also their high content of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, many cultures incorporate citrus in their traditional cuisines worldwide, from the Mediterranean to the Tropics.

Citrus, especially lemons and limes, are delicious with fish and seafood. Oranges are amazing in desserts and salads. Grapefruit are delicious, just sprinkled with a bit of sugar for breakfast, in salads, on grazing boards, and more. In light of this, we’ve compiled sweet and savory recipes for you to enjoy.

Citrus Bread – Orange, Pineapple, Coconut

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In this recipe, the sweet and tangy flavors of oranges and pineapples, in combination with the rich, nutty taste of coconut, bring forth thoughts of sunny beaches and refreshing cocktails. You can pair it with tea or coffee. Get the Recipe: Orange, Pineapple, Coconut Bread

Citrus Bread – Orange Cranberry Pumpkin

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Are you tired of the same holiday dessert recipes and want to try something new, light, and refreshing after a heavy dinner? This moist bread is the perfect replacement. Reminiscent of the cranberry sauce and the pumpkin pie, this bread keeps the same holiday taste you know and love, but it also comes with a touch of freshness through the addition of orange. Get the Recipe: Orange Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread

Citrus Bread- Lemon Zucchini

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Another home favorite is the lemon zucchini bread. Often, zucchini are some of the more prolific vegetables in our gardens, so we like to freeze all the extras for later use in recipes such as Zucchini Cheese Bread, Banana Zucchini Bread, Zucchini relish, and others. For this recipe, to use up any lemons left on the counter, we went with Lemon Zucchini for a rejuvenating taste. Get the Recipe: Lemon Zucchini Bread

Citrus Bread – Lemon

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Speaking of those lemons on the counter, all you need to make this delicious bread is just that and a couple of baking essentials for a simple batter! You likely already have all the required ingredients and don’t need to leave the house. Check out this super easy and delicious bread for yourself. Get the Recipe: Lemon Bread Recipe

Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Have you ever made cranberry sauce? It is one of the easiest-to-make side dishes for the fall and winter holidays, and it goes well with all kinds of entrees, such as turkey, pork loin, or roast chicken. You can make it many days (at least 5) in advance. The critical ingredient taking this recipe to the next level is the orange juice. Get the Recipe: Cranberry Orange Sauce

Dehydrated Citrus – Orange

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Dehydrated oranges are the perfect garnish for any salad, tacos, cocktails, and anything you can think of. By running the dried slices through a food processor, you can use the result as an orange zest substitute or an ingredient in a homemade ginger citrus blend. The color is stunning, the taste is good, and the nutrients are all there, waiting for you. Get the Recipe: Dehydrated Orange

Dehydrated Citrus – Lemon

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You can use dehydrated lemons in many ways, both culinary and otherwise. A culinary example is infusing water with them for a citrusy flavor. Another everyday use for around the house would be DIY cleaners or fresheners. Get the Recipe: Dehydrated Lemon

Dehydrated Citrus – Grapefruit

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Grapefruits are known for their sweet and slightly bitter taste. Bitterness can add complexity and depth to a dish, making it more interesting and multidimensional. You can dry grapefruit and store it in a jar in your spice rack to experiment with over time. Get the Recipe: Dehydrated Grapefruit

Dehydrated Citrus – Lime

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Dehydrated limes retain their tangy flavor and aroma. They are a shelf-stable alternative to fresh limes, allowing for extended storage, which is particularly beneficial in regions where fresh citrus fruits are not readily available year-round. Get the Recipe: Dehydrated Lime

Preserved Citrus – Lemons

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You can add this secret chef’s recipe to your pantry with just two ingredients and some time. It is popular in the Indian subcontinent and North Africa, especially in Moroccan recipes such as tagine. Many other cultures have recipes, including fermented lemons; Middle Eastern countries, such as India, Lebanon, Libia, Egypt, etc. Even the Mediterraneans, Israelis, and the Vietnamese have some recipes using them. Get the Recipe: Preserved Lemons

Strawberry Mandarin Salad

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Now, this is a fun salad! Fruits and veggies combine a medley of nutrients and delicious flavors in a bowl. Citrus salads are perfect to serve as a side dish to fish fry. Get the Recipe: Strawberry Mandarin Salad

Chipotle Aioli with Lime

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As mentioned before, citrus is very versatile, and this chipotle aioli demonstrates that perfectly. On its own, this aioli is delicious but a little heavy. Adding lime juice to it makes it lighter and enhances the smoky flavors. You can use it with tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken sandwiches, and more. The possibilities are endless. Get the Recipe: Chipotle Aioli with Lime

Bullhead with Citrus Salsa

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Bullhead fish is a member of the catfish family. Usually having a mild, sweet flavor and a tender texture, bullhead tastes excellent when smoked. When smoking it, the taste can be overpowering, which is where citrus salsa comes in handy. The acidic, fresh taste empowers the smokiness, making it much smoother. Get the Recipe: Bullhead with Citrus Salsa

Wild turkey

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We’ve all had turkey, but have you tried whole wild turkey? Many people fear it due to the risk of it being dry. This recipe uses many tricks to keep the bird moist and juicy through and through, citrus being one of them. Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey

Simple Cilantro Lime Rice

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While cilantro is an optional ingredient for some, lime rice is not! Always great for a burrito bowl or served as a side to chili, this recipe will take your spicy food to the next level! Get the Recipe: Simple Cilantro Lime Rice

Roast Wild Duck

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There are many reasons people often pair duck with orange. Our reasons are flavor contrast and aromatic pairing. Duck meat is usually rich; thus, the acidity of oranges balances out the flavor and enhances the taste. Wild duck also has a gamey aroma, which pairs excellent with the fruity scent of the citrus. Get the Recipe: Roast Wild Duck

Feta Lamb Burgers & Lemon Mint Aioli

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Burgers are a well-known and beloved recipe in most households, but how many people have tried a Mediterranean take on it? While still very quick to put together, this recipe embraces the tastes of lamb, feta cheese, and citrus aioli, promising a unique experience. Feel free to replace feta with cream cheese for a more subtle flavor. Get the Recipe: Feta Lamb Burgers & Lemon Mint Aioli

Citrus Stuffed Rainbow Trout

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The fresh, citrusy savor of lemon complements the delicate taste of many types of fish, especially mild varieties such as trout. Lemon doesn’t overpower the fish but rather enhances its natural taste. Don’t be afraid to top this dish with your favorite herbs for added freshness. Get the Recipe: Citrus Stuffed Rainbow Trout

Coconut Shrimp with Lemon Marmalade Sauce

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Tropical shrimp is usually served with a slightly spicy orange dipping sauce made with orange marmalade. Shrimp goes so well with lemon, though. If you can find or make lemon marmalade, it is a far superior sauce to dip these in. Get the Recipe: Coconut Shrimp with Lemon Marmalade Sauce

Garlic Scape, Lemon Grilled Chicken Tenders

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It couldn’t be easier to make this quick weeknight dinner. Grind up the garlic scapes in the food processor and mix them with lemon juice and olive oil; serve with your favorite vegetable and roast almonds for garnish, and have a five-star dinner in no time. Get the Recipe: Garlic Scape, Lemon Grilled Chicken Tenders

Lemon Chicken Thighs

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Is there anything better than a meal done in less than an hour for those busy weeknights when you are short on time? I think not! Lemon Chicken Thighs is such a beautifully tasty dish! Bonus? It’s so effortless! We think you will love this one! Serve it with pasta, rice, or your favorite starch. Get the Recipe: Lemon Chicken Thighs

Tuna Pizza with Lemon Dill Aioli

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Are you rummaging through your pantry and wanting to use up some of that canned tuna you purchased a while ago? This might sound ridiculous, but a Lemon Dill Tuna Pizza might be just what you’re looking for! Similar in taste to a delicious Tuna and Cheese Sandwich and served on yummy pizza dough, this meal will make you crave more! Get the Recipe: Tuna Pizza with Lemon Dill Aioli

Cranberry Orange Meatballs

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Tart, sweet, and fruity while being gluten and lactose-free, these Cranberry Orange Meatballs are some of our best appetizers! Serve them as is or smoke them for an extra layer of aroma. They go well served alone, atop a bowl of mashed potatoes, or as part of a charcuterie board. Get the Recipe: Cranberry Orange Meatballs

Citrus Dessert – Lemon Meringue Pie

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Have you ever made Lemon Meringue Pie? Once you see how easy it is and how much more delicious it is, compared to anything from a bakery, you will never buy another one again! This lemon pie is also gluten-free, with a chocolate crust, made with all your guests in mind. Get the Recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Pie

Citrus Dessert – Lemon Cookies

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This recipe will walk you through the steps to make the most delicious soft lemon cookies ever! They strike the perfect balance between sweet and sour, melt in your mouth, and burst with a bright, tangy, bold lemon flavor. Get the Recipe: Lemon Cookies

Citrus Dessert – Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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The lemon buttercream is more than just a topping for your favorite cake or cupcake. Imagine a lemony swirl on your French toast for breakfast or spreading it between the layers of a stack of pancakes. Try to sandwich it between two cookies and have a tangy-sweet treat ready to melt in your mouth like butter. The possibilities are endless! Get the Recipe: Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Citrus Dessert – Orange Vanilla Cake

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The tangy orange and sweet vanilla combination creates a refreshing and nostalgic flavor reminiscent of childhood summers. Get the Recipe: Orange Vanilla Cake

Citrus Dessert – Cranberry Orange Muffins

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These cranberry orange muffins are the perfect balance between sweet and sour. When you bite into them, the cranberries burst, transforming the sensory experience of eating. You must try them! Get the Recipe: Cranberry Orange Muffins

Citrus Dessert – Lemon Marmalade

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Marmalade is a food preserve that can be traced back to at least Ancient Rome. It is usually made with citrus fruits. However, many different types of citrus can be used, such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, kumquat, mandarins, and the like. It can also be made with non-citrus fruits. This guide is our take on a lemon marmalade. Get the Recipe: Lemon Marmalade

Citrus Drink – Rose Lemonade

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This homemade lemonade is flavored with rose water to make a beautiful and unique beverage. It’s perfect for an afternoon refreshment next to some cinnamon rolls or served as a stunning signature drink at your next brunch. Try it with a touch of fresh mint. You won’t regret it! Get the Recipe: Rose Lemonade

21 Epic Pickles

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Here is a pickle lover’s paradise. Discover these tangy, crisp delights with our collection of homemade pickles. Get the Recipes: Epic Pickles.

Entertaining Spreads- Charcuterie, Grazing Boards, Bars

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Learn to entertain in style with our curated collection of charcuterie, grazing boards, and party bars. Perfect for any occasion, these boards offer something for everyone. They can be as large or as small as your party. Each recipe celebrates various flavors and themes. They create an unforgettable dining experience for your guests. Get ready to impress your guests with these irresistible creations. Get the Recipes: Entertaining Spreads.

Author: Diana Neels

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Diana Neels is a seasoned software engineer, dog enthusiast, crochet hobbyist, and foodie; she channels her love for culinary adventures into the creative realm of Binky’s Culinary Carnival as a creator and editor.

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