50 Citrus Recipes: Oranges, Lemons, Limes and More!
Key Lime Coconut Cake with Meringue Frosting
Billowy Meringue Frosting tops a moisty and buttery lime-flecked cake whose subtle coconut flavor comes from canned cream of coconut.
Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup
This recipe couldn't be simpler! Just simmer grapefruit slices in maple syrup for a delicious, rosy compote to serve over waffles, French toast, crepes—or these subtly orange-flavored pancakes.
Triple Lemon Pie
This pie earns its triple-lemon name from lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. (You can add lemon slices and whipped cream on top of the baked pie for even more lemony goodness.) A store-bought piecrust speeds prep time.
Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Salad
Homemade Grapefruit Vinaigrette tops a juicy salad of grapefruit sections, kiwifruit, sliced fennel and crumbled bacon.
Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits
Mexican flavors give a fresh twist to this classic Southern dish. Best of all, each serving has only 382 calories!
Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce
What's Maltaise Sauce, you ask? It's just hollandaise sauce with a bit of orange zest and juice added. But you wouldn't believe how that bit of zing transforms this brunch standard.
Lemony Green Beans
Garlic, shallots and lemon brighten crisp-tender beans. Save time by parboiling the green beans a day early.
Chocolate-Smeared Baguette with Quick Citrus Jam
You could serve the zingy Quick Citrus Jam on its own with buttered bread or English muffins, but for special occasions, try this extra-indulgent breakfast combo of melted chocolate on bread with the jam.
Spicy Orange Chicken
Cook chicken in a mix of fresh orange juice, soy sauce, honey and ginger, then serve over wilted spinach. Crushed red pepper adds heat; adjust to suit your taste.
Meyer Lemon Pots de Crème with Honeyed Kumquats
The creamy lemon puddings look and taste sophisticated but are actually quite simple to make, and they can even be prepared in advance.
Have you heard of limoncello? You can make the classic Italian liqueur with almost any citrus fruit. (Only lime doesn't work.) Serve the chilled liqueur with sparkling water, sip it chilled alongside chocolate truffles or try drizzling it over strawberries for a boozy pound cake topper.
Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo
Prepare pork shoulder in the slow cooker, then whip up dinner in a flash. The Lime Mayo topping uses fat-free mayo, so it doesn't add heaps of fat or calories.
This hearty, healthy salad combines juicy fruit, flavorful fresh herbs and warm spices. Even people who are skeptical of the nutritious bulgur wheat will be surprised how much they like it.
Fish Tostadas with Chili-Lime Cream
Top crunchy tostadas with broiled tilapia fillets, veggies and a zesty chili-lime cream.
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Toasted Fennel-Lemon Cake
This moist beauty begs for a mug of afternoon tea. Fennel seeds add the faintest hint of licorice flavor, just enough to make the cake stand out from the other Bundts in the room. We like the sweeter flavor of Meyer lemons in this cake. Look for them sold in bags at large supermarkets. If you substitute regular lemons, reduce the zest to 2 tablespoons.
Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup
Start with a rotisserie chicken, and you can whip up this Thai-inspired soup in less than 30 minutes.
Smoked Turkey Salad with Oranges
Quartered oranges and orange vinaigrette dressing add a big citrus splash to this main-dish salad.
Swedish Lemon Pancakes
A delicate crepelike pancake folds like an envelope around tangy lemon curd in this pretty brunch dish from Abilene's Victorian Inn in Kansas. The whipped sour cream topping is a breeze to make.
Citrus Pesto Tuna with Fennel-Tangerine Salad
How do you improve on grilled marinated tuna? At Weber Grill Restaurant in Chicago, warm tuna might be served with a fresh citrus salad.
Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables
This flavor-packed dish combines garlic-infused chicken with perfectly cooked vegetables. Roasting the lemon in the pan brings out its flavor.
Broccoli with Orange-Cream Sauce
Combine orange juice concentrate and sliced almonds with whipping cream for a rich side-dish sauce. If you're trying to cut calories and fat, use half-and-half or milk instead, but the sauce won't be as thick.
Candied Citrus Peel
If you can resist munching on all these chewy, sweet citrus bits, you'll find plenty of ways to use them in your kitchen. We like stirring chopped peel into granola or cookie batter, sprinkling it over vanilla ice cream, or dipping the pieces in chocolate. Keep in mind that lime peel does not taste particularly good when candied.
Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Rub a blend of lemon peel, rosemary, thyme, parsley and garlic on the chicken before baking; Add fresh thyme sprigs and garlic bulbs around the chicken for even more flavor. Potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots make this a one-pan meal.
Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad
Mint and ginger add kick to an arugula salad topped with chopped fresh cranberries.
Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken
Herbed lemon marinade cooks down with honey to a glossy, gorgeous glaze that gives this chicken a golden color.
Green Tea Soda
Brew this refreshing drink with green, ginkgo or ginseng tea mixed with honey. When the liquid cools, stir in your choice of fruit juices, such as orange or tangerine and lemon or lime. Add assorted fresh fruit and plain or flavored sparkling water just before serving.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings
Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Orange Salsa
Make a quick salsa from cucumber, red onion, a chopped orange and seasoning blend to serve with fish filets.
Lemon, basil and olive oil form a pestolike sauce to complement the linguine and kidney beans. From start to finish, this five-ingredient dinner takes only 25 minutes.
Citrus Salmon with Broccoli
Cook tender salmon fillets in your skillet with a simple lemon juice-sugar combination and a sprinkling of fresh dill. Broccoli or green beans round out this quick and easy dinner.
Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken
Garlic, fresh herbs, spices and citrus make this roasted chicken special.
Lemon Curd Tart
"The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says Patrick Groth of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."
Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto
Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake
This recipe features a luscious fresh blueberry sauce on creamy lemon cheesecake.
Tangy Citrus Lemonade
Mix honey with fresh lemon and lime juice, then add fresh or frozen raspberries for this party-perfect lemonade.
Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies
Orange buttercream frosting and melted chocolate top a brownie base for a decadent combination of flavors.
Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad
Yellow sweet peppers, artichoke hearts, ripe olives and a light lemon-herb dressing highlight this colorful pasta salad.
Summer Breeze Lime Pie
A combination of lime flavors (lime curd, lime zest and lime juice) plus a sweet-and-salty crust using pretzels gives this pie a perfect tang.
Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls
The recipe for these hearty rolls comes from Jean Hixson of the Kansas Wheat Commission. They’ll keep in an airtight container for a couple days, or you can freeze them (unfrosted) for up to 2 months. They’re best served warm, so when ready to eat, wrap the frozen cinnamon rolls in foil and bake about 25 minutes in a 300° oven. Frost as directed.
Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce
The classic fruit and pork combo gets a bold update: Slather the meat with a paste of garlic, mustard, lemon and rosemary, then serve with ruby red cherries. This recipe multiplies easily for entertaining.
Luscious Lemon Bars
Anyone who loves lemon chess pie will enjoy these bite-size bars from Palmer's Deli and Market in Urbandale, Iowa. The moist bars are topped with powdered sugar.
Orange Maple Roasted Chicken and Mashed Potato Waffles
These tender waffles have mashed potatoes in the batter, along with thyme, garlic and onion. We've traded the usual pancake syrup for a silky maple-orange gravy made with drippings from the chicken.
Lemon Chicken Lasagna
No-boil lasagna noodles, a jar of Alfredo sauce, and a package of refrigerated or frozen cooked chicken breast strips make this lasagna a snap to put together. Ricotta, Fontina and Parmesan cheeses, along with lemon zest, add flavor.
Orange-Spiced Corned Beef
Dried fruit, orange juice, molasses and spices dress up corned beef with lively new flavor in this slow-cooker recipe.
Crustless Lemony Cheesecake
This cheesecake bakes in a souffle dish or casserole inside your slow cooker and surrounded by warm water. The result is a delicate dessert, lower in calories than many traditional cheesecakes.
Fresh Fruit with Orange-Honey Yogurt Sauce
Add a dash of color to your breakfast table with this recipe—a rainbow of fruit with Orange-Honey Yogurt Sauce on the side.
Fresh cranberries and lemon zest add texture and flavor to these tender scones. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing and sprinkle with lemon zest.
Dried berries give a burst of fruit flavor to this easy recipe that starts with rotisserie chicken.
Kansas-Style Lime Pie
Line zest and lime juice combine in this light, airy and easy-to-make dessert from a Kansas bakery. The recipe gives instructions for an orange variation, too.