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50 Citrus Recipes: Oranges, Lemons, Limes and More!

The bright flavor of citrus gives a sweet-tart tang to our main dish, side dish, drink and dessert recipes. Just one squeeze can transform a recipe!

Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic, fresh herbs, spices and citrus make this roasted chicken special. 

Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken

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.

Key Lime Coconut Cake with Meringue Frosting

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.

Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup

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.

Triple Lemon Pie

Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Salad

Homemade Grapefruit Vinaigrette tops a juicy salad of grapefruit sections, kiwifruit, sliced fennel and crumbled bacon.

Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Salad

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!

Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits

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.

Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce

Lemony Green Beans

Garlic, shallots and lemon brighten crisp-tender beans. Save time by parboiling the green beans a day early.

Lemony Green Beans

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.

Chocolate-Smeared Baguette with Quick Citrus 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.

Spicy Orange Chicken

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.

Meyer Lemon Pots de Crème with Honeyed Kumquats

Citrus Liqueur

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.

Citrus Liqueur

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.

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

Orange Tabbouleh

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.

Orange Tabbouleh

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

Fish Tostadas with Chili-Lime Cream

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.

Toasted Fennel-Lemon Cake

Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup

Start with a rotisserie chicken, and you can whip up this Thai-inspired soup in less than 30 minutes.

Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup

Smoked Turkey Salad with Oranges

Quartered oranges and orange vinaigrette dressing add a big citrus splash to this main-dish salad.

Smoked Turkey Salad with Oranges

 

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.

Swedish Lemon Pancakes

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.

Citrus Pesto Tuna

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.

Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables

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.

Broccoli with Orange-Cream Sauce

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.

Candied Citrus Peel

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.

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Mint and ginger add kick to an arugula salad topped with chopped fresh cranberries.

Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken

Herbed lemon marinade cooks down with honey to a glossy, gorgeous glaze that gives this chicken a golden color.

Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken

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.

Green Tea Soda

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Mix cider vinegar, Jamaican jerk seasoning, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil and soy sauce for this version of jerk marinade. Let chicken marinate 4 to 24 hours, and it'll be ready to go on the grill. Serve with Mango Salsa for more Caribbean flavor.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Mango Salsa

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.

Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Orange Salsa

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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.

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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 Salmon with Broccoli

Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken

Garlic, fresh herbs, spices and citrus make this roasted chicken special. 

Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken

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."

Lemon Curd Tart

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Peas, pesto, lemon zest and toasted hazelnuts add fresh flavor to ravioli.

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake

This recipe features a luscious fresh blueberry sauce on creamy lemon cheesecake.

Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake

Tangy Citrus Lemonade

Mix honey with fresh lemon and lime juice, then add fresh or frozen raspberries for this party-perfect lemonade.

Tangy Citrus Lemonade

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

Orange buttercream frosting and melted chocolate top a brownie base for a decadent combination of flavors.

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

Yellow sweet peppers, artichoke hearts, ripe olives and a light lemon-herb dressing highlight this colorful pasta salad.

Citrus Tuna 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.

Summer Breeze Lime Pie

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.

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

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.

Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce

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.

Luscious Lemon Bars

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.

Orange Maple Roasted Chicken and Mashed Potato Waffles

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.

Lemon Chicken Lasagna

Orange-Spiced Corned Beef

Dried fruit, orange juice, molasses and spices dress up corned beef with lively new flavor in this slow-cooker recipe.

Orange-Spiced Corned Beef

 

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.

Crustless Lemony Cheesecake

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 Fruit with Orange-Honey Yogurt Sauce recipe

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

Fresh cranberries and lemon zest add texture and flavor to these tender scones. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing and sprinkle with lemon zest.

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

Chicken-Romaine Salad

Dried berries give a burst of fruit flavor to this easy recipe that starts with rotisserie chicken.

Chicken-Romaine Salad

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.

Kansas-Style Lime Pie

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