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Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe in About an Hour!

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It’s the weekend. A bag of oranges sits on the counter. I have an idea. Orange Marmalade.

It’s nice outside.

I tell myself, “Orange Marmalade takes FOREVER!”

Then it hits me Instant Pot Orange Marmalade.

I gave it a go!

We now have four pints and a large Tupperware container of Instant Pot Orange Marmalade that I made in about an hour.

I remember my grandmother standing over the stove.

Her wooden spoon stirring the pot of thinly sliced oranges.

The aroma filling the house as she boiled them down until their skin was soft.

The sun would glide across the sky and by dusk, she’d be pouring the last of the orange, sticky, jam into Mason jars.

I’m fortunate to have those memories.

My kiddos will only know that Orange Marmalade in the Instant Pot magically happens in less than an hour.

I’m okay with this.

If you haven’t tried marmalade, it’s sort of a cousin to jam or jelly.

Jelly you strain and basically, the juice of the fruit becomes firm enough to spread.

Jam uses more of the fruit and juice.

Marmalade uses the skin of the fruit, making a chunky, delicious treat!

In layman’s terms, Jam is made from whole or cut up pieces of fruit with sugar. 

Jelly is made from only fruit juice and sugar. 

Marmalade is preserves made with citrus—using the whole fruit, along with the rind.

Seville oranges are my preferred orange.

I’ve used navel oranges with a good result, however, the pith of the skin can make the marmalade have more of a bitter taste.

If you like blood oranges, they also make excellent orange marmalade.

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker orange marmalade!

You may also like this Instant Pot Lemon Cherry Marmalade recipe.

instant pot orange marmalade in dish with spoon ready to eat

A few notes about making orange marmalade. 

I use the soft gel method and it works for me.

However, you can add 1 package of pectin, if you like.

Pectin is the carb found in most fruits. 

This is what helps your jam or jelly “set”.

Pectin comes naturally when boiling the orange seeds–you can add a packet of pectin, but I find it is not necessary.

Cooking is like chemistry and therefore you need a ratio of pectin, acid, and sugar for the marmalade to set properly. 

Don’t skimp on the sugar.

If you are opting for less sugar, try a “low sugar” pectin pack.

If you want a “thicker” marmalade, boil longer to the desired consistency, keeping in mind it may take up to 7 minutes to see how “set” it is..

You can speed up the “test” set process by placing a clean plate in the freezer. 

Once you feel your marmalade has “set” drop a bit of marmalade on the freezer plate and return the plate to the freezer for one minute.

Remove the plate from the freezer and tip it side to side.

The marmalade is “set” when the surface of the marmalade wrinkles slightly but does not run along the side of the plate immediately.

You may have to do this “test” several times to reach the setting point.

Making Instant Pot Orange Marmalade allows you to create the marmalade to the consistency you prefer.

If you don’t like “chunky” Orange Marmalade, you can strain the rinds, leaving the clear jelly from the juices.

Try these recipes using this delicious Orange Marmalade:

Orange Marmalade Candied Carrots

Zesty Orange Marmalade Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s good!

instant pot orange marmalade

 

Time Saving Tip: Use a mandoline for the oranges.

I used the T-Fal Mandoline Grater, and I did three pounds of oranges, in perfect 1/8-inch slices in about 7-minutes.

Clean up was easy, and the handy container captures all the goodness–ahem!- the juice, so nothing goes to waste!

It’s angled for optimum comfort; includes fine and coarse grating blades, a slicing blade, and a julienne blade.

You can pick one up at Walmart for $19.99.

I used a T-Fal mandoline grater to make instant pot orange marmalde

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe Ingredients:

3 pounds oranges (use oranges with thin skins to avoid the bitterness of the orange pith)

4 lbs sugar

1 cup water

You will also need:

3-4 pint jars

mandoline or sharp knife

candy thermometer

Instant Pot

ladle

instant pot orange marmalade in jar with twine around lid and orange slices

 

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe Directions:

Wash the oranges.

The method I use is one gallon of water in the sink with 2 Tablespoons vinegar.

I dump the oranges in and let them sit for 10-minutes.

Pull off stems and stickers.

Using a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice the oranges.

If you don’t like big pieces of orange rind, you may want to stack and cut the slices into quarters.

(I opted not to do this.)

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe save time by using a mandoline to slice the oranges

Make sure you save the juice. It adds so much flavor to your marmalade.

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe, instant pot orange marmalade sliced oranges in manoline

Place sliced oranges into Instant Pot and add 1 cup water.

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Place lid on Instant Pot and set to manual + High for 10-minutes.

Make sure the venting is closed.

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While the oranges are cooking, fill a large pot that will hold your pint jars 3/4 full with water, set over high heat and bring to a boil.

Place 3-4 (pint) jars and rings, canning funnel, and ladle into the boiling water and make sure the water covers the jars by at least an inch.

Boil for 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat, add the lids, and leave everything in the pot until the marmalade is ready.

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When the timer goes off, allow a natural release.

Open Instant Pot.

It will smell very much like oranges.

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe, instant pot orange marmalde oranges cooked

Pour in all the sugar and begin stirring.

You will need to continue stirring to dissolve the sugar and prevent it from scorching.

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Turn the heat up (I placed Instant Pot on saute). Continue to cook and stir combining the sugar.

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Keep occasionally stirring until the inserted candy thermometer reaches 223-degrees.

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe, instant pot orange marmalade temperature

Test the readiness of the marmalade by placing a teaspoon of the mixture onto the chilled plate and allowing it to sit for 30 seconds.

Tilt the plate.

The mixture should be a soft gel that moves slightly.

If the mixture is thin and runs easily, it is not ready.

Allow marmalade to cool–about 15-minutes.

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe, instant post orange marmalade let cool

Marmalade will be darker and somewhat thicker (though still thin a consistency).

Remove pint jars and accessories from the pot of water, dry with a clean, dry towel.

Using a ladle, spoon marmalade into pint jars, leaving about a 1-inch clearance at the top.

Seal with lid and place upside down to cool.

This will seal the jar’s lid. NEVER USE THE INSTANT POT FOR CANNING.

I only do this to lock the lid, if you are wanting to store this please water bathe your jars!

Jams can be preserved for up to 1 year using water bath canning which is different from pressure canning.

You can do water bath canning in a pressure canner or cooker as well.

I highly recommend buying All American Pressure Cooker Canner which is the best pressure canner in the market.

Place in the refrigerator for best storage— it’s so good it won’t last long!

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This Instant Pot Marmalade Recipe was so easy and far less time-consuming than the traditional orange marmalade.

But the best part is that my family loves it!

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It pairs very well with sourdough bread!

It’s easy to make and looks beautiful in jars.

It’s a great gift idea for any occasion–especially the holidays.

It is free of any artificial colors, no preservatives, no additives.

All-natural.

instant pot orange marmalade in jar being scooped with wooden spoon

Orange Marmalade in the Instant Pot is a delicious treat and takes me back to being in my grandma’s kitchen on Sunday mornings.

It’s one of the sweetest memories that come to mind with every bite.

Love Jellies and Jams? Try one of these!

Instant Pot Strawberry Habanero Preserves

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Instant Pot Lemon Cherry Marmalade Recipe

 

This Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe is delicious and ready in about an hour. Makes 3-5 pints so there's some for now and some for later! #instantpotrecipes #instantpotmarmalade #instantpotorangemarmalade #instantpotpreserves

Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe in About an Hour!

Yield: 3-5 pints
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Instant Pot Orange Marmalade Recipe is delicious and ready in about an hour. Makes 3-5 pints so there's some for now and some for later!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds oranges
  • 4 lbs sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • You will also need:
  • 3-4 pint jars
  • mandoline or sharp knife
  • candy thermometer
  • Instant Pot
  • ladle

Instructions

  1. Wash the oranges. The method I use is one gallon of water in the sink with 2 Tablespoons vinegar. I dump the oranges in and let them sit for 10-minutes. Pull off stems and stickers.
  2. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice the oranges. If you don't like big pieces of orange rind, you may want to stack and cut the slices into quarters. (I opted not to do this.)
  3. Make sure you save the juice. It adds so much flavor to your marmalade.
  4. Place sliced oranges into Instant Pot and add 1 cup water.
  5. Place lid on Instant Pot and set to High for 10-minutes. Make sure the venting is closed.
  6. While the oranges are cooking, fill a large pot that will hold your pint jars ¾ full with water, set over high heat and bring to a boil. Place 3-4 (8-ounce) jars and rings, canning funnel, and ladle into the boiling water and make sure the water covers the jars by at least an inch. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the lids and leave everything in the pot until the marmalade is ready.
  7. When the timer goes off, allow a natural release.
  8. Open Instant Pot. It will smell very much like oranges.
  9. Pour in all the sugar and begin stirring.
  10. Turn the heat up (I placed Instant Pot on saute). Continue to cook and stir combining the sugar.
  11. Keep occasionally stirring until the inserted candy thermometer reaches 223-degrees.
  12. Test the readiness of the marmalade by placing a teaspoon of the mixture onto the chilled plate and allowing it to sit for 30 seconds. Tilt the plate. The mixture should be a soft gel that moves slightly. If the mixture is thin and runs easily, it is not ready.
  13. Allow marmalade to cool--about 15-minutes.
  14. Marmalade will be darker and somewhat thicker (though still thin in consistency).
  15. Remove pint jars and accessories from the pot of water, dry with a clean, dry towel.
  16. Using a ladle, spoon marmalade into pint jars, leaving about a 1-inch clearance at the top.
  17. Seal with lid and place upside down to cool. This will seal the jar's lid. NEVER USE THE INSTANT POT FOR CANNING.
  18. Place in the refrigerator--it's so good it won't last long!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 pints Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1542Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 398gFiber: 6gSugar: 386gProtein: 2g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate

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Drew Kroft

Saturday 7th of March 2020

If you make yogurt in your Instant Pot, make some extra - and strain it for ~2days (in the fridge). You get a think, rich, creamy greek-style yogurt / cream cheese. Toast some sourdough bread, a thick spread of this cream cheese, topped with fresh homemade Orange Marmalade. Who's in?

Julee

Monday 9th of March 2020

I'm in! I love this orange marmalade in yogurt and on toast!

stephanie

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Thanks for this - so helpful! IP worked great. We save orange peels in the fridge for a few weeks and then make a big batch, mostly peels. To save chopping time, I just use peels as is, then use my immersion blender at the end, when they are soft after the simmer stage. The marmalade isn't clear, but my kids like it better without the bitter peel chunks, it saves lots of time, and I like the evenly bitter/sweet flavor. We used a combo of lemon, oranges (various types) and grapefruit. This batch was 10c peels (and some fruit/juice), 4 cups water, 3 cups sugar.

Julee

Friday 15th of March 2019

I love this "short cut" and the combination of citrus. I bet it really adds something to the flavor! thank you for sharing!

Phaedra

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Hi I use 3lbs Navel oranges and add juice of 1 lemon same amount of sugar 1 cup water but the flavor was super bitter or bad after taste why this happened ? Because of the lemon?

Marie

Sunday 6th of January 2019

@Phaedra: I've made this recipe and the type of oranges does make a difference. Valencias make it amazing(maybe because of the thin skins). I made a low sugar recipe with navels and it wasn't nearly as good.

Julee

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Did you wash the rinds on the citrus? Ots the rinds that can be bitter. Are the rinds soft or still sort of firm?

Jacqi Warner

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Hi Julee- Your recipe looks perfect and I can’t wait to try it. I have an 8qt instant pot. Do you know if your recipe will work if doubled or tripled in the bigger size? I need to make 20+ pints, so I want to do as few batches as possible. Also- have you ever added bourbon or cognac to the recipe- I was thinking I might try it but I’m a newbie to this. Thanks for your guidance- it is so appreciated! Many thanks- Jacqi

Lisa

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

I haven't yet tried an Instant Pot for Marmalade, but I generally add a single malt whiskey. My recipe is over 100 years old, and given to me by my Mother-in-Law from Scotland. The whiskey gives the flavor a lot of depth. We love it. Lisa

Julee

Sunday 30th of December 2018

I haven't tried to double it, but I have added alcohol to the recipe. I add it to the water, when cooking the oranges so they are boozy!

Melanie

Thursday 19th of April 2018

Hi, this looks great, but im diabetic. Do you have any knowledge of whether Splenda would work in place of the sugar?

Mary

Friday 24th of August 2018

@Melanie: I have a grapefruit tree that has cross pollinated with an orange. Could I make marmalade out of the fruit? How much Splenda would I use? Also, can I make it in a regular pot? Thanks MG

Julee

Thursday 19th of April 2018

It will work. It may be a tad thinner, but still delicious.

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