1. Food
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Simple lime marmalade uses only 3 ingredients. The recipe is easy, but plan ahead for the limes to soak overnight to remove bitterness. This recipe makes enough for you and for kitchen gifts.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes


  • 3 pounds (about 18) large Persian limes, peeled, zest cut into thin strips 2 inches long
  • 9 cups water
  • 6 pounds (13-1/2 cups) sugar


Cut the peeled limes in half and squeeze the juice. Set the juice aside.

Scrape the pulp and seeds from the lime halves. Place in a cheesecloth bag. Place the cheesecloth bag, zest, juice, and water in a 6-quart saucepan, then cover them and soak overnight, or for about 8 hours.

Bring the water mixture to a boil and cook about 2 hours, until the peels are soft. Remove the cheesecloth bag. Add the sugar to the pan and stir to dissolve. Boil, stirring often, until a cooking thermometer reaches 220 degrees F.

Ladle marmalade into clean jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Cap and seal. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water-bath canner. Adjust for altitude, if necessary.

Yield: 10 pints

Recipe Source: The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol W. Costenbader (Storey Books)
Reprinted with permission.

User Reviews

Reviews for this section have been closed.

 4 out of 5
marmalade from limes?, Member louisiana1966

I made this up a little while ago with a whole lot of limes I received.I did not know there was an actual recipe out there,but what I did pretty much followed this. Even after soaking overnight the bitterness does remain.At first the marmalade tastes sweet,but then you get a definite aftertaste of bitter.Because of this it would not be a good substitute for orange marmalades,but would be good as part of a vegetable platter,or with cheese and pears-with other,mild flavours to offset it.

25 out of 26 people found this helpful.

  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Home Cooking
  4. Recipes
  5. Miscellaneous Recipes
  6. Jelly Recipes
  7. Lime Marmalade Recipe With 3 Ingredients

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.