No-Cook Candied Kumquats (Small Batch)

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 25, 2021

Print This Post Print This Post No-Cook Candied Kumquats are the tangy-sweet fruit treat you didn't know you needed. Thinly sliced kumquats soaked in honey to candy them -- that's all it takes!

No-Cook Candied Kumquats are the tangy-sweet fruit treat you didn’t know you needed. Thinly sliced kumquats soaked in honey to candy them — that’s all it takes!

Once you make today’s recipe for No-Cook Candied Kumquats, you’ll keep them on hand all the time. Whenever a dish needs some oomph, I chop a few and fling them on. You will wonder where these have been all your life.

How to use No-Cook Candied Kumquats

I made a jar, we ate them within a day, just digging in with a spoon, and I immediately made another jar. When you open the refrigerator and see them, you’ll be flooded with ideas for how to use them.

–straight out of the jar standing in front of the refrigerator

Breakfast bowl with cottage cheese, strawberries and No-Cook Candied Kumquats on

–on top of yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast (above)
–use some liquid in cocktails or mocktails
–use some liquid and a few chopped kumquats in salad dressing

White bowl of strawberries and blackberries with No-Cook Candied Kumquats on–on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt, or a bowl of berries as I have done above
–chopped and stirred into muffin batter or quick bread batter

Berry Pancake wedge with candied kumquat slices on top

–on top of pancakes (here they are on a wedge of berry oven pancake)
Candied Kumquats on sourdough toast on a white plate–on toast to stand in for marmalade (yes, it works!). Put some Candied Kumquat slices on your toast, and drizzle a little of the syrup over it.
–to decorate a cake
Candied Kumquats on Matzoh Brei on a cream colored plate–on Matzoh Brie, during Passover

You’ll think of a million other things once you taste them, I promise. And since we aren’t canning them, you can make one jar at a time. Or maybe make 2 jars and give one to the neighbor. Good food gifts make good neighbors. You heard it here first.

How to make No-Cook Candied Kumquats

Kumquats and honey on a white marble counterAssemble your 2 ingredients — fresh kumquats and runny honey.

Sliced kumquats on a cutting boardSlice the kumquats very thinly, and flick away any seeds if you see them. I use my favorite 40-year-old cheapie serrated supermarket knife, or a small paring knife. The knife isn’t crucial; just slice those kumquats thinly.

Sliced kumquats in a jarPut the kumquat slices in a jar. Don’t pack them in tightly, just put them in there.

Pouring honey into kumquats in jarPour in honey to cover the kumquat slices.

Honey and kumquats in a jarSo far so good! It looks great!

Sliced kumquats and honey in a jar getting candiedWithin an hour, when you shake the jar a little bit, the contents will begin to slosh. This means the kumquats are releasing their juice and the sugar is penetrating the fruit.

2-Ingredient No-Cook Candied Kumquats

It really is a bit miraculous how this happens, but the next day, you’ll have fully candied kumquats, to use in whatever way you can dream up!  (Is anyone triggered and anxious about these kumquats spilled on the counter? Don’t worry, I cleaned it up right after the picture.)

No-Cook Candied Kumquats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 jar of kumquats

No-Cook Candied Kumquats

No-Cook Candied Kumquats are the tangy-sweet fruit treat you didn't know you needed. Thinly sliced kumquats soaked in honey to candy them -- that's all it takes! Use them on cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, berries, cakes, in muffins or pancakes...whatever you can dream up!


  • 8 ounces fresh kumquats (or whatever amount you'd like to make; this will start you off)
  • 1 jar runny honey (not solid or crystallized)


  1. Make sure you have a scrupulously clean jar with a lid. You are not canning this recipe, but you still want an absolutely clean jar.
  2. Thinly slice kumquats crosswise, flicking away the seeds if there are any. Place kumquats in clean jar.
  3. Pour honey into jar until it just covers kumquats. Set jar on counter for an hour or 2. After that time, you can shake the jar a bit and you'll see the honey has gotten more sloshy, which means the kumquats released their juice and the honey penetrated the fruit.
  4. Store the jar in the refrigerator. Kumquats will continue to candy until they have absorbed all the honey they can.
  5. Use the liquid in cocktails or mocktails or to sweeten your tea, or brush onto cake layers to keep them moist. Use the fruit in desserts, strewn over bowls of berries, chopped and mixed into muffins, etc.
  6. Makes 1 jar. Make more jars if you'd like to share a jar with the neighbors (highly recommended).


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Rowena Thompson February 26, 2023 at 9:04 pm

Hello, I washed my kumquat then put them in a juicer then stain the seeds out. Then I drink the juice straight up. If too acidic for you, you can add honey to make it a little sweeter.
I keep the pulp and add to a no bake cream pie recipe, you can find it anywhere on the web.


Dorothy Reinhold March 19, 2023 at 11:05 am

Interesting idea! I’m not sure I could drink straight kumquat juice, but it sounds like you have your system all figured out!


Pamela D November 14, 2022 at 9:17 am

I have an enormous harvest of kumquats from one small tree and they are VERY juicy. Most of the juice escapes when I cut them. Any thoughts about the usefulness of trying to collect that juice and put it in the jar before adding honey?


Dorothy Reinhold November 14, 2022 at 12:51 pm

I’m not sure I would have the patience for that, but sure, you could try it. Or cut them over a board that makes it easy to collect the juice, then sweeten the juice to your liking and drink it with sparkling water!


Barb Delli February 22, 2022 at 7:56 am

I now have a friend hooked on these candied kumquats. She asked me how long they will last in the fridge. Any idea?


Dorothy Reinhold February 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

Indefinitely, I think. Sugar (honey) is a preservative, and as long as you are keeping them cold, they should be able to last for a few months, I believe!


Barb Delli February 14, 2022 at 7:45 pm

I had never eaten kumquats until a friend gave me a bag. I started searching for marmalade recipes and found this! The only thing that could make this easier is if they didn’t have seeds. We use the syrup in cocktails and today I made yummy orange chicken with it!


Dorothy Reinhold February 17, 2022 at 11:37 am

Yay! And in truth, it isn’t that hard to flick the seeds out with a knife, is it? That’s a small price to pay for such a delicious, sweet treat, right? Syrup in cocktails is a great idea, or to flavor sparkling water! Orange Chicken….I am THERE!


Lorelei Woerner-Eisner February 6, 2022 at 8:05 am

wow… had a batch of kumquats and googled for a recipe… and found YOU! All best to you all! And many thanks for the recipe… just what I was looking for!


Dorothy Reinhold February 8, 2022 at 3:31 pm

Lorelei!!!! Great to hear from you!
You’ll get hooked on these no-brainers.


Lisa Kerhin March 30, 2021 at 8:12 am

No cook! Yep, this is my kind of recipe. The candied kumquats and ice cream would be my first try


Beth March 29, 2021 at 1:41 pm

I love this idea! I can’t wait to candy kumquats! So excited to give this a try!


Jill Baird March 29, 2021 at 8:57 am

ok, these are so darling and oh, so delicious! I love candied fruit so much! I can’t wait to sprinkle some bits of these on my Strawberry short cake!


Dorothy Reinhold March 29, 2021 at 12:14 pm

I like the way you think!


Allyson Zea March 29, 2021 at 6:37 am

I have never tried these before, and they were so tasty! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!


Amanda Livesay March 29, 2021 at 4:29 am

I had no idea you could candy kumquats! They look delicious!


Catalina March 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm

This sounds so easy to make at home! The perfect family treat!


Toni March 28, 2021 at 11:06 am

My kids really loved this!! Love that it is really easy to make!


Pook's Pantry March 28, 2021 at 10:20 am

Dorothy, this is brilliant it it’s simplicity!


Dorothy Reinhold March 29, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Cheryl (Pook’s),
This is right up your alley!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert March 28, 2021 at 1:08 am

These No-Cook Candied Kumquats sound delicious! Dangerously good…


Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng March 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Yum! I can think of so many ways to use these!


karen March 26, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Great minds! We are kumquat twins! You were way more patient with your perfect little slices.


Amanda March 26, 2021 at 4:49 pm

This looks so flavorful, I cannot wait to try it!


Hezzi-D March 26, 2021 at 4:09 pm

What a fun and easy idea! Yum!


Dorothy Reinhold March 26, 2021 at 5:51 pm

These are so easy, I just made another impromptu jar!


Malissa March 26, 2021 at 2:04 am

Delicious and very more-ish. About to make some more.


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