Cooking with Kumquat: Truly Delicious Kumquat Recipes to Try

What can you do with a kumquat? Why, eat it, of course! Here are some of the best kumquat recipes to try that are loaded with tangy flavor and healthy for you!

Are you looking for new kumquat recipes? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over what to do with your fresh kumquats.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Kumquat Recipes: A Guide

Kumquats are a citrus fruit from the orange family. They are available in the winter months. When in season, their sweet-tart flavor is appealing.

Try and choose plump and bright kumquats. Their peels should look taut and shiny. Store them at room temperature.

Kumquats have plenty of health benefits. Check out these recipes and make your own kumquat featured dish.

Green Salad

The tanginess of kumquats works well with many greens available in the winter. Slice, halve or chop one kumquat before adding them to a bowl of spinach.

You can also make an endive kumquat salad. Make a dressing with lemon juice, a neutral oil, and fresh herbs.

Fruit Salad

Chop kumquats up and add them to a fruit salad. Halve one cup of purple grapes and halve half a cup of maraschino cherries.

In a bowl, combine one cup of diced pineapple, half a cup of chopped pecans, grapes, and cherries. Mix in your chopped kumquats and enjoy! 

Roasted Cauliflower

Toast one teaspoon of coriander seeds with half a teaspoon of white peppercorns in a skillet. Toast them over medium heat for thirty seconds. After, transfer them to a spice grinder. Grind them after they’ve cooled then add to a bowl.

Stir in a quarter cup of extra-virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of minced garlic. Add two teaspoons of ground turmeric and half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper.

Cut up one head of cauliflower. Spread it on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the cauliflower with the oil mixture. Roast your cauliflower for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Scrape your cauliflower into a serving bowl. Add a quarter cup of chopped cilantro, four chopped kumquats, and one sliced shallot. Add these ingredients to your cauliflower and toss them. Serve this dish warm or hot.

Kumquat Compote

If you want to make something sweet, try making kumquat compote. Take five kumquats and cut each into four parts.

Place them into a saucepan with half a cup of sugar and one cup of water. Bring them to a simmer. Lower the heat and leave on for half an hour. Pour them into a bowl and let cool.

You can use this kumquat compote on toast, yogurt, or ice cream.

Adding Kumquats to Recipes

You can add kumquats to quick bread, cookies, and even cakes. For example, if you’re making a cake, process a couple seeded kumquats with the sugar called for in the recipe. Process these two ingredients in a food processor.

Want to Learn More?

We hope you found this article on kumquat recipes insightful. Take time to add kumquats to a recipe or make a fresh fruit or green salad.

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Our Rio box is a 15-lb curated box of our fresh-harvested citrus from South Texas. The fruit is NOT gassed, rather it is tree-ripened. Our season runs from Nov-May for  oranges, grapefruit and mandarins.

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