How to Cut an Orange (Plus: 10 Summer Citrus Recipes)
Here at Cozymeal, we’re big fans of summer. And one of the best things about summer: citrus.
There’s something about these sour, tart, sweet fruits that are synonymous with summertime, despite the fact that most citrus fruits are in season during the winter. Maybe it’s because citrus fruits are just so refreshing and always add a little zest to whatever you’re cooking.
When it comes to preparing citrus for cooking, there is one restaurant trick that's easy to reproduce at home. The jeweled look of clean-cut citrus segments in the salads and side dishes coming out of fancy restaurant kitchens are called citrus "suprêmes,” which is really just a fancy name for a simple technique.
Watch as Chef RJ shows you how to cut an orange and achieve perfect citrus segments in this quick video:
Now that you know how to cut an orange (and any citrus) like a pro, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite citrus recipes to test out this summer. So when life gives you lemons—you can make as many meals as you can with them!
How to Cut an Orange (Plus: 10 Summer Citrus Recipes)
1. Grapefruit Green Salad
Brighten up your evening with this simple and artful combination of colors, textures, and flavors. Every element of this salad—from the herbs to the punchy pomegranate—brings something special to the plate. We think peppery watercress blends perfectly with the slightly sweet, slightly sour grapefruit, but you can use any greens you like (think: kale, arugula, or mixed).
2. Citrus Marinated Tofu Kebabs
These Thai-style tofu kebabs are the perfect way to kick off summer. After allowing your tofu to soak in this citrus marinade, it will be infused with a ton of zingy flavor and transform wiggly little cubes of bland tofu into something magical. Plus, the zingy citrus concoction does double duty as both a marinade and a dipping sauce.
Make It: Let Chef Robin teach you this dish and the basics of delicious plant-based Thai in her Vegan Thai Cuisine class.
3. Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Hot Wings
Summertime is all about enjoying good food among good company in your own backyard oasis. When it’s time to fire up the grill for your next barbeque, make sure these crowd-pleasing hot wings are the first to hit the grate. These grilled wings are perfectly crispy on the outside with the flavors of tangy lime, well-balanced heat, and a little punch of tequila coursing through the tender, juicy meat on the inside.
Make It: Chef Jordan will teach you how to create these wings in his Al Fresco Grilling class.
4. Citrus Seafood Ceviche
Instead of turning on the stove in the middle of summer, let acidity of the citrus do the cooking for you and explore the world of citrus through the medium of light, summery ceviche. There are a number of ways to serve ceviche once the citrus juice has worked its magic, but you can’t go wrong with a simple presentation that allows the fresh fish to shine.
5. Lemon Chicken Tenderloins
Instead of hitting the ballpark concession stand for your chicken tender fix this summer, treat yourself with this simple Italian classic. The bright scent of citrus will swirl through the kitchen and ultimately result in juicy pieces of chicken gilded with a velvety sauce bursting with lemon. This is what we like to call a weeknight dinner jackpot.
6. Lemon Diver Scallop Crudo
This amazingly simple and elegant recipe pairs the beauty of citrus with sweet, silken diver scallops. The exquisiteness of crudo is revealed after it sits in a light bath of Meyer lemon and blood orange citrus juices, olive oil, and Espelette-infused sea salt to enhance the inherent sweetness of the scallops and bring it to a whole new level.
Make It: Chef RJ taught us how to cut an orange in the video above. Next, let him teach you this elegant crudo dish in his Coastal Cuisine of Northern Italy class.
7. Orange Almond Flour Cake
Orange cake goes back centuries, originating from a traditional Spanish sponge cake that uses Valencia oranges—which are truly something spectacular. This classic Spanish cake has a moist, light texture and a wonderfully fresh tangy flavor. This gloriously squidgy cake also happens to be gluten-free!
8. St. Germain and Orange Crepes Suzette
Crepes Suzette is a simply spectacular dessert boasting some serious flair. It consists of delicate, tender crepes infused with bright orange flavor and a sticky, caramelized texture that is pure heaven. This classic French dessert is known for its buttery decadence, as well as the theatrics of flambé.
Make It: Take Chef Alberto's Tour de Provence class, which concludes with this incredible classic dessert.
9. Grapefruit Orange Terrine
Terrine is one of the best ways to showcase the splendor of fresh citrus. This combination of sweet and bitter citrus is held together with just enough jellied juices to make a sparkling jewel-toned loaf. Serve it with nothing for a refreshing treat—or doll it up by adding a tiny smear of crème fraîche, a sprinkle of chopped pistachios or walnuts, or a drizzle of honey.
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10. Key Lime Pie
This key lime pie is full of clean and bright notes, with a blast of sunny citrus and sandy sable crust that will transport you to the beach. The lime zest leaves your palate alert and inspired, and the whipped ganache topping cools the tartness of the citrus as the tang of the lime cream tempers the sweetness. The result: a perfectly balanced and playful citrus dessert.
Make It: We adore Chef Romi's fun take on this classic dessert. Learn her secrets in her Ultimate After Dinner Desserts class!
Now that you've learned how to cut an orange with Chef RJ and ten impressive summer citrus dishes, which recipe are you most excited to try first?
Just one squeeze of sweet-tart citrus tang can transform an entire meal and learning how to cut citrus properly can make a world of difference in how your finished dishes look and taste. Not to mention segmenting citrus is one of the most satisfying (and impressive) things you can do with a sharp knife!