How to Cut an Orange (Plus: 10 Summer Citrus Recipes)

Last Updated on November 15, 2022 | 0 Comments
how to cut an orange

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.


 Jump to Section

Holiday SALE
A gift card for you
Holiday SALE
$100 or more, get $10 Cozymeal Cash
$250 or more, get $25 Cozymeal Cash
$500 or more, get $50 Cozymeal Cash

How to Cut an Orange

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, make as many meals as you can with them!

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).

Make It: Try this version at home from Martha Stewart.

Grapefruit Green Salad
via Cozymeal

Book a Gourmet Cooking Class Now
Kick-start your culinary confidence with help from a world-class chef. See what's cooking in your city today.
Book Now

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 a 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: Try this version from Healthier Steps.

Citrus Tofu Kebabs
via Cozymeal

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 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: Check out this delicious and versatile recipe from Macheesmo.

Lime Chicken Wings
via Shutterstock

Book an Online Cooking Class Now
Ready to perfect your homemade pasta, paella or pad thai? Join a world-class chef from the comfort of your kitchen.
Book Now

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.

Make It: Try this classic recipe from Food and Wine.

via Cozymeal

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.

Make It: Give this crunchy lemon and garlic version from My Recipes a go.

Lemon Chicken Tenders
via Shutterstock

6. 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 with a hint of heat from diced chili and the citrusy sweetness of tangerine, enhancing the inherent sweetness of the scallops and bringing it to a whole new level.

Make It: Try out this classic recipe from Esquire

Scallop Crudo
via Cozymeal

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!

Make It: Create this wonderfully comforting cake with this recipe from Fine Cooking.

Orange Cake
via Cozymeal

Gourmet Cooking Classes Near You
Take your culinary skills to new levels with guidance from five-star chefs.
Book Now

8. Orange Crêpes Suzette

Crêpes Suzette is a simply spectacular dessert boasting some serious flair. It consists of delicate, tender crêpes 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: Try this easy, no-flambé recipe from The Spruce Eats

Citrus Crepes
via Cozymeal

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.

Make It: Try this pomegranate-speckled version from Fine Cooking.

Citrus Terrine
via Fine Cooking

10. Key Lime Pie

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: Let the Food Network's recipe for adorable key lime pie tartlets bring this sweet, zesty treat to your table.

Key Lime Pie
via Cozymeal

Now that you've learned how to cut an orange with Chef RJ and 10 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!

About Cozymeal

Discover the best in culinary experiences and products on Cozymeal: From in-person cooking classes to virtual cooking & mixology classes to private chef meals and top-rated cookware — from world-class chefs, mixologists & more.

View All Experiences & Cookware on Cozymeal
Chef comments icon


Join the conversation.

Please Log In to leave a comment