12 Clementine Recipes You Must Try
Clementines aren't just for peeling and eating! We've got a dozen recipes, from appetizers to salads to desserts, that give the sweet, seedless citrus the attention it deserves.
In Season: The most well-known member of the mandarin family, clementines are at their peak from November through April.
What to Look For: Choose clementines that are firm or only slightly soft and feel heavy for their size. Steer clear of any that have puffy or wrinkled skin, which indicates that they're overripe.
How to Store: Clementines will keep at room temperature for up to one week or in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Citrus, Pomegranate, and Honey with Toasted Coconut
Arrange juicy slices of clementines, grapefruits, and Cara Cara oranges on a platter, then top with jewel-like pomegranate seeds, toasted coconut, and honey for an eye-catching dish that can be served any time of day.
Decadent Grand Marnier-spiked chocolate sauce makes an incredible dip for all manner of citrus, including clementine segments, candied grapefruit peel, and glaceed orange slices.
Watercress with Sardines, Tarragon, and Clementines
Sweet clementines make a surprisingly delicious foil for meaty sardines in this hearty salad. Red onion, fresh tarragon, toasted pumpkin seeds, and an easy lemon vinaigrette complete the dish.
Homemade ginger-infused clementine granita is served in clever sugar-coated clementine "cups" for a dessert that's as refreshing as it is adorable.
Citrus Salad with Cashews and Mint
Team clementines with grapefruits, kiwis, and fresh mint for a colorful, vitamin C-packed salad. Toasted cashews add the perfect amount crunch, while a light sprinkling of sea salt brings out the sweetness of each fruit.
Clementine-Vanilla-Bean Quick Bread
Yes, you can bake with clementines! The zest, juice, and segments amp up the batter, and the piece de resistance? A syrup made with clementine juice and sugar is brushed onto the quick bread while it's still warm.
Clementines in Cinnamon Syrup
Let clementines sit in a bath of homemade cinnamon syrup for just half an hour, and you've got a delectable winter dessert on your hands.
Are terrines making a comeback yet? If not, this delicious triple-citrus version (clementines, oranges, and grapefruit) spiced with star anise and cinnamon should start the trend.
Clementines with Cracked Black Pepper
Impress your dinner party guests by ending the meal with cafe au lait and the sweetest clementines you can find paired with a small dish of cracked black peppercorns.
Broiled Feta with Clementines
Looking for an easy appetizer? Drizzle feta with oil and honey, give it a quick turn under the broiler, and top with clementines, fresh oregano, cracked pepper, and more honey. Serve with toasted rustic bread and any other finger foods you please.
Shaved Carrots, Watercress, and Cashews with Orange Vinaigrette
Clementine segments and carrot ribbons are responsible for the subtle sweetness and vibrant orange color in this lively winter salad.
Stuffed Dates with Clementines
Juicy clementine segments, toasted almonds, and dates filled with cinnamon-spiced mascarpone make an elegant dessert platter for any occasion.