How to Zest an Orange

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Learn how to zest an orange and pump up the flavor in savory and sweet recipes. Orange zest is fragrant and relaxing and it elevates the taste of many dishes and drinks.

Zesting an orange is basically just scraping the outside to get the aromatic oils off the rind. This can then be used to add flavor to certain dishes.

Orange zest can add a little zest to your desserts, or simply add a splash of color to your meals. For the best zest, choose a fresh orange with a thin, shiny skin. It should be free of blemishes, as any imperfections will be revealed in the zest. Then, carefully grate the orange skin using a small, sharp micro plane.

What is orange zest?

Orange zest is a colorful and vibrant outer peel of orange which releases flavorful oil. The zest is strong in taste and fragrance.

It brightens the taste of many dishes. It brings a tangy and citrusy flavor to many dishes, desserts, and drinks. The only colorful part of the peel used in the zest, not the white pith. The pith has a bitter taste, so remove it.

Difference between Orange zest and Orange peel:

Orange has two layers of skin. The outer skin of the orange is the orange zest, and the white pith is beneath. Zest is an outer part of the orange that is colorful.

On the other hand, the peel contains both the white layer and the colorful part. Many people use zest instead of peel and add to the flavor into many dishes. It has a sweet taste.

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Orange peel has a bitter taste. Most people say that it is unpleasant. Orange peel is used in many meals, but they need a long time to cook. It can mellow the bitterness of peel.

How to store orange zest?

Add orange zest into an air-tight container or sealed plastic bag and place into the freezer and store for up to six months. The aroma and flavor will start to remove and fade after few weeks.

Orange zest substitution

You can substitute orange zest with other citrus fruits such as lemon and lime.

Ingredients

  • Orange

Equipment

  • Chef’s Knife

  • Cutting Board

  • Peeler

  • Zester

  • Grater

How to zest orange in four ways:

  • With a knife
  • With a peeler
  • With a zester
  • With a grater

Wash and dry the orange:

Wash the fresh orange under running clean water and remove all dirt and dust. Make sure that there is no dirt. Dry the orange with a kitchen paper towel.

Do not cut it:

Don’t cut orange just yet! It is very easy to zest the whole orange instead of the wedge or sliced orange. When you finish, zest the orange, cut and squeeze all juices out of it.

Do not go deep into orange skin:

There are white pith and bitter layers. It would help if you avoided the pith because it will ruin the dish and make the dish taste unpleasant. Do not add pith because it is a perfect key to make the zest.

Video on how to zest Oranges

Watch the quick how-to video below to see how easy it is to get the orange zest.

With a knife

  • Zesting an orange with a sharp knife is pretty easy. Peel the outer part of the orange with the stroke of a sharp knife. Do not go deep into orange skin. When you have removed orange peels, they will pith-free. If there is still pith, trim off with two knives. When you have translucent orange peels, you should chop them into fine.
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with a peeler

  • Zesting an orange with a peeler is also simple. The good thing is that it is fast and safe compared to zesting orange with a sharp knife. Peel an orange with a peeler, drag the blade down the orange skin; make the strips of an orange peel. Make sure that there is no pith. Place them flat on the chopping board and dice them into small slices. It is pretty simple!

with a zester

  • A zester is a handy kitchen tool to prepare orange ribbons to garnish the drinks, cakes, pies, pastries, and dishes. This tool is perfect and worth it if you want to make your drink good-looking and pretty!
    Zesting an orange with a zester is simple and quick. First, hold the orange in your hand with the orange facing up. Hold zester in another hand with sharp blades facing down. After that, pull down to trim the orange, scrape off the orange zest. Repeat this procedure until you get a good amount of orange zest. Zesting an orange with zest in curly ribbons and make your dishes decorative. Simply chop them into small pieces.

with a grater<br>

  • Microplane grater:
    Box grater:
  • Zest an orange with Micrograter:
    It is the most efficient and simplest method to zest an orange fruit. It produces fine zest quickly.
    First, hold the orange in one hand. Hold micro grater with another hand with blades facing down. After that, push the orange in the reserve direction of the sharp blades. If it shows white spots, move to another part of the orange after finish the grating, tap the grater on the flat surface to release the orange zest that stuck.
  • Zest an orange with Box grater:
    Zest an orange with box grater is also quick and easy. First, put the grater on a sturdy and flat surface and hold it in your hand. Hold the orange in your 2nd hand. Push the orange with a vertical motion on the blades to scrape off the zest. Rotate the orange continuously to avoid the white pith. Once you have zest, tap the grate to release the orange zest stuck in the grater blades.
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Pick up recipes with orange zest:

  • Orange yogurt
  • Orange and fennel cake
  • Chewy cookie cake
  • Baked Brie with cranberry sauce
  • Arugula beet salad
  • Citrus salad dressing
  • Margarita salt


How many carbs are in orange zest?

Orange zest contains about 1.5g of carbs.

Is orange zest ok on a keto diet?

Orange zest is another way to add citrus flavor on a keto diet.

How to use orange zest?

Sauces: Bacon jam, cranberry orange sauce

Dessert: Coffee cake muffins, orange curd, and orange corn

Savory: Slow-cooker Caribbean pot roast

Salad: fruit salad

More similar how-to guides

How to Zest an Orange

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

A lot of people skip zesting their oranges, be it because they're not sure how to do it correctly. Learn different ways on how to zest an orange.

Ingredients

  • 2 Oranges

Instructions

  1. WITH A KNIFE
    Zesting an orange with a sharp knife is pretty easy. Peel the outer part of the orange with the stroke of a sharp knife. Do not go deep into orange skin. When you have removed orange peels, they will pith-free. If there is still pith, trim off with two knives. When you have translucent orange peels, you should chop them into fine.
  2. WITH A PEELER
    Zesting an orange with a peeler is also simple. The good thing is that it is fast and safe compared to zesting orange with a sharp knife. Peel an orange with a peeler, drag the blade down the orange skin; make the strips of an orange peel. Make sure that there is no pith. Place them flat on the chopping board and dice them into small slices. It is pretty simple!
  3. WITH A ZESTER
    Zesting an orange with a zester is simple and quick. First, hold the orange in your hand with the orange facing up. Hold zester in another hand with sharp blades facing down. After that, pull down to trim the orange, scrape off the orange zest. Repeat this procedure until you get a good amount of orange zest. Zesting an orange with zest in curly ribbons and make your dishes decorative. Simply chop them into small pieces.
  4. WITH A GRATER

    Microplane grater:
    Box grater:
    Zest an orange with Micrograter:

    It is the most efficient and simplest method to zest an orange fruit. It produces fine zest quickly.
    First, hold the orange in one hand. Hold micro grater with another hand with blades facing down. After that, push the orange in the reserve direction of the sharp blades. If it shows white spots, move to another part of the orange after finish the grating, tap the grater on the flat surface to release the orange zest that stuck.
    Zest an orange with Box grater:
    Zest an orange with box grater is also quick and easy. First, put the grater on a sturdy and flat surface and hold it in your hand. Hold the orange in your 2nd hand. Push the orange with a vertical motion on the blades to scrape off the zest. Rotate the orange continuously to avoid the white pith. Once you have zest, tap the grate to release the orange zest stuck in the grater blades.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 6gSugar 24gProtein 3g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients.

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