Citrus fruits – such as orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit – are incredibly versatile. As a quick snack, citrus fruits are refreshing, filling, and teeming with essential vitamins. In cooking, you can add everything from the pulp to the zest to whip up zesty meals the whole family will love! Curious about different ways to incorporate citrus fruit in every meal? Let’s explore fun ways to add citrus fruits in cooking:
In Dips and Salads
Unlike lemons and limes, which are incredibly tart, grapefruit, pomelo, and orange provide enough zing and texture to your regular garden salad. You can whip up a simple green salad by combining green and purple Romaine lettuce in a salad bowl. Then, add other greens like spinach, arugula, and kale. Pop in a handful of roughly chopped walnuts and finish up with diced apples and oranges.
To make an equally zesty dip, mix vinaigrette with about a teaspoon of lime juice. Drizzle the dressing on the salad, toss the greens and you are done! Top the salad with three slices of grilled chicken breast and serve.
If you love cakes and baked pastries then you know citrus fruits complement any dessert. The tartness of the citrus fruit will cut through the sweetness of your favorite cupcake, shortcake, and pound cake. You can use lemon or lime extracts and zest to make key lime pies, chiffon cake, custards, and flan.
As a Marinade and Seasoning
Marinating fish, seafood, or meats in spices and herbs is a great way to enhance the flavors of the dish and retain juiciness. But if you want to balance out the richness of the meats, you can add a dash of lemon or lime extract. The tartness of the citrus fruit will complement meats without bringing down the flavors.
Citrus fruits work exceptionally well with fish, poultry, and seafood. Just tweak your favorite marinade with lime or lemon extract and give the fish or seafood enough time to soak up all flavors. You can also add lemon and lime extract as well as salt and pepper for a stripped down marinade that’s sure to bring out the delicate flavor of the fish!
In Stews and Savory Dishes
Want to give your favorite dish a tangy kick? Add a dash of citrus fruit extract to make lemon chicken, sweet n’ sour pork, and beef meatballs even tastier! You can also flavor your roasted chicken, buttered potatoes, and frittata with lemon, lime, or even grapefruit juice. You just have to be as creative as you can!
Stripped down pasta dish with lemon is easy to make and tastes so good! Just heat a handful of minced garlic with olive oil in a saucepan. Once the garlic flavor is infused with the oil, strain the liquid. Add the infused oil on a platter of cooked pasta then finish up with a dash of lemon juice and lots of parmesan cheese and you are done! This pasta dish takes only 15 minutes to make but it is definitely big on flavor!