Kitchen 101: Supreme Citrus

Craft & Design Food & Beverage

In the Kitchen

By Katie Goodman

Have you ever wondered how to get those beautifully sliced, pith-free orange rounds or sections? That’s called “supreme-ing an orange.” I too wondered this for a while after seeing how juicy and delicious they looked atop salads, being none too fond of pithy orange slices.

Two of my favorite salads for oranges cut this way are Lettuce with Oranges, Fennel and Pomegranate, and Mixed Greens with Oranges and Balsamic Steak – perfect ways to showcase oranges this season. Supreme-ing an orange allows you to experience the full flavor of the orange without the bitter, and sometimes chewy, pith. Plus, I think they look super pretty this way – much more so than just peeling and sectioning an orange.

Of course, you don’t need to limit yourself to just oranges. Grapefruit, clementine, tangerine, tangelos … all kinds of citrus can be prepared this way. Give it a try!

Supremecitrus Step1

Step 1: First, cut off the top and bottom of each orange. Not too deep. Just enough to reach the top of the orange and remove the peel and pith.

Supremecitrus Step2

Step 2: Then, remove the peel from the middle section of the orange. I’m tempted to say around all of the edges or sides, but since an orange is a sphere, there aren’t any. But hopefully you know what I mean.

Supremecitrus Step3

Step 3: Your orange (or other citrus) will probably look something like this. That’s ok. Just use your knife to cut off the last little bits of pith while leaving as much orange on as possible.

Supremecitrus Step4

Step 4: Look how pretty it is! No peel or chewy pith, just pure, juicy orange goodness.

Supremecitrus Step5

Step 5: You can either cut in between the sections to remove the orange in segments, or cut the orange into rounds – which I the way I like best. It’s pretty and simple.

About the Author:


Katie Goodman blogs at goodLife {eats} where she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life through recipes, family memories, and yummy photography. She also works as a freelance food writer and photographer for various sites. Outside of cooking, Katie loves reading, gardening, visiting family, and attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she resides with her husband and two children.

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