Dehydrated Citrus Slices in the Oven or Air Fryer

1 orange
4 hr 5 min

With the holiday season around the corner, oven dried citrus is a great way to decorate or add a special touch to tea, cocktails or desserts. This post will show you exactly how to dry and dehydrate citrus slices in the oven or air fryer! No dehydrator is needed, although this post includes dehydrator instructions as well.


For the full recipe, step by step photos and a video, visit:

https://tyberrymuch.com/dehydrated-orange-slices-oven-airfryer/

oven dried orange slices


Why You’ll Love These Dehydrated Citrus Slices

  • Easy Preserved Citrus Fruit: dried citrus slices can be stored in a glass jar for tea, cocktails, or a healthy snack later.
  • DIY Citrus Garland: create festive Christmas or Holiday decor with cinnamon sticks and dried citrus fruit!
  • Step-by-Step Photos & Video Tutorial: follow along and learn about the best way to dry oranges without a dehydrator.
air fryer or oven dried citrus

What Citrus Can I Dehydrate?

Oven drying citrus takes longer than drying citrus slices in a dehydrator, but most of the time is passive and it’s a relatively easy process!

Air frying citrus slices is much quicker than oven drying. But you aren’t able to dehydrate as many slices at a time (because of the air fryer’s small size).


If you have an air fryer, I recommend using it over an oven. The air fryer did a better job at dehydrating the citrus and orange slices without browning them.


sliced oranges

Ingredients for Dried Citrus



  • Oranges or Citrus of Choice


📌 This can be any type of fresh orange, like: blood oranges, navel oranges, cara cara oranges, or mandarin oranges

You can also use other citrus with this same method. See the chart above (or in the recipe card below) for notes on the baking times.


I’ve used these drying methods to make:


  • Dried Limes
  • Dried Lemons and
  • Dehydrated Grapefruit Slices


Add-ins:

  • Granulated Sugar or Brown Sugar: to create candied dried orange slices, sprinkle a little sugar on them prior to baking.
  • Spices: you can make spiced slices by sprinkling on ground cinnamon, nutmeg or clove.
thinly sliced citrus on a baking sheet

Helpful Equipment

  • Parchment Paper or Wire Cooling Rack
  • Paper Towels or Tea Towel
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • Sharp Knife (preferably serrated) or Mandoline Slicer
  • Food Dehydrator, Oven, or Air Fryer



🎥 *Video Tutorial is at the link listed above!*


oven dried orange slices

How to Tell the Citrus Wheels are Done Drying

Let the citrus slices cool for about ten minutes before testing them.

While the slices are warm, they may be soft and pliable. Once they cool, they’ll firm up and be easier to test.

Look for the following indicators to tell if the oranges are finished dehydrating:


  • No stickiness or glossiness on the surface
  • Leathery
  • Slightly pliable, but very firm
fully dried orange slice

Dehydrated Citrus Fruit Uses

Now that you have your dry orange slices or dried citrus, you get to use them! Oven dried oranges are so versatile. They can be used in recipes, drinks or as decorations around your home. Here are a few ways to use them:


  • Cocktail Garnish
  • Tea: place the dried slices in a warm cup of tea for extra flavor
  • Decoration: place the dried fruit in a bowl as potpourri
  • For Cakes or Cupcake Decoration
  • Garnish: dehydrated orange peels are a great garnish for other meals like salads
  • Dipped in Melted Chocolate: for a fun snack
Dehydrated Citrus Slices in the Oven or Air Fryer
Recipe details
  • 1  orange
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 4 Hours Total time: 4 hr 5 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 navel, cara cara, or blood orange, sliced into 1/4-1/8” pieces OR
  • grapefruit, limes, or lemons (see baking / air frying times in the notes below)
Instructions
Oven Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 175F (80C), or the lowest temperature it will go to. If your oven has a convection setting, turn it on.
Place a wire cooling rack on a large baking tray. If you don’t have a wire rack, line a large baking tray with white parchment paper (white paper helps prevent the slices from browning or burning as quickly).
Wash and dry the oranges. Thinly cut the oranges with a sharp, serrated knife or Mandoline slicer into ¼”-⅛” slices.
Place the slices in a single layer on the wire rack or the parchment. If the slices are very juicy, gently pat them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Bake the slices at 175F for 3-4 hours, flipping every 30 minutes.
Air Fryer Instructions:
Preheat the air fryer to 180F (80C), or the lowest temperature it will go to.
Line your air fryer basket with air fryer parchment paper.
Wash and dry the oranges. Thinly cut the oranges with a sharp, serrated knife or Mandoline slicer into ¼”-⅛” slices.
Place the slices in a single layer on the air fryer basket. If the slices are very juicy, gently pat them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Air fry the orange slices at 180F for 1 hour- 1 hour 30 minutes, flipping every 30 minutes.
Dehydrator Instructions:
Preheat the dehydrator to 135F (60C).
Wash and dry the oranges. Thinly cut the oranges with a sharp, serrated knife or Mandoline slicer into ⅛” slices.
Place the slices in a single layer on the dehydrator racks.
Dehydrate the orange slices at 135F for 6 - 9 hours.
Tips
  • Dried Lemons- Oven 2-3 hours / Air Fryer 45 mins-1 hour
  • Dried Limes- Oven 2-3 hours / Air Fryer 45 mins-1 hour
  • Dried Blood, Cara Cara, or Navel Oranges- Oven 3-4 hours / Air Fryer 1 hour - 1.5 hours
  • Dried Grapefruit- Oven 4-5+ hours / Air Fryer 1.5 hours - 2 hours
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