6 Tangelo Twists on Classic Orange Dishes

Tangelos are a breath of fresh air in the citrus world because of their ability to create an eating experience that’s familiar yet unique. They’re juicy and sweet like tangerines but hide a flowery tartness that sets them apart. This delicate balance means that they can be substituted into classic orange dishes for an alternative journey that doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expect.

Tangelo Orange Juice

Let’s start with the obvious. We love orange juice, you love orange juice, but that doesn’t mean we’re afraid of shaking things up from time to time. Tangelos are an excellent juicing fruit because their juice content is seriously high, plus they have just the right amount of sweetness. Simply grab a juicer and get cracking. 

Tangelo Mimosa

Once you squeeze out some delicious tangelo juice, the natural next step is to pop it into a mimosa and serve alongside your best avocado toast. The flowery tartness is a great counterpart to the dry sweetness of champagne and the juice looks delicious in a glass. Use this recipe from Bee Sweet Citrus as inspiration. 

Tangelo Parfait

If that’s not enough morning goodness for you, try sprucing up an everyday breakfast parfait with fresh tangelo slices! The fruit pairs well with common parfait ingredients like bananas, strawberries, and granola, so you can add it to your normal recipe with little alteration. Get started here.

  • Pro Tip: Looking for something a little unexpected? Try throwing kiwi, apples, and almonds into the mix!

Tangelo Creamsicles

Bring a refined twist to a childhood favorite with tangelo creamsicles! We’re big fans of this dessert because it’s super easy to make, tastes great, and gives you the opportunity to use any leftover tangelo juice. Simply pour milk, tangelo juice, and vanilla extract into a popsicle mold and freeze.

Tangelo Chicken

We don’t mean to offend any orange chicken lovers out there, but tangelo chicken is making a serious run for the crown. The added tartness of tangelos adds serious depth to the Asian classic without sacrificing the syrupy sweetness that makes the dish so popular. Add some to noodles or fried rice for a dependable main. 

Tangelo Upside Down Cake

Orange upside down cakes are undoubtably classic, but we’d argue that they’re primed and ready for a modern reimagining. Substituting tangelos brings a complex sweetness to the table while retaining the caramelized goodness of classic upside down cakes. For added layers of texture, be sure to add pine nuts, raisins or almonds to your cake! Work off this recipe from the citrus masters at Sunkist to get started.