Orange Rice Recipe

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Orange Rice- a little citrus flavor gives this easy and inexpensive side dish a bright color and a fresh taste.

Orange Rice in a blue bowl with orange segments around edge.

 

It’s amazing how a few extra ingredients can really elevate the flavor of white rice. This rice truly tastes gourmet and it goes with everything from pork to chicken and seafood. The orange flavor is definitely there but it is not overpowering and it gives the rice just a hint of sweetness.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Butter– the butter is used to saute the onion and it adds flavor to the rice.
  • Onion– it’s finely diced so it adds flavor without being overly noticeable. I use sweet onion,  but you can use yellow or white onion or a shallot.
  • Orange Zest– just a little zest gives the rice a bright, fresh flavor.
  • Orange Juice– adds flavor and functions as part of the cooking liquid for the rice.
  • Salt– don’t skimp on the salt. Oftentimes rice tastes bland because not enough salt has been added.
  • Thyme– just a pinch for extra flavor. You can use fresh instead of dried, but double the amount.
  • Long Grain Rice

Rice in a bowl with orange slices next to it.

 

Orange Rice Recipe Tips:

For even more flavor, you can cook the rice in chicken broth instead of water. Reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

Let the rice rest for 5 minutes with the lid on after you cook it. Then fluff it with a fork.

Storage

Leftovers will save for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, sprinkle a little water on top and place a damp paper towel over it. Microwave until warm.

Orange Rice in blue bowl with orange segments.

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Orange Rice in a blue bowl with orange segments around edge.

Orange Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 237kcal
Orange Rice- a little citrus flavor gives this easy and inexpensive side dish a bright color and a fresh taste.
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and cook until tender.
  • Add orange zest, water, orange juice, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal

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