Festive Orange Rice Recipe - Delicious & Flavorful Dish

Festive Orange Rice

Festive Orange Rice Recipe - Delicious & Flavorful Dish
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Festive Orange Rice
Festive Orange Rice

Festive Orange Rice is a delightful and flavorful dish that is perfect for special occasions or holiday gatherings. The combination of citrusy orange flavor with savory rice creates a unique and delicious side dish that will impress your guests.


This recipe is inspired by traditional rice dishes from various cultures that incorporate citrus fruits for a burst of flavor. Oranges have long been used in cooking to add brightness and tanginess to dishes, and this Festive Orange Rice recipe is a modern twist on those classic flavors.


How to prepare

  1. In a saucepan, sauté onion and celery in margarine until they become tender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice becomes tender.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and lightly toss the mixture with a fork.
  5. Cover the saucepan again and let the rice stand until it becomes dry, which should take about 5 to 10 minutes.


  • Add in some toasted nuts or dried fruit for added texture and sweetness.
  • Swap out the orange juice for pineapple juice for a tropical twist.
  • Mix in some cooked shrimp or chicken for a complete meal.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to sauté the onion and celery until they are tender to release their flavors.

- Be careful not to overcook the rice, as it can become mushy. Keep an eye on it while simmering.

- For a more intense orange flavor, you can add more orange juice or orange zest to the dish.

- Feel free to customize the recipe by adding in your favorite herbs or spices for an extra kick of flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Festive Orange Rice as a side dish to roasted chicken, grilled fish, or a hearty salad. It pairs well with a variety of proteins and vegetables.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making Festive Orange Rice is to sauté the onion and celery until they are tender before adding in the rice and liquid. This helps to build flavor and ensure that the rice cooks evenly.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have margarine, you can use butter or olive oil as a substitute. You can also use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make Festive Orange Rice ahead of time and reheat it before serving. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish Festive Orange Rice with fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, for a pop of color. Serve it in a decorative bowl or on a platter for a festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Festive Orange Rice with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, to complement the citrus flavors. It also pairs well with a light beer or sparkling water.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Festive Orange Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 210 per serving


Carbohydrates: 35g per serving


Total Fat: 6g per serving

Saturated Fat: 1g per serving


Protein: 3g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 30% of daily value per serving

Iron: 6% of daily value per serving


This recipe contains dairy (margarine) and may contain gluten (rice). Please check for allergens before consuming.


Festive Orange Rice is a nutritious side dish that is low in calories and high in Vitamin C. It is a great source of carbohydrates and provides a good amount of iron.


Festive Orange Rice is a flavorful and vibrant side dish that is perfect for special occasions or holiday gatherings. With a burst of citrusy orange flavor and savory rice, this dish is sure to impress your guests and become a new favorite in your recipe collection.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. The vibrant orange color of the rice, the sweet and tangy aroma of the oranges, and the festive feel of the dish all seemed to beckon me to try it out. I had learned the recipe for Festive Orange Rice from my dear friend Maria, who had picked it up from her travels to India.

Maria had a way of making even the simplest of dishes seem exotic and special. She had a knack for combining flavors and ingredients in a way that was both unexpected and delightful. And when she shared her recipe for Festive Orange Rice with me, I knew I had to give it a try.

The first step in making the dish was to gather all the necessary ingredients. I gathered together some basmati rice, a few juicy oranges, some fragrant spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and a handful of nuts and raisins. As I began to prepare the dish, I could already feel the anticipation building.

I started by cooking the rice in a mixture of water and freshly squeezed orange juice. The citrusy aroma of the oranges filled the kitchen, mingling with the warm spices to create a tantalizing scent that made my mouth water. As the rice cooked, I toasted the nuts and raisins in a pan until they were golden and fragrant.

Once the rice was cooked and fluffy, I added the toasted nuts and raisins, along with a generous sprinkling of freshly grated orange zest. The bright orange color of the rice was now punctuated with bits of golden nuts and plump raisins, creating a visually stunning dish that looked as festive as it tasted.

As I took my first bite of the Festive Orange Rice, I was transported to a world of exotic flavors and aromas. The sweet and tangy oranges paired perfectly with the warm spices, creating a dish that was both comforting and invigorating. The nuts added a satisfying crunch, while the raisins provided bursts of sweetness that contrasted beautifully with the citrusy notes of the dish.

I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my repertoire, a dish that I would turn to time and time again for special occasions and festive gatherings. And as I shared the recipe with my family and friends, I could see the same spark of excitement in their eyes that I had felt when I first discovered it.

In the years that followed, I continued to make Festive Orange Rice for all manner of celebrations, from birthdays to holidays to simple Sunday dinners. Each time I prepared the dish, I would think back to that first time I saw the recipe and how it had captivated me with its promise of exotic flavors and festive flair.

And as I passed the recipe on to my grandchildren, I knew that it would continue to be a beloved tradition in our family for generations to come. Just as I had learned the recipe from my dear friend Maria, they too would learn it from me, carrying on the legacy of Festive Orange Rice and the joy it brought to our family's table.


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