25 Orange Recipes Sure to Brighten Any Meal
Oranges are the stars of the produce aisle come winter, and they couldn't be more versatile. Whether you're using the juice, zest, or fruit itself, the stalwart citrus lends itself well to all kinds of sweet and savory dishes, from showstopping cakes to weeknight chicken dinners. Here are our favorite recipes showcasing oranges.
In Season: Oranges are at their peak between December and April. Since oranges keep well in cold storage, they can be found in supermarkets throughout the year.
What to Look For: The most common variety of orange for eating is the navel orange, so named because the blossom end often resembles a navel. The skin of a ripe navel orange ranges in color from deep orange to yellow-green. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size and free of soft spots.
How to Store: Oranges can be stored at room temperature for several days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Olive-Topped Orange Slices
This Mediterranean-inspired appetizer mixes the lively flavors of oranges, Castelvetrano olives, fresh mint, and Aleppo pepper. Lemon juice, olive oil, and flaky salt round out the dish.
Orange-Barley Pound Cake
Barley flour, cream cheese, and orange zest elevate the humble pound cake. Finish with a simple orange liqueur-spiked glaze and more freshly grated zest.
Root-Vegetable Soup with Orange, Ginger, and Tarragon
Orange juice and zest and freshly grated ginger wake up this creamy pureed soup. Garnish with orange segments, tarragon, and cracked pepper for a stunning presentation.
Roasted Chicken with Dates, Citrus, and Olives
Have you tried roasting citrus yet? It's a revelation, especially when served with a whole bird. Pair the juice with white wine, dates, green olives, and thyme for an irresistible pan sauce.
Orange Wheat Shandy
Freshly squeezed orange juice plays nicely with wheat beer -- to say nothing of the optional almond extract. Serve with sliced oranges.
Orange and Parsley Salad
Jasmine Tea and Orange Juice
This riff on an Arnold Palmer couldn't be easier to put together. Just mix OJ with freshly brewed jasmine tea and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Passover Chocolate-Walnut Cake with Orange
This leavening-free cake relies on whipped egg whites for its light, tender crumb. Oranges pull double duty here -- fresh juice and zest go into the batter, and thinly sliced rounds are used to decorate the cake.
Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and Bacon
Roast brussels sprouts, oranges, and bacon on the same baking sheet with a little oil and salt for an effortless side dish. The sweet caramelized oranges cut the porky richness beautifully.
Maple syrup and oranges make surprisingly delicious partners in this easy granita. Layer it with cardamom-spiced sour cream and orange segments for a healthy, lip-smacking dessert.
Green Salad with Citrus Dressing
A side salad becomes way more interesting with the addition of orange and grapefruit segments, thinly sliced red onion, and a creamy, citrusy yogurt dressing.
Orange-and-Honey Glazed Pork Chops
Avocado, Beet, and Orange Salad
Fresh greens can be sparse during citrus season, but salad is still an enticing option with this nutrient-dense plate.
Sweet-and-Sour Orange Chicken Wings
Seeking a lighter chicken wing to balance out your game-day menu? Look no further than these baked wings tossed with orange slices and a sherry-vinegar reduction.
Buckwheat Waffles with Fresh Ricotta and Citrus
Champagne-And-Orange Granita Cocktail
Like a fancier mimosa! Fresh orange juice and sugar are transformed into a refreshing granita then topped off with champagne and a touch of elderflower liqueur.
Salmon with Fennel, Bell Pepper, Olives, and Oranges
This one-pan dinner, bright with Mediterranean flavor, cooks in just 10 minutes. You can eat the cooked oranges, peels and all, or squeeze the juice over the fish.
Fresh Orange and Yogurt Tart
Classic Seville Orange Marmalade
Shallots, Shrimp, and Oranges with Apricot Glaze
Orange Cream Pavlova
Melt-in-your-mouth meringue is piled high with orange curd, whipped cream, and white chocolate shavings -- a grown-up take on the Creamsicle.
Chicken with Couscous and Orange
This Moroccan-inspired meal comes together in minutes thanks to quick-cooking couscous and supermarket rotisserie chicken. Pistachios, fresh mint, and succulent oranges make for a dish that's more exotic than everyday.
Watermelon, Orange, and Feta Salad
Sweet and salty, this salad delivers a serious punch of flavor.