Orange Risotto Recipe

Orange Risotto Recipe

By 01/01/2013

Happy new year!

A new year has begun and it is time to feel inspired!

I spent new year's eve in Italy and enjoyed a rich and tasty fish based "cenone" with plenty of food and drink, so much to explode!

So I started new year's day with a light risotto using some aromatic Sicilian oranges which are at their best now.

This is a very straightforward dish. A light risotto with a delicate aroma of orange. You will use the zest as well as the juice so it would be best to use an organic orange.

This will go well with a nice white and fruity wine.


  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20-25 minutes



Wash the orange. With a potato peeler scrape the zest off the orange; do not remove the white as it is bitter.

Squeeze the orange and keep the juice aside. Cut the zest into small sticks and put it into hot boiling water for a minute then drain it.

Peel and cut the onion finely and stir fry it in a pan with two tbsp of olive oil. Add the rice and toast it for a few minutes. Add the wine, salt and then the orange juice.

Dissolve the stock cube into the hot water.

Cook the rice according to packet instructions whilst stirring all the time, adding the broth from time to time as the water dries out. Add more hot water if needed.
Just a few minutes before the end of the cooking add the orange zest, finely chopped chives and pepper.

Switch the heat off, add the butter and the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Orange Risotto Recipe

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8 Responses to Orange Risotto Recipe

  1. Mich Piece of Cake

    This looks so refreshing as a light meal. Love the flavours. Wishing you and your family a happy new year, Alida.

  2. unikorna

    What an exotic recipe, Alida. You are a constant source of culinary marvels :). I wish you a lovely new year to you and your family. I simply love the flash thingy you have on the top of your blog which presents random photos of random posts, please Alida can you tell me how can I add one too?

    • Alida

      Thank you Petronela. The photos display belongs to the actual site template and I did not add it manually. But I am sure you can get slideshows for websites. Sorry I cannot help!
      I wish you a wonderful year!

  3. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This looks fresh a delicious. xo Catherine

    • Alida

      Thanks Catherine! xx

  4. KT

    When you say stock cube, may I know which flavour do you mean?

    • Alida

      I usually prefer using vegetable stock.

  5. Bill

    We will try this recipe for sure. We now live in Portugal and I had orange risotto with Duck at a restaurant in Estoril and it was outstanding. One of the best dishes that I’ve ever eaten.

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