Orange Blossom Rice

Orange Blossom Rice

Arroz con Flor de Azahar y Pepitas
6 to 8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken broth, orange, orange blossom water, pati's mexican table, pepitas, pumpkin seeds, rice, scallions
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Orange Blossom Rice recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 2 “Adventures in San Miguel”


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 tablespoons corn or safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 4 cups chicken broth, store-bought or homemade, or veggie broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water, or the rind of an orange (trying to get the least amount of white pith, mostly the orange peel), agua de naranjo o de azahar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw and hulled pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted

To Prepare

  • Place rice in a bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for about 5 minutes. Strain and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear; drain well. If you don’t have time to soak and drain the rice, you can skip this step…
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan or casserole, over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring often, until the rice becomes milky white and feels heavy in the pan as you stir, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the scallions and stir and cook until softened, 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, orange blossom water or orange peel, salt and stir. When the mixture starts to boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat to lowest setting and cook until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • If the rice grains don't seem soft and cooked through, add a bit more chicken stock or water and let it cook for another 5 more minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  • Serve and decorate with the lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.

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  1. Patti, this rice dish is unlike what I have made before. Love orange flavoring and toasted pumpkin seeds. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Sylvieann, xo