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Orange Blossom Rice

Orange Blossom Rice

Arroz con Flor de Azahar y Pepitas

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.50 from 6 votes


  • 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.


13comments inOrange Blossom Rice

  1. Ana Valdez

    Mar 27

    O voy preparar, gracias Pati. Amo tus recetas

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Que amable Ana, mil gracias, ojala que te guste 😉

  2. Leonor

    Jan 25

    Beautiful rice, I’m making some tonight! Thanks for your wonderful recipes!!

    1. Pati

      Jan 25

      Thank YOU Leonor!

  3. Leonor

    Jan 25

    Lovely idea, I’m making it today!

    1. Pati

      Jan 25


  4. Raja

    Mar 21

    Looks yummy and can’t wait to try…. Out of curiosity, where would you get orange blossom water?

    1. Pati

      Mar 23

      Try a speciality food market or online.

    2. Anonymous

      Feb 17

      Middle Eastern market for sure.

  5. Concerned Citizen

    Jun 20

    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

    1. Pati

      Jun 30


  6. rose sanchez

    Nov 19

    I like all the recipes in your show.

    1. Pati

      Nov 19

      Thank you!

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