Orange Vanilla Flan

Orange Vanilla Flan

Flan de Naranja con Vainilla
10 individual flans
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: evaporated milk, flan, mexican vanilla, orange, orange juice, pati's mexican table, Sweetened Condensed Milk, vanilla
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Orange Vanilla Flan recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 1 “Born in The Kitchen”


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 12- ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 14- ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Orange sections or supremes, for garnish

To Prepare

  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium-low heat, heat sugar, stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula, for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until fully dissolved and caramel colored. Quickly pour onto bottom of individual ramekins, swirling around the bottom to coat each one.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In the jar of a blender, or in a mixing bowl stirring energetically with a whisk, combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla. Pour into prepared ramekins and place them in a large baking dish or roasting pan; fill the roasting pan with hot water to about 1-inch depth. Cover the roasting pan lightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the aluminum foil, and let cool. Remove each ramekin from the water bath, I use a pair of tongs to do so. Let the flans cool completely before covering with plastic wrap and placing in the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  • When ready to eat, run a small knife around the edge of each flan. Invert dessert plate over ramekin, flip over and shake slightly to release. Leave the ramekin on top of the flan for a minute or so, so all of the caramel sauce can run over the flan. You may garnish with orange sections.

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  1. Hola Pati, I made this recipe of vanilla orange flan for my husband, he absolutely loved it. He doesn’t really like flan, but this recipe changed his mind. Such a GREAT recipe. Thank you

  2. Hi Patti, I do not have ramekins morning can afford them. Can I put the flan in a ceramic pie dish instead of in individual dish? Thank you and I’m making your pozole next weekend! My mom is from MichoacanMexico 🇲🇽 so I hope it’s as good as hers!!!

  3. Flan is absolutely my favorite dessert. Can’t wait to try this once the quarantine is lifted. It’s way too much for just me, but I’ll make it to share as soon as that is possible. It sounds delicious. Thank you.

  4. Hola Pati, Happy Easter! I followed all the instructions and is already 50 minutes of baking the flan. I took it out the oven and it’s still so liquid. I don’t know what went wrong. The water didn’t get in to the flan. 🙁 Sad, all my family was expecting to have this flan for dessert tonight.

    1. Hi Fabiola, thanks for your message, sorry your flan did not come out as expected 🙁 The only thing that comes to mind is that maybe the temperature in your oven was too low? Sometimes it happens that each oven warms up differently. Now, also remember that as it cools down the flan sets a bit and even more while in the fridge.

  5. Hola! We have 3 boys like yourself and we especially Iove the shows where you include your sons. With the flan, the caramel was a bit of a challenge when the sugar crystallized so we made a second batch and added some lemon juice and it worked. We also just used tap water and forgot that you had said hot water. But even with all that,, the flans came out great…very creamy and delicious. Muchas gracias!

  6. ¡Sabroso! Great recipe. Gracias por la receta. Orange flan with ground almonds is also a wonderful dessert. Ana Bensadon’s book, Dulce lo vivas has a fine recipe. The estimable Claudia Rosen has published another. Love the tv show. Keep producing those programs! Could you do a show demonstrating the Sephardic and Srabic elements in Mexican cooking and how and why they blended so beautifully with the indigenous?

  7. Turned out beautiful. I was impressed how good it looked, but I wasn’t crazy about the orange flavor. Maybe just vanilla or maybe coffee flavor. A great recipe.

  8. Hola Pati!

    I followed your recipe but my flan came out so textured and bubbly, as if the eggs had scrambled! What should I do to avoid this next time?


    1. Hmmm I’m sorry to hear this, Dani. When setting up your water bath make sure to pour in about 1-inch of hot water, so that the temperature is right and the flan will cook properly.

  9. Hi Pati!
    I made this recipe earlier today, exactly as written, however it seems as though the eggs had scrambled in the oven! The texture came out bubbly and soft instead of silky and smooth! Do you have any tips for why this may have happened, or how to fix it for next time?
    Thank you!

    1. Oh make sure you have got a water bath, Elizabeth, that way the temperature is right and the flan will cook evenly.

  10. I’ve had this in the oven for a whole hour now and it is still quite liquidy. I am quite sure I didn’t get any water in the custard. Has this not happened to anyone else??

    1. Oh no…maybe the water from the water bath got into flan molds? Or maybe the temperature in the oven was a bit low? I hope you give it another try, Rachel.

  11. Hola Pati!!!
    Esta fue la primera receta que he tratado de tu programa. Me quedaron deliciosos! Me pareces encantadora, y espero que sigas con tu fabuloso show! Seguire tratando mas de tus recetas. Arriba Mexico!

  12. I live in Mexico and the cans of evaporated and condensed milk are smaller should icutthe numbers of eggs to 5 and use less oranage juice?

    1. This makes about 10 servings, so I would cut the recipe in half…you’ll then have enough for two and few left over for the next day :).

  13. Pati – This looks delicious, I want to make this recipe but will this work in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish?

  14. Hello Pati,
    My nine year old daughter and I are making Mexican Flan for her school project, I watch your show often on “Create;” and, have seen you make this particular dish. Unfortunately we didn’t have the foresight to make a test flan, so we are cooking by the seat of our pants. Sincerely yours, Don.

  15. Hi Pati, Do you think I could substitute Splenda in any or all of your recipes? Also, wjen will we have the pleasure of seeing you on TV again?

    Many thanks

    1. Hola Helen,
      Thanks for asking: New season comes out this spring, in just a few weeks! You can check your local tv listings for schedule, but I look forward to sharing all the new episodes with you!
      And yes, you can substitute with any sweetener of your choice, however, amounts may vary, test to see how much you want to add.

  16. You make everything looks effortless when you are cooking and this is the first time I really wanted to check out a cooking website and try exploring some of the recipes. I look forward to trying some of the recipes!

  17. Nos encanta tu programa Pati. Vamos a intentar hacer tu flan hoy en la tarde, esperemos nos salga bien. Te dejamos saber 🙂

  18. Hi Pati,
    First time today I have seen your show. I watched it with my 85 year old grandma who is visiting me from Guadalajara. I feel in love with the simplicity of your cooking, but I know based on your ingredients they are full of flavor and it’s the real deal.
    15 minutes after the show ended I realized I had all the ingredients to make the flan and asked my grandma to help. So an hour later here we are waiting for our flans to cool and for the smell of it they will be delicious.
    Thank you so much for the recipe, I look forward to seeing more of your shows.
    And thanks for allowing me to bond with my grandmother over some Mexican cooking.

    1. Hola Liz, Love hearing that you are cooking with your grandma! I’m so happy that you found my show; thank you for writing to me!

  19. Paty,de verdad que me sorprendio!! gracias por todas esas resetas que francamente solo de ver se antojan!!Yo soy de la Ciudad de Puebla y conozco ” La Pasita”, le agradeceria enormemente me dijera como puedo encontrar la reseta de la crema con tequila para el flan,por favor!!!! Le deseo lo mejor,para Ud y su familia,Feliz Navidad!!! y que el proximo año traiga para Ud y su familia,Paz Amor,Trabajo y muchas mas Bendiciones!!

    1. Gracias Margarita,
      Lo único que tienes que hacer es batir una taza de heavy whipping cream con un par de cucharadas de confectioners´sugar y tequila al gusto (1 par de cucharadas no más!)

  20. Patti I wanted to spend a moment of my time to let you know how much I appreciate you & your show. I have tried many of your recipes & have implemented them into our daily lives. Wishing you the most healty, happy, joyful holiday season & a spirited New Year. All my best Sunnie.
    P.S. If you come to Az, look me up. hehehehe

  21. Hi Pati 🙂

    I’m a new watcher but have already tried some of your recipes, every one was delicious! Next I’m going to try the decadent Mac and Cheese Mexicano!

    I think your show is one of the most engaging cooking shows I’ve ever seen, so please keep the recipes and cooking tips coming.

    Cheers! Nan

    1. Hola Nan, Thank you so much for your message! You must try the Mac ‘n Cheese — let me know what you think.

  22. Teaser, I haven’t made the flan YET, omg I tasted a flan the other day and had to get a DD to “cleanse” lol.Glad to get this noti…was in a rant about being unemployed still after soooo many “potential” scenarios lately….it brought a 🙂 , right now I have some cheapy rib tips that I plan to wrap in hoja de plantanos with beers and MAGGI ( took me 4ever to find) and put in spices and chilies and I’m taking those suckers to the next beachfest….Miss u Pati, can’t wait for some new shows…my friends just look at me with that OMG this is goood loook.

  23. I love your show love your personality, made your orange flan 6x already! I have over 2000 cookbooks and a whole room devoted to cooking equiptment, pots pans etc like a store, I watch every cooking show on tv andhave all the chefs cookbooks, I am a cook a holic! Love your recipes and how you show them you are soo down to earth, your wonderful, hope you stay on forever.

  24. I cannot wait to make this flan! My mother never liked it growing up so therefor I never got to try flan. Thanks for the recipe…no doubt I will love it!

  25. I don’t have ramikins so I used a bunt pan & cooked it for 1hr & 25mins, then let it cool, then inverted it. Most of the sugar remained on in the bunt pan eventhough I sprayed it with cooking spray but that’s ok with me it still came out delicious.

  26. I wanted to know if I made flan in a baking dish instead of in the ramekins would it come out the same way? I don’t have any ramekins and I am planning to make the flan using your recipe this weekend.

  27. hola paty me encanta mirar tu show,quisiera q te pasaran mas veces al dia por q aveces tengo problemas con el horario, eres la major de toda la programasion y me atreveria a desir de mexico tambien, gracias por todas tus ricas recetas, que Dios t bendiga y te cuide a ti y a toda tu familia, grcias.

  28. I’ve been watching your show perhaps since the begining…great effort. Recently caught the orange vanilla flan episode and said to myself “I can make that”…looked easy and sooo good. I am Hispanic too and grew up with the whole flan mystique and complejos…Only Dona X’s flan is worthy, lol. Well not anymore cause ima get this dish down pack and make it mine. Thank You. BTW I love all the artesan wares you use, makes me wanna go shopping again in Mexico (at least there’s this local store in the Bronx that has artesan nicknacks…I think I shall get that platter).

  29. Hola Pati!
    Me gusta tu programa y tus recetas de cocina que son faciles de preparar. Tengo una pregunta acerca de la receta del flan. Si no tengo Los moldes individuales. Puedo ponerlo en un refractario de 9″?

  30. Hola Patti,

    I love watching your show on Create/PBS.
    I do not eat many Mexican dishes, but am inspired to begin with some basic recipes. I am single so I wonder if I can just reduce recipes by half. I want to try your recipe for Orange Vanilla Flan. Is it possible to reduce this recipe?
    I really enjoy your spirit, personality, and how you speak so lovingly to your pappi (April 12, 2014 episode).


    1. Hola Laurena, I’m so happy you are planning to try some of my recipes! You may reduce any of my recipes by half…orange vanilla flan, too! Thank you so much for your message…

  31. Your recipes are absolutely delicious! My brothers fiancé is from Mexico City and when they came to town last week I made your beef guisado with salsa verde! It was absolutely phenomenal! Thank you very much for be so beautiful and sweet!

  32. Dear Pati:

    I have watched your TV show on ‘Create’ for a few weeks now. I love your recipes, I love your accent, and I love your family too. Your presentation is flawless, and lovely to see.

    Today, 4/10/14 I viewed your recipe for the Tuna Casserole. I’m eager to try this recipe. I think I may make individual puff pastry turnovers with the filling instead of a large casserole.

    I have a question about this lovely orange flan: What size ramekins may I use with this recipe? How generous may I go?

    Also, do you have a chocolate flan with orange recipe? I love dark chocolate with orange flavoring….just a thought.

    I look forward to reviewing your website in depth. I’m sure there are several delicious recipes awaiting me.

    Thank you for your hard work and for sharing a glimpse of your family life with us.

    Have a lovely Easter holiday too.

    Gratefully, Leah

    1. Leah,
      Thank you so much for your sweet message! The ramekins I use, fit a half a cup. You can use bigger or smaller, but the yield will change a bit. I think the individual tuna casseroles sounds like a great idea: you may want to make them empanadas then, may be less work:
      I love the idea of a chocolate and orange flan recipe: it is on my list!
      Thank you so much for watching the show, P

    1. Hola Claudia, You can omit the orange without changing the measurements. However, you may end up with a smaller yield – perhaps 8 or 9 flans instead of 10.

  33. Thank you for the great recipes. We love Mexican food, can’t wait to start trying them. They look so delicious and full of flavor.