39 Amazing Orange Pairings For You To Try
· April 4, 2021

What goes well with Orange?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Orange. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Bacon

    E.g. Orange glazed bacon .Transform your bacon by applying a simple glaze created with the juice of fresh oranges and honey. Stick the rashers in the oven and roast.

  • Beef

    E.g. Beef Daube Provencal.A great example of this pairing is the Chinese dish Orange Beef; a stir-fry of thinly sliced beef, orange zest, and soy sauce. But it is the French dish Beef Daube Provencal that I want to use to illustrate this pairing. It is an easy-to-make braised beef dish that is cooked entirely in one single pot. Stewing beef and orange zest are slowly cooked over several hours in white wine along with olives, tomatoes, and aromatics. If you are feeling a little extravagant, you can even add a little cognac. The result is a satisfying dish with tender, flavorful beef and undertones of orange. You can learn how to make it at the amazing French Cooking Academy channel.

  • Beetroot

    E.g. Beet, Orange and Black Olive Salad.In his book,"Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi" , Yotam Ottolenghi creates a beautiful and vibrant salad with these two flavors and adds olives as an accent flavor. Olives by the way are an excellent pairing with oranges.

    The mild sweetness of beets offers an ideal background for the intensity of sharp orange and salty olive, creating an unusual yet delicious salad. Yotam Ottolenghi - "Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi"

    The 3 ingredients are combined with a little red onion, parsley, grapeseed oil, orange flower water, red wine vinegar and finally seasoned lightly with salt and black pepper.

  • Black Bean

    E.g. Orange-infused black bean soup.Another surprising pairing - oranges and beans. However, there is no shortage of recipes using them together. You can find them in salads, stews and soups with orange acting as a vibrant accent to the deep earthy flavours of the black beans.

    Alexandra from Alexandra Cooks has this to say about the two.

    Several years ago, while cooking my way through the soup chapter of Twelve Recipes, I discovered Cal Peternell’s black bean soup. What I loved about the recipe was the simplicity of the flavors: sautéed onion and garlic, toasted cumin seed and crushed red pepper flakes. But there was an element of surprise, too, lent by the zest of an orange. Somehow, through all of the bold, beany flavors, the citrusy brightness prevailed.

  • Carrot

    E.g. Orange glazed carrots.Sweet tender carrots glazed in a tangy-sweet orange glaze. This is an unusual pairing but works through contrast rather than harmony.

  • Cheddar

    E.g. Tangy cheese on toast.Sounds revolting mixing jam and cheese but this is so easy to make you might as well give it a go.

    Make your cheese on toast as you normally would but this time spread a little marmalade on it (start with just one corner first if you are not convinced). The stronger the cheddar the better so you get a really good sweet and sour contrast.

  • Chicken

    E.g. Asian orange chicken.In this American take on a traditional Chinese dish, chopped chicken is coated in batter, fried and then coated in a thick, sweet and spicy orange flavored sauce and stir fried until it caramelizes.

    Unlike the Chinese original that called for dried citrus zest, an ingredient sold everywhere in China, the western version uses the more readily available fresh zest of oranges or tangerines and their juices.

  • Cranberry

    E.g. Sex on the Beach cocktail.The cocktail that would always guarantee a chuckle when ordered; well, it would if you are immature like me. For a really good Sex on the Beach, chuckle, you only need four ingredients; the two featured in this very pairing in the form of orange juice and cranberry juice; one part of peach schnapps; and three parts of vodka.

  • Olive

    E.g. Orange and olive salad.Think salads are boring? Then try sticking some fruit in it... hoooly moooly this stuff is off the hook!

    The basic idea behind using fruit in salads is to keep it simple. Pick your fruit first then slowly build up a combo of matching greens, nuts or cheeses. You want the fruit to be the star of the show so don't bother trying to invent some clever dressing. Instead use a simple home made vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, salt and if possible mix in a little juice from the fruit.

    One great fruit to use in salads just so happens to be oranges. One, they add much needed color to a boring limp green salad; two, they taste bloody amazing.

    They do need to be lovingly prepared however. No one wants to start eating a salad only to take a bite into that horribly bitter stringy white crap that oranges are covered in. So do a google on how peel an orange first.

    When you have done that, add them to a plate of thinly sliced red onion and black olives. Just imagine all their colors - yummmy! Finish by drizzling your dressing from above and shazaaam!!!

  • Pistachio

    E.g. Qatayef.There’s no shortage of baking recipes for these two, but I’d like to illustrate these two with a more exotic desert called Qatayef from the Middle East. These are little pancakes stuffed with ricotta-like cheese, crushed green pistachios, and drizzled over with a syrup heavily scented from orange blossom water. Light and sweet, they make for a tasty quick snack and are traditionally served during Ramadan.

  • Whiskey

    E.g. Orange and malt whiskey marmalade .A lovely treat for a winter's breakfast. A good cup of coffee and two slices of wholewheat toast with orange and whiskey marmalade. Sweet Seville oranges backed by the deep firey flavours of malt whiskey.

    There are a lot of makers of this type of marmalade but my personal favourite is Tiptree's. Although slightly more expensive than regular store brands, they are famous for adding far more fruit in their jams than the competition. Their fans include James Bond and the Queen herself.