11 best blood orange recipes to brighten up winter
Blood orange season spans from December through to May, but the fruit is at its most plentiful in January and February here in the UK. The three varieties of blood orange, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello vary in colour and flavour, with the Moro being the darkest and Tarocco the sweetest.
Fun fact: the citrus fruit’s distinct crimson colour can vary in depth – it develops its hue when night temperatures drop to -1 or -2°C. Make the most of the beautiful fruit with our 11 best blood orange recipes below.
Our best-ever blood orange recipes…
A loud and proud cheesecake is always impressive, and slicing into this blood orange and caramel topped cake is a true thrill. The hazelnut and hobnob crust is a satisfying counter-note to the sweet and sharp oranges.
Blood orange in a salad is a wonderful thing. Enter, our mackerel, blood orange and walnut salad. The sharp, mustardy dressing brings everything together and the chorizo adds salty umami.
In this recipe, blood oranges are encased in a buttery pastry with hazelnut frangipane and then served with cardamom cream. This dessert serves 8 and is an ideal finisher for your next winter dinner party.
This simple and easy salad recipe can be bulked up for a lunch with grains or bread, or served as a side dish to meat or fish. Whoever said winter isn’t the time for salads was wrong!
If you’re a lover of marmalade, you might be tempted to mix up your usual Seville orange recipe with this number, which will have you enjoying blood oranges long past their seasonal peak. Unopened jars will keep for up to 6 months.
This creamy orange curd requires just 4 ingredients. Use it to accompany these rose and almond puddings or try it instead of lemon curd in this vibrant cheesecake. This recipe only uses egg yolks, but leftover whites freeze well for future use.
Liven up a crumble with two of nature’s most crimson fruits: blood orange and rhubarb. This is a real game-changing pud for a winter’s night, and it’s perfect with a scoop of ice cream or a serving of custard.
Is there anything more refreshing to finish a meal with than sorbet? In this delightful dessert, boozy caramel oranges accompany fresh blood orange sorbet, which takes only 15 minutes to make. Dinner guests will be chuffed.
This chicken dish by Diana Henry is a wonderful use of the fruit. It’s a treat eaten fresh from the oven, warm, with crusty bread to soak up any juices.
This updated take on the traditional steamed pudding stars blood oranges and Campari, and can even be cooked in the microwave for a quick and easy hack. Serve with proper custard for the ultimate comfort dish.
These jellies make a great vehicle for blood orange’s citrussy flavour, and served with zesty orange madeleines they make a light make-ahead dessert for after a heavy meal.
Haven’t spotted something that takes your eye? Fear not, we’ve got more orange recipes that await you here…
Subscribe to our magazine
Subscribe to delicious. magazine for HALF PRICESubscribe
Join our newsletter
Packed with menu ideas, recipes, latest competitions and more...