When it comes to food, blood orange is the new black

Blood oranges, with their sweet, raspberry-like flavour underpinned with a zesty citrus zing, are the fruit of the moment. Not only do they look incredible, they also give all kinds of wondrous taste sensations to sweet and savoury dishes. 


Originating from Spain and Sicily, blood oranges produce a deep ruby-red juice. While their taste isn't worlds apart from their less fancy orange sister, blood oranges have a distinct flavour that makes a rich addition to salads, cocktails, desserts and much more. They're in season from December through to May, so get your fix while you can.


We've rounded up some our favourite blood orange recipes, from starters and main courses to desserts. Splendid.


Pancakes with blood oranges and greek yogurt


Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Dan Jones

Forget about saving this recipe for Pancake Day – these light citrus pancakes coupled with Greek yogurt should be savoured any day of the week and are perfect for brunch. The blood orange adds just the right amount of zing without overpowering the pancakes. Perfection.


Red rice with chicken and burnt blood orange

If this dish doesn't embody the meaning of wholesome, we don't know what does. This nutritious recipe contains quinoa, red rice, chicken and – our star ingredient – blood orange. But in this dish it's griddled, which gives it a deliciously smoky flavour. Clever.


Winter citrus ricotta breakfast bowl with honeycomb

Shake up your breakfast routine with this beautiful sight for sore eyes. With just the right amount of blood orange thrown into the mix, this breakfast will have you ready to hit the road running. Who needs coffee, eh?


Pan-fried mackerel with kale, beetroot and blood orange salad


Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Toby Scott 

Team up blood oranges with kale, beetroot and mackerel to make a mouthwatering combination. Not too light, not too heavy – this hits just the right spot.


Blood orange focaccia

Focaccia and blood red oranges – this Italian-inspired combination is enough to spark daydreams of sun-blushed evenings in Sicily, kicking back, sipping on red wine and watching the world go by. Or, maybe that's just us. Either way, this tangy adaptation of focaccia leaves us pining for more. 


Citrus fruit salad with spiced syrup


Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole

This bright citrus fruit salad, featuring soaked blood oranges, is so vibrant with layers of texture and flavour. This wonderfully zesty dessert can be whipped up in a matter of minutes – job done. Partner it with a dollop of crème fraîche to balance out the flavours.


Orange salsa recipe

This tantalising salsa is a flavoursome take on the traditional version, giving it the extra zing factor – it's guaranteed to seriously raise your taco game with just a few spoonfuls. It also works in wraps, sandwiches or as a dip for a big bowl of nachos. Now we're talking.


Orange and coconut panna cotta with sticky caramelised oranges


Via: Sainsbury's 

The classic panna cotta is given an tropical twist in this citrus and creamy coconut milk version. Light, refreshing and downright delicious – the ideal follow-on course to any Asian-inspired main.


Blood orange marmalade

Assuming you're a patient kind of cook, this trio of marmalades promises to be ready in 24 hours. Yes, it might seem a long time for prep, but trust us – it's worth the wait.  Slather on toast, crumpets or anything your heart desires. 


Upside down blood orange cake

Everything you could possibly want in a sweet afternoon treat. This rich upside down cake is embellished with a layer of glossy, sugar-baked blood orange slices. We don't mind if we do.