Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes

Some say that Valencian rice dishes are like having “the universe on a plate” due to their various flavors and presentations.

This is because rice cultivation has been very important in the Valencian Community, influencing its cuisine, making it one of the stars of some of our most popular dishes. Therefore, it is no coincidence that “Valencian rice” is part of various cuisines, including Argentine, Colombian, Cuban, Uruguayan, and Filipino.

Traditional valencian rice dishes

Recipes for “Valencian rice” are replicated worldwide, although with notable differences.

For example, Valencian rice in Bolivia is a popular dish that includes chicken and vegetables, while in Chile it is made with a varied selection of seafood.

In all cases, the rice is left dry and saffron is used to impart its characteristic colour.

However, if you are in Spain, you won’t hear about Valencian rice but about “Valencian paella,” possibly our most international dish, which also allows for many variations.

The “traditional” recipe is made with rice, chicken, rabbit, flat green beans, garrofó (a type of bean), water, olive oil, and saffron, but duck paella is very typical in the Albufera area.

In the region’s inland areas, meatballs or pork ribs are often added, along with vegetables like artichokes, and in the province of Alicante, it is common for the paella to include peppers or ñora (a type of pepper).

Rice Beyond Paella

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 1

In addition to paella, if you come to Valencia you can enjoy delicious rice dishes made with meat, fish, or vegetables.

Here are some of them:

Lobster Rice

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 2

Rice with lobster is one of the most popular rice dishes on the Spanish coast. It includes lobster, shrimp, and prawns and is usually served “caldoso” (brothy).

Black Rice

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 3

Another of the most well-known fish rice dishes is black rice, which gets its color from cuttlefish or squid ink. It is always served dry (without broth) and requires a good sofrito, a good fish broth, and a selection of shellfish and seafood for its preparation.

Arroz “a banda”

Arroz a Banda

This is very popular throughout the Valencian Community. It is a “sailor’s” dish that used to be made with “morralla”, i.e., fish that were difficult to sell in the markets due to their number of bones or appearance.

The main curiosity of this rice is that it is not one dish, but two: on one hand, the fish broth is served with potatoes, and on the other, the dry rice is served with alioli (garlic mayonnaise).

Rice with Crust (arroz con costra)

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 4

This dish is typical of the province of Alicante. It is made with all kinds of meats (primarily rabbit and pork) and is prepared in a clay pot and baked. Just before the rice is fully cooked, the surface is coated with beaten egg. The result is a stew with a golden top layer that gives it a unique flavour.

Oven-Baked Rice (arroz al horno)

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 5

This is one of the best examples of sustainable cooking. To prepare it, the leftovers from a stew are used (along with rice, you’ll find chickpeas, blood sausage, or the peculiar meatball, as well as tomatoes and garlic). Normally, it is served in a clay pot. For this reason, in some villages, it is known as “cassola.”

Arroz “del senyoret” (Gentleman’s Rice)

Arroz a banda

This dry rice dish has the peculiarity that all its ingredients are peeled so that when eating it, we do not have to peel either the fish or the seafood, and we do not have to get our hands dirty. Originally from Alicante, it is known in some restaurants as “blind rice” because it can be eaten with your eyes closed.

Arròs amb fésols i naps

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 6

This is typical of the regions of La Safor, La Marina Alta and Baja, La Ribera, or l´Horta. It is usually cooked in large containers and is popular for meals with many diners. Its main ingredients are white beans, turnips, beef, lamb, pork, and rabbit meat.

If you want to try one of these delicious rice dishes, we advise you to come to Valencia and we will recommend you the best places.

You can also learn Spanish in our intensive courses and meet people from all over the world. Contact us.

Información de contacto
Política de privacidad / Privacy policy

我们的学生如何看待我们的西班牙语课程?


这些是我们学生的一些意见。 都是你们给我们的礼物!

Traditional Valencian Rice Dishes 8
Erika18it
5 star rating
La miglior scuola di Valencia Sono stata in questa scuola ad agosto 2014 per due settimane.
Alloggiavo negli appartamenti con altri studenti convenzionati con la scuola.
Posso considerare questa esperienza, la più bella mia vita, grazie anche a questa fantastica scuola.
Le lezioni si svolgevano 4 ore al mattino o al pomeriggio, a giorni alterni.
Ogni due ore si cambiava professore e le lezioni non erano noiose e teoriche, ma interattive con giochi, in modo da parlare il più possibile imparando la lingua.
Ogni sera c'era un'attività organizzata.
Il lunedì c'era il tapas tour, il martedì il paella party il giovedì il beach volley e durante il weekend organizzavano o qualche escursione o serate in discoteca.
E' una grande famiglia, che ti permette di conoscere gente da tutto il mondo, praticare la lingua 24 ore al giorno e divertirti.
I professori erano tutti simpaticissimi e preparati.
leer más
C Ni Bhaoill Avatar
C Ni Bhaoill
I had a great experience at this school for a week in July 2014. Great teachers and a lovely atmosphere. The classes were a good laugh, but we still learned plenty. They catered for all levels, and you could move classes if you felt you were in the wrong level. The extra activities in the afternoons and evenings also added alot - helped to meet plenty of others on the courses, and also get to know Valencia, which is a gorgeous city. Highly recommended.
leer más
ciscaf
5 star rating
Zeer goede en leuke school Samen met mijn echtgenoot 1 week intensief Spaanse les gevolgd. Alles goed geregeld, modern lesmateriaal en prettige manier van (interactief) lesgeven. Fijne school voor jong en ‘oud’! Hoewel wij veelal niet deelnamen aan de activiteiten zijn ze erg leuk, zeker voor jongeren! Deze school is echt een aanrader!
leer más
Global19813985183
5 star rating
MEJOR ESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL EN VALENCIA! Estuve en taronja durante cinco semanas completamente sola, fue mi primera experiencia de viaje en solitaria. A ver, yo compartía un piso con 5 chicos procedentes de todo el mundo, por eso nunca me sentí realmente sola, las clases son extructuradas muy bien, los profes competentes, cada día hay actividades diferentes muy baratas/ gratuidas y muy divertidas,las mejores fiestas en la playa. Por cualquier duda son disponibles en ayudarte, si tienes un problema tratan resolver, personas estupendas, siempre piden opiniones de los estudiantes para mejorar el servicio. Lo único mejorable son los pisos, mi alojamiento tenía la ventana frente a las tuberías de alcantarillado, por eso olía muy mal...no es culpa de ellos, los edificios en Valencia son todos muy viejos, solo tenéis que tener suerte con los pisos aja y ellos podrían seleccionarlos un poco más, y no alquilar los pejores (otros amigos míos se lamentaban de eso..) Por lo demás, experiencia total, muy aconsejada, es dinero muy bien gastado, seguro te la vas a pasar bien. Siete dei fighi, bravi!
leer más
Lucia Angrisani Avatar
Lucia Angrisani
Profesores fantásticos, locations super bien....Todo perfecto!!!
leer más
Ashleigh Elliott Avatar
Ashleigh Elliott
I really enjoy studying at Taronja. The classes are very engaging and the teachers are very supportive. There are also lots of social and cultural events where you can meet new people and practice your Spanish. I highly recommend!
leer más
Sofiya I
5 star rating
Очень понравилось! Училась 7 недель. Очень домашняя атмосфера и супер приятные люди. Консультировали по любому интересующему туриста вопросу. Проводятся ежедневные мероприятия помимо уроков(включено в стоимость обучения), это и экскурсии, и кино, и караоке, и кулинарные уроки и много чего другого!!! Удобное месторасположение - в самом центре! Обязательно вернусь в эту школу для продолжения изучения испанского. Спасибо, Taronja
leer más
Shae Isaacs Avatar
Shae Isaacs
I highly recommend Taronja! The school has been around for many years but recently got a brand new facility with brightly colored walls and excellent smart board technology. I had several different teachers, all of whom were excellent, and I found the curriculum very well organized. I especially liked the way the school’s advisors worked with me before and when I arrived to find the perfect placement for me. The majority of the students are young, but as a 50+ student, I’m happy to report I found classmates my age, too, and met some really interesting people of all ages and nationalities. In addition to classes, I took a couple of private lessons that really helped me. A huge plus for Taronja are its activities; every night you can participate in something - totally optional - from walks around the city, to cooking classes, to painting classes … And on the weekend they offer amazing excursions!! All great ways to practice your Spanish and experience Spanish culture. If I went back to Valencia, which I hope to do, I wouldn’t consider any other school. Thank you Taronja!!!
leer más
media thumbnail 0
Instagram

Instagram Taronja School