10 Recipes for Orange-Themed Foods

Orange is the name of the game for Dutch holidays such as King's Day and national sporting events. Our list includes a wide variety of orange-themed foods, from a simple 5 minute mango frozen yogurt to a luxurious lobster soup. Oranje boven!

  • 01 of 10

    Lobster Soup Recipe

    Lobster Soup. Photo © Louis Lemaire

    This lobster soup recipe from Rijntje's Keukengeheimen, Dutch culinary historian Lizet Kruyff's adaptation of a cookbook dating from 1840, is fit for a king - and not only figuratively. In fact, there's a good chance that the eponymous Rijntje might have once cooked it for the King of the Netherlands, when she worked as a caterer to the Dutch Royal Court.

  • 02 of 10

    Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon Recipe

    Carrots with butter and seasoning

    The Spruce 

    This super simple recipe features the homely honey-spiced flavors of a carrot dish that has been passed down to us through the generations of our Dutch family - updated for modern palates and busy lives. 

  • 03 of 10

    Carrot Soufflé with Watercress Salad Recipe

    Carrot Soufflé with Watercress Salad. Photo © Louis Lemaire

    Some say that patriotic Dutch growers were the first to cultivate the familiar sweet orange carrot that we know and love all around the world today. They claim its orange color was a nod to the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange. This recipe uses both (regular) orange and yellow carrots, but you could also just use regular carrots.

  • 04 of 10

    Easy Apricot Butterfly Cookies Recipe

    Apricot Butterfly Cookies. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    Who says thumb print cookies have to be round? We've used butterfly cookie cutters and filled them with apricot jam, so that the cookies have the requisite orange touch for King's Day. Of course, these cookies are suitable for any occasion, but they're great for ones that require patriotic Dutch orange-tinged food, especially if you're trying to avoid food coloring.

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  • 05 of 10

    White Asparagus with Smoked Salmon Recipe

    White Asparagus with Salmon. Photo © Daniel Patriasz

    When spring is in full swing and asparagus season has started in earnest, consider this simple and tasty dish. This traditional asparagus recipe with smoked salmon is very good way to enjoy the season's tender white spears. The recipe serves two as a main but you could also make it as a starter, using 3 or 4 asparagus spears per person. For best results try to find smoked wild salmon instead of farmed salmon. 

  • 06 of 10

    Easy Mango Frozen Yogurt Recipe

    The easiest mango frozen yogurt ever!. Photo © Getty Images/RachelWeill

    Whip up a batch of this guilt-free frozen yogurt the next time you're looking for an orange food fix. It's so quick to make - five minutes is all it takes - you can even do it during half time. 

  • 07 of 10

    Lombardian Zabaione with Saffron Recipe

    Eyeren Lombaert. Photo © Uitgeverij KunstMag

    This type of dessert may have been introduced in the Netherlands in the late Middle Ages, when Italian bankers settled in the economic centers of the Netherlands. This saffron-flavored version of zabaione was adapted from Notabel boecxken van cokeyen, a Dutch cookbook published in Brussels in 1514. In the 16th century.

  • 08 of 10

    Salmon Tartare Recipe

    Salmon Tartare. Photo © Daniel Patriasz

    This easy salmon tartare recipe, from Werken met Vis cookbook, is the ideal starter for hot summer days. All it needs is some sourdough toast and a glass of crisp white wine. Remember to use only the best fresh salmon fillets to make the tartare - the fish really is the star of the show here. 

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  • 09 of 10

    Orange Smoothie Recipe

    King's Day Smoothie. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    This smoothie with oranges, banana, plums and mango is so good, you might turn to it more than once a year. The orange hue is, of course, a nod to the tangerine tinged holiday, but the jolt of Vitamin C and antioxidants will be just what you need on King's Day morning to soothe your King's Night hangover. 

  • 10 of 10

    Orange Bell Pepper Dip Recipe

    Orange Bell Pepper Dip. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    The Netherlands is one of the world's biggest bell pepper exporters and, if you live in Europe, those bell peppers you're eating in the summer months are almost certainly ''made in Holland''. Bright orange bell peppers bring their sunny color to this delicious, yet super simple dip, which we created for King's Day. Oven roasting adds a smoky touch, while feta brings a creamy savoriness and garlic and chili deliver punch.

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