Flan de Naranja: Orange Flan

Flan with orange
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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
297 Calories
15g Fat
30g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 283mg 94%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 12g
Calcium 142mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Orange flan, or Flan de Naranja, is a variation of the standard Spanish flan, a vanilla custard topped with caramel sauce. This variation is lighter but has an intense orange flavor that refreshes the palate as well as satisfies a sweet tooth. It is a simple custard recipe that can be made ahead of time and makes an elegant finish to any dinner or celebration.


  • For the Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • For the Custard
  • 1/2 large ​orange (zested)
  • 1/2 ​lemon (zested)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups half-and-half (or heavy cream for a richer, denser custard)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this flan is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put a heavy saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup orange juice.

  3. With a long-handled wooden spoon, keep stirring sugar and juice mixture constantly in the pan until sauce is reduced and thickened. It should be a rich medium brown color (caramelized). This will take 3 to 5 minutes or so on medium-to-low heat.

  4. Remove from heat and quickly spoon caramelized sugar sauce into 6 ramekins or a large baking dish. (If you wait, sugar will cool and harden.) Set aside.

Make the Custard

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Grate peel of half of a large orange and half of a lemon into a mixing bowl.

  3. Pour about 1/2-inch of warm water into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish for boiling water bath if using ramekins. If using one large open baking dish, be sure that the dish is tall enough to accommodate the water necessary to cover 3/4 or the height of the dish.

  4. Add 1/2 cup orange juice, the half-and-half, and citrus zest to a heavy-bottomed saucepan and stir. Scald 2 cups of half-and-half in the saucepan and remove from heat. Keep a close eye on the pan, so the cream does not boil over.

  5. Meanwhile in a medium mixing bowl, beat slightly 3 eggs.

  6. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar.

  7. Stirring constantly, gradually add hot cream to egg yolk mixture. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  8. Pour the mixture slowly into another mixing bowl, straining it using cheesecloth to line the strainer. This should catch all the citrus zest. Discard cheesecloth.

  9. Ladle mixture into ramekins.

Bake the Flan

  1. Place each of the ramekins in the baking dish with water. If the water level does not reach 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins, carefully pour more water in.

  2. Bake uncovered in a water bath at 325 F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted halfway between center and the edge of dish.  (Note: To ensure the custard does not over-cook, check doneness after 45 minutes, then every 5 minutes or so.)

  3. Carefully remove each ramekin from the water bath. Set on a cooling rack until lukewarm, then chill flan thoroughly in the refrigerator - at least 1 hour.

  4. When ready to serve, un-mold the flan by running a knife around the inside edge of the dish.

  5. Place a small dessert plate on the top of the ramekin.

  6. With one hand under the ramekin and the other on top of the place, turn over.

  7. Tap the ramekin and the flan should drop onto the plate. If it does not, carefully “prod” the flan out of the ramekin with a small paring knife. It should slide out of the ramekin onto the plate and the sauce will surround it.

  8. Garnish with orange peel or a slice of orange, if desired.

  9. Serve and enjoy!