Arroz al Horno, an Oven-Baked Spanish Rice Recipe

Arroz al Horno
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
740 Calories
37g Fat
66g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 740
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 804mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 35g
Calcium 93mg 7%
*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.)

The region of Valencia is the main rice-producing region in Spain. Although the region is known for paella, there are so many other mouth-watering rice dishes to enjoy, like Arroz al Horno, which is also known as baked Spanish rice or Oven-Baked Spanish Rice.

This dish is traditionally baked in a ceramic dish and includes pieces of pork, morcilla blood sausage, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, and garbanzo beans. This traditional Spanish rice dish is so popular that Xàtiva, a city near the coast in Valencia, holds a festival in honor of Arroz al Horno.

Traditionally, this baked Spanish rice dish is prepared in a clay or ceramic dish. So, you’ll need a ceramic, enamel or stainless steel casserole dish that can be used on a stove-top or in the oven.

Baked Spanish Rice—a Hallmark of Valencia

The Valencians are so proud of the high-quality rice they grow that there is a Denomination of Origin for rice—a protected geographical indication that protects names of quality agricultural products. The rice-producing zone is around the “Parque Natural de la Albufera” in the province of Alicante, but other areas include Beniparrell, La Alcudia, Oliva, Pego, and Sagunto in Alicante. Paella is a famous rice dish from the region as well. 

Valencia also has a number of dishes made of seafood and fowl, complete with sauces. All-i-fibre is a sauce made of a combination of garlic, oil, and paprika and is commonly served with eel. Pato a la Naranja is a duck with orange sauce, an original dish from this area. This recipe for Arroz al Horno, though, is a classic Valencia rice meal.


  • 1 pound lean pork
  • 1/2 pound morcilla, blood sausage
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 4 ounces garbanzo beans (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (divided, more if needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the fresh pork into cubes, approximately 3/4 inch. Cut the morcilla sausage into thick slices.

  2. Cut tomatoes into slices, approximately 1/3 inch thick. Peel potatoes and cut into slices approximately 1/4 inch thick.

  3. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into the casserole dish and heat. When it is hot enough, fry the pork, sausage slices and whole head of garlic. Add slices of one tomato into the pan and stir.

  4. Add the rice into the pan and stir the contents of the frying pan. Add olive oil if necessary.

  5. Pour the broth and sprinkle the chickpeas around the dish. Simmer for 10 minutes while you fry the potatoes. Add more broth if necessary.

  6. Heat oven to 375 F.

  7. In a small frying pan, heat approximately half an inch of olive oil. When hot enough, add the potato slices. Lightly fry them and remove the potatoes.

  8. Add the rest of the tomato in the dish, laying slices on top. Place potato slices on top of the rice. Cover and bake the meal in the oven until golden brown.

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