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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 16, 2021

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce | A Simply Delicious Recipe

This Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce is packed with Spanish flavors, easy to make and comes together in about 30 minutes. The perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner or for a relaxed weekend lunch, next to a bottle of Spanish wine.

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce
My favorite part about this dish, is that it´s a complete meal. Between the rice, all the sauteed onions and the chickpeas. But the real kicker is the garlic sauce, it really elevates the flavors and brings the entire dish together.

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce
Speaking of flavors, what really flavors this dish is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika and the saffron. The combination of these spices give this dish that beautiful Spanish touch. I also used vegetable broth instead of water to cook the rice. This adds a beautiful depth of flavor to the over-all dish.

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used uncooked Spanish round rice, but you can use any rice you like. Though the liquid to rice ratio might be different and the cooking times might be longer. So make sure to check the package instructions.

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce

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5 from 3 votes

Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1062 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce 115 grams
  • 1 cup uncooked round rice 220 grams
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas 170 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 115 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • dash sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 3 cups vegetable broth into a sauce pan, pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. Roughly dice 1 large onion and roughly chop 3 cloves garlic

  4. After heating the olive oil for 4 minutes, add in the diced onion & chopped garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika, mix together, then add in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, mix and simmer for 3 minutes, then add in 1 cup uncooked round rice, 1 cup cooked chickpeas and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together until well mixed, then pour in the hot saffron infused broth into the pan, turn up the heat to a high heat and give it one final mix so everything is evenly spread out

  5. After 8 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, but there is still a little broth left, lower the heat to a low-medium heat and simmer for 2 to 4 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed by the rice, then remove the pan from the heat and cover with a dishcloth

  6. Meanwhile make the garlic sauce, add 1/2 cup mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate 1 large clove of garlic over the mayonnaise, squeeze in 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, pour in 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until well mixed

  7. After 4 to 5 minutes remove the dishcloth from the pan, serve directly out of the pan or transfer into serving dishes, with a dollop of the garlic sauce and a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron Threads I used to make this rice dish

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Onion Rice with Garlic Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1062 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Fat 65g100%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 2320mg101%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1313IU26%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hector

    5 stars
    Probada y repetida ya varias veces. Primera vez que veo garbanzos con arroz, pero me ha gustado mucho la combinación.

    11 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Cuanto me alegro! Saludos 🙂

      11 . Jan . 2022
  2. Kathy

    5 stars
    Simple and delicious, thank you.

    09 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      09 . Dec . 2021
  3. tonie

    5 stars
    Que delicia!!

    18 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Muchas gracias! Un saludo 🙂

      19 . Aug . 2021

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