Recipes Using Saffron

Recipes Using Saffron

Most people have at least heard of the saffron spice, but few home cooks are using it regularly. Due to both presentation and price, saffron can certainly be a bit intimidating. After all, it is the most expensive spice in the world! But the most common question of all is simply, "What can I make using saffron?"

Here are a few of our favorite recipes using saffron:

1. Risotto alla Milanese

risotto alla milanese recipe using saffron

This luxurious rice dish is the signature dish of Milan, Italy. It's a simple, creamy risotto made with saffron and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Suggested recipe: Creamy Risotto alla Milanese by Serious Eats

2. Bouillabaisse

bouillabaisse recipe using saffron

A mouthwatering fish stew that originated in Marseille, Southern France. Bouillabaisse uses whatever fish is fresh and available that day along with saffron, fennel bulb, and fish stock.

Suggested recipe: Bouillabaisse by NYT Cooking

3. Loobia Polo

loobia polo recipe using saffron

This Persian green bean stew combines saffron, cinnamon, and turmeric for a flavor that surprises and delights. It's basically an Iranian comfort food equivalent to mac-and-cheese.

Suggested recipe: Loobia Polo by Spice Alley

4. Paella

seafood paella recipe using saffron

Paella is a Spanish dish, rooted in the fishing region around Valencia. It was the food of farm workers who cooked rice dishes over fires with whatever ingredients were readily available.

Suggested recipe: Seafood Paella by Simply Recipes

5. Saffron Rice Pudding

rice pudding recipe using saffron

A simple dessert that can be made using last night's leftover rice. Simmer the rice gently in milk with a few threads of saffron to create a golden pudding. Top with ruby pomegranate seeds.

Suggested recipe: Saffron Rice Pudding by Food & Wine

6. Chicken Biryani

chicken biryani recipe using saffron

This classic Indian dish consists of succulent, juicy pieces of chicken cooked in a yogurt marinade and then layered with crispy onions, coriander, mint and Basmati rice.

Suggested recipe: Chicken Biryani by My Food Story (blog)