Rice is a blank canvas for flavors, and you can take it in so many directions just by changing up the ingredients. To give your rice dishes an extra special twist, why not try saffron rice? Saffron is a fragrant, subtly sweet spice that's perfect for adding flavor to a simple side of rice.
To get you started, here are 12 of the best saffron rice recipes. From classic and simple, to sweet additions like raisins, these recipes show just how diverse saffron rice can be.
Now, let's get cooking!
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Spanish Saffron Rice with Garlic Shrimp
Enjoy a mouthwatering dinner of Spanish Saffron Rice and tender garlic shrimp - a delicious combination of flavors and textures that will have you coming back for more!
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Indian Sweet Saffron Rice With Raisins and Pistachios
A Vedic recipe adapted from the cookbook The Best of Lord Krishna's Cuisine by Yamuna Devi. Although not considered Vedic, I add onion to the rice. Very sweet dish meant to be served to soothe the palate when eating more fiery Indian dishes. The sweetener jaggery or gur can be found in many Asian m...
Super easy but flavorful Yellow Saffron Rice recipe that won’t disappoint you or your guests! This rice-style recipe is rich in the Mediterranean flavor – the saffron and the little kick of white wine cannot be missed during the Mediterranean meals. This is a perfect side dish for any stew, casserol...
This Vibrant Cranberry Saffron Rice combines fluffy jasmine rice, aromatic saffron, tart cranberries and raisins, pistachios, and fresh thyme. Ready in under 30 minutes, enjoy this bright and beautiful rice recipe with all your dinnertime favorites
Recipe video above. This is a rice side dish that will steal the show! The rice stays fluffy and tastes quite rich, but it's not heavily flavoured , yet is flavoured enough that you'll want to eat it plain. The barberries provide welcome pops of sour but don't fret if you can't find them, see Note 2...