Rice Recipes to Make with Saffron

In our opinion, there's no main course that doesn't go well with a side of rice. Instantly elevate this simple side by adding in a pinch of our golden saffron threads. Both sweet and savory, simple and complex - the combinations when it comes to saffron + rice are endless. Read on to learn how to make 5 of our favorite saffron rice dishes. Enjoy!


Easy Saffron Rice

If you are working on your culinary skills or just looking for a quick and delicious side dish for any day of the week, it doesn't get better than this Easy Saffron Rice. Pair it with your favorite roasted vegetables or protein like beef, chicken, fish, or lamb. Or enjoy it on its own for a satisfying and satiating midday snack.

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Cumin-Scented Quinoa and Black Rice

Looking for something different than traditional basmati rice or jasmine rice? Try a new option like black rice, then combine it with a complete protein source, like quinoa. Bon Appetit does this to create the culinary masterpiece in this recipe for Cumin-Scented Quinoa and Black Rice. A variety of citrus, herbs, and spices like black pepper, cilantro, chives, cumin, garlic, lemon, and parsley make this dish extra savory. Top it off with a few fresh avocado slices and you have a complete meal the whole family will love.

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Indian Rice Pudding

Made with sweet and savory ingredients like cardamom, coconut milk, pistachios, and raisins, this recipe for Indian Rice Pudding by Food Network is the perfect dessert option for a casual weeknight in or a weekend dinner party with family and friends. We suggest steeping a pinch of saffron into the milk before combining it with the other ingredients. Saffron pairs beautifully with cardamom and cream!

Saffron Herb Pistachio Rice

Once you’ve mastered our Easy Saffron Rice, tackle your skills with this recipe for Saffron Herb Pistachio Rice. Made with delicate, citrusy flavors like dill, lemon, saffron, and tarragon, this rice recipe is topped with a handful of chopped raisins and toasted pistachios for an added touch of taste and texture.

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Saffron Arroz con Leche

Sweet tooth? Whip up a batch of rice! That’s right, rice can be the perfect option to satisfy those sweet cravings with this recipe for Saffron Arroz con Leche. This traditional Mexican rice pudding with a pinch of saffron gives an elegant twist to a familiar favorite.

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Tachin (Crispy Saffron Rice)

With its signature crackled bottom and vibrant golden color Tachin (crispy saffron rice) is a centerpiece for Persian cooking. Top with dried fruit, nuts or fresh herbs for a show-stopping centerpiece at your next dinner party. 

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Sweet Saffron Rice with Figs and Nuts 

Loaded with dried and fresh fruit and crunchy nuts, this sweet version of saffron rice makes the perfect side dish, alongside slow-roasted meet or grilled vegetables, or sweet treat to end your meal. Feel free to scale the sugar level up or down depending on how you're planning on serving it. 

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