Easy Saffron Rice Recipe

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Spice up your rice with this delicious and easy saffron rice recipe. Made with basmati rice, high-quality saffron threads and stock, you will never go back to your basic, boring rice recipe again.


  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads (+ 1/4 cup hot water)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Add saffron to mortar and using a pestle grind up saffron until it reaches a powdery consistency.
  2. Add your 1/4 cup of hot water directly to the pestle and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Add your chicken or vegetable stock to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove top over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the stock is boiling add in your saffron/water mix, olive oil, turmeric and salt. Stir well.
  5. Add rice and bring mixture back up to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cover tightly with a lid.
  6. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered with lid for 5-10 minutes until all liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork.

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