7 Sweet & Savory Ways to Use Saffron

Last Updated February 23, 2018
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saffron flower

There's a reason that you pay a premium for this internationally beloved spice. Saffron is the stamen of the crocus flower, which is notoriously difficult to grow. Each flower only grows three stamen, and it takes about 150 flowers to harvest a single gram of saffron. A pound of saffron can cost thousands of dollars! Fortunately, a tiny amount of saffron goes a long way, so you won't break the bank as you enjoy these recipes.

Salmon with White Wine Saffron Reduction with Edible Flowers

This recipe works well with steelhead trout/salmon or Arctic char as well. It’s your choice if you would like the skin kept on the fish or not.

Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash

buttnut squash risotto
This recipe can be accompanied by broccoli or a favorite fall salad.

One Pan Saffron Lemon Chicken with Roasted Vegetables in Cast Iron

This is a foolproof one-pan dish, and it looks so impressive. It’s easy to keep the basic recipe and adjust the flavorings to anything you like. Best of all, roasted meat doesn’t create greasy...

Tomato & Saffron Jam

Recipe by Todd Allison, Executive Chef Anthology, Little Italy  

Macadamia-Crusted Corvina with Coconut Saffron Sauce and Mango Compote

Not only does this fresh, healthy entree make use of local fish, mango and lemongrass, it’s also gluten-free. From chef Julie Frans of Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa, who...

Saffron Frozen Yogurt

Saffron Frozen Yogurt
During the summer heat, we could all use a cool-down treat. This saffron frozen yogurt is refreshing and is best topped with pizzelles and ground cardamom.
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