Global Recipes With Saffron

The World's Most Precious Spice.

I love saffron for its flavor, aroma and color. But saffron's rich history and legendary powers add mystique to the spice, used around the world in myriad ways. Explore of world of possibilities with these great recipes from around the globe.

Saffron is the world's most costly substance, arriving in the West along the ancient Silk Road. Prized for its presumed medicinal and erotic properties, the Romans of the Empire loved it. By 14th century saffron was in wide use as a spice, color and medicine. Venice, having fleets and access to the entire Mediterranean, rose on a sea of saffron, ruling Mediterranean trade for centuries.

But most of all, saffron is delicious, adding a game changing flavor and aroma to your cooking. Enjoy.

  • Risotto with Saffron and Radicchio Trevisano

    2013-12-26
    Chef Daniele Kucera of Manhattan's Etcetera Etcetera developed this recipe for The Ingredient Finder to complement our newly harvested Moroccan saffron from the Atlas Mountains.
  • Shrimp a la Plancha over Saffron Allioli Toasts

    2013-12-26
    Our friend and colleague Raquel Pelzel created this recipe, with a uniquely Spanish accent on this saffron-imbued dish. "It's insanely good" she says, and we know she's right.
  • Saffron Arancini

    2013-12-25
    This recipe is perfect from a holiday houseful. The name "Arancini" means "little oranges" not only from the shape and size, but the lovely tint from the Saffron. Found throughout Sicily where they are a great snack any time of day.
  • Mussels in White Wine and Saffron

    2013-07-09
    I was wondering what to post this week, and his dish takes 10 minutes to cook on top of the stove, and served alongside a green salad and a few bottles of beer, it is the perfect grown up comfort food.
  • Persian Halva

    2012-03-09
    Parvaneh Holloway, our colleague and friend, has many wonderful memories of her childhood in Abadan, Iran, over 45 years ago. Try some of her recipes and take a culinary voyage to a great cuisine.
  • Persian Rice

    2012-03-09
    Here is a perfect accompaniment to any authentic Persian Dinner, by our good friend, Parvaneh Holloway.
  • Persian Meatballs with Chicken and Turkey

    2012-02-03
    Here is a great new recipe by our good friend and lovely lady, Parvaneh Holloway. Here is the main course of her perfect Persian Dinner, Persian Meatballs with Chicken and Turkey!
  • Mast O Bademjan, Persian Eggplant Dip

    2012-02-03
    Here is a true Persian delight, a creamy eggplant dip that is perfect with cocktails, lunch or dinner.
  • Perfect Paella, Simplified

    2011-09-09
    Brad Goldfarb shows us how to make the Perfect Paella, Simplified with true Spanish Bomba Rice and Saffron.
  • Saffron Marinated Persian Style Lamb Chops

    2011-08-22 - 1 comment
    I use The Ingredient Finder’s wonderfully flavorful Pure Moroccan Saffron, which won’t break the bank. And no reason to spend a lot of money on the lamb. Shoulder or Round Bone Chops will work very well.
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