[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Daniel Gritzer, Liz Clayman]
Many individuals get scared away from saffron by its price ticket, and that is completely comprehensible—the dried crocus stamens are among the many most costly substances on the earth, pound for pound. The excellent news is that only a pinch goes a great distance, so it prices little or no to infuse a single dish with saffron’s copper coloration and musky taste. (Try our articles about shopping for and cooking with saffron and whether or not it must be bloomed earlier than use to assist familiarize your self with the spice.)
For those who’re making the funding in just a few ounces of saffron, you may need to benefit from it. We have rounded up 10 of our favourite savory saffron recipes to get you began, from a traditional, aromatic Milanese-style risotto to real-deal French bouillabaisse to a easy dinner of roasted rooster and potatoes. Extra taken with saffron’s candy purposes? You may discover our flourless orange-saffron cake and saffron, honey, and orange ice cream loads tempting.

Creamy Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto)[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]An ingredient as luxurious as saffron must be showcased in an equally luxurious dish, and golden-tinged, creamy risotto alla milanese matches the invoice properly. Regardless of its fame, risotto is not a troublesome dish to make, and our near-foolproof approach makes it particularly easy crusing. A bit whipped heavy cream folded in on the finish makes the risotto really feel particularly gentle.
Creamy Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto) Recipe »Again to the complete listing Baked Saffron Risotto With Mozzarella and Crispy Topping[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Conventional risotto have to be served scorching off the range, so it isn’t precisely an ideal candidate for making forward of time. (Although, in the event you take a web page from customary restaurant practices, you’ll be able to prepare dinner it midway via and retailer it for as much as per week earlier than ending it.) However by combining the risotto with a béchamel sauce and forming it right into a casserole, just like mac and cheese, you may have a dish that may be baked up à la minute everytime you’re prepared. It is essential to make use of a gelatin-rich rooster broth right here, to assist the rice set.
Baked Saffron Risotto With Mozzarella and Crispy Topping Recipe »Again to the complete listing Wealthy and Creamy Saffron Arancini With Mozzarella[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]The baked risotto above is mainly a casserole model of the Italian rice croquettes referred to as arancini, these golden-fried spheres of saffron-scented rice filled with cheese (or meat, or greens). We fill ours right here with stretchy mozzarella, which helps defend them from the dreaded dryness that befalls so many arancini. A stress cooker is a good time-saving system for cooking the rice.
Wealthy and Creamy Saffron Arancini With Mozzarella Recipe »Again to the complete listing Actual Bouillabaisse (Bouillabaisse Marseillaise)[Photograph: Liz Clayman]

For those who’ve ever ordered bouillabaisse at a restaurant and acquired a bowl of shellfish in a one-note, saffron-infused broth, you’ve got missed out on the actual deal. Conventional bouillabaisse is definitely made principally with finfish (although be happy so as to add clams and mussels in the event you like), and, whereas the broth does sometimes include saffron, that floral taste must be layered with extra: fennel, orange zest, and anise-scented Pernod or pastis.
Actual Bouillabaisse (Bouillabaisse Marseillaise) Recipe »Again to the complete listing Simple One-Pot Hen Bouillabaisse[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]If the above is a reasonably conventional bouillabaisse, this can be a model that can make a purist cringe—however extra importantly, it is scrumptious. This stew trades the fish for rooster legs, although the broth remains to be delicately scented with fennel and saffron. One in every of my favourite components of any bouillabaisse is the garlicky rouille that is unfold on baguette toasts and served alongside—right here, we make a cheat-y model utilizing mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, and garlic.
Simple One-Pot Hen Bouillabaisse Recipe »Again to the complete listing Mussels With Fennel-Saffron Broth[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Need the flavors of bouillabaisse, however in a rush? Making a pot of mussels takes solely 15 minutes, so it is excellent for a weeknight dinner that also appears like a deal with. Including dry fennel salami and a shot of Pernod to the mussels means tripling down on the anise taste of the recent fennel. You may want only a pinch of saffron right here, so this can be a good recipe if you wish to save a few of your stash for one more function.
Mussels With Fennel-Saffron Broth Recipe »Again to the complete listing Pasta Con le Sarde (Sicilian Pasta With Sardines)[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Hailing from Palermo and influenced by Sicily’s lengthy historical past of Arab rule, pasta con le sarde is extremely flavored, with onions, fennel, raisins, pine nuts, anchovies, sardines (recent, not canned!), and saffron all contributing to its heady aroma. The strands are topped with toasted seasoned bread crumbs somewhat than Parmesan cheese. For those who’ve by no means filleted sardines earlier than, we have got a information to indicate you the way it’s accomplished.
Pasta Con le Sarde (Sicilian Pasta With Sardines) Recipe »Again to the complete listing One-Skillet Crispy Hen With Saffron, Lemon, and Crimson Potatoes[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]Hen thighs and pink potatoes sound just like the makings of a primary weeknight dinner, however the addition of golden, aromatic saffron transforms them into one thing particular. It is nonetheless straightforward sufficient to make after work, although—all you need to do is sear the rooster in a sauté pan, add the potatoes and rooster inventory, and end it within the oven.
One-Skillet Crispy Hen With Saffron, Lemon, and Crimson Potatoes »Again to the complete listing Chorizo and Inexperienced Olive Stuffing[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]This recipe places an sudden spin on stuffing, flavoring it with fragrant saffron, smoky Spanish chorizo, and briny inexperienced olives (search for agency, meaty ones), for a facet dish that is received the essential constructing blocks of stuffing however a taste profile paying homage to paella. It is without delay comforting and sudden, and nice for these Thanksgiving and different vacation dinners when you end up bored with the identical previous menu.
Chorizo and Inexperienced Olive Stuffing Recipe »Again to the complete listing Plov (Uzbek Rice Pilaf)[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]Plov, or Uzbek rice pilaf, might be made 1,000,000 alternative ways; many recipes use meat, however ours retains it easy, studding the pilaf with carrots and onions solely. It is the saffron that actually elevates this model, deepening the flavors of the cumin, coriander, and caramelized greens—a dear addition to what’s in any other case a humble dish, however we discover it is actually price it.
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