Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers, and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

The refrigerator light goes on...

It takes very little saffron to bring out great flavor in almost any dish. Yes, it is expensive when you look at it in the little packages, but if you use it carefully, it actually goes a long way.

I generally use about 10 threads per serving counting them out carefully. For some recipes I will make a saffron infusion: essentially saffron tea. I place the saffron in the bottom of a Pyrex measuring cup and add about a quarter cup of boiling water. Letting the threads steep in this way results in a more powerful aromatic saffron flavor, especially in quick sauté recipes.



Saffron Brown Rice

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 cup cooked rice

Cooking time: 60 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied, and leftovers are good.

2 1/2 cups water
20 threads saffron
1/4 tsp. salt
to taste fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup long grain brown rice
1 medium carrot (medium dice)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 green onion (sliced lengthwise, then crosswise)

Saffron Brown Rice recipe from Dr. Gourmet - a combination starch and vegetable side dish

In a medium saucepan, place the water and the saffron. Stir and bring the water to a boil.

Add the salt, pepper, and rice, stir, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add the carrots, stir, and cook, partially covered, for 30 minutes.

Add the frozen peas and stir to incorporate. Partially re-cover the pan and cook for another 5-10 minutes. When a very small amount of liquid remains, remove the pan from the burner and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

Just before serving, add the green onions and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup cooked rice

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 215 Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 120% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 4% Iron 10%
Vitamin K 39mcg Potassium 314mg