Skip those yellow rice packets! Learn how to make this easy saffron rice recipe with just a few simple ingredients and steps. This Spanish rice is a beautiful, vibrant side dish that works with just about anything. Try pairing it with this simple Spanish chicken or lamb kofta for a Mediterranean inspired meal. Makes 6 servings.

saffron rice on a plate with chicken and garnish

You might not believe this, but it wasn’t that long ago that I was making boil-in-a-bag rice because I thought it would be too hard to make my own rice. I know. It’s scary to think I lived like that.

But, eventually, I learn how to make plain white rice, and eventually coconut rice.

Even though I’m fully confident in my rice making skills, I decided against a one-pot rice meal when I made my Spanish chicken recipe. It was nothing against the rice, I just wanted to make things as uncomplicated as possible.

I also knew I didn’t want to completely miss out on that yellow, saffron rice that is so common in Spanish cuisine. So I decided to just make it separately instead, and I’m so happy I did.

That little bit of extra flavor was wonderful paired with the chicken and I wasn’t worried about the rice sticking to the pot or things not coming together at the right time.

fluffed saffron rice in a pot with a fork

Here’s what you’ll need to make this yellow rice recipe

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cooked saffron rice in a pot, unfluffed and looking compacted

How to make this saffron rice recipe

Bring rice to a boil. Place the ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover and bring the pot to boil over high heat.

Simmer, then steam. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it cook at a simmer for about 10 minutes. If you have a glass lid, you should be able to see small holes in the rice.

Next, remove it from the heat, but keep it covered for at least 10 more minutes, or until the remaining liquid has been absorbed. Try your best not to check it for the full time.

Once the liquid is fully absorbed, fluff it with a fork before serving. serve.

fluffed saffron rice in a pot with a fork

FAQ’s and tips for making Spanish yellow rice

What does saffron rice taste like?

This rice has a very subtle flavor and smell. It’s sort of a sweet and almost floral like smell that can be hard to describe. Once you smell it though, you’ll understand this somewhat awkward explanation, let me know in the comments what you think it smells like. 

What gives Spanish yellow rice it’s color?

Fun fact, the white rice gets it’s yellow color from the turmeric and the saffron used! You could say that this is a fun way to naturally dye your food.

How to store leftover saffron rice

Store your leftover yellow rice in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, place it in a pot on the stove with a small amount of oil or butter (can use dairy free) to help rehydrate the rice as it warms up and to keep it from sticking to the pot.

Is spanish yellow rice gluten free?

This recipe is gluten free! Just be sure to double check ingredient labels and look for a certified gluten free chicken broth to avoid cross contamination or traces of gluten if you’re avoiding an allergen.

easy dairy free saffron rice

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Easy Saffron Rice Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

Skip those yellow rice packets! Learn how to make this easy saffron rice recipe with just a few simple ingredients and steps. This Spanish rice is a beautiful, vibrant side dish that works with just about anything. Try pairing it with this simple Spanish chicken or lamb kofta for a Mediterranean inspired meal.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover and heat until boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until rice has absorbed the water.
  3. After about 10 minutes, when small holes form in the rice, remove from heat and let the rice continue to absorb the remaining liquid, about 5 – 10 minutes.

Last Updated on July 24, 2020 by Melissa Belanger

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