Easy Saffron Rice with Peas Recipe

Here’s another great rice recipe when plain basmati rice just won’t do. The saffron adds such a lovely, bright golden color to the rice, in contrast with the crimson saffron threads dispersed throughout. Saffron rice has a delicate, floral aroma that you can’t duplicate with any other spice.

On this blog sometimes ago we did point out on brown vs. white rice, for those who can tolerate grains, it’s not a health-compromise to enjoy a homemade white rice dish. In fact, it may actually be healthier for your gut than brown rice.

Infuse this super-healthy rice dish with the distinctive flavor of saffron - the dish is high in vitamin C, too

Saffron Rice with Peas Recipe

Easy Saffron Rice with Peas


➠2 cups white basmati rice
➠chicken stock
➠Carrots well chopped
➠1 tsp sea salt
➠¹/₂ Tsp saffron threads
➠¹/₂ Tsp onion powder
➠¹/₄ tsp garlic powder
➠¹/₄ Tsp turmeric
➠¹/₈ Tsp freshly ground black pepper
➠Pinch of red pepper flakes
➠1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
➠Fresh coriander leaves
➠Optional: 1 cup of frozen sweet peas, thawed and French beans


In a large saucepan, add chicken stock over high heat. Then add the salt, saffron, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, chopped carrots, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Next, stir in the rice. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover tightly with a lid. Cook covered for approximately 15 minutes, or until nearly all of the liquid has been absorbed.

Then, turn off the heat. If serving with peas, add the thawed peas and French beans and gently stir, just enough to incorporate the peas into the rice. Cover the saucepan with the lid.

Regardless of whether you're adding peas or not, allow the rice to remain on the stovetop (heat off) covered for another 5-8 minutes. The residual heat will help to finish steaming the rice and will warm the peas if you’re using them.

Before serving, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Add additional salt to taste, if needed. When fluffing the rice, you may notice a few spots of reddish-orange coloring throughout the rice, this is from the saffron, and adds to the beauty and flavor of the dish! Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and Enjoy!
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