Saffron (Azafran)

by Erica Dinho on May 5, 2010


It is known as the most expensive spice in the world, but a little pinch goes a long way. I love the taste and color that Safron gives to food. It has a delicious honey-flower flavor. Spain and India are known to be the biggest producers of this spice.

It is a key ingredient in the world famous Spanish dish, Paella, which  is one of my favorite dishes.

Here are some dishes that I’ve made using Saffron:

Salmon with Coconut-Saffron Sauce

Salmon with Coconut- Saffron Sauce

Saffron Mashed Potatoes

Saffron and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Seafood and Chicken Paella

Seafood and Chicken Paella

Saffron Mashed Yuca
Saffron Mashed Yuca

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1 Ben May 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I just bought a bag of saffron at the Mexican market VERY cheap, so I am going to start cooking a lot with it. I might start with those mashed potatoes, they look delicious, well everything looks delicious, but they also look simple. hehe


2 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

That salmon with the saffron sauce looks beautiful! As do the rest of the dishes Erica! :) I have a small precious box of it at home that I treasure!


3 Lyndsey May 5, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I have some saffron just waiting to be used in something other than rice. I am really into yuca now (thanks to you and I will let you know when I post my yuca fries, I am giving you full credit) Now I am going to give the saffron mashed yuca a try.


4 Rachana Kothari May 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I am a little bit of a saffron afficionado and love cooking with it:) Everything looks so delicious and good:)


5 5 Star Foodie May 5, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Those dishes with saffron look amazing! It’s is a terrific ingredient!


6 Erica May 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


7 Velva May 5, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Now, you are a girl who knows how to use saffron. Although, I really appreciate saffron, I have never really used it in my cooking. I am obviously missing something here. Your dishes look amazing.


8 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best May 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I love saffron, especially with seafood. I never thought to add it to mashed potatoes. Will be trying that next! Thanks!


9 Baking is my Zen May 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I’ve got to try this…I can only imagine how fragrant it must be!


10 Barbara May 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I treasure my tiny container of saffron! I’m very stingy with it. The color is magnicicent, isn’t it? I’d love to try your saffron garlic mashed potatoes….looks divine, Erica.


11 Alanna at Kitchen Parade May 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I remember Nupur from One Hot Stove telling me that her mother keeps the saffron locked up with the silver! It’s that valuable! At my hometown international grocery, it’s kept behind the counter, not on the shelves. It’s that valuable!


12 Erica May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)


13 MaryMoh May 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I have never used saffron but I use quite a lot of tumeric which gives the same yellow effect. Love all the dishes especially the salmon with saffron sauce.


14 Faith May 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM

These are some lovely uses for this wonderful spice! Thanks for sharing, Erica!


15 Sook May 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever tried these. Looks like there’s a lot you can do with it. Yum!


16 grace May 5, 2010 at 5:40 PM

the color it imparts is indeed amazing. i’m not fully convinced that it’s worth the expense, but give me time! :)


17 Simply Life May 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I’m drooling over that paella!


18 Joy May 5, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Beautiful beautiful saffron!


19 Sandra G May 5, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Love it! I was lucky that my sister got me some Azafran from her trip to Spain a few months ago (It isn’t funny that that’s the only thing I asked for when she asked me what I wanted?).


20 Anna May 5, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Wow.. that paella looks so yummy, I like saffron a lot, smells delicious and make every dish look so pretty. Great dishes Erica. :-D


21 Erica May 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Thank you guys! I appreciate all your comments :)


22 Sophie May 6, 2010 at 3:39 AM

¡Hola Erica!

Me gustan mucho tu recetas con azafrán!

Es una especia muy especial y buena !

Muchos saluditos de Bruselas!


23 Kim May 6, 2010 at 8:38 AM

I didn’t know that azafran also meant saffron! Hmmm… learns something new everyday. I still love the salmon with the coconut saffron sauce – so gorgeous and tasty looking!


24 norma May 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM

It seems that the blogs i am looking at today is a gallery of pictures. Great job and zafran is so delicate and delicioso


25 Angie May 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I saw on Good Eats that some cheap saffrons have fillers in them. I need t get more expensive spice


26 tasteofbeirut May 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I buy saffron at the Persian grocery store as it comes straight from Iran; I know it is of good quality. i use it a lot too and love it! Love your first dish with the coconut sauce and the salmon.


27 Erica May 7, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Thank you everyone :)


28 Oysterculture May 7, 2010 at 11:11 PM

I love saffron and for the longest time was very hesitant in using it because of the expense, and because it was not a spice we had growing up. I recently made a Persian inspired sorbet of saffron, lemon, and rosewater – and can I tell you that flavor combo was so refreshing and the color with the saffron was amazing. You don’t need to remind me of all the wonderful recipes you have – I am slowly (too slowly) working my way through them.


29 lymaris March 28, 2011 at 8:13 PM

were i can buy the saffron i live on Rochester NY


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