Saffron Quinoa

Saffron, the most expensive ingredient on the planet, is actually the stamen of a crocus flower. They are painstakingly hand harvested, with each crocus only containing 3-4 threads. Although the flavor of these tiny filaments are so strong, that it only takes a few to flavor a whole dish.


When buying saffron, looking for packages that contain mostly red threads. Packages with predominantly yellow threads are of lower quality and flavor.  This is one spice where you definitely get what you pay for – the better the quality, the higher the price.



Saffron Quinoa

Marla Hingley
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa rinsed
  • 3 cups GF chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • ½ tsp saffron thread crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine everything in a covered saucepan, except oil, and boil until liquid is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and gently toss to mix.
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful side dish. It can be served with any chicken dish and I can see it served with seafood as well. Great recipe.

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