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Arroz con Azafrán

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Arroz con Azafrán


A colorful rice infused with the color of saffron, not to be confused with the Spanish variety. Azafrán’s flavor is much milder and is often used to infuse color and a hint of smoky flavor.  I use Azafrán in many of my seafood dishes or with chicken or in this case…with rice.


When I first began experimenting with Azafrán in my rice I would add it to the skillet before adding the broth.  The color was not as bright and my kids did not appreciate the texture of the fibers.  My mom gave me the idea of either grinding the saffron or toasting it a bit in the oven.  I have tried both ideas and they both work well, but I find steeping the saffron with the broth an even better option.  I want the pop of color in my rice along with the texture/ visual appeal of the softened strands of Azafrán.



If you cannot find Azafrán strands you can find little packets of Azafrán seasoning in the Latin section of your grocery store. I have never tried these so I could not give you an honest review.  Enjoy!



Arroz con Azafrán

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 4


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • Salt


  1. In a sauce pan add broth, saffron and simmer until ready to use.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown rice with olive oil.
  3. When rice is golden brown add onion and garlic.
  4. Continue to cook until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add broth to rice slowly. Season with salt. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until all liquid has absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat, set aside for 5 minute.
  8. Before serving fluff with fork.





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14 Responses to Arroz con Azafrán

  1. Perfection — can you sense my love for rice? I am a rice fiend. No, seriously :D

  2. What a beautiful rice dish! I like to steep spices in this way to use as a broth as well…lovely! I will have to look for this version :)
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  3. Ooh, I love saffron, so this looks amazing. I love that you have a whole plate of it!
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  4. Mmm, The perfect comfort food!
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  5. I love the color and flavor the saffron lends to a dish. I bet this tasted delicious.
    Baker Street recently posted..Nutella Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. So lovely with saffron!
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  7. i love adding saffron to my rice. The flavor is so intense and perfect! This rice dish looks amazing

  8. I love Spanish saffron so I know I would love Azafran too. I’ll have to look for it. Hopefully, it’s even less expensive!
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  9. I’m going to have to try this next time I make rice. You make rice the same way I do, but I’ve never added the saffron. Sounds wonderful!
    mjskit recently posted..Baked Pork Loin ChopsMy Profile

  10. Love saffron scented dishes…the rice must have tasted great.
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  11. I’m definitely going to have to keep an eye out for this spice because I love the color you got on that rice! It’s so eye-catching.
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  12. A great way of flavoring rice!



  13. I love rice with saffron. Thanks for the toasting in the oven tip, I will try that.

    Mari recently posted..Cursos y Ventas de BizcochosMy Profile

  14. Wow! I have never heard of this before, sounds interesting and looks so good!
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