Saffron Infused Risotto

saffron rissotto

The Thanksgiving holiday is over and I bet you ate way too much just like me! For those of you that braved the mad shoppers this past weekend; I have a simple but hearty dish to warm you up and keep you going this week. Risotto is a staple in our family. Its versatility and delicious texture and flavor is a hit with both my children and husband. It is also a very elegant dish to serve to your guests. Simple additions of items such as peas and lobster make for a stunning and satisfying meal for any culinarian.

Twenty minutes of your time is all it takes to make a hearty dish made with our selection of saffron.

The earthy flavor of the saffron pairs with the creamy and rich texture of the risotto.

Saffron Infused Risotto Recipe

Serves 4


  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Bring the stock to a boil, and then reduce to a low simmer. Ladle a little stock into a small bowl. Add the saffron threads and leave to infuse. Melt 4 tbsp of the butter in a large saucepan until foaming. Add the onion and cook gently for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Add the rice. Stir until grains start to swell and burst, then add a few ladlefuls of the stock, with the saffron liquid, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir over low heat until the stock is absorbed. Add the remaining stock, a few ladlefuls at a time, allowing the rice to absorb all of the liquid before adding more, and stirring constantly. After 20-25 minutes, the rice should be al dente and the risotto golden yellow, moist and creamy. Gently stir in about two-thirds of the parmesan and the rest of the butter

Heat through until the butter has melted, then taste for seasoning.

Transfer the risotto to a warmed serving bowl or platter and serve immediately, with the remaining parmesan sprinkled on top.


Featured Ingredients

Saffron, Spanish (Superior)

Saffron, Spanish (Superior)

Iranian Sargol Saffron

Iranian Sargol Saffron

Saffron, Greek (Select)

Saffron, Greek (Select)

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