Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Everyone loves this, even my mother, who claimed to not like rice. I grow Saffron, so I garnish the rice with a Saffron Crocus flower when I serve it. I use this as a side dish with Shrimp Creole (I recommend Shrimp Creole, along with a Spinach salad, and Lemon Meringue Pie). I adapted this from a 1973 Southern Living, Our Best Recipes, cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put 1/2 cup water in a 1 cup glass measuring cup and heat.
  2. Remove and add saffron, set aside.
  3. Put rice, onion and salt into a glass 1 1/2 quart casserole.
  4. Put 1 cup water and the 1/2 stick of butter into a 2 cup glass measuring cup, and heat in microwave. (do not boil).
  5. Add dissolved saffron and water with melted butter to casserole. Stir.
  6. Place (uncovered) in a preheated 450°F oven.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring at the end of 10 minutes. Rice should be very dry.
  8. When rice is very dry, stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups of hot water.
  9. Cover, and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake another 5 minutes.
  11. Fluff with fork, garnish, and serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

I loved this quick and easy to make recipe. I used some extra special Spanish saffron that my brother gave me. The rice turned out perfect. Light, fluffy, beautifully colored with a delicious flavor. It was the perfect accompaniment for our comfort meal of bbq chicken and corn niblets in butter sauce. Thank you so much for sharing a recipe that has gone into my Best of 2014 Cookbook. Kudos to you. Made for What's on the Menu Tag Game 2015.

5 5

Great rice dished and wonderful color. We served it with Swiss Steak and Glaze Carrots. I to added a little more salt to the finished rice. Thanks

5 5

Wow! This was very nice. I've never made saffron rice before and really enjoyed the flavor. I added a bit more salt, but that was it. It's plain, but for some reason my family was fighting over the leftovers. So, this gets a 5 for being simple, yet delicious!! Thanks for this recipe!! This goes into my favorites folder! :-)