how to make saffron oil
saffron oil recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings servings
Calories 20.5 kcal
Written by Vahid Epagloo, Food Consultant Updated:


How to make

  1. Gather your ingredients: You’ll need saffron threads (high quality if possible) and a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil.
  2. Heat the oil gently: Pour some of your chosen oil in a saucepan and heat it on low. You don’t want to get it boiling, just warm it up (around 150°F or 65°C).
  3. Steep the saffron: Once warm, remove the oil from heat and add the saffron threads.
  4. Let it infuse: Cover the pan and allow the saffron to infuse its flavor and color into the oil. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor will be.
  5. Strain and store: Once steeped, strain the oil into a clean, airtight container. You can store your saffron oil in a cool, dark place like a cupboard for a few weeks, or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life (up to several months).


  • Use high-quality saffron threads for the best flavor.
  • You can adjust the amount of saffron depending on your desired flavor intensity.
  • Consider adding other spices or herbs like peppercorns or rosemary for a more complex flavor profile.
  • Be sure to sterilize your container before storing the oil.

Saffron is the stigmas of the Crocus Sativus flower. These stigmas first, are used as a unique spice. According to their antioxidant properties and health effect, they enter the health applications. Finally, this magical spice is used in cosmetic industries to make different kinds perfume, lipstick and hair and face masks. The saffron oil is made to use in cooking and cosmetics. In this article, Queen of Flowers explains some method to make this oil at home.

What is saffron oil?

When you hear about saffron oil, you may think that you should do something on this spice to make the oil, like olive or almond. This is not correct. The oil of this spice is the combination of saffron with one of the beneficial oil, but the amount of each and the resting time is important.

Make saffron oil

You can make oil of saffron with any kinds of oil, but it is better to choose herbal oil. You could use threads of saffron or ground saffron, it depends on you and where you want to use this oil.

how to use saffron oil

Saffron, olive oil

Before start to make this oil, you need an airtight container, saffron threads, and olive oil, pot, and spice grinder.

Add 4 or 5 tablespoons of olive oil to the pot and put it on the heat, add your saffron, you need 10-15 strands. Mix them for 5 minutes, and then remove the heat. Wait for it to be cold, pour it into the airtight container and put it in a dark, dry, and cold place for a week. After a week, your saffron, olive oil is ready to use.

Saffron, almond oil

You need the same containers, and almond oil. In some recipes you need white wine too.

Pour 2 tablespoons of almond oil in the pot and put it on the heat. Then add saffron. It is better to grind 10 saffron threads in spice grinder and then add the ground spice to the pot. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Wait for it to get cold, and then pour it into the airtight container, you should keep it in a cold and dark place for a week, after that your oil is ready.

If you want to make this oil with white wine, first heat the white wine, and then add your spice, about a teaspoon of threads of saffron is enough. Then add a tablespoon of almond oil, and simmer this mixture for 5 minutes. Then let it get cold and pour it into the airtight container. After a week, your oil is ready.

Point 1: you can make this oil with others, but these two are the most famous and applicable ones.

Point 2: After opening your oil container, keep it in dark, cold and dry place.

How to use saffron oil?

You can cook with these oils. There is no difference, these kinds of spice oils, has the color of the golden spice and they are aromatic due to the fragrant saffron aroma.

The saffron olive oil usually is used as the food dresser. While the saffron almond oil is used as a skin cream. You can rub this oil on your skin and wait for 10 minutes. You also can use this oil as hair oil.

This great oil is good for acne spots and dark circles on the skin. It is really beneficial for the dry skin type.

When you use this oil on your hair, it could help hair growth. This oil is a great choice for the massage oil. Use and enjoy the benefit of saffron.


The saffron oil is of the popular saffron products. You can make it at your home and use it in your food recipes. You could also use this awesome oil in your skin routine, drops of oil on your skin will give you glowing skin. This oil could also be great for oil massage. This is a wonderful hair care too. You can use it as hair oil, to improve the health of your hair.

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