saffron water recipe
Written by Vahid Epagloo, Food Consultant Updated:

Saffron is a very expensive spice. This magical spice is different from others, not only in price and benefits, but also in the method of using. In order to use saffron, you should make saffron water. It means if you add powder or stands of saffron, the result is not desirable. In Queen of Flowers, we explain how to make your magical spice ready and use it.

Saffron water recipe

There are many different saffron water recipes. If you search on the web, you will find many different ways that is because each person has its own method. Here we explain some of these methods.

Recipe 1

Use mortar or spice grinder to grind saffron threads. Add the ground saffron to warm water. Wait for 5-10 minutes. And then your delicate spice is ready.

Recipe 2

In some recipes using a pinch of sugar when you grind your sunshine spice is recommended. It would help you to grind the golden spice better and make a softer powder. Add powdered saffron and sugar to hot water. Your Water with saffron needs 10-15 minutes to be ready to use.

Recipe 3

Add saffron threads or powder to ice cubes. Give this mixture 10-15 minutes to get ready. (You can add a pinch of sugar to this mixture.)

Recipe 4

You can use milk instead of water. However, making water this mixture with milk has some limits in usage. You should use this one in desserts and some beverages. This is because the milk could change the bitter taste of your golden spice.

Point 1: you could use lemon juice to brew your spice. It is great, however it could change the flavor. You should first consider the recipe you want to use the brewed spice in.

Point 2: In order to have a brighter colour, it is better to use ice cubes to brew this spice.

how to make saffron water

How to use saffron?

Saffron is used in foods, beverages and desserts. It is necessary to brew it in hot water, ice cubes or milk before using it in any recipes or alone.


This magical spice is one of the inseparable ingredients of Asian cuisine. You may hear or test the saffron rice. This delicious rice is cooked all around the world with different recipes. Italian has Risotto, Indian make Basmati, Spanish cuisine cooks the Paella and Iranian has their wonderful Tahchin.

You should add saffron water to the food according to the recipes. It is different for each food.


You could drink the saffron water itself; it is one of the most famous healthy drinks in the world. You can serve this water cold or hot. If you serve it hot, we could say it is a saffron tea. When you use it cold, it could be cold saffron tea or syrup.

You can add this mixture to any syrup or drinks and make aromatic drinks. You can serve these beverages as cold drinks; it is up to your taste.

In addition, you can add this sunshine spice water to all kinds of tea or hot drinks.


You should brew your spice with milk and add it to your dessert. According to desserts recipes, most of them are made by milk. Be careful, if you want to make dessert without milk do not brew you aromatic spice in milk.

How to store saffron water?

You can store saffron strands in cold, dark and dry place for more than a year. While when you add the magical spice to the water or make it ready to use, you should not store it for a long time. You can store this ready mixture in fridge for about 2 weeks. It is recommended to make a little amount of it each time.

The safe amount of usage

According to the great health benefits of saffron, you may think there is no limit on usage or using more is better. This thought is totally wrong. Experts say that in order to use all the heath benefits of this golden spice, 30 mg of it per day is enough. They also say more than 150 mg usage of the world most expensive spice is not safe.

Additionally, some cases are not allowed to use this spice at all. Before adding this awesome spice to your diet, it is better to consult with your doctor, or at least ask an expert.


Saffron is a magical spice that has exotic aroma, golden color and a bitter taste. It should add to different recipes or use it to change your feelings and taste experiences.

The usage of this sunshine spice is a bit different with others. You should brew this spice in water, ice cubes, milk, juice or broth to make it ready to use. In the above article, Queen of Flowers discusses some of these preparation methods for you.