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All Recipes, Main Dishes / March 9, 2022

Quick & Easy Garlicky Saffron Rice | 30 Minute ONE-PAN Recipe

This Garlicky Saffron Rice, known in Spain as Arroz al Azafrán, is what simple & great food is all about. It´s packed with so much garlic goodness, super easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. Serve it as a side dish next to some grilled fish or even as a main course, next to a tomato salad and a crunchy baguette.

Garlicky Saffron Rice
To make this dish, I used long grain rice, but you can use any type of rice you like. However, the rice to liquid ratio and cooking times will change. So make sure to check the package instructions on the rice you are using.

Garlicky Saffron Rice
What really flavors this rice is the garlic and saffron. Make sure to use real saffron here. No imitation saffron and no substitutes. As the saffron is the star of the dish, and what gives it that incredible Mediterranean flavor.

Garlicky Saffron Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: It took me 15 minutes to cook the rice. But every rice, stove top or altitude where you live will cook differently. Either way, once all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid on for 4 to 5 minutes. This will ensure all the grains of rice will be cooked through.

Garlicky Saffron Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Garlicky Saffron Rice
5 from 3 votes

Garlicky Saffron Rice

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 270 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 shallots
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 475 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 cup long grain rice 190 grams
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas 45 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice 2 shallots, roughly chop 6 cloves of garlic and roughly chop 1 carrot that´s been peeled

  3. Once the vegetables are cut, add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil into the hot pan and the cut vegetables, mix the vegetables continuously with the olive oil

  4. After 2 minutes and the shallots are starting to become translucent, season with sea salt & black pepper, quickly mix together, then add in 2 cups vegetable broth and pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads, raise the heat to a high heat, mix together and bring to a boil

  5. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in 1 cup uncooked long grain rice, give it one final mix so everything is evenly distributed, place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium heat

  6. After 15 to 18 minutes and all the broth has been absorbed, remove the lid, add in 1/3 cup frozen peas, making sure to evenly spread them out, place the lid back on the pan and turn off the heat, let it sit for 4 minutes, then remove the lid and using a fork fluff up the rice

  7. Transfer into a large serving dish and serve, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron Threads I used to make this recipe

Nutrition Facts
Garlicky Saffron Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 191mg5%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2641IU53%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Lorie

    What type of rice do you use?

    20 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Long grain rice, as stated on the recipe card 🙂 Much love!

      21 . May . 2024
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  3. Chris B

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s incredibly flavorful. I made it last night and immediately added the recipe to my favorites.

    10 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      11 . Feb . 2023
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  5. Britt Gordon

    Can omit the carrot and peas?

    20 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Of course! You can add other veggies you like or just discard 🙂 much love

      21 . Jul . 2022
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  7. Lisa Larrea

    5 stars
    I made this last night! So simple, so flavorful 🙂

    12 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment Lisa 🙂 Much love

      12 . Mar . 2022
  8. Don Davis

    5 stars
    Albert is amazing – I stumbled upon his Spanish recipes a few weeks ago and had a blast with family and friends, making them! Some of the fun was finding the ingredients at the grocery stores, that I have never tried, (like saffron) !
    Alfred has an especially calm, methodical manner, that makes his instructions relaxing.
    When I am sad – I look for one of Alberts lessons – then I feel better.
    He is good for my mental health.

    09 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      09 . Mar . 2022
  9. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me looks easy for me to make will try this next week after work i never had garlicky saffron rice before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    09 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Ramya! Much love 🙂

      09 . Mar . 2022

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