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Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe

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12 servings

Serve up an amazing Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe tonight. Taste the toasted saffron, garlic and more in our delicious Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe.

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  • Bring 1/4 cup water just to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add saffron; stir. Let stand until ready to use.
  • Heat dressing in large saucepan on medium heat. Add green peppers, onions and garlic; cook 3 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook and stir 1 min.
  • Add tomatoes, black pepper, saffron and remaining water; stir. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 20 to 25 min. or until rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork before serving.

Special Equipment Needed

Special Extra

Add 1/2 lb. uncooked deveined peeled medium shrimp to rice mixture in saucepan along with the tomatoes, black pepper, saffron and remaining water.


Substitute 1 pkt. sazon adobo seasoning with saffron for the soaked saffron.

How to Toast the Saffron

Toasting the saffron threads intensifies the flavor and color which allows you to use less saffron to prepare your dishes. To toast the saffron threads, cook it in a small skillet on medium heat 15 to 30 sec. or until aromatic, stirring constantly. Immediately remove skillet from heat. Cool. Or, heat oven to 375°F. Place saffron on center of small piece of foil; fold foil to make packet. Bake 1 min., being careful to remove packet from oven before threads are burnt. Crumble saffron between your fingers. Or, use a mortar and pestle to grind the saffron into a powder. Or, you can instead soak the threads in 1/4 cup hot (not boiling) water for 10 to 15 min. Add both the liquid and threads into the recipe. Store any remaining toasted saffron in a cool, dry, dark place until ready to use as desired.

Food Facts

One pinch of saffron threads is equal to about 20 threads. Avoid buying powdered saffron which is often mixed with other spices to help keep the cost down.


  • 12 servings

Healthy Living

Nutrition Bonus

This delicious, yet low-fat and low-sodium, hot rice dish makes the perfect side to serve along with your favorite Mexican entrée, or your favorite hot cooked meat, such as steak or chicken.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
Calories 190
Total fat 1g
Saturated fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 55mg
Carbohydrate 40g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 8 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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