Taste and Texture: Garlicky, with saffron's faint honey-vanilla sweetness balanced by a light bitterness. Thick and creamy. Try with: Poached, grilled, sautéed, or roasted fin fish; scallops, shrimp, or lobster; toasted bread (as an accompaniment for fish soups); oven fries; steamed or sautéed asparagus, broccoli, or carrots; grilled veggie sandwiches.
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 30 seconds. Cool slightly. Stir in mayonnaise and juice, stirring until well blended.
Saffron doesn't fully release its color, flavor, or fragrance until it blends with warm liquid, which is why you make the saffron-water blend in the microwave.