This five-ingredient recipe couldn't be any easier to pull together and makes for a truly impressive, elegant appetizer. Spruce up store-bought mayonnaise (or make your own) with a little fresh lemon juice, a clove of fresh garlic, and an extra-special ingredient: saffron. Some specialty food shops and select grocery stores allow you to purchase smaller amounts of spices, which is great for ingredients like saffron being that it is a pricier spice and you do not want to have an excess that goes stale in your pantry before you are able to use it. 

Marian Cooper Cairns
Recipe by Coastal Living March 2016


Credit: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe Summary

Makes about 1 cup, 8 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 1 tablespoon warm lemon juice, 1 finely grated garlic clove, and 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads in a medium bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Serve with ice-cold shrimp.