19 Delicious Turmeric Recipes to Spice Up Your Life

19 Delicious Turmeric Recipes to Spice Up Your Life

Ariel Knutson
Sep 21, 2016

Have you fallen in love with turmeric yet? This potent and aromatic orange spice adds a ton of flavor to recipes while providing a slew of wonderful health benefits.

Whether you have a jar of it lurking in the back of your pantry and want to use it up, or simply have a strong desire to add more of the spice to your diet, these recipes will help you in your mission.

You don't need a lot of turmeric in a recipe for it to have a powerful impact in terms of flavor and color. Scrolling through the 19 I've listed here, you'll notice that each recipe is tinted slightly yellow or orange due to the spice.

There are a few different forms turmeric takes in cooking: dried ground spice, dried whole pieces, and fresh. Here's a quick guide on what the difference between the three are, and how to use them in your cooking.

If you're looking for more general ideas on how to consume more turmeric, this turmeric guide is also very helpful.

Read more: 7 Ways to Eat (& Drink!) Turmeric

1. Fire Cider

(Image credit: Emily Han)

This super spicy drink combines fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, chile pepper, turmeric, citrus, and herbs (like parsley, rosemary, and thyme). Crazy, right? Your winter cold won't know what hit it.

2. Bryant Terry's Curried Corn and Coconut Rice

(Image credit: Melissa Ryan)

This vegan side dish from Bryant Terry includes a ton of spices in the corn, including 2 tablespoons of turmeric. Put that over luscious coconut rice and find true happiness.

3. Yotam Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

This cauliflower cake from Yotam Ottolenthi is all over Instagram. Have you tried it yet? You can basically justify eating it for any meal, and it's good hot or at room temperature.

4. Kerala Coconut Chicken Curry

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

This gorgeous chicken recipe comes together with the help of your pressure cooker. There's only one teaspoon of turmeric in this recipe, but it melds super well with the other spices.

5. Spiced Yellow Dal with Rice (Kitchari)

(Image credit: Sara Kate Gillingham)

This recipe transforms a mess of beans and rice into something dinner-worthy. If you want something cheap and delicious and full of spices, this is the meal for you.

6. Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

(Image credit: Megan Gordon)

Everyone knows cauliflower is the most magical vegetable. Like tofu, it takes on all the stuff around it and makes it better. Only 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric makes this soup a golden yellow-orange.

7. Yotam Ottolenghi's Legume (Noodle) Soup

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Ottolgenhi was inspired by Persian cuisine for this recipe. The soup is thick enough by itself that you can skip the noodles and it would still be delightful.

8. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

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Turmeric and cauliflower are BFF, and this recipe proves the relationship. You sear the steak on the stovetop, sprinkle it with a spice mixture, and then roast. So easy, right? Serve with cilantro and quinoa.

9. Sunshine Smoothie with Coconut, Clementine and Turmeric

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Feeling a little under the weather? This smoothie packed with vitamin C and turmeric will help you ride the storm.

10. Persian Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)

(Image credit: Emily Han)

Fresh parsley, cilantro, chives, and dill are the stars of this recipe, although you can substitute leeks, scallions, tarragon, spinach, or other tender greens you have on hand. Turmeric adds a nice touch of color to the whole dish.

11. Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons

(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)

This deeply satisfying chicken recipe is full of preserved lemons, olives, and a ton of spices. The whole thing is entirely warming and perfect for a dinner party.

12. Butternut Squash & Coconut Curry

(Image credit: Vanessa Barrington)

The next time you have a giant squash staring at you in your kitchen, turn it into this flavorful curry.

13. Wild Rice Bowl with Red Lentil Curry and Spinach

(Image credit: Karen Biton-Cohen)

Lunch, is that you? This grain bowl is not messing around. You can't go wrong with lentil curry.

14. Southwestern Tofu Scramble

(Image credit: Megan Gordon)

Tofu scrambles are a great recipe to have in your back pocket because they're so darn simple and can often trick even the most ardent tofu-hater into sitting down to a hearty, vegetarian breakfast.

15. The Superfood Baked Potato

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

If you're going to create a whole meal dedicated to "super" foods, you better believe you have to include turmeric. That yellow stuff oozing from the potato? That's turmeric mixed with yogurt.

16. Turmeric-Ginger Tea

(Image credit: Emily Han)

This is the easiest recipe that features turmeric. Just combine water, turmeric, ginger, and maybe some milk and honey if you're into that kind of thing. Perfect for flu season.

17. Paneer Mughlai Curry

(Image credit: Michelle Peters-Jones)

This recipe is incredibly adaptable. If you're pressed for time, or if you want a lighter version of the recipe, there are directions for how to make it happen.

18. Popeye Pesto Tofu Scramble

(Image credit: Megan Gordon)

This delicious tofu scramble includes homemade pesto and turmeric for added flavor and color. Serve it in a tortilla or eat it straight.

19. Lamb Korma

(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

Combine lamb, coconut milk, and all the spices in your apartment, and this is the end result. It's a great dish to make ahead of time and serve at a party.

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