12 Turmeric Recipes That Will Warm You Up to the Delicious Spice

Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice

These tasty turmeric recipes will have you warming up your dinners, your brunches, and your drinks with the spice that's been linked to many health benefits. We love the warmth (not fire) turmeric lends to recipes. Our favorite creations include marinated chicken, turmeric rice recipes, and even a turmeric-infused affogato.

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Pork Skewers with Couscous Salad

pork skewers with couscous salad
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Come summer grilling season (or any time you feel like busting out your indoor grill pan), savory marinated pork kabobs are a perfect partner for a warmly spiced couscous salad. Turmeric recipes—including this layered and complex yet easy-to-make dinner—often call for ginger, too. Did you know the two plants are related?

Buy It: Jiva Organics Turmeric Powder, $10 for 1 pound, Amazon

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Toasted Naan and Chicken Soup

toasted naan and chicken soup
Carson Downing

Think of this turmeric powder recipe as the Indian version of chicken tortilla soup. Season the warming chicken soup with cardamom, cloves, turmeric, and garam masala (a spice blend that varies from region to region in India). Then trade the tortillas for fluffy naan to complete this twist on the classic.

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Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cut the carbs but keep all of the flavor with this turmeric rice recipe that trades warmly spiced cauliflower rice for regular rice. Don't feel like whipping up DIY cauliflower rice? Simply grab a bag of prericed cauliflower in the produce section at your supermarket.

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Turmeric, Ginger, and Honey Affogato

turmeric ginger and honey affogato
Carson Downing

Golden milk recipes, aka turmeric tea, are taking over Instagram for both their vivid hue and their health-boosting properties. (Coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon, and a pinch of black pepper are generally in the mix.) This caffeinated dessert recipe using turmeric is a playful twist on the golden milk concept. It gets crowned with a splash of strong freshly brewed coffee or espresso.

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Spiced Papaya-Cranberry Granola

spiced papaya-cranberry granola
Carson Downing

Walk on past the store-bought granola. This recipe with turmeric and ginger is sweetened with dried papaya, dried cranberries, and maple syrup instead of oodles of additives. A spoonful of apple cider vinegar (don't drink it straight!) offers a hint of zip that will have everyone asking, "What is your secret ingredient?!"

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Turmeric-Ginger Marinated Chicken

Turmeric-Ginger Marinated Chicken

One tender turmeric chicken recipe, coming right up! Equal parts grated turmeric root and grated gingerroot scent the yogurt-base marinade that amps up the flavor and juiciness of plain ol' chicken breasts.

Test Kitchen Tip: Allow the marinade to infuse overnight or up to 24 hours (chill in the fridge) for the best results.

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Turmeric-Mango Tonic

Turmeric-Mango Tonic

Give turmeric milk recipes and turmeric latte recipes a break. Try this refreshing sparkling drink instead. A dash of turmeric and cayenne add just enough zip to balance out the sweet mango and pineapple juice in the mix. It's likely to become your most requested turmeric drink recipe.

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Weeknight Paella

Weeknight Paella

A full 2 teaspoons of the sunshine-color spice, plus a pinch of saffron threads, turn up the flavor volume in this turmeric rice recipe. A blend of scallops, shrimp, and chorizo make this taste just like the classic Spanish dish—all in a fraction of the time (25 minutes!).

Buy It: Rumi Spice Saffron, $10 for 1 gram, Amazon

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Turmeric Pineapple Sipper

turmeric-pineapple sipper
Carson Downing

Fresh turmeric recipes make happy hour even happier—and healthier. This island-inspired mocktail mixes turmeric root simple syrup, pineapple juice, and sparkling water for a refreshing summery sip.

Test Kitchen Tip: Transform this into a cocktail with a splash of gin or vodka.

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Root Veggie Salad with Miso-Turmeric Dressing

Root Veggie Salad with Miso-Turmeric Dressing

Think you've been there, tasted that with every kind of beet salad? As feel-good turmeric recipes go, this one beats 'em all. Flip the salad script by thinly slicing or shaving ribbons of beets, carrots, radishes, and turnips. Then toss it all with a flavorful Asian vinaigrette that features turmeric, ginger, red miso, and more.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Pro Y Vegetable Peeler, $15, Amazon

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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Introducing a main-dish salad you'll honestly be excited to eat! The roasted cauliflower with turmeric replaces croutons in scrumptious fashion. Top with your favorite protein to make it a meal.

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Turmeric Tonic

Turmeric Tonic

Step aside, hot chocolate. Similar to a turmeric tea recipe, this beverage is steeped with turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. This healthy drink will warm you up from the inside out.

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