Looking for turmeric recipes? Want to know the health benefits of the vibrant root? Try our ideas below, then check out our healthy dinner ideas.


Our nutritionist Kerry Torrens says... "A member of the ginger family, turmeric is famed for its health benefits, especially its anti inflammatory properties. The active component in turmeric is a beneficial plant chemical called curcumin. It is poorly absorbed by the body but you can improve its uptake by adding a generous grind or two of black pepper. Though challenging to achieve therapeutic levels from adding turmeric to the food we eat, it's still worth adding for its vibrant culinary effects and its health-promoting potential."

Whether it's a superfood or not, there's no denying how great turmeric recipes are. We've collated our favourites here, using both fresh and ground turmeric, including Indian-spiced bream, turmeric-roasted cauliflower and turmeric chai tea. We even have a turmeric dessert, too.

Just remember to take care with your turmeric – it will stain your clothes if you're not careful! If you do get some on you, try squeezing a little fresh lemon juice onto the stain and leaving for 15 minutes before putting in the washing machine.

Turmeric recipes

Turmeric fried eggs and kale salad

Turmeric-spiced fried eggs pair with crunchy kale in this veggie salad, finished with a drizzle of speedy tahini sauce.

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Plate of kale salad topped with a turmeric fried eggnext to a ramekin of dressing and parsley

Golden onion and spring veg pilaf

Add plenty of colour midweek with this nourishing vegetarian one-pot, spiced with vibrant turmeric and packed with plenty of greens.

Golden onion and spring veg pilaf

Turmeric-fried veggie rice

Fresh turmeric is the star of this vibrant dish, although you can substitute it for ground if needed. Packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make, this is a great meal that comes in at under 300 calories per serving.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

Golden milk bircher

Turmeric adds an anti-inflammatory boost and a golden colour to this vegan breakfast bowl, made with oats and nut milk.

Two bowls of overnight oats with turmeric and other spices, topped with pomegranate seeds next to mugs of coffee and a glass of juice

Turmeric chicken

Make chicken breasts that little bit more exciting by chucking turmeric, smoked paprika, crispy chickpeas and baby spinach into the mix. Serve with lemony yogurt and toasted pittas.

Two plates of spiced chicken with lemon wedges on the side

Turmeric-roasted cauliflower salad

Roasting the cauli in turmeric for this salad not only gives it an extra layer of flavour, but also a wonderful golden-yellow colour.

Vegan Salad Recipe With Roasted Cauliflower

Turmeric broth with ginger and chicken dumplings

This turmeric chicken broth soup is under 500, detox-friendly and on the table in 30 minutes. There's plenty of goodness in that golden liquid.

Bowl of turmeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

Singapore noodles

Turmeric, curry powder and soy sauce are used to flavour these speedy Singapore noodles.

Two bowls of noodles with sliced chilli, alongside two pairs of wooden chopsticks and two glasses of water with a white background

Chickpeas with turmeric, cinnamon, dates and almonds

Check out our easy chickpea stew with vibrant turmeric, crunchy almonds and sweet dates. Slow cooking chickpeas with a heady selection of spices really ramps up the flavour in this frugal dish. Try to get hold of the extra large, chubby chickpeas in jars for superior texture.

A bowl of chickpea stew with spices, topped with flaked almonds

Garlic and black pepper chicken curry

Fresh turmeric is used in this recipe for the all-important marinade. For maximum flavour from the spices, marinate the chicken for as long as you can, then it’s a speedy curry to make.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe With Garlic and Black Pepper

Turmeric and spring onion kefir soda bread

Turmeric gives this special soda bread, made with cumin, kefir, spring onions and rolled porridge oats, a wonderful golden colour. The recipe includes salted kefir butter to slather on it, too.

Soda Bread Recipe With Homemade Kefir Butter

Turmeric latte

Get more of the spice into your diet by whipping up this golden latte at home, a perfect drink to start your day.

A cup of turmeric late on a stone saucer with a gold teaspoon alongside

Turmeric pickled eggs

Spice up your eggs with this easy pickling recipe using turmeric to add an extra kick of flavour to your lunch or dinner.

Vietnamese turmeric and dill fish with rice noodles

Sunshine yellow deliciousness with a hit of chilli and herbs. This unusual Vietnamese dish is popular in Hanoi, but you can make your own version for dinner tonight using the ground turmeric in your cupboard.

Vietnamese Fish Recipe by Donal Skehan

Turmeric and mango lassi

Turmeric (organic in particular) is thought to have anti-inflamatory and immunity-boosting properties. Add it to milk, yogurt or water to make what’s known as golden milk. We’ve made it with sweet mango and subtle spices to make a chai-like lassi.

Two milk bottles of yellow mango lassi

Turmeric BBQ sea bream

Another one of our favourite recipes using turmeric – the ultimate BBQ fish recipe. Whole sea breams seasoned with turmeric, chilli, yogurt and cumin tastes amazing after a spin on the grill.

indian spied sea bream

Lamb soup (lamb harira)

Harira is a traditional spiced lamb soup from the Maghreb region of North Africa. In our version, turmeric is joined by fellow vibrant spice, saffron. We have bulked up our harira using puy lentils.

Lamb Harira

Turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans

This recipe for turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans will make your summer BBQ much more interesting. Coat the cheese in a turmeric-spiked marinade and leave overnight if you can, although a couple of hours should do the trick.

Coconut Paneer with Naan Bread Recipe

Fish tikka with turmeric, garlic and lime

This low calorie fish tikka, coated in turmeric and marinated in garlic, lime and yogurt, is easy to make and perfect for a healthy midweek meal. Serve with fresh salad and some lime wedges to garnish.


Chicken and spinach pilaf

Nothing beats a failsafe pilaf recipe for a quick (but nutritious) midweek dinner. Ours is coloured and spiced with turmeric and comes packed with baby spinach and coriander. It's also great for using up leftover chicken.

Chicken Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

Panch phoron fish curry in pineapple and coconut sauce

Plenty of fresh turmeric goes into the homemade curry paste in this vibrant fish curry with juicy pineapple. It's a simple recipe that's packed with plenty of flavour and is under 500 calories per serving.

Fish Curry Recipe with Pineapple

Slow-cooked Middle Eastern lamb

This spiced lamb dish combines turmeric with ground cinnamon, cumin and coriander for a warming effect. Slow cooking is great as it requires minimal hands-on time and effort but you get really flavourful results. The fried aubergine is a delicious accompaniment.

Slow-cooked Middle-Eastern lamb

One-pot chicken and quinoa tagine

Turmeric helps give tagines their vibrant colour. Here, it's joined by other storecupboard spices like cinnamon, paprika and coriander to create a nutritious, protein-rich one-pot.

Chicken Tagine Recipe With Quinoa

Dairy-free turmeric and mango fool

This recipe makes the lightest, most delicate and lovely little puddings, with turmeric adding a real zingy flavour. The coconut and mango combination is really refreshing and you don't even notice it's dairy-free because of the creaminess of the coconut cream.

turmeric fool - superfood 2017

Turmeric chai tea

Turmeric has been used as a culinary medicine in India for centuries. Put it to work in this simple chai tea, perfect if you have turmeric that needs using up.

Turmeric Chai Tea in two cups with a tea pot

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