Best Turmeric Recipes

Got a jar of turmeric but not sure how to use it up? Here are our top turmeric recipes, from curry to mac and cheese to bright yellow turmeric rice.

Turmeric recipes

Turmeric is one of the hottest new spices: you’ll see it in everything from trendy golden milk to traditional Indian curry recipes. Turmeric has a warm flavor and adds a beautiful bright yellow color to dishes. There are lots of claimed health benefits of turmeric, which is mostly why its become so popular. But regardless of the health claims, turmeric adds a unique flavor and color to dishes that we absolutely love. If you have a jar of turmeric and are looking for recipes to use it up, here’s a collection of our top turmeric recipes!

But first, a little more on turmeric…

Turmeric recipes

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger. While you can buy turmeric root fresh, the main way that turmeric is used is ground and dried. You can buy ground turmeric at your local grocery store. It has a warm taste that is also slightly bitter. Turmeric also has a bright yellow color, and is often used as a plant based dye. Turmeric is a common spice used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, turmeric contains curcumin, which may have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is currently being studied in human clinical trials for illnesses such as colon and pancreatic cancers and Alzheimer’s.

And now…our top turmeric recipes!

A few more turmeric recipes

Here are a few more ideas for turmeric recipes:

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Turmeric Poached Egg Avocado Toast | A Couple Cooks

Turmeric Poached Egg

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 eggs 1x


Looking for turmeric recipes to use up a jar? Vibrant turmeric poached eggs can be whipped up in no time. Serve them over avocado toast for a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner.


  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 4 large eggs


  1. In a large saucepan, pour a few inches of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and stir in the vinegar and turmeric.
  2. Crack each egg into a small bowl, then carefully slide each egg into the water. Make sure to give plenty of space between each egg. Allow to simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still liquid. 
  3. Line a plate with a paper towel. Remove the eggs from the pan using a slotted spoon, then allow them to drain while preparing the toast. (Throughout the process, take care with the turmeric water, as it can stain clothing.)
  • Category: Eggs
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Turmeric Recipes, Turmeric Poached Egg, Turmeric Eggs

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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