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Getting The Most Out Of Turmeric Curcumin When Cooking

Cooking with Turmeric

Cooking with Turmeric

When cooking a curry dish, it’s easy to have a healthy fat in the dish since most curry dishes require some kind of oil. Cold-pressed coconut oil is best to use as it can withstand high heat and is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Black pepper is another way to increase absorption of curcumin into the body – it actually increases absorption by nearly 2000% due to the piperine found within black pepper. A small amount goes a long way so make sure to add at least a ½ teaspoon of black pepper into any dishes you may cook where black pepper would complement the flavor.

Below we offer suggestions of how to incorporate either fresh turmeric or ground turmeric into a variety of foods that include a healthy fat so you can get the highest absorption of curcumin possible in your daily meals.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric Suggestions

- Add freshly grated turmeric into different marinades for lean proteins like fish, tofu, chicken, or other meats – 1-2 teaspoons should suffice

- Add a 1-2” piece of fresh turmeric into your daily smoothie or freshly-pressed juice (remember turmeric has a more bitter flavor so start with less and add more according to your palate) - Make sure to have a healthy fat like cold-pressed coconut oil, avocado, or unsweetened coconut (or coconut flakes) in your smoothie to increase the absorption

- Add 1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated turmeric into a stir-fry dish when sautéing – Make sure to add a healthy dash of oil to the pan 

- Incorporate 1 teaspoon of freshly ground turmeric into any baked pumpkin dish you may be baking whether it be pumpkin bread, muffins, or some type of cake – It will be a delicately bolder flavor but it won’t overpower the other flavors

- Add a dash of freshly ground turmeric into any egg recipe – It will add a lovely color and flavor

- Make golden milk – Please see our blog on Recipes to learn how to make it (it’s delicious!)

Ground Turmeric

Ground Turmeric Suggestions

- Add 1-2 teaspoons of ground turmeric into your daily smoothie – Make sure to have a healthy fat like cold-pressed coconut oil, avocado, or unsweetened coconut (or coconut flakes) in your smoothie to increase the absorption of the curcumin

- Sprinkle a small amount on fresh avocado for a delicious snack

- Sprinkle on hard-boiled eggs or scrambled eggs for a yummy, slightly bolder flavor

- Add some into your hummus to enjoy with pita, crackers, or veggies

- Add ½ teaspoon into macaroni and cheese

- Combine 2 teaspoons into any homemade soup you make for an earthier and bold flavor – Make sure to have added a bit of olive oil or cold-pressed coconut oil to your soup or some black pepper

- Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric into water when making rice (add a dash of olive oil as well)

As you can see, there are an innumerable amount of options of how you can incorporate turmeric curcumin into your daily diet. You can be as creative as you’d like! Simply adding a bit of this miracle spice into one of your main meals each day will be a huge benefit to your overall health and wellness. 


One of the best ways to get your daily intake of turmeric curcumin is by adding it to the foods you eat. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has been found to prevent and treat a variety of health conditions including...