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turmeric paste in a jar

How To Make Golden Turmeric Paste

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 cup
  • Category: Turmeric Paste
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Turmeric paste is easy to make using fresh or ground turmeric on your stovetop in about 10 minutes! Turmeric paste aka Golden milk paste has a variety of uses around the kitchen, especially for making golden milk lattes and boosting the flavor of meals. 


  • 1/4 cup dried Turmeric OR 1/3 pound fresh
  • 1 tablespoon dried Ginger OR 3″ fresh
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • pinch of Salt, more if using fresh turmeric


  1. If using dried turmeric: Measure all ingredients and add to a small pot. Stir well to incorporate- go to step #3.
  2. If using fresh turmeric & ginger, use a spoon to peel the skin then chop into 1″ pieces. Add to a blender with other ingredients and blend until smooth, then add to a small pot.
  3. With all ingredients in a pot, heat over medium low, stirring frequently. We don’t want this to boil, just simmer gently. The dried turmeric version will be quick to thicken- and can possibly burn, stir often.
  4. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, until combined and has slightly thickened to a paste. Turmeric paste will thicken substantially as it cools and is placed in the fridge.
  5. Note: Turmeric paste using fresh turmeric & ginger will need to simmer longer, perhaps 7-10 minutes. Stir often and don’t let burn or boil!
  6. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.


**Turmeric paste using fresh turmeric/ginger will need more salt than dried turmeric paste. Adjust seasoning as needed.

**Dried turmeric paste is more concentrated; the flavor is stronger and more potent in dried turmeric paste.

** I used a bullet blender to make fresh turmeric paste- as many regular size blenders require high volume of ingredients to smoothly blend, you may need to double this recipe if using a full size blender- or add more water then simmer longer for it to thicken apropriately!

Keywords: Turmeric paste, Golden paste