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Seafood paella

Yummy seafood paella (PHOTO: Drum)

Ingredients 18
Servings 6
Time 25 min


  • 100
    olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 200
    basic tomato sauce
  • 2,5
  • 5
  • 5
    smoked paprika
  • pinch
    of saffron threads
  • 500
    uncooked Arborio rice
  • zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 750
    good-quality fish or chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • 250
    dry white wine
  • 8
    prawns, deveined
  • 8 mussels
  • 2 calamari steaks, grilled and cut into strips
  • 500
    grilled fish, cut into bitesize pieces
  • 60
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • lemon wedges, for serving


35 min

1 Heat the olive oil in a large paella pan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the garlic and, before it begins to colour, add the tomato sauce.

2 Add the sugar, salt, paprika and saffron, stir well and cook for 10 minutes.

3 Add the rice and stir well until all the grains are glossy and coated.

4 Add the lemon zest and squeeze over the lemon juice.

5 Bring the stock and wine to a boil in a saucepan. Pour over the rice and bring to a boil.

6 Stir well and spread the rice out evenly in the pan (do not stir again).

7 Cook the rice over low heat for 12-17 minutes, moving the pan around and rotating it so that the rice cooks evenly.

8 Place the prawns and mussels on top after 10 minutes, turning when they are pink on the one side. Cover with a lid to allow the seafood to steam and cook through.

9 Add a little more hot stock towards the end if the rice seems too dry.

10 When the rice is cooked, turn off the heat, cover the pan with a large piece of foil and allow to steam for 10 minutes.

11 Add the grilled calamari and fish to the paella and serve with lots of fresh parsley and lemon wedges.


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