Spanish Paella


Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated from Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat, land snails, beans and seasoning. The key ingredients are bomba rice (short white grain rice), saffron and olive oil. I made a mixed paella of chicken, seafood, bell pepper and long beans with brown rice, making use of the ingredients I have in my kitchen. Paella is usually cooked and served in a paella pan, and not having one, I used a frying pan instead.

This is my first attempt at cooking Paella, and it won’t be my last. Despite not having any stock to cook with, the seafood and lemon brings out the beautiful flavours. I can’t wait to cook this again! Any 1 dish meal recipe has always been my favourite recipes to cook – fast, easy, full of flavour and less cookery to wash!

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Spanish Paella is a rice dish originated from Valencia, south of Spain. This recipe is a mixed Paella, made with chicken, seafood, bell pepper and long beans
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-3
  • 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 medium Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 fresh Bay Leave (I use 2 dried bay leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh Thyme (I use 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme)
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Celery Stalk - finely diced (I replace with Long Bean)
  • 1 cup Short Grain Rice - washed and drained
  • 1 red Capsicum / Bell Pepper - finely sliced
  • 1 cup frozen Green Peas
  • 1 cup Tomato Puree/Paste
  • 1 cup Chicken/Seafood Stock (I use Water)
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron strands
  • 200g mixture of Fish Fillets, Squid, Prawns and Clam/Mussels
  • 100g Chicken Breast
  • Salt & cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Parsley - garnish
  • Lemon Wedges to serve
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and saute garlic, onions, bay leaves and thyme until fragrant.
  2. Add paprika and celery and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add rice and stir for 2 minutes
  4. Add the capsicum (bell pepper), green peas, tomato paste, stock, saffron, seafood, chicken, salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover pan with pan cover or aluminium foil and cook on low heat until liquid is absorbed and rice is cook. Remove pan from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes to absorb remaining broth.
  6. Just before serving, garnish with parsley and squeeze of lemon juice.
Paella usually has a layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan called socarrat in Spain. This is considered a delicacy there and is essential to a good paella. The toasted rice develops on its own if the paella is cooked over a burner or open fire. Place the paella pan over a high flame while listening to the rice toast at the bottom of the pan. Once the aroma of toasted rice wafts upwards, remove it from the heat. The paella must then sit for 5 minutes to absorb the remaining broth.

 Enjoy & have a great weekend!

Spanish, Paella, Rice Dish, Seafood


  1. Really nice recipe! But, haven’t you missed the step where to add the chicken? Or is it just me who can’t find it? 🙂

  2. Initially I thought one cup of rice goes with two cups of water but lol!!!!! Great meal and I can tell you it is a real mixture. The first time I took this meal, I knew I would will be having it more often. Thanks !!!!!!!!

  3. Wonderful blog, amazing posts, nice layout, great content management.Nice of you!

  4. Oh Paella!!!!! I can’t get enough of Paella. It’s one of my favorite dish and yours look fantastic! Can I come over to eat this…. lots of yummy juice from seafood. What a delicious recipe Shannon!!

  5. Wow! This is the the first time you make Paella? It looks great! My first paella was a failure, big time…;)!! Your paella looks like my MILS’s paella, and I think she makes the best paella in the world…:D)!!

  6. Katherine: Thank you for rating this recipe!

    Guiletta: Thank you! Wow I would love to get hold of paella spices!

  7. I love paella… and I have to try and make it, since my parents brought me a bag of paella spices in Ibiza! Great recipe 🙂

  8. I love paella and have never made my own – this looks delicious. Want some now!

  9. I have a Paella pan also. I cant seem to get the rice right. Either it is not done or the bottom burns. Some day I will bet it right. Your pictures look great. I cant wait to try your recipe.

    • Generally, 1 cup of white rice requires 1 cup of water. However different type of rice will require some slight adjustment in the amount of water. You just have to try a few times. If the rice is still hard, add some water and heat up the pot/pan until water dries, and test.
      I used to burnt my rice when I first start cooking in a pot. Then I learnt to be on a watch for the water as it starts to dry. Once the rice looks dry, listen to the sound of rice toasting and switch of fire immediately. Keep it covered for 5-10minutes, for the steam to cook the rice through. Hope this helps and keep me updated after you have tried this recipe.

  10. Paella was the first dish I tasted when I went to Spain. I wanted to finish the whole huge pan they had! (I only had to make sure there was no rabbit, in my family everyone loves rabbits as beautiful, cute animals so I never eat them and in Spain it’s a staple).
    Your paella looks fantastic! (Actually much better than the one I had in Spain 😉 )

    • Sissi, you are so kind with your words, I might not be able to sleep tonight 😛
      Now that you have told me, I have to be careful when I travel to Spain in future, make sure I don’t accidentally eat the cute furry animal!

  11. Alyssa: You must love Paella a lot to want to buy a Paella pan! 🙂

    Susan: I wonder what’s the northen Spain Paella looks like.. Somehow Paella is not complete without seafood for me 🙂

    Nikki: Yes, you have make it again for your friend. You can go wrong with Paella

  12. Adriana: Thank you! Just read about your husband’s Paella, it looks delicious!

    Cheryl and Adam: Yes, it’s delicious!

    Sarah Cupcake: You have to give Paella a try at least once, it’s super easy to cook!

    Sandra: Thanks for rating this recipe.

    Ann: There’s chicken/mixed meat paella, do give it a try!

  13. A friend of mine just tried paella for the first time, but it was not well prepared. Unfortunately she now thinks that it is a terrible dish. I have to fix this! Thanks for reminding me to make this for her. 🙂

  14. I just made an interesting chicken paella … the recipe based in northern Spain. I very mush like the look of your version!

  15. I love paella and yours looks delicious! I’ve never tried to make it, but I should soon, if for no other reason than an excuse to go out and get a paella pan!

  16. It looks terrific! I’ve made it once – before I developed a seafood allergy – and I just love it!

  17. Yummy dish! Love how you made it and recipe is amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Wow this looks amazing! I’ve got a whole book about Paella but I’ve yet to try making it yet, maybe I’ll give it a go! 🙂

  19. Paella, yum! It’s one of the perfect one dish meals with something for every taste and you’re right it’s not as hard as it seems. Delicious!

  20. Beautiful paella, Shannon! We love making it at home too.

  21. MagicofSpice: Thank you! I’m sure your family loves what you cook, because it’s cook with love!

    mjskit: thank you, do give paella a try, it’s super easy!

  22. I love one dish meals and paella is one of my favorites! But I’ve never made it. Yours looks awesome!!!!!

  23. Your Paella looks fantastic! I made a vegetable version just the other night, but my poor family is always getting stuck with vegetarian foods…they would love this 🙂
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend

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