My summer vacations in Spain were a unique experience. I met new culture, learned a lot about Spanish history, saw some of the most remarkable landmarks in the world, but I got to know lots about Spanish gastronomy too. And I totally fell in love with it. All those tapas, sangrias, tinto de verano, paellas, churros and other Spanish food made the vacation much better and more interesting. Seafood paella was one of my favorite dishes and I was craving almost a year to eat it again.

Recently we finally got to buy a real paella pan and I needed to make it. I searched the internet looking for the best recipe and I found one I really liked here. I modified it a little and used different seafood, but the basic stayed the same. It came out absolutely delicious and I need to recommend it! So, let’s make it! 🙂

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Ingredients for 3 – 4 persons

(1 cup = 250 ml)
1 cup of rice, for paella or arborio
2 1/2 cups seafood broth (or you can use vegetable one)
1 tsp saffron powder
300 g mixed seafood (I used mussels, prawns, surimi, and calamari mix)
100 g calamari
5 large shrimps in shells
1 tbsp minced parsley
1 clove minced garlic
pinch dried basil
salt to taste
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 chopped tomato

Preparation of Sea Food Paella

Clean the fish and seafood and cut it into smaller pieces. I used a package of mixed seafood which contained surimi, calamari, mussels, and prawns. For seafood paella you can use literally any seafood or fish, whatever you can find. It looks very attractive if you put some clams with shells also. I also bought 5 large shrimps in shells mostly for the decoration. Just wash the shrimps, sprinkle with salt and leave them aside.

Bring the broth to boil and stir in saffron. Here I used the vegetable broth because I didn’t have enough seafood or fish to make one and it fit very good with this dish. You can put a tomato into the hot broth for few minutes to peel it easily. When the tomato is peeled, cut it into pieces and leave it aside.

Mix parsley, garlic, thyme and some salt and mash it into a paste. Add paprika and some water if necessary to form a paste.

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Heat up 4 tbsp of olive oil in a paella pan. Add all the seafood (except shrimps), quickly fry them for 1 – 2 minutes and then remove to warm platter or another pan. Put tomato into the pan and cook until it becomes sauce-like, for approximately 5 minutes. Pour into hot broth (1/2 of it) and add the rice when it boils. We bought paella rice (it is a special type of rounded grain rice), but you can use arborio as well. Stir in parsley paste and cook for 15 minutes. In this phase, you can stir the rice. Add more broth if needed.

After 15 minutes, add all the seafood, mix with the rice and arrange shrimps on the top. Taste for salt and add some if needed. Do not stir after this point! Lower the heat and continue to cook until the rice is done (5 – 10 minutes more). Add more broth if needed, but at the end, paella cannot be completely dry, but also no soupy.

It is important that you should stop stirring the rice after you add fish and you need to cook it uncovered all the time. When the rice is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and cover with foil. It needs to rest for 10 minutes before you can serve it.

Enjoy your meal!

Spanish Sea Food Paella
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. (1 cup = 250 ml)
  2. 1 cup of rice, for paella or arborio
  3. 2 1/2 cups sea food broth (or you can use vegetable one)
  4. 1 tsp saffron powder
  5. 300 g mixed sea food (I used mussels, prawns, surimi and calamari mix)
  6. 100 g calamari
  7. 5 large shrimps in shells
  8. 1 tbsp minced parsley
  9. 1 clove minced garlic
  10. pinch dried basil
  11. salt to taste
  12. 4 tbsp olive oil
  13. 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  14. 1 chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. Clean the fish and sea food and cut it into smaller pieces. Bring the broth to boil and stir in saffron. Mix parsley, garlic, thyme and some salt and mash it into a paste. Add paprika and some water if necessary to form a paste.
  2. Heat up 4 tbsp of olive oil in paella pan. Add all the sea food (except shrimps), quickly fry them for 1 – 2 minutes and then remove to warm platter or another pan. Put tomato into the pan and cook until it becomes sauce-like, for approximately 5 minutes. Pour into hot broth (1/2 of it) and add the rice when it boils. Stir in parsley paste and cook for 15 minutes. In this faze, you can stir the rice. Add more broth if needed.
  3. Add all the sea food, mix with the rice and arrange shrimps on the top. Do not stir after this point! Continue to cook until the rice is done (5 – 10 minutes more). When cooked, remove pan from the heat and cover with foil. It needs to rest for 10 minutes before you can serve it.
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