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Spanish Paella Recipes

Spanish Paella Recipes - PAELLA - The history. Did you know?  The traditional Spanish Paella we all know and love today originated in Valencia and was a poor mans meal that has developed into one of Spain´s most popular and beloved dishes with variants of the recipe across the different provinces in Spain.  

The name of the dish Paella comes from the vessel it is cooked in, quite simply a “La Paella”. This is a Valencian word and describes the round shallow pan with two handles that the ingredients are cooked in and traditionally then served in directly from the fire. Read more here

There are so many different Paella recipes available, here are a couple or our personal favourites

Paella Valenciana


2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 a whole chicken roughly 4 pounds, cut into 6 pieces (keeping bone)

1/2 a whole rabbit roughly 2 pounds, cut into same size pieces as the chicken *OPTIONAL* Only if you want to go fully authentic

1 head of garlic with cloves separated and peeled

2 medium tomatoes finely chopped

1 can of butter or Lima beans

10 ounces 285g frozen green peas

10 ounces 285g frozen green beans

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

salt to taste

1 pinch saffron

4 bay leaves

4 cups Paella rice or other short-grain rice


Heat a paella pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil, coat the entire base of the pan.

Add the garlic, chicken, and rabbit (if using) and fry until brown.

Move the meat away from the center of the pan, add the tomatoes, butter beans, peas, and green beans. Season with the paprika and mix to combine.

Using a measuring cup, add enough water to fill the paella pan almost to the top, note how much water you needed, this will tell you how much rice to use later. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Keep simmering for 45 mins to an hour, to make a broth.

Once the broth is formed, add a few generous pinches of salt to taste. Also add the saffron and bay leaves. Stir until the it becomes a vivid orangey-yellow colour, add a bit more paprika and another strand of saffron if needed.

Add half as much rice as you did water. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.

Serve immediately, straight from the pan. If it's done well, the paella should have a  crispy, blackened layer of rice at the bottom!

Spanish Paella Recipes

Spanish Paella Recipe 2 This is not classed as a traditional recipe as many do not agree with adding Chorizo to a Paella, but we love the added taste.

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 cup water

1 teaspoon saffron threads

3 (16-ounce) cans chicken broth

8 unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 1/2 pound)

8 mussels, scrubbed and debearded

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 skinned, boned chicken thighs, cut in half

2 links Spanish chorizo sausage (about 6 1/2 ounces) cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1 (4-ounce) slice of ham, cut into 1-inch pieces (optional)

2 cups finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

3 large garlic cloves, minced

3 cups uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice

1 cup frozen green peas

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Lemon wedges (optional)


Prepare the herb blend, combine the first 4 ingredients, and set aside.

To prepare paella, combine water, saffron, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact; set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; saute 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add sausage and ham; saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan.

Add shrimp, and saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper; saute 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add tomatoes, paprika, and 3 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in herb blend, broth mixture, chicken, sausage mixture, and peas. Bring to a low boil; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add mussels to pan, nestling them into rice. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells.

Arrange shrimp, heads down, in rice mixture, and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done.

Sprinkle with 1/4 cup lemon juice. Remove from heat; cover with a towel, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Spanish Paella Recipes

Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Paella

800g Chicken Meat (Leg, Thigh or Breast meat diced into bite-size pieces, keep the skin & bone on for extra flavour

800g Spanish Paella Rice (Bahia, Maratelli or Bomba)

250g Sliced Runner beans or French Beans

3-4 large ripe tomatoes or a large tin of chopped tomatoes & 1/2 Medium onion, finely chopped or (3-4 tablespoon of Tomato Frito)

2 litres of chicken & vegetable Stock

Pinch of Saffron threads

1tsp sweet paprika

1 jar roasted red peppers

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Lemon wedges for serving


Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in the Paella Pan and part cook the chicken pieces, sprinkled with salt, until browned. (You could also at this stage you could add 200g sliced cooking chorizo for an English adaptation of Paella and fry with the chicken.)  Note: Adding chorizo can be controversial for Paella purists and never seen in Spain.

Make up the stock and add a good pinch of the saffron stamens. Let them infuse for about 15 mins.

Push the meat to the outside of the pan.  To make the "Sofrito" first sweat the onion in the Paella Pan until soft.

Then add the chopped tomatoes and fry over a medium heat. Keep stirring. As the mixture reduces, it will start to thicken up to a darker red paste.
 or just use a few tablespoons of Tomato Frito

Bring the meat back to the middle of the pan and mix thoroughly  with the sofrito. Add the paprika, beans and about half of the peppers. Mix and continue fry for few more minutes.

Now add the stock to the paella pan to "deglaze" the pan and get all the flavours off the bottom. Taste for seasoning. It needs to be quite well salted

Bring to the boil and leave for several minutes for all the flavours to mix in with the stock.

Now add the rice, mix gently to try and even out the rice ensuring all the rice grains are under the surface of the liquid. DO NOT STIR the rice after this.

After about 10 minutes the rice should start to appear though the liquid. Now turn down the heat and continue to gentle simmer for about another 10 minutes until the rice starts to dry out. 

Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, try the rice, it should be cooked "al dente" with a slight nutty taste.

Now cover the Paella pan with foil and turn up the heat for a minute or so. (You will hear the rice "pop" as it is caramelising on the bottom of the pan). This is called the "Socarrat" the most highly prized part of Paella. Covering the pan at this stage also helps finish off the cooking of the top layer of rice.

Turn off the heat. Decorate with lemon wedges, the remaining red peppers and the sprig of rosemary.

Recover and leave for 10 minutes to rest.

Serve directly from the pan

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