Paella is a traditional Spanish dish made with round rice, associated mainly with the Valencia region. The name comes from the large two-handled pan in which it is traditionally prepared. This is an adapted version with a mix of meat, vegetables and shellfish.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

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Stage 1 - 15 min.
Paella : Photo of step #1
Peel 4 tomatoes and dice small.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Paella : Photo of step #2
Peel 1 onion, peel 3 cloves garlic and chop.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Cut 4 chicken breasts into pieces and slice ½ Chorizo (tip: remove skin from chorizo before cutting, then the skin will not shrivel and spoil the appearence during cooking).

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Prepare ¼ cauliflower.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Prepare 150 g peas.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Wash and scrape 250 g mussels.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Wash 250 g prawns.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Put a large pan on high heat (even better, use a real paella pan if you can), and pour in 3 tablespoons olive oil. When really hot, tip in mussels all at once.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
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They will spit, so cover pan with a sheet of aluminium foil.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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Cook like this for 2 or 3 minutes until the mussels open.

Remove from the heat, and lift out mussels with a skimmer. Set aside.

Stage 11 - 3 min.
Paella : Photo of step #11
Put the pan back on high heat and cook prawns 2 or 3 minutes on each side.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
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Remove pan from heat, and lift out prawns with a skimmer and set aside.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
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Empty remaining cooking juices out of the pan, then pour in 3 tablespoons olive oil and put back on high heat.

Add sliced chorizo and lightly brown 2 or 3 minutes.

Stage 14 - 15 min.
Paella : Photo of step #14
Remove chorizo slices using a skimmer, and tip in chicken pieces. Fry until golden brown on all sides.

These are likely to spit, so you can partially cover again with foil to avoid making a mess of your kitchen.

Remove chicken pieces and set aside.

Stage 15 - 3 min.
Paella : Photo of step #15
Add onion and garlic to remaining cooking fat, season, stir well and cook 2 or 3 minutes.

Stage 16 - 5 min.
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Tip in 500 g rice and stir well until "pearled", as for pilau rice.

Stage 17 - 2 min.
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Add diced tomatoes, stir well.

Stage 18 - 3 min.
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Then add chicken and chorizo, plus any juices that may have drained out while waiting, it all helps add flavour.

Stage 19 - 1 hour
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Add 1 litre water mixed with 2 chicken stock cubes, then 4 pinches saffron and stir thoroughly. Add cauliflower florets, season and stir again.

Turn down the heat, cover again with aluminium foil and leave to cook gently for about 1 hour, stirring from time to time.

Stage 20 - 15 min.
Paella : Photo of step #20
Meanwhile, shell mussels and peel prawns.

Stage 21 - 5 min.
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5 minutes before serving, add peas, mussels and prawns, and squeeze 1 lemon over.

Stir again and leave to cook a further 5 minutes. Check seasoning. To serve, take the pan to the table so that guests can help themselves, and come back for more.


To get closer to the "true" paella, I encourage you to use round Spanish rice rather than classic long grain.

Paella is one of those dishes that gets better each time you reheat it, so don't hesitate to make plenty at a time. It freezes very well.

It's important, in my opinion, that all the elements of a paella should be ready to eat, so no mussels, prawns or scampi still in their shells, or chicken with skin or bones. It takes longer, no doubt getting away from the true paella, but it's much more enjoyable to eat.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,210 Kcal or 17,626 Kj363 gr186 gr224 gr
210 %140 %18 %34 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
96 Kcal or 402 Kj8 gr4 gr5 gr
5 %3 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
702 Kcal or 2,939 Kj61 gr31 gr37 gr
35 %23 %3 %6 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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