Simple paella recipe: Bringing home a taste of Spain

simple paella recipeOne of the best things about travelling is trying new food. I know I’m not alone in this foodie obsession because there are so many food and travel blogs popping up all over the internet. We are a nation of food fanatics and any blog that combines food and travel is a winner in my eyes!

There’s nothing better than discovering a new dish while you’re travelling and then recreating it once your home.

One of my favourite meals is a Spanish paella and it’s amazingly simple to make at home.

Paella brings back memories of lazy beach-side lunches where an enormous pan of paella is cooking on coal. A man will stand there all day stirring the huge pan and the delightful smells waft along the beach and tempt everyone up from their sun loungers in search of a taste. Family holidays were always fuelled by paella and this was one of the first dishes my mum taught me to cook when I was a kid.

Paella is surprisingly simple to cook but if you make it in a huge pan it really has the wow-factor. Serve it with homemade sangria and juicy wedges of lemons and it’s perfect for a dinner party or impressing your friends.

Super simple paella recipe

Most people will choose from either:

  • Chorizo and Chicken or
  • Seafood

Maybe we’re greedy in my family but we go for both!

In all honesty, I never weigh and measure things out, I just chuck in as much or as little as I have. It’s a great recipe for clearing out the fridge. Make sure you have roughly equal measurements with your veggies and cook the veg in order of crunchiness.

To make this really simple, prep your veg beforehand and then all you need to do is keep adding ingredients to your pan – preferably with a glass of sangria in one hand and a big spoon in the other.

 

Ingredients for Paella

Fish and meat

  • Chicken breasts cut into small dices
  • Chorizo
  • Seafood – it’s easiest to use a bag of mixed frozen seafood
  • Large Prawns

Ingredients for a simple paella

Veggies & rice

  • Onion (red or white)
  • Peppers
  • Frozen peas or sugar snap peas
  • Green beans
  • Baby corn
  • Celery
  • 1/4 cup of paella rice per person

How to make a really easy paella

Seasoning

  • 2 table spoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Chicken stock with a teaspoon of paprika
  • White wine
  • Lemon wedges

How to make Paella

 

Instructions

  • Use the largest pan you have
  • Fry up your onions and garlic until the onions are soft
  • Add your chorizo and cook for a few minutes
  • Add your chicken
  • When your chicken is almost cooked, add your crunchiest vegetables
  • Add your vegetables every 3-5 minutes in order of crunchiest to make sure they’re all cooked the same amount
  • Add your prawns and seafood mix
  • Once your seafood is cooked add your rice and about half of your chicken stock
  • Warning: At this point you’ll think you don’t have nearly enough rice. Do not be tempted to add more. You will have enough!
  • Add more chicken stock as it’s absorbed until your rice is almost cooked
  • Slowly add about 1-2 glasses of white wine to keep the paella moist until it is cooked

Making an easy Paella

Simple Paella recipe

easy paella

Super simple paella recipe

Making Paella

Paella

Paella served with lemon wedges


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  1. Oh maaan this looks good! I can’t believe I’ve been living in Spain for five months and haven’t had paella yet…. oops! Definitely going to give making it at home a go, though 🙂

  2. I kind of always assumed all paella had seafood in, so I’m really happy to hear that chicken and chorizo is an option!! GAHH this gets me even more excited for Spain! Love that it’s so easy to make, too!

  3. This looks seriously tasty! Think I might have to try this. Having always said he doesn’t like risotto, I got hubby to eat a pearl barley risotto recently and he liked it! When in doubt, bribe with meat! He loves chorizo so I’m sure he’d eat this. Thanks for posting the recipe 🙂 Rachel x

  4. I guess this recipe doesn’t come from a Spaniard, because there is no place for chorizo in paella. At all. Eww. There are many ways of preparing a paella, but not with chorizo, which is something British chefs use. So this is a British paella 😉

      1. Thanks for the suggestion, but I think I will stick to a Spanish paella, whether with seafood, chicken, vegetables or a mixed one :). However, there are plenty of other traditional Spanish dishes where you can use chorizo: cannellini beans stew (that’s what I’m having today, hehe), a Spanish tortilla (omelette), fried eggs with chorizo, lentils soup… Or fried breadcrumbs (yummy)
        Have lovely day!
        Irene

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