Spanish Paella


Savor the authentic flavors of Spain with this traditional Paella recipe. This one-pan dish combines saffron-infused rice with a variety of seafood, chicken, and vegetables, creating a symphony of flavors and colors. Perfect for a festive gathering or a family meal, Paella is a celebration of Spanish culinary heritage.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving: 6 people


  • 2 cups short-grain paella rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chicken thighs, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound mussels, cleaned
  • 1/2 pound calamari rings
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnish


  1. In a large paella pan or wide skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken pieces and cook until browned. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook until softened. Stir in rice, saffron, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add chicken back to the pan, and simmer for 20 minutes without stirring.
  4. Add shrimp, mussels, calamari, and peas. Cook until the seafood is cooked through and mussels have opened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.


  • It’s important not to stir the rice after adding the broth to achieve the coveted socarrat (crispy bottom layer).
  • You can customize the seafood and meats as per your preference.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 406 kcal
  • Protein: 39.88 g
  • Fat: 12.61 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.76 g

This calculation provides an approximate idea of the nutritional content for a single serving of Paella, assuming the recipe serves 6 people. Paella is a flavorful and balanced dish, offering a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Keep in mind that these values can vary based on the exact ingredients and their quantities.

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