Seafood Paella Recipe

What Paella Means to My Multicultural Family?

Paella is a traditional Spanish food originally from Valencia, it is one of the most well-known dishes in Spanish cuisine.

As a multicultural family with Brazilian and Catalan background, paella is definitely playing an important role in our house; My first time trying an authentic paella was from my mother-in-law. It was unforgettable, and since then I’m in love with Paella!

Her recipe has been passed down generations from her native Catalan mother. She prepares mixed paella for parties of 25 for our birthdays, Christmas, or any major family events. In other words, when you see Paella, it means we are here to celebrate for a special day as a family.

Sharing some of my mother-in-law’s paella!! She usually spends about a day or two to prepare some of the ingredients in advance, such as homemade stock from scratch instead of using the ready-to-go paella seasoning package.

Easy Paella Recipe

Cooking a good paella may seem intimidating; it took me a few months to really start practicing it. I would recommend beginning with a simple method at home; Paella seasoning packages can be found quite easily in the supermarket. It still turns out delicious and the preparation is much more straightforward.

Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic, minced 
  • 1 fine chopped onion
  • 400g rice
  • 1500l water
  • 1 paella seasoning package
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g mussels
  • 100g clams
  • 150g squid
  • 3 diced tomatoes 
  • few jumbo shrimp
  • crayfish
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • few threads of saffron

Paella seasoning package includes saffrons, and if you are also using one like me, there is no need to add saffron anymore if you wish. But I added just a few threads more to bring out that earthy and grassy aroma; note that consuming saffrons during pregnancy is not recommended.

Spanish use bomba rice in their Paella, but feel free to use Italian Carnaroli, Calrose, or any short-grain rice. Be creative and replace the ingredients as you wish, chorizo, chicken, onion or ribs. It can turn out to be a mixed paella instead. 

    Instructions:

    1. Sautéed shrimp and crayfish evenly, seasoning and set aside.
    2. Sautéed squid evenly, seasoning and set aside.
    3. Sofrito onions, garlic, diced tomatoes and other vegetables with olive oil. Add rice and continue stirring.
    4. Add 1.5l of warm water with a package of paella seasoning and bring to boil.
    5. Evenly distributed step 1-3 on to the Paella.
    6. Bring to a low boil for 15-20 minutes until the stock has been entirely absorbed.
    7. Remove from heat; cover with aluminum foil, and let stand for 10 minutes.

    Hopefully, I will be sharing my mother-in-law’s recipe in the future. but meanwhile. enjoy your simple Paella at home.

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