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

My first time trying paella was from my mother-in-law! Her recipe has been passed down generations from her mother. It was unforgettable, since then I’m in love with Paella.

Cooking a good paella may seem intimidating. It is a good idea to start with a simple cooking at home. Paella seasoning package can be found quite easily in Barcelona supermarket. I bought one and decided to try it! It turns out delicious and straightforward. 

  • 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, if you are also using one like me, there is no need to put saffron again if you wish. I added just a few threads more to bring out that earthy and grassy aroma.

Spanish use bomba rice in their paella, but feel free to use Italian Carnaroli, Calrose, or another short-grain rice.

Be creative and replace the ingredients you like, chorizo, chicken, onion or ribs. It can turn out to be a mixed paella instead. 

 

Instructions:

– sautéed shrimp and crayfish evenly, seasoning and set aside.

– sautéed squid evenly, seasoning and set aside. 

– sofrito onions, garlic, dice tomatoes and other vegetables, with olive oil.  Add rice and continue stirring. 

– add 1.5l of warm water with a package of paella seasoning and bring to boil. 

– evenly distributed step 1-3 on to the paella. 

– bring to low boil for 15-20 minutes until the stock has been fully absorb. 

– Remove from heat; cover with alumnium foil , and let stand 10 minutes.

Sharing some of my mother-in-law’s paella!! She spent 2 day cooking at home, preparing for 25 people authentic paella. Of course, she prepares homemade stock from scratch instead of using the paella seasoning package.

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