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Seafood Paella Recipe

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Seafood Paella Recipe


Seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron are the key ingredients in a classic Spanish seafood paella. The rice is flavored with a stock made of the shrimp shells. It is essential you use the correct size of pan for the number of persons - do not half fill a pan with ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4 persons)

  • Squid 150 gr

  • Cuttlefish 150 gr

  • 8 prawns, the bigger the better

  • 4 crayfish, as big or bigger than the prawns

  • 12 mussels

  • Sweet paprika (Pimentón Dulce)

  • Butter beans (200g)

  • Saffron

  • Rice, one cupful per person

  • 3 medium sized grated tomatoes

  • Garlic 2 or 3 cloves

  • Peas (as many as you like)

  • Fish stock, approximately twice as much as the rice

  • Olive oil

  • Seafood Paella Recipe - Preparation

    Make shrimp stock:

    In 3-quart saucepan, combine shrimp shells and water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain broth through sieve; discard shells. There should be about 3 cups shrimp broth.

  • Cut the fish (squid and the cuttlefish) into cubes about 2cm each.

  • Heat the oil and when it is smoking add the prawns and crayfish, sauté for a minute or two then remove and put to one side.

  • Next, put the squid and the cuttlefish in the pan and fry until light golden brown.

  • At this moment, add the tomatoes and the garlic, finely- chopped, and fry for a couple of minutes until they darken.

  • Now add the Pimentón Dulce (sweet paprika); stir everything around before adding the rice.

  • Pour in the fish stock, add another half clove of garlic (finely chopped) and let it all boil vigorously.

  • After 10 minutes of cooking add the prawns, the crayfish and the mussels. Cook for an extra 5 minutes until the liquid has evaporated completely.

  • Cover until serving!

  • Occasionally shake the pan to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom. Turn of the heat and leave it to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges straight from the pan. Enjoy your meal!

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