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How to make Paella - Easy step by step Recipe

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Hi Guys! If your looking for a tasty Seafood Paella recipe for dinner tonight, then this post is for you! The directions are as follows,


1 ½ cup of rice (I used risotto rice)

3 or 4 cups of broth (any kind of broth)

2 or 3 cups of seafood (I used a mix of squid, clams, mussels and shrimps)

½ cup of fresh peas

¼ avocado oil

½ onion finally chop

5 garlic cloves peeled

1 can of diced tomatoes

Smoked Paprika (if you don’t have this, that’s okay)

Pinch of saffron

We also added cumin to taste, Salt and Lemon


Heat the oil on high, add the seafood (except for the mussels) season with salt and smoked paprika and sauté until just cooked through, about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium add some more oil and sauté the onion and garlic until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes and cook, stirring often until the mixture is thick, about 15 or 20 minutes, if it starts to stick to the an or burn add a little water.

Add the rice and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, raise the heat to medium-high.

Pour in 3 cups of broth and stir to evenly distribute the rice, add the saffron, add the fresh peas.

From this point on, do not stir the rice. Simmer vigorously, make sure the heat (from the burners) is distributed to cook the rice as evenly as possible. When the rice is at the same level as the liquid, after 8 to 10 min, reduce the to medium low. Add the seafood back to the pan. Arrange the mussels in the pan.

Continue to simmer more gently, rotating the pan as necessary, until de liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes more.

Taste a grain just below the top layer of rice, it should be al dente, with a tiny white dot in the center (if the rice is not done but all the liquid has been absorbed, add a bit of broth and cook a few minutes more)

Remove the pan from the heat, cover loosely with foil and let the paella rest for 5 minutes, to even the cooking and let the flavours meld.

Set the paella pan on the table, remove the foil and serve directly from the pan, starting at the perimeter, working toward the center, and squeezing lemon over your section if you want to.

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this recipe tasty! Please reach out with any questions or comments!

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