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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1/2 lb Shrimp
1/2 lb Clams can substitute with mussels
10 oz Seafood Mix
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 medium Yellow Onion
2 cups Arborio Rice
1 packet Carmencita Paellero Seasoning can use any paella seasoning instead
2 cups Chicken Stock can substitute with better than bouillon
4 tablespoons Tomato Puree
1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 cup Olive oil
to taste Fresh Parsley
to taste Salt
to taste Lemon
Easy Seafood Paella

Easy Seafood Paella

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  • One Pot
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This Seafood Paella recipe is great for sharing with your friends! Just follow easy simple step-by-step picture directions and you will be rewarded with an amazing Spanish staple dish.

  • 50
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

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This Seafood Paella recipe is great for sharing with your friends! Just follow easy simple step-by-step picture directions and you will be rewarded with an amazing Spanish staple dish.

Paella was one of my first dinners when moved to Barcelona. I remember ordering it at a small cafe off La Rambla street, right next to my new studio apartment. It was basically the only dish I could recognize on that menu, as my Spanish did not exist at that time. I got it delivered to the table and it was one of those WOW moments. It looked just like a piece of art.

Seafood Paella not only looks beautiful and impressive but tastes icreadible. It has everything Spain could offer: delicious seafood mix with calamari and shrimp, rich and bold flavor, and socarrat: crispy crunchy rice bottom.

This dish is best shared with several people, but many people do not know that it makes perfect leftovers for days. SO do not limit yourself if you are cooking just for yourself. You will enjoy this treat the next day and even the day after that.

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Directions

1
Done
5 min

Sear Seafood

I used a paella pan however any thin bottom metal pan would work. Preheat your pan and add 1/4 of olive oil. Let the oil get hot and season it with a pinch of sea salt.

Make sure to thaw and drain excess liquid from your seafood mix before using.

Add seafood mix to the pan and sear for 5 minutes while stirring it on medium heat.

Take the seared mix out of the pan and sit aside.

2
Done
5

Sautee vegetables

Add the rest of 1/4 olive oil to the pan. Wait for 10 seconds to make sure the oil heats up.

Add nicely chopped onion. Saute for 1 minute and add nicely diced red bell pepper. Cook on medium heat stirring for another 4 minutes or until onions become translucent.

Add tomato puree and smoked paprika, mix well.

3
Done
10

Prepare stock

Lower the heat to a minimum. Add 2 cups of chicken stock to the pan. Mix well and add 1 pack of Carmencita Paellero seasoning.

Return seared seafood mix to the stock and stir for 1 minute.

4
Done
20

Cook rice

Increase heat back to medium. Add 2 cups of arborio rice to the stock. Try to spread it evenly however DO NOT stir! The secret to a real authentic paella is a crispy "burnt" bottom - socarrat, so no stirring is allowed at any time.

Instead to allow the stock to coat all of our rice, use a wooden spoon and dip it in several areas reaching the bottom of the pan.

Let it cook poking rice with the soon occasionally for 15 min. Add water if necessary if your stock evaporates too quickly or adjust the heat. Add water in smaller portions and pour only around the rim of the pan.

5
Done
5

Add shrimp and clams

Lay your shrimp ( I peel and devein mine) and clams on top of rice and let it all cook for another 5 minutes or until clams shells will start opening. If all the liquid from the rice is gone by this step, add a little bit of water. We need that steam to cook our shrimp, Add water in smaller portions and pour only around the rim of the pan.

6
Done
5

Create that socarrat

Now it's time to create that famous socarrat, the crispy rice bottom which defines the real-deal paella.

Crank up the heat to maximum and let paella crisp up on the bottom. Keep moving the pan so all the areas get even attention.

Now remove from heat and cover with some foil immediately. Let it rest for 10 minutes and dress up with some fresh parsley and lemon wedges. Serve right in the pan and enjoy!

7
Done

ENJOY!

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