Recipe: Seafood Paella

Paella originated in Valencia, Spain as a one-pan peasant dish made with a little bit of everything that is available to them.The key ingredients in this dish is fresh seafood, saffron and earthy paprika.

I have tasted paella quite a while back in London but the unique taste of this dish has always been stuck in my memory. When a friend of mine gave me some saffron, I could not wait to cook this dish!! I also managed to get a paella pan so that it looks really authentic as if you are eating in a restaurant. (If you do not have one, do not panic. A heavy based pan will still do the trick!) Do not replace saffron with turmeric for this dish as saffron has a deep auburn colour and sweet flavour. Though it is an expensive spice, a little saffron goes a long way.


Serves 4 persons



1 paella pan or heavy based pan

2 small pans



2 cups of calrose rice (Rinsed with water)

2 tablespoon of olive oil

Ingredients for paella1 red capsicum (Seeded and finely diced)

3 cloves of garlic (Chopped)

1 large onion (Finely diced)

Tomato finely chopped1 large ripe tomato (Halved, seeded and finely chopped)

2 tablespoons of smoked paprika

1 cup of white wine

2 cups of chicken stock

½ teaspoon saffron threads

Squid and Prawns1 big squid (Cleaned and cut into 1cm-thick rings)

12 big prawns (Cleaned and cut off the tip of the head of the prawns and the legs)

Clams½ kg of clams (Soak them in salt water for a couple of hours to remove the sand)

A small bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley (Roughly chopped. If not available, use some dried parsley)

½ lemon (Cut into 2 wedges)


Optional ingredients which you can add into the paella are:

10 pcs Mussels

Handful of frozen peas



SaffronCombine wine and saffron in a pan over low heat and bring to a simmer. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the saffron to infuse.

Boil a pan of water and then scald the squid and lift up quickly. Then scald the clams and lift up quickly (The purpose is to remove some impurities from these seafood). Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in the pan.

Add ingredients into the panAdd the garlic, onion and pepper and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until onion softens.

Add tomato and the smoke paprika and cook, stirring for 1 minute or until aromatic. (The smell is irresistible!!)

Add the rice to the pan, and stir to thoroughly coat the rice grains with the oil and juices from the pan.

Slowly add in the wine with the infused saffron.

Slowly add in 3/4 of the chicken stock until the contents are covered.Slowly add in 3/4 of the chicken stock until the contents are covered. Spread rice and other ingredients evenly over bottom of pan using a wooden spoon or paddle. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat to simmer to cook the rice. Do this for about 20 minutes or until rice is almost tender. Monitor the progress and add more broth if needed.

Place clams, squid and prawns on top and spread evenly around the pan.Place clams, squid and prawns on top and spread evenly around the pan. Push them into the rice and pour the rest of the chicken stock into the pan. Place the mussels around the side of the pan and scatter the peas evenly around if you are using them. Traditionally, the paella is cooked uncovered (until the final resting period of the heat). However, some would suggest placing a lid on the pan and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more.

Once the prawns turn red in colour and the clams and mussels are opened, they are cooked. Remove the clams that are not opened.

When rice is cooked, remove from heat. Cover the entire pan with aluminium foil, allowing the paella to “rest” for 5 minutes before serving.

Squeeze 2 slices of the lemon wedges on the paellaRemove foil, sprinkle the chopped parsley and squeeze 2 slices of the lemon wedges on the paella and serve.

End Result

Perfect Paella Tip:

If you can find the paella rice also known as arroz bomba, it will be perfect.

Do not stir, or disturb the rice while it is cooking.

Allowing the rice to “rest” or reposar allows rice to fully absorb the broth, without letting any liquid evaporate.


Happy cooking and if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please leave a comment! 🙂            

Mummy's Kitchen

Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

6 thoughts on “Recipe: Seafood Paella

    1. Mummy's Kitchen says:

      Thank you! 🙂

    1. Mummy's Kitchen says:

      Hi Unsmileys. Preferably any short grain rice would do. 🙂
      Happy Cooking!

  1. Yummy.. gonna to try. Btw u are using a chinese wok?

    1. Mummy's Kitchen says:

      Hi Kate, I’m using a paella pan. Alternatively, you could use a strong-base frying pan instead. 🙂
      Happy cooking!

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