Not many venture to make Paella because the traditional recipe calls for hours of preparations and cooking. It is a great one-pot dish that celebrates every season. Ours is a Fast Seafood Paella Recipe. so we serve it year round. It is a delicious comfort dish full of oooh and ahh moments as you savor it. You will love making it over and over again.
Fast Seafood Paella Recipe.
The Paella is a one pot dish that is originally from Spain. The conquest in the 1500’s brought it to the America’s and its popularity keeps growing continually. While it might seem cumbersome to make the traditional way, we have our own way of cooking Paella that makes it better simply because we get to eat it in way fewer hours than it would take my grandmother :-). Get ready for a Fast Seafood Paella Recipe.
- 1 lb of cleaned shrimp
- 1 bag of mixed seafood (it should include calamari, octopus, clams among others)
- 2 cups of rice
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1 cup of dry white wine
- 2 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of pimento powder
- 1 medium diced garlic
- 1 medium diced white onion
- 1/2 cup of diced cilantro
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1- In a deep pan saute garlic and onion. When transparent, add the seafood mix.
- 2- Remove seafood mix once golden and saute the shrimp.
- 2-Once done, remove the shrimp. Do not clean pan.
- 3-Add rice, olive oil, pimento powder, wine and water to pan. Cook rice for 7 minutes without lid.
- 4-After 7 minutes add seafood and cover pan with lid. Let rice dry (for about 10 more minutes).
- 5- When rice starts to dry, add the shrimp, red pepper flakes if you want heat for the dish and half of the cilantro and cook for another minute.
- 6- Rice will start to "fry" that is when you are ready to serve.
- 7- Garnish with the rest of the cilantro and enjoy!
A Paella Parenthesis
It is a joy to be able to quickly cook a one-pot paella meal for my family. For many, saying paella is synonymous with seafood. Nevertheless, most paellas include chicken or rabbit in the mix. I do like mine exclusively made with seafood.
Cool mom tip: giving heat to the paella adds an incredible dimension to the dish. Use pepper flakes to the mix 2 minutes before serving so the flakes release the oils and aromas throughout.
We serve this one-pot dish on its own. No side dishes necessary which saves on cooking time. Perhaps some toasted bread with ali oli would be the only thing to offer on the table. As for drinks, Sangria is a common choice, but we prefer a cool Albarino in the Spring and Summer and a Merlo in the winter and fall months. For the kids, blackberry and pear juice pair up nicely.
Will your Paella include chicken or rabbit? Or will you stick to my Fast Seafood Paella Recipe?