Seafood Paella - Waaay Easier Than You Think It Is!

If you want to impress your date, guests or family, then this paella recipe here is one of those few that must go down to your family recipe book.

Paella is believed to have roots in the French word "paelle" for frying pan, the Latin word "patella" for pan, and possibly the Arabic word "baquia" meaning leftovers.

What is Paella?

Most commonly, Paella is a Spanish rice dish from Valencia, traditionally made with white rice,  meat (such as  chicken, duck,  or rabbit), green  beans, tomatoes,  and flavorful  seasonings  like sweet  paprika, saffron,  and rosemary.

Seafood Paella, on the other hand, replaces meat with shrimp and shellfish, growing in popularity across Spain with regional variations that may include chorizo and vegetables.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet or paella pan. Brown chorizo for 4 minutes and set aside.

How To Make Paella

Keep the juices in the pan and add garlic, onion, red bell pepper, thyme, bay leaf, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

How To Make Paella

Sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened. Pour in white wine and let it evaporate for 1-2 minutes.

How To Make Paella

Combine crushed tomatoes, seafood broth, rice, and saffron threads in the pan. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes to create a crispy bottom layer. Add the chorizo back in.

How To Make Paella

If you want to go all out, there are additional dishes you can serve with it.

What to Serve with Seafood Paella?

Crusty bread like a warm baguette

Chilled gazpacho

oasted red pepper