Thursday, September 7, 2017

Easy to Make Seafood Paella

Flavorful and impressive saffron flavored rice mixed with your favorite, fresh seafood
I've posted this recipe before, a couple of years ago, and today I thought I should share it with you again. 
And I've got very good reasons for it!
Seafood paella screams of breezy summer nights and al fresco dining on a Spanish terrace overlooking the clear-blue sea. Spectacular sunsets and romantic guitar music in the background. A plate full of this scrumptious paella, next to a refreshing glass of sangria, of course! 
Is it just me, or I need some more vacation?!? For some quirky reason, amazing food makes me crave about exotic vacation destinations :)
Daydreaming apart, this seafood paella is a great one-dish, healthy dinner, perfect for a family meal or your next fancy party. To enjoy wherever you happen to be! 


If you don't have an original Spanish "paella" (large, oven-safe frying pan), you can simply use a big, heavy skillet, and cook the rice only on the stove, not in the oven.
The main difference between a paella and a seafood risotto is in the way you cook the rice. In the paella you add all the stock/water all at once at the beginning, and mostly let the rice simmer until ready. With the risotto, the liquid is added some at the time, and the rice needs constant stirring.

Paella can be very creative. Make it fun by choosing  a variety of seafood that you like best. Each adding a different flavor and texture. My favorite ingredients are calamari, shrimps and scallops. And let's not forget mussels. It really adds a special touch to the dish! If I were in Italy (or Spain) I would definitely use scampi. But here in California they are not easy to find. So no scampi in my paella :-(
So here is the recipe for my seafood paella. There are lots of ways to prepare it. This is how I make it and I hope you will enjoy it. Any suggestions or expert advise is always welcome!

INGREDIENTS:

YIELD: 4 servings
    • half onion, minced
    • 0.5 lb calamari or calamari steak
    • 0.5 lb shrimps
    • 0.5 lb of scallops
    • 0.5 lb of mussels
    • 3/4 cup of peas (I used frozen)
    • 0.5 cup of crushed tomatoes 
    • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
    • 1/4 of a teaspoon of saffron (I like powder better, but only had the Spanish type)
    • 0.5 cup of white wine
    • 1.5 cups of rice 
    • 3 cups of fish or vegetable stock 
    • salt to taste 

PREPARATION:

TIME: 50 minutes
    In a large skillet, sauté the garlic and the chopped onion in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Over medium-high heat, sauté the shrimps for 3 minutes or so. Remove them from the skillet and save them for later.

    Sauté the scallops and the calamari cut into small pieces. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

    Add the rice, the crushed tomatoes, the saffron dissolved in the white wine, the white wine and the stock. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Salt to taste. No stirring the rice.

    While the rice cooks, wash the mussels under running water, scrub the shells and remove the beard if necessary. Place the mussels in a sauce pan, cover and place over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Throw away any mussel that did not open, and set aside for later.
    Mix in the peas and the shrimps. I cut about half of the shrimps in pieces, the rest I left whole. Cook for another 8 minutes or until the rice is mostly cooked. Increase or decrease the heat based on how much liquid you still have. It will need to be all absorbed by the end. Salt to taste.

    Add the mussels with the shell. Serve immediately!

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    2 comments:

    1. Oh I absolutely love Paella and this one looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe and the tip about dissolving the saffron in the wine, I think that step really must create a great flavor!

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    2. Good article, your sharing is so nice, love your work!

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