Seafood Paella

decorating with lemon

Paella, a classic Spanish dish of rice cooked with fish or meat.

From Mexican Quesadilla in our last post, we now going to Spain haha. We cooked Paella!  Paella is a rice dish from Spain that has become very popular and is known around the world. It originated from the region called Valencia in eastern Spain. There are many versions of paella.  You can make this dish with fish, chicken, shellfish, beans, vegetables etc. To make this dish you need saffron as well, a spice that also turns the rice into a beautiful golden color, an essential part of the dish. You have so many different types of rice. But for Paella you need the Paella rice,  its rounded and short. It absorbs the flavor of the liquid very well.

The very first time we ate this delicious Paella was in Barcelona couple years ago. We loved it! We love seafood, that’s why we made Seafood Paella this time 😀

For this recipe you can use anything you like, you can use chicken instead of seafood. We use a traditional paella pan, its  wide and round. But you can also use a skillet pan.


1 yellow paprika
1 red paprika
2 gloves garlic
1 onion
3 tomatoes


black pepper
paprika spice

paella rice
chicken stock
king prawns
a mix of seafood ( mussel, squid)


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook the chopped garlic, onions and the paprika till its soft.
  3. Add the paella rice and stir for about 3 min.
  4. Stir in the chicken stock, sea food, black pepper, salt, paprika spice and safron.
  5. Let it boil, cover and let it simmer for about 20 min. Reduce the heat.
  6. Add the king prawns on top with the peas, cook.
  7. Turning the prawns, till both sides are pink.
  8. Decorate it with some sliced lemon.

Eating this, brings us back to Barcelona hihi. Hopefully you guys will enjoy this recipe too! Buen Provecho 😀



cooking 1

Adding shrimps

Adding peas


Done cooking



187 responses to “Seafood Paella

    • Hi Omobtomtom! Ah we are sure it was delicious! Seafood is always good and healthy too. Combination rice with seafood is indeed Yumm hihi. Thanks for stopping by our blog 😀

    • Hi Zoel! Oeh yumm..always good for lunch 🙂 Yes no doubt your mum’s paella is much more better than ours hihi. She put the feeling and love of the traditional Spanish cuisine into it, which you can taste for sure hihi. 😀

    • Oh yes you have been in Spain for a while. We are sure you enjoyed your time there. Especially the food Yumm! Yes, we saw it in the store and we thought we have to have this paellador hihi. We didn’t use it for a while though, but now trying it more often. It looks more traditional eating from a paellador haha..but ofcourse a skillet pan is also good.:D

    • Hi That Guy In The Apron! We tried Paella with squid ink too when we were in Barcelona. First you think hmm really..? But its delicious hihi. Thx for stopping by!

    • Thank you Javy for re-blogging our seafood paella post! Some people that we know don’t like sea food either hihi. But instead of sea food you can use chicken/beef or only vegetables. Delicious too!

    • Hi there Pandas! We are sending you guys right away hihi. Imagine if that was even possible, that would be great Lol. Thanks for stopping by our blog 😀

    • Aah lucky you Freebutfun! We are sure you going to enjoy your time there! Sightseeing and not to mention Food Food hihi! Have fun and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. Looks phenomenal – I make a vegetarian version for my wife and son, usually featuring some kind of soy or veggie protein-based meat substitute, but I’ve also made something like this. I’ll be posting my version as soon as I get around to solving the incredible hunger problem reading this has created for me.

    And thanks for liking my blog – I suggest you follow, for more recipes, eclectic stuff, and so on – there’s a lot to enjoy!

    • Aw thank you Side/Dishes! Glad you like it :)Yum that sounds delicious too, a vegetarian version of Paella. Vegetables is always good! Maybe with tofu or tempe in it? We cant wait to see your version, and to try out your recipe! Haha yes, surfing on food blogs always makes us hungry too. Great blog you have, thanks for visiting our blog as well 😀

    • Hello Virginia! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, glad you like our Paella post! Your new blog looks great! Hugs for your twin girls from another twin hihi. Xoxo

  2. Saffron is very costly there are cheaper alternatives that do the same. IE: Sazon you can buy the one with achiote which is a ingredient that turns the color of the rice as well as adding a bit of flavor. The rice you speak of is probably what we call short grain rice here in the states. Bijol I think its how its spelled turns the color of the rice without compromising the flavor. Using tomato sauce instead of tomatoes along with the sazon will achieve similar results. I have made this before and it is good but not a dish you would make very often due to the cost of its ingredients but certainly worth making for memorable special occasions. yours looks awesome.

    • Hi Ms. O’Kennedy! Yes making this dish is a bit pricey, because of the saffron and seafood in it. And indeed its not a dish you can make it very often. But with your advice you can make a similar paella often like this one but with other ingredients. Thank you so much for you advice about the saffron etc. Appreciate it! We are going to try it, also using the tomato sauce instead. Yes paella rice is short grain rice 🙂 Thank you for stopping by our blog!

      • I enjoy dishes like the one you shared and its such a pity that something so good is so expensive that many don’t get to try it. I have learned to find ways to come close to the original. I read this post and I am going to make some just because you made me want to take my loved ones on a trip to Spain the only way I can even if it is just through the food.

    • Yes indeed Paella is so delicious! The Spanish cuisine is just amazing. Ah have fun cooking it and enjoy this Paella, hopefully you will love it 😀

    • Hi Christina Joy!Thank you so much for your compliment, glad you like this post! Did you already made Paella? How did it went hihi? Warm regards, Xoxo I&A

    • Hi The Metal Pan! No you don’t have to be scared hihi, just leave some ingredients like some vegetables or seafood (using chicken instead). Or a vegetarian version. It will still be delicious! For this recipe you can always use simple products or substitute of what we use 😀 Thanks for stopping by our blog!

    • Hi Life in Lipstick! Thank you, glad you like this post! And your welcome, your blog looks great! Thanks for the follow, we will follow back. Cant wait for the recipes 🙂 Xoxo

    • Yes we love it too.. it was our second time cooking this dish hihi. You should really try it, def fun & delicious to make this Paella :D. Let us know how it went.

    • Ah thank you so much Saaporfaavor! You really should try it, Paella is delicious! We are sure you will love it 🙂 You can always use your favorite ingredients instead. Enjoy making this dish and thanks for stopping by our blog. XoXo

    • Thanks for your sweet comment Geo The Leo! A year in beautiful Barcelona, we are sure you had a great time there! Amazing city it is. Thank you, we tried making Paella like in Barcelona. It doesn’t taste exactly like the real Pealla but still delicious though hihi. Thanks for stopping by our blog 😀

      • Yeah it was so amazing I’m going to do a little segment on it like top 5 cheap eats in BCN etc…in time for the Summer holidays 😊

      • Ah that’s a good idea! Barcelona is a very popular city to visit. People and of course we too..will love it when you are going to post that hihi. We are looking forward to read it 😀

    • Thank you Motionpicturemenu! Glad you like our Paella post :). We have never cooked a Paella chicken before, but instead of seafood you can def use chicken. There are a lot of recipe’s we saw on i-net. And we think, we will soon make a paella chicken as well, it looks delicious:). Do let us know, if you give it a try. Xoxo

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