Seafood Paella Recipe

Seafood Paella Recipe
Staff Writer

Alberto Peroli


Paella is a Spanish rice and seafood dish that is wonderful to serve a crowd for a summer dinner party.


  • One 6-inch piece of fresh chorizo, sliced
  • 2 medium sized onions, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 6 canned red piquillo peppers
  • 1 pound (500 grams) Bomba paella rice 
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of saffron
  • About 4 1/3 cups (1 liter) fish stock, kept hot
  • About 1 pound (500 grams) monkfish fillets
  • 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
  • 16 prawns, whole, raw, and unshelled
  • 2 lemons, cut in wedges for serving


Heat a large paella pan over a medium heat and then add a drop of olive oil followed by the chorizo. Leave to crisp for about 5 minutes and then follow with the onions, garlic, and piquillos and cook for a further 10 minutes. Stir in the rice and season with salt and pepper and add in the paprika and saffron followed by the hot fish stock and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes. Scatter the pieces of monkfish over the rice and push under the surface with the back of a spoon. Then lay the mussels and prawns over the top and simmer for about 10 minutes, covered.

Once the mussels have opened the paella is ready. Serve with lemon wedges around the pan.

Seafood Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Seafood Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.