Easiest ever paella

Easiest ever paella

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Think paella's too much of a challenge? Think again, this easy recipe makes it foolproof and is full of fantastic flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat12g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.29g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 leek or onion, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 110g pack chorizo sausage, chopped



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 300g long grain rice
  • 1l hot fish or chicken stock
  • 200g frozen pea
  • 400g frozen seafood mix, defrosted


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, then soften the leek for 5 mins without browning. Add the chorizo and fry until it releases its oils. Stir in the turmeric and rice until coated by the oils, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins, stirring occasionally.

  2. Tip in the peas and cook for 5 mins, then stir in the seafood to heat through for a final 1-2 mins cooking or until rice is cooked. Check for seasoning and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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Comments (257)

edel72's picture

As someone who is terrible at cooking rice, I absolutely love this recipe! So simple and so adaptable. I usually cook off some chicken fillet in the pan first, put it aside and then go from step one (I use prawns and not seafood mix). Have used all sorts of veggies in this and everything works. I also use brown rice to up our fibre intake and my teenage son (who'd run a mile from a healthier alternative!!) has never noticed. Five stars.

Bexxx's picture

Fab little recipe, I recommend adding extra prawns and some chicken!

cocoakelechi's picture

I added kallo chicken stock, a red pepper and garlic and saffron to mine. It was brilliant!!!

gillaaa2's picture

Very easy. Big hit with all the family. Will make again.

chessylee's picture

AMAZING! first time I have ever made paella and it scored top marks in my house! highly recommended recipe. love love love it!

parksportslade's picture

REALLY LOVELY. I cooked this on a barbecue table in the garden and it was perfect. It looked fantastic and tasted divine. I was cooking for friends and left out the chorizo because one person only ate fish food. I added some paprika and it worked perfectly. Will DEFINITELY cook this again.

pollymfarmer's picture

Really easy and tasty! I'd never dared make paella before and I will definitely be making this again!

apvdstelt's picture

Added chicken and prawns. Delish!

thehickstar's picture

Great recipe, doddle to make and can easily be adapted to suit all tastes. I just added chicken, a red pepper, white wine and prawns...a mighty fine meal it was! Thanks very much.

jackarama's picture

add half a teaspoon of cayenne with the chorizo to give it a lovely wee kick. my wife loved this recipe

miketv's picture

I like to add white wine, chopped red peppers and chicken. Delicious.

nursenicola's picture

Very simple and tasty dish with very little preparation needed. Never thought I would be able to make a paella but this recipe really is fool-proof!

dpearce33's picture

Good basic paella recipe but surprised that there is no mention of garlic as an ingredient and would definitely recommend using paella rice as this gives the authentic paella consistency.
In Spain, Saffron paella mix is used to colour/flavour paella

samkiki1234's picture

Very tasty... I used paella rice instead of long grain, and added a red pepper. For some reason had to add a lot more stock, and it took much longer to cook, but well worth making. Serves 4, yes... Seconds for both of us!!

hobbychef's picture

I've tried making paella several times but it always tasted a bit bland. This time I used Kallo organic chicken stock cubes and the difference in taste was amazing!

reiney2k1's picture

As a bit of a novice, this was really easy to make with good results. Had no seafood mix, so used king prawns. Very generous portions. Will definitely make again. Husband, sister and brother-in-law raved about it!

foodie64mum's picture

Delicious, and very easy. Good-sized portions. Raw king prawns are a great substitute for seafood mix.

lebencc's picture

This really is the easiest paella you could ever hope to make. If youre actually a fan of cooking like me, you will probably find this a tad boring to make. Tastes great though!


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