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)

blackwidow's picture

Now a firm favourite in our house. On my daughters' birthday they didn't want to go out for a meal, just wanted me to cook this paella. Compliment enough!

spicelover's picture

I've given this recipe 5* because it has opened up paella to us (I always thought it would be a bit tricky!!). I've cooked it twice now. First attempt was really tasty (due to delicious chorizo) but we hated the frozen seafood. So this time we omitted the frozen rubbish and threw in some chicken thighs (at the same time as the stock) and some raw peeled king prawns, but, the chorizo was rubbish this time!! We salvaged this with a good shot of Paprika and that did the trick. Will definately cook again - it's just so quick and easy.

gedmills's picture

Have made this many times, and is a firm favourite. Use prawns instead of sea food mix.

splodgemeister's picture

I have made this twice now and absolutely love it. Like many others I too add a sliced pepper with the onions and I also add a squeeze of tomato puree towards the end. Even my boyfriend who claims he doesn't like seafood cleans his plate. Simple and delicious.

alybob89's picture

This tastes fine, ive made the original paella recipe before with paella rice, chicken and some other ingredients...this is a simpler recipe and still quite tasty! I did add saffron and paprika just because i do like to experiment a bit and id associate paella with saffron and paprika...rather than turmeric....and my partner hates lemon so no wedges!! x

mrsnux's picture

Really tasty and very quick and easy

j444rev's picture

This is so easy, I've made it many times and it is always a big hit. I often substitute ingredients or spice it up with chilli as well. I usually finish the dish off with a handful of mussels in shells.

sbarker's picture

My husband makes this with chorizo, chicken and prawns, as we're not great fans of seafood mixes - the whole family loves it (from grandparents to my 10 month old)!

lorddukeedward's picture

How do I do the Stock without the chicken?

sylvia's picture

I was disappointed with this. Found it too bland. Will not be making again sorry!!

vinnyrob's picture

Excellent quick and easy recipe and sooooo tasty

Bigspottedcat's picture

One of the first recipes I tried off this website and now a family favourite. We make it at least once a month.

ottley74's picture

i joined this site this morning and tried this recipe tonight ,mmm,mmm,mmm ,i added pepper and onion and tomato.it was lurvely

marcelasf's picture

I have done this recipe many times and believe me, after the first couple of time it just comes naturally. Its easy and absolutely delicious. The key is good quality chorizo ;)

marcelasf's picture

I have done this recipe many times and believe me, after the first couple of time it just comes naturally. Its easy and absolutely delicious. The key is good quality chorizo ;)

monenna's picture

This paella is gorgeous, but I strongly recommend you make it a day in advance, it's 10 times nicer the next day!

oliversarmy's picture

A great basic idea....I gave it a little more "omph"....with garlic and chillies.....stunning, easy and very quick.....one pot wonder !

frances46's picture

So good! probably one of the best Ive had so far! I know its not a "real" paella but who cares when it tastes this good! I used rissoto rice (but didnt stir like you usually do with rissoto) and it turned out just as good. I'd recommend it to everyone.

embloom's picture

Very good. I added strips of griddled chicken breast and stirred through at the end.

mattykins300's picture

very easy to make! will have to do it again as it has lots of flavour.


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