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



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 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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26th Jan, 2014
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.
20th Jan, 2014
Fab little recipe, I recommend adding extra prawns and some chicken!
15th Sep, 2013
I added kallo chicken stock, a red pepper and garlic and saffron to mine. It was brilliant!!!
8th Sep, 2013
Very easy. Big hit with all the family. Will make again.
27th Jun, 2013
AMAZING! first time I have ever made paella and it scored top marks in my house! highly recommended recipe. love love love it!
7th Jun, 2013
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.
29th May, 2013
Really easy and tasty! I'd never dared make paella before and I will definitely be making this again!
22nd May, 2013
Added chicken and prawns. Delish!
5th Apr, 2013
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.
20th Mar, 2013
add half a teaspoon of cayenne with the chorizo to give it a lovely wee kick. my wife loved this recipe


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