Paella with prawns and mussels served in a pan

Next level paella

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 50 mins

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Serves 4

Choose the freshest ingredients for a world-class paella with our ultimate recipe. Serve this classic Spanish seafood dish in the pan to impress your guests

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat23g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 3 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…

  • 10 large raw tiger prawns in their shells, heads removed and kept
  • small bunch of parsley, leaves and stalks separated, leaves roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 100ml dry sherry or white wine
  • 500g mussels



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • large pinch of saffron strands
  • 150g cooking chorizo, cut into chunks



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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium squid (about 300g), cleaned and cut into rings with tentacles intact



    From the same family as the octopus and cuttlefish, squid may look jellyish and unappetising but…

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 250g paella rice
  • 100g frozen podded broad beans or peas (or a mixture of the two), defrosted
  • 1 lemon, finely zested then cut into wedges



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • smoked sea salt (optional)


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a wide, shallow pan. Add the prawn heads and parsley stalks and sizzle until the heads turn pink, then mash with a potato masher. Pour over the sherry or wine and 300ml water, season with salt and simmer for 10 mins to make a stock, mashing the prawn heads as they cook.

  2. Scatter the mussels into the pan, cover the pan loosely with a lid or tea towel, then put over a high heat for 3-4 mins until the mussels just open. Stir to release the mussel juices, then pour the contents of the pan into a colander set over a large bowl containing the saffron. Let the saffron steep in the stock – you will need 700ml in total, so top up with water if needed and give everything a good stir. Pick the mussels out from the colander, then set aside.

  3. Wipe out the pan and add the rest of the olive oil. Sizzle the chorizo until it releases its oil, then add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the squid and turn over until it turns white. Add the tomatoes and cook down for a minute, then pour over most of the stock, give everything a good stir and bring to the boil. Scatter the rice over the stock, stir well once, then boil vigorously for 5 mins. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and slowly simmer for 10 mins without stirring until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid.

  4. Tuck the prawn tails into the rice and simmer for 5 mins, turning them over until cooked through. Stir through the mussels and broad beans or peas. Taste the rice – if it is still a little raw but the pan is dry, add a splash more stock and continue to cook; if it’s too soupy, then increase the heat to cook off the last of the stock.

  5. Once the rice is just cooked, turn off the heat and cover with a tea towel for a few minutes. Scatter over the parsley leaves and lemon zest, then season with smoked salt if you like. Stir everything once, then serve straight from the pan, with lemon wedges on the side.

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22nd Mar, 2020
Loved this dish! We left out the chorizo and instead used a bit of smoked paprika to give it that smokey flavour which worked really well. I’m sure the homemade stock would be great but we did not have time and just used fish stock from a cube. The fact we had authentic Spanish paella rice though was essential
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Andrew Langdon-...
20th Mar, 2020
I'm sure lots of people will like it but it's not a paella.
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Sarah Garstang
29th Aug, 2019
I’ve been trying the Next Level recipes from the magazine, and I must say they’ve all been really tasty and easy to follow. We loved this paella, I followed the recipe pretty much exactly and it came out beautifully. Will definitely do again.
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Rob Makey
20th Mar, 2019
No need for chorizo. Sea food is full of flavour and no more strong tastes are required. I found after making my first attempt at paella that the rice is very thirsty and needs a very long simmer to soften. The stock needs to be 2 or 3 times the amount of ordinary rice. I added raw king prawns, mussels and 4 types of fish in chunks when the rice was virtually cooked. 5 mins on low and the prawns colour just started to change. I then covered in foil and turned off the heat. Left for 30 minutes before garnish with parsley and lemon. Just like Spain. Beautiful tastes.
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17th Aug, 2018
Absolutely delicious, followed the recipe
17th Jun, 2018
Great recipe. Doubled it and served it for Father's Day. It took about 40 minutes to cook once all the ingredients was in however, so I would say total cooking time was more 1 hour and 10 with double the ingredients in a very large wok!
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