Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 2

Cod is a great source of stress-busting B vitamins and magnesium, so why not enjoy this easy peasy paella that's also packed with three of your five-a-day, iron, folate and fibre

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal481
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre11g
  • protein38g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 100g brown basmati rice
  • 1 tsp turmeric



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

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 500ml reduced-salt vegetable bouillon
  • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 large courgette, diced



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 125g frozen peas
  • 300g pack skinless Atlantic cod loins, cut into large chunks



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • ⅓ small pack parsley, chopped



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

  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges



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


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the onion and garlic for a couple of mins to soften. Add the rice and spices, stir briefly, then pour in the bouillon and add the pepper. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 20 mins. Stir in the courgette, cover and cook for 10 mins more.

  2. Add the peas and cod, cover the pan and cook for 10 mins more until the rice is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed. Toss with the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

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3rd Nov, 2019
Really tasty, easy meal to make - and everybody liked it! I also stirred the rice several times to stop it from sticking. I didn't have courgette but added a few cherry tomatoes instead, and also a pinch of chilli flakes. It makes quite a lot, definitely enough for three portions and it's healthy too. Will definitely make again.
19th Aug, 2019
Not really a paella, but tasty! Would recommend quickly stirring the rice a few times during cooking, as mine started to stick to the pan. This made enormous portions - could easily serve three people, or even four if you have smaller appetites or are saving room for dessert. Will plan to put some aside for two lunches for the following day next time I make it, as we ended up having to throw a fair bit away (had already meal prepped for the week). A tasty, straightforward recipe all in all.
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Maddie York
7th Jul, 2019
This was delicious, but it took about 20 mins longer than it should have done to cook off all the liquid, so the fish was in for longer than I'd like at the end. I think next time I will use less stock.
21st Jan, 2019
Delicious recipie! I make this one allot but I have adapted it slightly - I swapped the basmati rice for long grain rice & I’ve added Parmesan. I also doubled the quantities of the spices and used chilli oil instead tof rapeseed to add spice.
9th Nov, 2018
This was a great rice dish with cod. I added some chorizo sausage for extra flavour but I think some prawns would have been good too.
19th Aug, 2018
This is not Paella, it's not even close. It is, however, quite delicious and I shall make it again. I scaled it down for one. Half of everything except the stock. I couldn't find my smoked paprika, so I used ordinary paprika and a few chipotle flakes. It was good. I forgot to garnish with parsley and lemon (d'Oh!), I think that would have made it even better. If you are looking for paella, move on, but if you just want a delicious, healthy and filling, one-pot rice and fish dish, this is a good dish to make.
9th Sep, 2018
Totally agree. It isn't anything like a paella but very tasty all the same
8th Aug, 2018
I don't understand the negative comments - everyone I have made this for has raved about it. Really tasty! I add a chilli at the start for a bit of a kick and a few prawns at the end and it feels very luxurious! One of the few low cal recipes that has a really good portion size too. Highly recommend.
28th Mar, 2018
Great recipe, added a tsp chilli powder and some salt. Used mushrooms instead of peppers, big family hit.
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10th Jan, 2018
Absolutely delicious! Very filling, too! Was a touch on the bland side so added extra seasoning. A quick, cheap and tasty dish.


27th Jun, 2019
Can I just check, do you put the fish in raw? Or do you need to cook it first?
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27th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. The cod goes in raw and will cook during those last mins of cooking time.
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