There are many different ways to prepare Paella but some say the most Authentic Spanish Paella is made with seafood! Try out our recipe using special made Carolina® Parboiled Medium Grain Rice for Paella.
Heat the broth in a large pot. Stir in saffron.
Heat 4 tbsp of olive oil in 30 cm paella pan (or large shallow frying pan) over medium high heat and fry slightly the monk fish, the prawns and calamari rings 1-2 minutes. Do not fully cook. Remove and reserve.
Add remaining 2 tbsp of oil, and fry the red pepper, followed by the diced tomato adding the garlic/parsley and sweet paprika, stirring everything together. Reduce the heat and add the rice stirring it to get it slightly fried. It helps to avoid stickiness in the rice.
Pour in the hot broth and boil for 3 minutes, stirring rice and rotating pan occasionally. Add all reserved fish and seafood distributing it into the paella pan. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Do not stir after this point. Lower the heat, continue to simmer until rice absorbs the liquid (about 14 min). Add extra liquid if needed.
Once the paella is done and all the liquid has evaporated, let it stand for a few more minutes and then it’s ready to enjoy.
Paella is a rice based skillet dish originally from the Valencia region of Spain on the Mediterranean coast. For this reason, most Spaniards would say truly authentic Paella is made with seafood, just like it was first made on the coast.
Our recipe today is made with a boatload of different fish types including monkfish, mussels, calamari and prawns alongside delicious fresh vegetables.
If you only have a few fish types available, use what you have on hand or what you like best. Just make sure to keep your tomato, red pepper, garlic, saffron threads and paprika, or pimentón as they say in Spain, on hand.
When making this rice based dish, using the right type of rice is essential. Carolina® Parboiled Medium Grain Rice is made especially for Paella because, when cooked, the rice absorbs the fish broth better and the starch released gives the dish a more filling and savory flavor.
Find out more about our rice varieties including how to cook white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice and more in our cooking section!