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Paella (pai·ei·uh) is a classic Spanish rice dish made with rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, and seafood cooked and served in one pan.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp each hot smoked paprika and dried thyme
  • 300 g paella rice
  • 3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 900 ml chicken stock
  • 400 g frozen seafood mix , defrosted
  • 1 lemon, ½ juiced, ½ cut into wedges
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. 
  • Add the chopped onion and soften for 5 mins.
  • Add the smoked paprika, thyme and paella rice in to the frying pan, stir for 1 min, then add the sherry or wine and bring to the boil. 
  • Once the alcohol has evaporated, stir in the chopped tomatoes and chicken stock.
  • Season and cook, uncovered, for about 15 mins, stirring now and again until the rice is almost tender and still surrounded with some liquid.
  • Stir in the seafood mix and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 5 mins, or until the seafood is cooked through and the rice is tender.
  • Squeeze over the lemon juice, add the parsley and serve with the lemon wedges.
Keyword Paella