Traditional Spanish Paella Recipe

For our boxer living in Madrid, paella is the ultimate post-training meal, offering a perfect balance of protein and carbs. This traditional Spanish dish, rich with the flavors of saffron, seafood, and vegetables, is a hearty reward after a long day of work and intense boxing sessions.
A white dish contains vibrant yellow traditional Spanish paella with shrimp, mussels, bell peppers, peas, and herbs.

For our boxer living in Madrid, paella is the ultimate post-training meal, offering a perfect balance of protein and carbs. This traditional Spanish dish, rich with the flavors of saffron, seafood, and vegetables, is a hearty reward after a long day of work and intense boxing sessions. Cooking paella not only fuels his body but also connects him with the local culture, making it a favorite dinner choice.

A pan of traditional Spanish paella with shrimp, mussels, chicken, and vegetables, garnished with parsley. Nearby are a plate with sliced lemons, a glass of juice, a glass of water, a lime, and a sprig of parsley.

Traditional Spanish Paella Recipe

A man in a chef's uniform standing in front of a bar.Andre Dupont
A traditional Spanish dish combining saffron-infused rice, chicken, seafood, and vegetables for a rich and hearty meal.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Meal Type Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4
Calories 628 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $20
Shopping Cost$35

Equipment

  • Large paella pan or wide, shallow skillet
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 ½ cups short-grain rice such as Arborio
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ pound chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ pound mussels cleaned
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in the paella pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper, cooking until soft.
    2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 red bell pepper
  • Stir in tomatoes, smoked paprika, and saffron. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
    1 cup tomatoes, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 pinch saffron threads
  • Add rice and stir to coat in the mixture. Pour in chicken broth and white wine, bringing to a simmer.
    1 1/2 cups short-grain rice, 4 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup white wine
  • Add chicken pieces and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    1/2 pound chicken thighs
  • Nestle shrimp and mussels into the rice, adding frozen peas. Cook until seafood is done and mussels open, about 10 minutes.
    1/2 pound shrimp, 1/2 pound mussels, 1 cup peas
  • Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.
    Salt and pepper to taste, Fresh parsley, Lemon wedges

Notes

Use a mixture of seafood, such as squid or clams, for added variety.
Adjust the broth amount to achieve your desired rice consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 628kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 35gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1128mgPotassium: 935mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1898IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Hearty Dinner, Paella, Saffron Rice, Spanish Cuisine

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