Authentic Spanish Paella Recipe: A Flavorful Culinary Journey

Originating from the Valencia region of Spain, paella is a dish that embodies the vibrant flavors and colors of Spanish cuisine. With its saffron-infused rice, assortment of seafood, and aromatic spices, paella is a celebration of Mediterranean flavors that delights the senses. In this recipe, we'll guide you through the steps to create an authentic Spanish Paella that's perfect for sharing with family and friends. Let's embark on a culinary journey to Spain!


  • 2 cups Spanish short-grain rice (such as Bomba or Calasparra)
  • 4 cups seafood or chicken broth
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tomato, grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional, for color)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound (about 450g) mixed seafood (such as shrimp, mussels, clams, and squid), cleaned and deveined
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Step 1: Prepare the Saffron Broth

  1. In a small bowl, crush the saffron threads with your fingers.
  2. Heat the seafood or chicken broth in a saucepan until warm.
  3. Add the crushed saffron threads to the warm broth and let it steep for 10-15 minutes to infuse the flavor and color.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics

  1. In a large paella pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the pan. Sauté until softened and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the sliced red and yellow bell peppers and cook until they begin to soften.

Step 3: Add the Tomatoes and Spices

  1. Grate the tomato directly into the pan using a box grater, discarding the skin.
  2. Stir in the smoked paprika and ground turmeric (if using) to add color and flavor to the dish.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Step 4: Incorporate the Rice and Saffron Broth

  1. Add the Spanish short-grain rice to the pan, spreading it out evenly.
  2. Pour the saffron-infused broth over the rice, ensuring that it covers the rice completely.
  3. Gently shake the pan to distribute the ingredients evenly.

Step 5: Arrange the Seafood and Peas

  1. Nestle the cleaned and deveined seafood (such as shrimp, mussels, clams, and squid) into the rice mixture.
  2. Scatter the frozen peas over the top for a pop of color and sweetness.

Step 6: Cook Until Tender

  1. Bring the paella to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Avoid stirring the paella once the rice starts to cook to develop the socarrat, a crispy crust on the bottom of the pan.

Step 7: Serve and Garnish

  1. Remove the paella from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
  2. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
  3. Serve directly from the paella pan, allowing guests to enjoy the communal dining experience.


With its aromatic spices, succulent seafood, and vibrant colors, this Authentic Spanish Paella is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or simply craving a taste of Spain, this paella recipe is sure to impress. Gather your loved ones, pour a glass of Spanish wine, and savor the rich flavors and textures of this iconic dish. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)


Items to help you create this dish


Westinghouse 28cm Low Casserole Pot

Westinghouse Rice Cooker

Glad Silicone Utensils 

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