Heat olive oil in a very large frypan or paella pan over medium-high heat. Add the head-on prawns and sear on each side until they turn orange and have lightly browned (they should still be raw on the inside). Remove the prawns and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and stir in red onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the onion has softened and turned translucent. Stir in Arborio rice until coated with oil. Pour in the fish stock and season with saffron, paprika, lemon zest and oregano. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then stir in sea salt to taste. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Decoratively nestle the mussels and head-on prawns into the rice, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Next, push the red snapper and deveined prawns into the rice, recover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Finally, add lobster and sprinkle with diced tomatoes. Cover and simmer until the mussels have opened, the rice is tender and the lobster is hot; about 5 minutes more.
Serve in the paella pan garnished with lemon wedges.
TY Jen! for such a lovely recipe! It was absolutely the best paella I have ever eaten, simply delicious! The only changes I made were what proteins I used. Added small scallops, clams, instead of snapper and there were lobster claws at my grocer, so used them instead of the tail. The dish was full of seafood with not a grain leftover! Thanks again!
06 Jul 2009
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)