Classic Seafood Paella

    1 hour 35 minutes

    A classic seafood paella, packed with squid, prawns, mussels and clams from the Valencia region of Spain.

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    Serves: 8 

    • olive oil for frying
    • 5 runner beans, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 small squid, cleaned and sliced
    • 1 large tomato
    • 8 prawns, shells on
    • salt to taste
    • 4 mussels
    • 10 small clams or pipis
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 400g short grain rice
    • 1 litre fish stock
    • pinch saffron
    • 4 crayfish or yabbies
    • 4 jumbo prawns, shells on
    • 1 lemon

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Extra time:20min resting  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. In a large frying pan or paella pan, heat a generous amount of olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan) over medium heat. Add the beans and the garlic. Add the squid and continue to cook gently.
    2. Grate the tomato directly into the pan (or grate onto a plate and add to the pan). Add the eight smaller prawns and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt to taste, cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan over medium high heat till very hot. Add the mussels to the hot, dry saucepan, and cook until the mussels have opened. Remove the mussels from the pan and reserve. Repeat this process with the clams, ensuring you save the clam juice that collects in the pan. Set the mussels and clams aside.
    4. Bring the frying pan back to the heat and heat the mixture over medium heat till simmering. Stir in the paprika, then add the rice (do not rinse the rice before using!). Cover with the fish stock. Sprinkle in the saffron and gently stir in without disturbing the rice. Lay the crayfish and jumbo prawns in the pan, then add the mussels, clams and clam juice. (It looks nicest if you arrange the seafood in an alternating fashion in the pan.)
    5. Cook the paella over low heat until the rice is soft. Resist the urge to stir! The rice will slowly absorb most of the fish stock, but should not get overcooked and gooey.
    6. When the rice is tender, remove the pan from the heat and cover with a clean teatowel. Let the paella rest for 20 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed.
    7. Serve the paella straightaway with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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    Good recipe. I've seen some Paella recipes here that have nothing to do with the authentic. For example, it is essential to use short-grain rice as you do.  -  27 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)