Mullet and Prawn Paella

    1 hour 5 minutes

    A Spanish paella with succulent prawns and red mullet fillets. Seafood lovers are sure to enjoy this dinner.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
    • large pinch of saffron threads
    • 2 tablespoons boiling water
    • 1 red and 1 yellow capsicum, deseeded and roughly chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 1/3 cups (250g) long-grain brown rice
    • 100ml dry white wine
    • 350ml hot fish stock, or as needed
    • 3–4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
    • 2 red mullet (about 180g each), cleaned
    • 125g asparagus tips, cut in half lengthways
    • 2/3 cup (100g) frozen peas
    • 200g cooked peeled tiger prawns
    • pepper to taste
    • lemon wedges to serve

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan, add the onion and cook gently for 5 minutes or until softened. Meanwhile, soak the saffron in the boiling water.
    2. Add the capsicums and garlic to the pan and cook for 3–4 minutes. Stir in the rice, then add the wine, hot stock, saffron mixture, rosemary sprigs and pepper. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat and cook for 25 minutes or until the rice is almost tender, adding more stock if it is all absorbed before the rice is ready.
    3. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium. Place the red mullet in a shallow flameproof dish and grill for about 6 minutes on each side (you may have to remove the grill tray to fit the dish). To test if the fish is cooked, insert a knife tip near the bone; the flesh should flake easily. Cut off the heads and tails, remove the bones and cut the flesh (with skin) into large bite-sized pieces.
    4. Add the asparagus tips and peas to the rice and mix in. Cook, covered, for a further 5 minutes, by which time all the stock should have been absorbed and the rice should be tender.
    5. Add the prawns and fish to the pan and stir carefully to mix into the rice. Cover and cook gently for 4–5 minutes to heat through, then serve with lemon wedges.

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