If you've never made paella, the traditional Spanish rice dish with origins in Valencia, I highly recommend you give it a try this weekend! This uncomplicated recipe is easy to follow and has awesome results. The paella is filling, flavorful, and delicious. It's packed with chorizo and shellfish, so it has a wonderful surf-and-turf quality.
Although the recipe has you cook the paella on the grill, I made it on the stovetop. Other substitutions to note: I used Mexican chorizo instead of Spanish chorizo and omitted the squid and saffron, because of a restricted selection at the local market. Despite these changes, I really enjoyed this paella and plan to make it again soon! Check out the recipe now.
3 cups fish stock or low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined, shells reserved
Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces fresh chorizo (2 small links), sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 cups Calasparra or arborio rice (about 10 ounces)
1/2 pound cleaned squid—bodies halved lengthwise, scored in a crosshatch pattern and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound cockles, scrubbed
1/2 pound jumbo lump crab
1 cup roasted red peppers (5 ounces), cut into strips
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Hot sauce and lemon wedges, for serving
- In a large saucepan, combine the stock with the shrimp shells and saffron. Squeeze in the lemon, add the half to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the broth and discard the solids.
- Meanwhile, light a grill.
- Place a large flameproof skillet on the grill and heat the olive oil in it. Add the chorizo, cover the skillet and close the grill. Cook over high heat until the chorizo is sizzling and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, garlic and smoked paprika, cover the skillet, close the grill and cook, stirring once or twice, until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the rice and stir to coat with the tomato mixture. Stir in the shrimp broth.
- Cover the skillet, close the grill and cook until half of the broth has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the shrimp, squid and cockles. Cover the skillet, close the grill and cook until the rice is al dente and has formed a crust on the bottom and side of the skillet and the seafood is cooked, about 8 minutes.
- Fold in the crab, peppers and parsley and cook just until heated through. Serve with hot sauce and lemon wedges.
- Rice, Main Dishes