Seafood Paella (paella de marisco)

Seafood Paella (paella de marisco)

By 21/06/2012

I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this dish.

It was actually the first time I made it. I had it in restaurants before but never attempted to make it at home.

I made this dish for my beloved's birthday party and I wanted it to be special, so I did my best in trying to find the freshest fish I could get.

I usually look at the fish on display and I quickly try to establish whether it was last nights catch or not. With prawns and langoustines it can be difficult though and if unsure I usually ask my fishmonger hoping that he will tell me the truth! Yes, I am obsessive about it but old fish can wreck a dish and make it taste completely different.
I have been quite lucky this time and the fish was excellent.

I made sure I added lots of saffron to give it that typical paella colour which makes this dish so tasty and unique.
Ideally it should be cooked in a large pan (called paella) and served at the table direct from the pan too but I did not have one large enough to "accommodate" the langoustines and the king prawns in order to make a good picture so I had to serve it on a tray instead.
That was not big enough though anyway! I think I could do with some more pots and pans!

I have only added peas to the rice but there are lots of different versions. You can add peppers as well to give it a more colourful look and you can use the shellfish you prefer.

  • Prep Time : 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes



Wash and chop the squid into small rings. Clean the king prawns and the langoustines.
Wash and scrape the clams and the mussels, put them in a pan and cook them with a dash of wine on a high heat.Cover them up and let them cook for a few minutes until they have opened.In a large pan (which you will use to cook and serve the paella) pour 6 tbsp of olive oil, turn the heat on and when hot cook the king prawns and the langoustines for 5 minutes then take them out of the pan and put them aside for later.
Chop the garlic and the onion finely, put them in the paella pan with the oil and stir fry until translucent.
Add the chopped squid and the spices and cook for 10 minutes.Filter the juice that the mussels and clams have released during cooking, then the remaining hot water to make 1.20 liters of liquid.
Basically you will need 3 glasses of liquid for every glass of rice.Pour this stock into the paella pan.Add the rice, the peas and salt to taste. Stir it well in, then you should leave it to cook without stirring it.
Cook for 7 minutes on a high heat then turn the heat down. Add the shrimps and slow cook it for a further 10 minutes.
Just a few minutes before it is cooked add the shellfish and arrange the langoustines and the king prawns nicely on top of the rice and serve.These beasties were too big to fit nicely on the tray: they look like they are fighting to get some space! Well, not such a good looking dish but sooo tasty! And this is a promise.
seafood paella


I am submitting this recipe to "Made with Love Mondays" featured by Javelin Warrior.

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33 Responses to Seafood Paella (paella de marisco)

  1. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Congratulations for your WONDERFUL paella, I can´t believe it´s the first time for you! Always remember to select a kind of fish with ¨hard¨ meat, if not it will be broken in small parts after cooking. My brother in law adds parsley, chopped eggs and green beans on top. I add red bell pepper, everyone has a personal style for paella. Un beso,

  2. Alida

    Great tips thank you!

  3. Shobha

    I love paella…I made it once long back, but that came out a bit different..a little dry consistency..The flavour of saffron is amazing.

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Che splendida paella! Mi ricorda il mio viaggio in Spagna, è li che l'ho assaggiata! Ti è venuta perfetta, brava!Ciao

  5. Javelin Warrior

    Mmmm… this sounds wonderful, Alida. Very homey and rustic and exactly the way I thick of paella. And I've been really wanting to make paella for a while now – this gives me a little nudge in the right direction! Thanks so much for sharing…

  6. R.Punitha

    Hi Alida, Thank you for your comment on my guest post. Done a good job Alida.seafood paella looks nice.Keep on 🙂

  7. Linda

    So yummy looking. good for you, you made this fabulous dish. I have yet to make it, but I am enjoying your photos. thank you for stopping by.

  8. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Alida, this looks absolutely delicious and beautiful! Love the langoustines 🙂

  9. ~~louise~~

    Oh my goodness, Alida. Your Paella looks delicious. I agree with Javelin. It's exactly how I think of Paella goodness. Thank you so much for sharing and for dropping by my blog. As you know, we are playing the Picnic Game over at my blog. You are more than welcome to join in on the fun. I have already found you on Pinterest, (Thanks to Javelin) However, when I click on your follow twitter button, it leads to nothing. I noticed it say it needs your user name so you might want to check that. If i've done something wrong, you can find me @lavesta on twitter. "See" you soon, I hope you'll join in too!!!

  10. Pegasuslegend

    I am a shellfish aholic… this is my kind of food and Its calling my name! Fabulous!

  11. Ez Cookbook

    Paella looks extra ordinary.. rocking dear…

  12. Balvinder Ubi

    I have never had all types of seafood but your dish looks attractive enough to try.

  13. simran

    delicious paella!… must've had one very pleased sweetheart!

  14. simple baking

    Beautiful paella Alida! I want to dig into it straightaway. Your other half is surely very lucky! Have a nice day!xoxoAnuja

  15. Petro Neagu

    I'm not a fan of sea food but your dish looks very tempting, if you were right here, with that plate in hand, I bet I couldn't say no :)Thanks for dropping such nice comments on my blog, you are truly sweet :)Hugs

  16. Giovanna

    Che meraviglia! E' davvero uno spettacolo! :-)Un bacione e buon fine settimana

  17. The View From The Table

    This looks impressive. I don't eat fish but I've been thinking about making a veggie paella lately so good to see your technique..

  18. ramya

    Hey alida,I'm looking at your paella and drooling into my keyboard!!Yum!

  19. Claudia

    Che gustosa paella hai preparato, bravissima. L'ultima foto è splendida, da leccarsi la forchetta.Buon fine settimana

  20. Lenia

    This is the ideal way to celebrate his birthday!Mouthwatering dish!Auguroni,carina!

  21. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This looks delicious!! I've been craving fish lately…a perfect summer meal! Blessings to you my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

  22. Carmen Anderson

    You paella looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! hope you are having a great weekend!

  23. Günther

    non è facile farla a casa io la mangio solo al ristorante è fantastica

  24. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Gorgeous looking paella!! sunshine on a plate, love all the seafood in it, yummy 😉

  25. Anyol

    Riquisima y bien jugosa que te ha quedado.Claro, con todos esos buenos ingredientes.

  26. All That I'm Eating

    It's food like this that makes me so sad I can't eat shellfish 🙁 I bet it's lovely!

  27. LinsFood

    This is one of my all time favourite dish, in all forms! I once took it out of the menu for my cookery classes and there was an uproar! You've done a fantastic job, it looks positively to die for!

  28. Jacqueline@HowtobeaGourmand

    Fantastic effort. Looks divine. I'm sure you went back for seconds!

  29. Catherine

    Dear Alida, What a beautiful dish. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  30. Carmine Volpe

    è uno dei migliori ricordi della spagna, la tua è fantastica

  31. The View From The Table

    Hello Alida. I know that you already have one but I've nominate you for a Versatile Blogger award. Love your blog!

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