Spanish Cuisine

Spanish Fiesta Paella

A Flavorful and Easy-to-Make Paella for Any Occasion

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Spanish Fiesta Paella

Difficulty:IntermediatePrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 30 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour Servings:8 servingsCalories:736 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Dive into the rich and vibrant flavors of Spain with this easy-to-make paella. Combining succulent seafood, tender chicken, and savory sausage with aromatic spices, this dish is perfect for both casual dinners and festive gatherings.


  • Paella:


  1. Combine olive oil, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper in a glass bowl to create the marinade.
  2. Start the paella by adding the chicken to the marinade, stirring to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a large skillet or paella pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, then stir in the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is well-coated with oil, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Incorporate saffron threads, a bay leaf, chopped parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest into the rice mixture. Stir to blend everything together and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. While the rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped bell pepper and sausage to the skillet. Cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage with a spatula, for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn bright pink and are opaque inside, about 2 minutes.
  7. Spread the rice mixture onto a serving platter and top with the meat and seafood mixture.


  • – Ensure the paella pan is large enough to accommodate all ingredients without overcrowding.
    – Adjust seasoning to taste, especially the salt and pepper.
    – For a more authentic flavor, use Spanish bomba rice if available.
    – Saffron can be expensive; a pinch goes a long way, but do not substitute it as it gives paella its distinctive flavor and color.
Keywords:Spanish Paella, Easy Paella, Seafood Paella, Chicken Paella, Sausage Paella

Can I use other types of seafood?

Yes, you can substitute or add other seafood like clams, squid, or scallops.

Is it necessary to use saffron?

Saffron is traditional and adds a unique flavor and color, but if unavailable, you can use turmeric as a last resort.

Can I make paella without a paella pan?

Yes, any large, shallow skillet will work, but a paella pan is recommended for even cooking.

How can I make this dish spicier?

Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or use spicy chorizo to increase the heat.

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