Easy Paella – for the red, yellow and green of it!

If you are intimidated by seafood, this is the recipe for you! And it offers veggies of all the important colours – red, green and yellow for that great antioxidant boost.

Paella traditionally has fish, prawns, calamari and mussels, but I have adapted this recipe for my fish squeamish daughter. The result was a success for nearly everyone! My son opted for seconds placed into a tortilla and topped with plain yogurt.

I adapted this recipe from www.justeasyrecipes.co.za.                             Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 red or orange pepper, seeded and cut into strips
2 carrots, peeled and cut into julienne strips
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tin tomatoes chopped
1 Tb paprika
350g long-grain rice
1kg mixed seafood (I used 3 fillets of frozen hake and 400 grams frozen cooked shrimp)
2-3 tbsp fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
200g sugar snap peas, trimmed
fresh limes or lemons, cut into wedges

  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Add onion, green and red peppers and carrots, and fry over a low heat for two minutes.
  3. Add garlic, tomatoes and paprika and fry for three minutes.
  4. Add the rice and stir well to make sure the rice is well coated.
  5. Add about 800ml water or seafood stock and bring to the boil.
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add seafood, coriander and sugar snap peas and stir well.
  8. Cover and simmer for a further 10 -15 minutes.
  9. Add a little water if it gets too dry.
  10. The dish is ready once the rice is tender (if including mussels, they will be open when the dish is ready.)
  11. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, coriander and lemon wedges. I topped the servings with a dollop of double cream plain  yogurt (not traditional, I am sure).

2 responses

    • It can be frugal, for certain! The type of seafood you choose would probably determine how extravagent it can get. Because I used frozen hake and shrimp instead of prawns, the cost was quite low. And it fed way more than 6. I had leftovers for family lunches this morning 🙂

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