A real taste of the sea with this seafood paella recipe. Easy to cook on
a barbecue and paella pan or on the stove in a frying pan. Our pictures,
hints, tips and video make this easy to cook.
SEAFOOD PAELLA - COOK'S NOTES We cook our seafood paella in the traditional manner on a barbecue
in a paella pan. However it is equally good when cooked on the hob in a
large based frying pan. Click here for
lots of information about paella pans and cooking paellas in general.
The trick with a seafood paella is quite simple, make the basic recipe and
add the seafood which you like best. There are hundreds of so called
different seafood paella recipes but they all come down to the same
principle - a good paella base with seafood added. Just make sure that the
fish is cooked long enough without over cooking it.
Our recipe calls for king prawns which only need to be heated through for a
minute if pre-cooked or 6 minutes if frozen and monkfish which takes about
six minutes to cook on
top of the paella.
A good strong stock is essential for a good seafood paella and there are a
couple of ways to achieve this. The easiest of course is to use fish stock
cubes and they don't do a bad job. But if you buy your fish from a
fishmonger then ask him for fish off-cuts. These can be added to water and
simmered for 20 minutes to make the best stock of all.
A half way house is to buy whole monkfish from your fishmonger and use the
head to make the stock in combination with a reduced amount of stock cubes.
A 30cm / 12im paella pan or large frying pan - see
here for dimensions.
Onion - peel, top and tail and finely chop
Garlic - peel, top and tail and finely chop
Monkfish - filet if not already done, chop into bite sized chunks (see
video and pictures for size)
Parsley - finely chop
Tomatoes - remove skin and finely chop or blend in a food processor
COOK'S NOTES FOR SEAFOOD PAELLA
All paellas originate from Valencian paella but the Seafood Paella has been
around so long that it is generally accepted to be a true paella in its own
right. The fish used in this recipe will vary according to where in Spain
the paella is cooked so feel free to substitute your own choice of sea food.
Our video below shows us cooking the paella in the traditional fashion on
a barbecue using a paella pan. However, a very
good paella can be cooked on your cooker hob using a large frying pan using
exactly the same method.
In this seafood paella recipe we use frozen prawns which take about 5 to
6 minutes to cook in the paella. Fresh prawns will take about three minutes
to cook. If you are using cooked prawns then they will take about a minute
to warm through. So adjust the time you add the prawns according to their
There are a few basic principles behind cooking any good paella and we
describe these in lots of detail here.
Note that the video below says to add 900ml of stock but in the
ingredients above we state 800ml. After cooking the seafood paella with
900ml of stock we felt that slightly less was needed. However, a lot does
depend at what temperature you cook the paella and also how long the
tomatoes are simmered. Initially we suggest using 800ml of stock and add a
little bit more water if the rice becomes too dry during cooking.
VIDEO OF SEAFOOD PAELLA
(best viewed in full screen mode)
Add the olive oil and the chopped onions to the pan
on a medium heat. Fry for 5 minutes turning them frequently to
ensure they soften but don't brown.
Add the saffron (crumbling it
up as you add it), garlic and sweet paprika. Stir it all up well for
a minute or so.
Now add the tomatoes and simmer them for eight
minutes. Stir the mixture around the pan frequently to disperse the
saffron and paprika evenly throughout the other ingredients.
the rice and stir all the ingredients thoroughly for one minute.
Now add the stock and stir all the ingredients well.
Using your spatula ensure that the rice is spread evenly over the
base of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
Leave the rice alone
from now on and cook the paella for 15 minutes until most but not
all the liquid is absorbed.
Add the monkfish first then the prawns and settle
them into the surface of the paella. Cook for five more minutes.
Garnish with lemon quarters if you want and sprinkle the chopped
parsley evenly over the top.