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All Recipes, Main Dishes / February 3, 2023

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice | Possibly the GREATEST Rice Dish EVER

This Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice, known as Arroz Meloso con Ajo y Pimentón, is possibly one of the GREATEST rice dishes ever. It´s packed with flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in just 30 minutes. Serve it as a main course or even as a side dish, next to a couple of fried eggs.

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice
To make this dish I used Spanish round rice. Which is the one that´s typically used to make paella. You can substitute it for any other type of short-grain rice or even arborio rice, which is the one that is used to make risotto. Either way, make sure to use short-grain rice, otherwise you won´t get that creamy texture at the end.

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice
What really flavors this dish is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika. Make sure to use the good stuff here. I also used vegetable broth instead of water. As it gives the dish a deeper depth of flavor.

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the broth into the pan, make sure to mix the rice every 1 to 2 minutes. This will help release the starch in the rice, which is one of the elements to achieve that creamy texture. I also added grated Manchego cheese at the end, but you can use any cheese you like.

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice
5 from 2 votes

Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 344 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 5 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth 950 ml
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 200 grams
  • 1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese 60 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add the broth into a sauce pan and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and thinly slice the garlic

  4. Add the onion and garlic into the fry pan with the hot olive oil, mix together, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the 2 tomatoes finely grated, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  5. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes, add in the rice, mix continuously for about 2 minutes, then add in the hot broth, mix every 1 to 2 minutes and cook until rice is just done (check package instructions, mine was 15 minutes), then cover with a lid and remove from the heat

  6. After a couple of minutes remove the lid, add in the grated cheese and mix together, transfer into serving dishes and garnish with finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1083IU22%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kami

    5 stars
    Delicious! I added a little cumin to the dish and it was wonderful

    22 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      23 . Feb . 2023
  2. Nikki

    5 stars
    This rice is simply extraordinary! Take it from a rice expert from Puerto Rico.

    15 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment Nikki 🙂 Much love

      16 . Feb . 2023
  3. Edwina Reich

    Hi Albert,

    I absolutely LOVE your recipes!

    For this one, how long can I keep it in the refrigerator once done?



    12 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      It will hold for up to 3 to 4 days 🙂 Much love

      13 . Feb . 2023
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheese i never had creamy paprika and garlic rice before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    03 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      04 . Feb . 2023

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