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All Recipes, Main Dishes / June 1, 2022

SPECTACULAR Seafood Paella with MINIMAL Effort | Quick & Easy Recipe

We have made a ton of different Paellas here on Spain on a Fork, but let me tell you, this Spectacular Seafood Paella has to be the EASIEST paella we have ever made. It´s packed with flavors, done in 40 minutes and filled with so much Spanish goodness.

Spectacular Seafood Paella
What really flavors this paella is the saffron, sweet smoked paprika and the fish broth. Important to use these ingredients to make this paella, as it´s what gives this dish that authentic Spanish touch.

Spectacular Seafood Paella
To make this paella I used Spanish round rice. But you can also use arborio rice or any other type of medium grain rice. Either way, once you add the rice into the pan, give it one mix to ensure it´s evenly distributed. After that, don´t mix the rice again, otherwise it will release its starch and lose its texture.

Spectacular Seafood Paella

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used a paella pan, but you can also use a standard frying pan. Though the cooking times will vary. Because of the design of a Paella pan, the rice cooks much faster. So expect to cook the rice for 1 to 2 minutes longer than stated below if using a frying pan.

Spectacular Seafood Paella

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spectacular Seafood Paella with Minimal Effort | Quick & Easy Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 779 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 8 scallops
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 3 cups fish broth 710 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 cup round rice 200 grams
  • 15 raw jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas 45
  • 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a paella pan with a medium heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, add the scallops over some paper towels, pat them dry and season with sea salt & black pepper

  3. Add the scallops into the hot paella pan, all in a single layer, sear for 1 minute per side, then remove the scallops and set aside

  4. Add in 1 small onion finely diced into the paella pan and mix continuously, after 2 minutes add in 6 cloves garlic roughly minced, mix for 30 seconds, then add in 2 tomatoes finely grated, 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika and a pinch of sea salt, mix together and simmer

  5. After 3 minutes and the grated tomato has thickened up, add in 3 cups fish broth, pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads and turn up the heat to a high heat

  6. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in the 1 cup of round rice, give it one final mix so everything is evenly distributed, after this step don´t mix the rice again

  7. After 8 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, but there is still some broth left, lower to a low-medium heat, add in the scallops back into the pan (cut in half), the shrimp (seasoned with salt & pepper) and 1/3 cup frozen peas, making sure as you add the ingredients you evenly spread them out, continue to simmer until all the broth has been absorbed, about 5 minutes

  8. Once all the broth has been absorbed, hit it to a medium-high heat and go for 1 to 2 minutes, this is to achieve the soccarat, which is the layer of caramelized burnt rice underneath, then remove the pan from the heat

  9. Add in the jarred roasted red bell peppers (cut into strips) over the rice, then cover the pan with a dishcloth and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then uncover and serve, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron Threads I used to Make this Paella

Nutrition Facts
Spectacular Seafood Paella with Minimal Effort | Quick & Easy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 779 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 903mg39%
Potassium 1027mg29%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1911IU38%
Vitamin C 49mg59%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and vegetable broth i never had spectacular seafood paella before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    01 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      01 . Jun . 2022

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