How to make it

  • Wash and soak your Basmati rice in water while you are preparing the below.
  • Turn on the grill (Charcoal)l or your stove
  • Put your Paella pan ( or a large sauce pan)
  • Add your oil and when hot add your diced garlic and onion
  • Use a wooden spoon and saute them until translucent
  • Add your diced chicken and cook for 5 mins
  • Add your whole shrimp, lobster tails and calamari cut into rings, if you are using Chorizo add it as well.
  • Stir for about 3 mins
  • Add your drained rice and saute for another 3 mins
  • Add the fish broth, red pepper, wine, salt to taste and saffron ( chili pepper if you are using) and let it simmer for about 25 mins to half an hour.
  • Stir constantly
  • The rice has to soak up all the water.. cook further if the rice is not completely done.. add some wine if its too dry
  • The key is you don't want the Paella too soupy.. so be careful with adding more wine. I prefer my Paella dry.
  • We have a little barbecue in our fireplace and the Paella pan fits there wonderfully... I prefer the smoky taste and the way people used to cook on open fire before we had gas stoves... Anyway in my opinion this was the best Paella i every made ( The first time i cooked it on a charcoal grill.. I also used twigs to give it a bit of flame)

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    " It was excellent "
    cholena ate it and said...
    I love paella ... would love to try dis version soon ... thxz for the post
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  • binky67 10 years ago
    Richard, you've outdone yourself here with this one. Thanks. Saving for a very special occasion!
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Ohhh wonderful, Richard. Paella is one of the best dishes in the world and I like how you cooked yours on the grill...great spin. I get hungry just reading your recipe and staring at your pictures. Great post - and thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try the grill version - adding that smoky flavor sounds great. High 5... :) Vickie
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  • leonora5 10 years ago
    That has to be the best photos of paella (my all time favourite food) I've ever seen. WOW it looks delicious. Fascinating to read about the charcoal.
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