Monday, 13 January 2014

Recipe | Seafood and Chorizo Paella

I've been inspired over the past few months by food bloggers like Jack, so one of my many resolutions in 2014 is to be more food savvy - wasting less and shopping smarter. Liam is great at picking up bargains in the reduced section on our shop, so as a result our freezer usually well stocked up with cut price pork chops and fish fillets, yum!

This week, I was feeling a little uninterested in what I was putting on my plate, but a spontaneous paella made with bits and pieces I found in my cupboards has definitely reignited my love of cooking! It's dead easy, and relatively cheap if you're flexible to use what you have. With no further ado, you will need...

You will need:
1 chorizo sausage
1 pack of mixed shellfish (I used prawns, mussels and squid rings)
250g paella rice
500ml chicken stock
A cup of frozen peas
A handful of cherry tomatoes
1 lemon

  1. Fry off the chorizo sausage to release the oils. Add the paella rice and stir to coat the oils.
  2. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the peas, seafood and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Simmer until the paella rice has absorbed the stock - this will take around 15 minutes. You can add a dash of water if the rice begins to stick!
  5. Add a dash of white wine if you have any left in the fridge, and serve with a slice of lemon.

I don't want to claim that everyone just has squid rings and chorizo knocking around in their fridge, but you can substitute shellfish for chicken, or even sausages and chickpeas for a meatier version.

Let me know how you get on, I hope you like it as much as I did!


  1. I'm not a massive fan of seafood but the chorizo looks yummy!

    Maria xxx

  2. Ah god this looks like heaven on a plate!

  3. I can only handle paella in minuscule portions as I get bored of it after 3 bites but this looks delicious.

  4. yummy, that seems like something I would really really like. bookmarked!

    Katrina Sophia Blog

  5. Mmm I'm not a seafood person but this would be nice with chicken! My dad's amazing at finding great bargains in the reduced section too so our freezer is absolutely stuffed. If you've never tried it before you should give jambolaya a go, it's quite similar to paella but with chorizo, chicken, prawns and peppers instead x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  6. Good god, this looks so good! Will definitely need to make this for tea this week! xo

  7. Mmm I might stock up on paella rice and do this soon! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Rosie x

  8. This is right up my alley Claire and I'm a massive fan of choizo and seafood. Might make a variation on this tonight, I'll be championing the clearance isle at 5.30 too.

    Buckets & Spades

  9. This looks AMAZING! Please invite me to dinner xo


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