Introduction: 'Delicous' Paella

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Paella is Probably the most famous Spanish dishes.

The recipe is an old recipe by folks gave me but had been customized for simplicity. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients by adding your own favorites.

Paella Is fit for the family, as you can add ingredients to meet every one taste buds.

This recipe serves 3

Step 1: Ingredients + Equipment

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  • 5ml saffron or Tumeric
  • 15ml oil
  • 1 onion
  • 250g Rice
  • 5ml paprika
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1chicken or veg stock cube
  • 1 breast of chicken or 4 thighs
  • 100g mixed sea food (optional)
  • 25g cup frozen peas
  • 1-2 clove/s garlic


Chopping board
Sharp Knife
Garlic crusher
serving spoon/ Soup spoon
wooden spoon
weighing scales
plastic jug
desert spoon

Step 2: Prepare the Vegtables + Chicken

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Step three: prepare the vegetables

Peel and chop the onion
Peel and crush the garlic
chop and deseed the red pepper


Remove any skin from the chicken. Then dice into chunks with a fresh knife on a chopping board

Step 3: Cooking

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Fry the onion and pepper in oil for five minutes


Add the garlic, tumeric and paprika or saffron and cook for a further 2 minutes


Add the diced chicken and cook until it turns white

Finally (for this step)

Next pour in the stock (mixed in with hot water), bring to the boil and cook for five minutes

Step 4: Nearly There!

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Now add the rice


Bring it to a boil and allow to simmer for 15 minutes

Tip: Watch carefully, the water can evaporate causing the rice stick to the pan and burning.


Stir in the frozen peas and seafood (optional) and cook for a further five minutes


Step 5: EAT!

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Enjoy your food with the family

Please leave you comments on the intro


blackkittyatl (author)2014-06-01

I made this tonight, so yummy! great recipe!

Warlrosity (author)2009-08-09


mikolynn (author)Warlrosity2012-03-02

jajajajaa! YES !
All the guiris (that's the name we gave to all foreigners who visit spain) says this wen asking for paella, and english ones says "One cabeza" (wich means "one head" when asking for cerveza!

mikolynn (author)2012-03-02

And onyon is neither an ingredient of the paella!
But that is the greatness of paella. You can do it like you want!

bperán (author)2011-11-09

Nooooo, has usado chorizo, nooooo. El chorizo NUNCA va en la paella valenciana.
Deberías haber dejado un poco de agua en la paella (el nombre real de la cacerola y de donde viene el nombre del plato) y esperar 5 minutos. El arroz tomará el sabor del caldo.

You used chorizo! Chorizo is NEVER an ingredient of the valencia's paella.

You should leave a bit of water in the paella (the real name of the pan is paella and this recipe takes the name from there) and wait 5 minutes. The rice will take all the flavour of the other ingradients.

RoboticKop (author)2010-10-20

I think i added too much saffron, i can taste it in the rice... what is paella suppose to taste like? i think i need 2 chicken buillon packages the next time,

oscarthompson (author)RoboticKop2010-10-22

Do you know how much saffron you added? I would only reccomend a few pinches.



pmartinez (author)2010-08-17

Excelente paella Tío... I make my paella valenciana from scratch, and instead of cooking the rice in water, i use a combination of fresh seafood broth and beer. Once you start cooking the alcohol is gone and you get the nice malt flavor.

rugnor (author)2010-08-12

I would like to say that this recipe of paella is the one from valencia, in ibiza instead of peas we add something called "picadillo" and which is made by mixing garlic,parsley, kidney,and nyora(a kind of pepper) and chopping it, we also use fish broth to cook it

megglie (author)2009-10-30

My mother spent a week going back to a restaurant in NYC to figure out how they made their paella (they wouldn't give her instructions) and made it perfectly for us. She would have loved Instructables, as she handed out recipes for everything she figured out how to make. Her recipe was just like yours and delicious, only she added tomatoes and other veggies. Thanks to you and all the people who have given us wonderful things to cook! I wish mom was still with us.

krowii (author)2009-08-07

Is there lemon in this recipe? I think I see lemons in a couple of the pictures but its not on the ingredient list?

Ferenczyg (author)krowii2009-08-09

Juice lemon is used as a dressing, some people likes, some not. I like it, a lot.

jimmytvf (author)Ferenczyg2009-08-19

juice lemon is usually used in seafood, that paella have it, you can put a little. I'm spanish and i tell you a thing, chorizo NEVER, NEVER will mix with paella, i cannot imagine this, only thinking makes me sick, chorizo alone is very tasty, a little sandwich with a baguette, not the typical square bread, is the typical spanish breakfast to get from 10am-12am is the usual time of rest in job paella with chicken is very tasty, and with some peas is better, and gives to the dish a green-coloured note of color.

Ferenczyg (author)jimmytvf2009-08-19

I agree, when i said 'dressing' I mean something that you add when the paella is done, just after serving, for you on your own dish, not as an ingredient. And I agree too that seafood improve a paella. Srhipms are common, and some calamari slices are always welcome. But remember that are sooo many types of paella (seafood only, fish only, vegetables only, meat only, blind paella, mix of all of them..) that you can find your loved one for sure. And yeah again.. no chorizo plz. Btw, I'm Spaniard so I think I'm spanish as well :).

jimmytvf (author)Ferenczyg2009-08-19

ooo, i didn't know :P gracias por la receta de todos modos ;)

oscarthompson (author)krowii2009-08-07

Oh how did that get in there? No there's no lemon in it

trencadis (author)2009-08-17

Your recipe is useful, quite simple and with easy to find ingredients. Let me comment saying that I would not use onion and would use some green beans like Also, using tomatoes if you can makes a great difference because the rice gets so much flavour. Check a recipe I wrote some time ago
Enjoy your visit to Spain!

chriscc63 (author)2009-08-11

Oscar. great recipe

oscarthompson (author)chriscc632009-08-11


chriscc63 (author)2009-08-10

oK, I have been sitting on the Instructables side line forever and now I want to chime in. Coming from northern Spain myself I have a very good idea how we like it best. Yes, everyone like it differently but Oscar is right on the money with this recipe with the exception of Tumeric. ONLY USE SAFARON and as much of it as you can afford. The aroma alone is worth it. We do use Chirizo with our traditional Christmas Paella but in Spain they don't. Maybe we should all meet at Oscars house over dinner to discuss this Recipe. :)

oscarthompson (author)chriscc632009-08-10

Thanks for your comments... But if you want to discuss the recipe you will have to do it on the instructables website because I live in England ( I quess you were joking about coming to my house ) Although you should use saffron for this recipe I make it quite alot to use it every time. Thanks

shakna (author)2009-08-10

Chicken paella is unbeatable.

Dr. Steel (author)2009-08-09

Chorizo should never be in paella. I mean NEVER. Do it if you want, but discretely and not around any Spanish people (and Mexicans, we love it).

lemonie (author)2009-08-06

Why didn't you use your own picture for the finished thing - burned it? L

oscarthompson (author)lemonie2009-08-06

i only made it Today! My camera ran out of battery and then i ate it so i cant take a pic

lemonie (author)oscarthompson2009-08-06

I ate my picture! Ah, it must have been good then.... L

oscarthompson (author)lemonie2009-08-06

Nice... i might of put a little to much tumeric in, i was a bit spicy. But i dont mind that

lemonie (author)oscarthompson2009-08-06

Saffron is the real deal, but "a little bit of colour goes a long way". Since you can put pretty much anything in this, I thing a bit of Chorizo would be a nice addition for spicy?


oscarthompson (author)lemonie2009-08-07

hmm...I love chorizo, And it will still be spainish becuase thats were thats where it comes from. I wouldn't like a pealla with no spice and i dont normally use saffron

Ferenczyg (author)oscarthompson2009-08-09

Yeah chorizo is spanish. But it has no place in a paella. Saffron is the reason of the paella being yellow, and a non yellow paella in Spain will at least raise eyebrows. And many people will reject naming that a paella. But saffron is used less every day because of the price. So most people buys pre-prepared paella spices that included all, or uses saffron substitute that is basically yellow edible dye.

SABBaS (author)2009-08-08

no no no, chorizo has no place in a paella... you could of course try it, but NEVER tell any spanish ppl ;) usually you put either chicken, seafood or a combination in it... you can always experiment, but within limits :) usually it's served with lemon so you can squeeze a bit on yourserving, each one likes his paella his own way :) aaand, if you manage to just slightly burn (between toast and burn, actually) the rice in the middle, it's called the "socarrat" and it's delicious!! but difficult to get, it's easy to overdo it and let it burn, so the whole paella tastes burnt :P nice recipe!

Ferenczyg (author)SABBaS2009-08-09

Rigth, NO chorizo in a paella, OMG. But you can add some rabbit, or salad pork ribs halfs. Chicken breast is not the best meat, it tastes.. how to say it.. dry. Thigths are a lot better, more juicy (meaty?).

oscarthompson (author)SABBaS2009-08-08

Thanks, to stop it burning i add a little hot water so the rice can soak up some more liquid. Im not worrying about what i put in it to much... although im going to spain soon

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