Recipe By Desi Carrimko
Published Apr 4th
Prep 30m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 1h 10m
Servings 6 servings Calories 814.3

This is the paella all your family and friends will beg you to make again. It has the true flavor of Spain and has been made by my family in Catalonia, Spain for many generations. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds chicken thighs
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ pound calamari rings
  • ¼ pound small shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons saffron threads
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup peas
  • 3 cups long grain rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 large clams in shell, scrubbed
  • 6 jumbo shrimp in shells (21-25 per lb.)
  • 6 large sea scallops
  • 6 wedges lemon

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat olive oil in a very large skillet or paella pan over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Place chicken thighs skin-side down into oil and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes; set aside.
  2. 2 Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 1 minute. Add green and red bell peppers, calamari, and small shrimp; cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. 3 Stir in salt, saffron, tomatoes, peas, rice, and water until well combined. Add chicken thighs, and simmer for 15 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to make sure rice does not stick.
  4. 4 Decoratively nestle clams and jumbo shrimp into the rice. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Place the scallops into the paella, recover, and continue simmering until the rice is tender and the scallops firm and opaque, about 5 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 814.3
  • Carbohydrate 87.4 g
  • Cholesterol 210.9 mg
  • Fat 29.9 g
  • Fiber 4.3 g
  • Protein 47.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.6 g
  • Sodium 770 mg
  • Sugar 2.1 g


  1. I served this up for a dinner party and wowed my guests. I've never made paella before, but this was pretty easy. I had to make a few alterations to the ingredients including a whole red bell pepper rather than the green, and I used a different selection of seafood. I omitted the peas and - Read more ...
  2. this was real good but i did do some of the things that others have said and i turnd out great. this is what i did 1) insted of 6 cups of water i did this 3C broth 2) i had extra canned tomatoes so i add 1C of the juice and 1C of wine. - Read more ...
  3. We had a few changes of our own. We used the rotel as someone else recommended. But we only used half can of the habinaro Rotel. Couldnt get clams or mussells so we added some halibut and salmon. Increased the amount of shrimp and calamari. We didnt have any saffron so we used 2 packages - Read more ...
  4. Wow, was this delicious! I made a few alterations - a friend who lived in Spain said you can substitue turmeric for the saffron without much taste difference and it worked great. I also had a bag of frozen paella seafood mix from Sam's Club - so I just guesstimated the amount needed. Use chicken - Read more ...
  5. I made this yesterday with just a couple changes. I omitted the chicken and used fish broth rather than water. I would maybe use a mixture of fish and chicken broth next time for a little more flavor but this was overall a really yummy dish. Such an easy recipe once you have everything assembled. - Read more ...
  6. Tried several other Paella recipes and had mixed results. This one is by far the best I have tried. Excellent results. Thanks
  7. Lots of great ingredients and I was excited to try. A little disappointed. The rice was not quite cooked and I had to overcook the seafood to accomlish this. Maybe it wasn't enough liquid. I would use a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of the 14 oz. The overall flavor was quite bland. - Read more ...
  8. Made a few subs., added a can of Rotel extra hot tomatoes to give it a kick, and added mussels, more shrimp and more calamari. Turned out fabulous! Everyone loved it.Great recipe!!
  9. I made this recipe and found it to be the best paella that I have ever had the pleasure eat. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing, Maria.