Shrimp Paella

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 131aI have always wanted to make a paella.  I’m not even sure why…maybe I saw it on a cooking show or something.  This past week I finally got up my nerve to make one.  And it’s really not a hard recipe.  The challenge I found with the paella is the same challenge I have as a novice cook.  I’m not sure how to spice up a recipe when it tastes a little bland.  Do I add more salt and pepper?  Does it need garlic (isn’t every recipe better with garlic?) Or should I leave it alone and trust my cooking?  I think the only real answer is to season it how you like it!  

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 022aEvery good recipe starts with fresh vegetables.  And the brighter the color the better.  This Shrimp Paella recipe calls for red and green pepper, yellow onion, garlic, lemons, diced tomatoes and Italian parsley.  You will need to slice the peppers into thin slices, chop the onion, garlic and parsley.


Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 074aOne of the secret ingredients to this Shrimp Paella is this Spanish saffron.  You will need to use about a half teaspoon of the pistils only.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 057aYou will also need to clean and peel your shrimp.  I used one pound of raw large shrimp.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 070aKeep your shrimp in a bowl until it’s ready to add to the paella.  You will not need to season the shrimp..

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 093aTime to start cooking.  You will need to boil the chicken stock in a separate sauce pan.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 085aWhile the chicken stock is boiling, put the veggies into your skillet or paella pan.  I don’t have a paella pan so I used a deep skillet.  Over medium heat, heat the olive oil, onions, the garlic, the peppers, and the saffron.  Be careful not to over cook the veggies.  Overcooking will take away all the flavor.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 096aThen you will add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and the white rice.  Cook for 5 minutes then add the boiling chicken stock little by little.  Stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.  Cover the skillet or paella pan and cook for 20-25 minutes.  Once the rice in tender, you can add the shrimp.  Cook the shrimp covered for 5-7 minutes more.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 119aAdd salt, pepper, Italian parsley and the lemon wedges for taste.

Burnt Macaroni - Lemon, Shrimp Paiella 180aAnd your paella is now ready to serve!  This works as the complete dish.  You can add a salad or some french bread for variety.  Yum!

Shrimp Paella

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw large Shrimp peeled
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 cup White Rice
  • 1 small Yellow Onion chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper. sliced thin
  • 1 Green Pepper sliced thin
  • 2 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish saffron pistils only
  • 1/2 can Diced Tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Italian Parsley chopped
  • Lemon wedges
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop all vegetables and set aside
  2. Wash and peel shrimp and set aside
  3. In a medium saucepan, boil 3 cups Chicken Stock
  4. In another skillet or paella pan heat the olive oil over medium heat
  5. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper, green pepper and saffron. Cook for 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft
  6. Stir in rice, canned tomatoes and tomato paste until well mixed. Cook for 5 minutes
  7. Add the boiling chicken stock a little at a time until stock fills the pan
  8. Cover the pan and cook for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender
  9. Add the shrimp and let cook covered for 5-7 minutes more
  10. Add salt and pepper for taste and sprinkle with Italian parsley.
  11. Use the lemon wedges for additional flavor

Recipe Notes

I adapted this recipe from a Paella recipe I found on the Food Network. The original recipe calls for sliced chorizo sausage. I wish I had used the sausage, I think it would had given it more flavor. If you want to try the chorizo, use about 2 links sliced.

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