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How to Make a Seafood Paella

by Kevin Yang

Paella (pai·ei·uh) is a classic Spanish rice dish made with rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, and seafood cooked and served in one pan.


  • Half a package of Trader Joe’s Seafood Mix (defrosted)
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Spanish short-grain rice (soaked for approximately 4-5 hours beforehand and drained)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of saffron
  • 1 small onion

Step 1:

Saute the garlic and onions with 3 tbsp olive oil until it soft & fragrant

Step 2:

Add a small amount of water (so that the Saffron is covered) and let sit while the garlic and onions cook

Step 3:

Add the seafood to the garlic and onions, continue letting it cook.

Step 4:

Pour can of diced tomatoes into the pan, let simmer.

Step 5:

Add the soaked & drained rice into the pan.

Step 6:

Pour the saffron mixture that we let sit onto the rice, this will give your rice that signature golden color.

Step 7:

Mix so that the rice and saffron are evenly incorporated and pour in chicken stock.

Step 8:

Allow the contents of the pan to cook on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to sit for an additional 5 minutes. Once done, top it off with freshly ground black pepper.

Step 9:

Pair with your choice of vegetables, plate, and enjoy!

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