Eating: Seafood Paella

A couple of weeks ago I finally used the saffron I bought in Spain 5 years ago to make a seafood paella. I made brown rice with garlic, onions, tomatoes, and a tablespoon of saffron, and then at the end added a frozen seafood mix we had gotten from Costco. Super easy and delicious, although it turned out more like a risotto when I accidentally let some of the water from the cover back into the pan.

My seafood paella - Hey, it doesn't look bad!

My seafood paella – Hey, it doesn’t look bad!

Seafood Paella

4 cups of brown rice

8 cups of water

1/2 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

1 tbsp saffron

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lb frozen seafood mix


Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add water, rice, tomatoes, saffron, salt, and pepper. Bring it to a boil. Simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Add frozen seafood and cook for another 10 minutes. It makes SEVERAL servings!

My seafood paella

My seafood paella


Then last weekend we had a real homemade paella at a gourmet dinner we went to. Our hosts had not only a paella pan, but a paella circular burner to make sure the rice caramelized evenly. They added shrimp and scallops and paired the dish with a Pinot Noir. They also had several gourmet salts that I didn’t even know existed! For appetizers we had guacamole made with roasted avocado and veggies, a tomato/minestrone soup with figs, margaritas and white wine. For dessert, it was a delicious pear tart with blue cheese. Yummmm!


One thought on “Eating: Seafood Paella

  1. Oi Esther, Temos estado meio silenciosos… Antes de mais nada, Ruth Marlene e eu queremos lhe expressar nossas profundas condolências pela perda da sua querida tia Valdísia, muio querida por nós também. Seu pai nos informou por telefone e tivemos com ele um longa conversa, inclusive sobre a estada dele aí com você da qual ele adorou e guarda terna memórias. Desejamos que você se recupere da perda, embora saibamos que a cicatriz permaneça. Continuamos seguindo a sua vida aí, sempre lendo a sua página “Run, eat, travel, and more!” Abraços e votos de sucesso sempre! Eduardo e Ruth Marlene

    Eduardo A. Ladeira, Geólogo, Ph.D., Professor

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