16 Paella Recipes for Any Occasion: Seafood Paella, Chicken Paella, and More
If you're in the mood for paella, then these recipes won't disappoint!
Have you always wanted to make your own paella, but felt it would be too expensive of an endeavor to even attempt? There's no need to break the bank when making this type of cuisine. You just need some patience when making a paella dish that everyone will love. Whether you're having everyone over for a night of board games or just want to make something different for dinner, these easy recipes for paella will be just what you need. As paella already includes hearty portions of protein, rice, and vegetables, consider serving an assortment of specialty cheeses with the meal.
In this collection of 16 Paella Recipes for Any Occasion: Seafood Paella, Chicken Paella, and More, you'll discover an assortment of recipes that will be crowd-pleasers. Although paella is typically associated with the cuisine of Spain, you'll find a few new twists on the classic dish that originate from all over the world. Grab your fork and dig in — it's time to cook some paella!
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Seafood Paella Recipes
When you think of paella, you likely think of a dish loaded with rice, vegetables, and an assortment of seafood. If that's the case, then these seafood paella recipes will hit the spot. Featuring mussels, clams, shrimp, and other types of seafood, these recipes will make for a dramatic and delicious addition to your evening meal. Use the freshest seafood possible to make these recipes — you definitely won't be disappointed in the results!
Whether you're cooking for a crowd or for a special occasion with just you and your partner, these recipes will make any event even more unique. Serve a green salad complete with thin slices of orange or other citrus fruits and a tangy salad dressing, as well as an assortment of your favorite soft cheeses. The contrast in flavors found in the side dishes and main course will be a welcome addition to the dinner. This is one meal that everyone will remember!
If this is your first time cooking with saffron or other types of spices, then take a look at our guide on 12 Rare Spices and How to Cook with Them
Vegetarian Paella Recipes
Are you planning a meat-free meal? These vegetarian paella recipes will be just what you need! The following recipes incorporate an assortment of vegetables in new and creative ways, and will leave you feeling full, too. Whether it's spring, summer, winter, or fall, you will discover a recipe that incorporates the fresh taste of in-season vegetables in a bold way. Although many of these recipes use chicken stock, you can simply use vegetable stock in its place. These easy vegetarian recipes are one-pot meals at their finest and will be just what you need for dinner tonight.
You might be wondering if you should purchase a paella pan specifically so you can try your hand at paella. Using a paella pan will make your dinner appear even more authentic, but you don't necessarily need to buy a brand-new pan just to make paella. A stainless steel or aluminum skillet will be just what you need; just keep the cast-iron skillet and the nonstick equipment in the pantry.
Recipes for Chicken Paella, Rabbit Paella, and More
Seafood and vegetarian paella recipes might get all of the press, but there are plenty of additional recipes within this type of cuisine that are worth a try, too. Whether you're looking for chicken paella recipes or want to incorporate specialty meats in your next meal, these recipes won't disappoint. Are you stumped regarding where to purchase rabbit or other specialty meats for these recipes? Then consider paying a visit to your favorite grocery store or specialty butcher shop. You'll enjoy adding hearty and delicious recipes to your repertoire that also have a bit of pizzazz.
Keep in mind that while some of these recipes do include seafood, the spotlight is shared with pork, chicken, or other types of meat. If tonight's dinner options sound dull to you, then consider shaking things up with these recipes for chicken paella and beyond. Round out the meal by including an assortment of tapas, including a simple green salad, fried squid, and even this recipe for Spanish Vegetable Tortilla. You'll be glad you did!
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