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Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Paella is all of a sudden very popular in our family. My daughter tried it at a friend's house recently and all of a sudden, when we ask what the kids would like for dinner, the answer is paella. Here is a great recipe that is refreshing, hearty, and delicious. We hope that this Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe post inspires you. 

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

makes 8 servings


  • 1- 32 oz can low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1lb. of firm, fresh pieces of whitefish such as tilapia, bass, halibut, and swordfish, cut into 16-21 pieces
  • 1lb. or 16-21 mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
  • 1lb. or 16-21 medium-sized clams, rinsed
  • cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 lemons, zest and juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups uncooked short-grain rice such as Valencian, Arborio, or Calrose
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1- 8oz jar of sliced, roasted red peppers

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe


  1. To prepare the broth, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
  2. To prepare paella, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish pieces to pan and sauté 1 minute. Remove fish from pan, reserve, and keep warm. Add onion to pan and sauté 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest, garlic, and crushed red pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add rice and cook 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, bring to a low boil, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the peas and red pepper slices. Add mussels and clams to the pan, nestling them into the rice mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Stir in the reserved fish and chopped parsley and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in lemon juice, and check for seasoning. Cover with a towel and let stand 10 minutes before stirring


Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Paella Cooking Tips

  • Plan meals carefully. If a high-sodium food is selected, choose your other menu items from lower sodium groups.
  • Read labels of packaged or prepared food products for the sodium content. Look for items “without added salt.”
  • Skip the salt in all cooking and food preparation and instead serve extra Sunkist lemon wedges and herb mixtures for individual seasoning.
  • Check the sodium content of the drinking water in your area with your local Health Department. If you are on a lower sodium-restricted diet, do not drink the water if it has been treated with a water-softening agent. We make our Kale Pesto Pasta with filtered water. 
  • When eating away from home, order fresh turkey or chicken versus processed meats.
  • Avoid turkey rolls and other pre-cooked poultry and deli meats which contain a much higher sodium content than freshly cooked poultry.
  • As you reduce your sodium intake, your taste buds will adjust, allowing you to enjoy the true flavors of food that salt often masks.

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Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

We hope that this Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe post inspires you. Happy cooking!

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