Inexpensive Seafood Paella

Posted by JMom | Tuesday, March 08, 2005 | , | 6 comments »

Seafood PaellaI have been seeing different paella recipes all over the food blogging sphere but don't ever have the ingredients handy, so again I was inclined to improvise. Here is a very simplified and inexpensive version of a very rich recipe. Most paella recipes call for saffron, but I haven't bought any since I exhausted my supply from Spain that I received as a gift, so this version is sadly saffronless. The flavor is different from the traditional paella, but still quite good in its own way.

Click here for the recipe for Seafood Paella...


  1. Anonymous // 3/09/2005 2:28 PM  

    Mmmmm wow Ive always wanted to make paella... im gonna try yours!! An I am gonna link you as your blog looks so tasty. And yes I looked at your daughters site its so cute lol... so i guess ellie has a new blogger friend now cool!!

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  2. Karen // 3/12/2005 2:57 PM  

    But you're just being Filipino by adapting a recipe to what is available! :)

    In Pampanga we have bringhe, an adaptation of paella Valenciana. Turmeric is used to give the rice a yellow-greenish hue.

  3. obachan // 3/16/2005 9:57 AM  

    Oh this looks so good. The shrimps look so tempting!!

  4. JMom // 3/19/2005 2:07 AM  

    Hi Maria! Thanks, I hope you do try it, and try Karen's suggestion below if you don't have saffron.

    Karen! I forgot about turmeric, you're right I could have used that instead! I'll have to remember that, thanks for the tip ;-)

    Hi Obachan! Thanks :-)

  5. Jovet // 7/02/2005 12:37 PM  

    you know what i use in the absence of saffron is anatto powder or achuete. i just mix it with water and put in the rice while cooking. i likewise put all the veggies (peas, green/red sweet peppers) on top of the steamed rice to cook, in that way it doesn't become mushy.

  6. JMom // 7/07/2005 9:13 PM  

    Hi Jovet! oo nga ano? I forgot about using annatto or turmeric, and I had both of those in my pantry! I'll have to try that next time. Thanks for the suggestion :-)