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Seafood and Chorizo Paella

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This was a new venture for me in the kitchen, today I made my first Seafood and Chorizo Paella infact it’s my first Paella ever and I’m so proud of myself, it was gorgeous! I first had Paella on Thomas’ recommendation in Girona Spain on our honeymoon. I had it again at a big family party in Cactus Jacks ( a few years back. I loved it so much in Cactus Jacks and told everyone so,  my lovely mother in law has made me Paella every time I’ve gone to visit her since. I actually made 2 pans but the recipe below describes 1 pan. This amount should comfortably feed 3 (unless you’re feeding Thomas, he ate half the 2nd pan as well).

Let me just take a small side step. I want to tell you something. I love Cactus Jacks, I really do. I’ve only been there a handful of times but every time has been something special. I couldn’t recommend it enough. The food is amazing and I’m just sitting here thinking about it (I’m pregnant don’t forget). In fact, I was having dinner in Cactus Jacks when I went into labour 2 years ago with my little girl Olivia. Actually that’s not entirely true, we started with desert and followed it with 2 starters haha. 

Seafood and Chorizo Paella

Number of servings: 5

Per Serving 392 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 46 g

Protein 15 g


Seafood and Chorizo Paella


225g Selection of seafood (Prawns, Mussels, Squids)

100g Chorizo

250g Paella Rice

2-3 tbsp Oil

1 Onion finely chopped

2 tomatoes Chopped

1 tbsp Paprika

3 Cloves of garlic crushed

1 vegetable stock cube mixed in 3 cups of water

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Saffron

Peas a handful

Lemon or Lime for garnish


  1. Heat a Paella or a normal pan with oil. Add the chorizo and fry for about 2 minutes then add the onions.
  2. Add the Squid and 1/2 of the mussels. Cook for a minute or 2.
  3. Add the crushed garlic, tomatoes, saffron, turmeric and the paprika and cook for few minutes until tomatoes are a little softer.
  4. Add the Paella rice and mix all together.
  5. Add the stock but do not mix the rice.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes in high heat then lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Top the the Paella with the rest of the mussels, Prawns and Peas and cook for another 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked but not sticky.
  8. Serve with lemon or lime wedges.


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