This Easy Paella Recipe makes a vibrant one-pan dish that's perfect for weeknight dinners and special occasions! It requires only a few easy-to-find ingredients -- the ease and flavor of this tasty paella will make this gluten and dairy-free recipe a favorite in your home!
Why you’ll fall in love with this Easy Paella Recipe:
- Bold flavor-packed mouth party
- Simple, easy-to-find ingredients -- it tastes great with or without saffron!
- 30 minutes of cooking time
- Naturally Gluten-Free and Dairy-free recipe, with a super easy protein substitution for vegans
- Perfect for dinner parties!
What to know before you start:
It's actually easy!
True story -- I procrastinated making this recipe for 3 days after buying the ingredients! Most 'easy' paella recipes online have so many ingredients and steps. This one is super simplified -- after all, I made it in my camper van!
Make it Vegan... and even easier.
I used shrimp in this version, but you can add thawed frozen peas instead! Peas are an excellent addition to this dish if you make it with shrimp too.
So many protein-swap options!
Traditional paellas have lots of tasty variety! You can make it with chicken, sausage, peas, mussels, crayfish... just make sure to reconsider the cooking time since shrimp are pretty quick.
Try it with saffron if you like.
Some people might say it's not a 'true' paella recipe without saffron. While delicious, it's also expensive and can be hard to find when you're camping out in small towns.
This recipe has turmeric as the more affordable replacement. If you would like to use saffron, soak 2-3 strands in 2 tablespoon of warm water while you prep. Then add the saffron soaked in water in place of turmeric in this recipe. These instructions are also included in the notes section of the recipe card below.
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Prep the ingredients.
Sautee onion and bell pepper in oil until soft (about 5 minutes). Then add garlic and sautee for ~2 minutes until golden brown and fragrant.
Add tomato puree, rice, broth, parsley, and spices. Bring to a low boil for 15 minutes, stirring on occasion.
When rice is mostly cooked, add shrimp back to the mixture and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring as needed. Alternatively, replace shrimp with green peas -- add thawed at this point or earlier if frozen (I recommend thawing first to keep the cooking times consistent).
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Or check out our tasty gluten-free Recipe Index <3
With love and gratitude,