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Prawn and Chorizo Paella recipe

Prawn and Chorizo Paella

A Spanish favourite

Serves: 4

Recipe courtesy of Unearthed

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  • 125g chorizo
  • 300g prawns
  • 1 onion, diced into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1⁄2 tbsp paprika, or 1⁄2 teaspoon of saffron
  • 300g paella rice (risotto rice can also be used and works just as well)
  • 1 yellow pepper and 1 red pepper with seeds removed and cut into small slices
  • 6 cups of water (if using chicken use hot chicken stock)
  • 75g fine green beans, trimmed and blanched
  • 3 large, ripe plum tomatoes, cut into chunky pieces (if these can’t be bought tinned tomatoes can be used)
  • 15g parsley (or any other herb you fancy)
  • A sprinkle of salt


  1. Heat frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the chorizo, stirring and tossing for 3-4 minutes, until the chorizo has turned golden, and the oil has been released. Set aside.
  2. Cook the prawns for 3-4 minutes until the water has been released. Put aside.
  3. Gently fry onion in 1 tbsp of olive oil for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and paprika/saffron.
  5. Add the rice and 5 cups of water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Return the prawns and chorizo to the pan and add the peppers, beans and tomatoes. Stir and cook for around 5 minutes, adding another cup of water if necessary.
  7. Season with parsley and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until rice is just tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  8. If desired, before serving squeeze plenty of lemon over the top.
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