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Poor Man’s Paella


A quick and easy version of Paella that doesn’t break the bank!

The Story Behind Poor Man’s Paella

This recipe came about when I realized a few things.
1. We LOVE Paella.
2. I do not like paying $$$ for saffron, which is delicious but I don’t use it often enough to justify the purchase.
3.  I wanted a quick recipe that could be made with little to no prep work but had enough taste to satisfy a family on the go.
Thus, Poor Man’s Paella was born.  It probably won’t win any culinary awards and paella aficionados may cry, but it’s affordable, easy, tasty, and easily customizable for your family’s tastes.


1 Large or 2 Small packages of Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice
1.5lb of Seafood, get creative or use what you have.  I’ve made this using cod, tilapia, calamari, clams, mussels, and shrimp all together as a mix or any of the above based on what I have on hand. (Make it your own!)
1 tsp Cayenne pepper (or More if you really like to feel some heat)
2 tsp Paprika (Smokey Paprika is also delicious!)
1/2 cup frozen peas Lemon or Lime Wedges Optional

*Add-ins* If your family likes bell peppers and onions, you should add them to this recipe!  Just dice them up and sautee in a little olive oil with a sprinkling of salt, until they are caramelized and soft before you begin the rice.

Directions: In a large saucepan (that has a lid) make the rice per the directions of the package, adding in the Cayenne and Paprika as well as the frozen peas.  When the rice has five minutes left to cook, lay your thawed seafood atop the rice in a single layer and cover with the lid (if you want, you can add a small dash of paprika onto your seafood).  Cook until your seafood is completely opaque (pink for shrimp, or white for most other seafood), this should take about five minutes.  Serve with lemon or Lime wedges, and sprinkle with sea salt if desired. I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, and affordable recipe!


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