One-Pan Paella

There are various type of Paella; yet in every paella, Saffron is the common spice in them. Due to its extremely labor-intensive crop, Saffron is not friendly and very difficult to get.

I was lucky enough to get some inspiration from a friend in Spain. He offered me some recommendations to make a simple, budget friendly and yet delicious paella.

One-Pan Paella

One-Pan Paella

Yield : 3-4 people
Time : 45 minutes



  • 10-15 medium shrimps
  • 10-12 pieces of chicken meatball (You can add more if you like.)


  • 1/2 of paprika or bell peppers
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium size tomato


  • 3 cups of uncooked rice


  • Turmeric powder (~2 tsp will be sufficient)
  • Rosemary
  • Black pepper
  • Salt Tomato sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Olive oil


  1. Mince all the vegetables.
  2. Put some olive oil. Sauté shrimps until half red. Remove them from the pan.
  3. With the same pan, sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
  4. Add in the bell peppers and diced tomato.
  5. After a minute or two, put the rice (pre-washed) into the pan and stir fry for a while.
  6. Add the seasonings (except rosemary) into the rice and mix them well.
  7. Add water until the water level covers your mixture.
    Note : Or you can use broth if you want it to be more flavorful
  8. Bring it to boil with the lid on it. Then, add in the shrimps and mix them.
  9. Cover it again with medium/low heat and simmer for another 20-30 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.
    Note: you may have to add water since the rice will absorb the water.
  10. Once cooked, you can add in the meatballs and simmer for another 10 minutes. If you pre-cooked your meatballs, the time may be shortened.
  11. Sprinkle with some rosemary and it is all ready to be served!

Published by foodi_byte

An engineer who has passion on photography, food and coffee.

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