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Scallop & Chorizo Paella

22nd January 2016
Scallop and Chorizo Paella

Paella must be one of the most iconic Spanish dishes. It might seem complicated, but in reality it’s a pretty simple and very satisfying one pot dish, perfect for something like a dinner party.  Seafood paellas are arguably the most traditional, but one of the great things about them is you can alter them to your tastes, for example chicken and chorizo or Shellfish with mussels and King Prawns or any combination in between! Scallops are one of my favourite things so I wanted to to combine them with fiery smoky chorizo.

Scallop & Chorizo Paella

Paella can be very filling due to the rice, so I like having a smallish portion with a piece of bread to mop up the juices or a lovely green salad instead.

Serves 4


  • 100g chorizo, chopped in about 5mm thick slices
  • 100g frozen/fresh peas
  • 12-16 queenie scallops, cleaned and the roe removed.
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp pimenton
  • 1L chicken or fish stock
  • 300g paella rice
  • 1/2 green pepper deseeded and cut in to 1cm squares
  • 1 red pepper cut as per green pepper
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges to serve




  1. Heat the oil the a large paella pan or heavy based frying pan. Then add the diced onion, garlic, chilli, peppers and chorizo and fry on a medium heat until the onions have softened and the chorizo is beginning to leak that lovely red oil into the pan.
  2. Add the rice and the pimenton to the pan and stir until all the rice is coated and starting to take on the flavour.
  3. Add enough stock to cover the rice, after 15 minutes add the rest of the stock and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the scallops and peas and mix in to the rice, and leave for about 5minutes, or until the scallops are just cooked.
  5. Season to taste and serve!

Happy eating 🙂



If you’re looking for some other dishes inspired by Paella take a look at these

Cauliflower Paella from Natural Kitchen Adventures

Healthy Paella from The Healthy Heart



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  • Reply munchiesandmunchkins 22nd January 2016 at 16:41

    Ooh I love paella even though I don’t like seafood. This looks so appetising! x

  • Reply Fuss Free Helen 22nd January 2016 at 17:13

    Scallops and chorizo is such a cliche but so good at the same time. I’ve not made paella for ages and ages, it is time to put it back on the menu!

  • Reply lucyparissi 22nd January 2016 at 17:33

    I love paella and I love scallops. Sadly my diet won’t allow me rice but I think I will try to find a suitable alternative… maybe cauliflower ‘rice’. Looks totally delicious!

  • Reply Ceri @Natural Kitchen Adventures 25th January 2016 at 12:53

    This looks way better than my cauliflower one! I adore Paella, and can’t wait to visit Spain again soon and eat it all! Yum!

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