Homemade Paella Seafood And Sausage

Paella seafood and merguez is the perfect dish to make as an alternative to the classic barbecue. The process is simple, it makes a copious meal and presents well.

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Paella is a rice dish originated from Valencia, it is cooked on an open fire, seasoned with saffron and can have variouse type of meats, seafood or vegetables. 

Let's be clear, even if I bought my paella pan in Valencia, I don't claim this to be the authentic Spanish Paella recipe.

I am sure the purists will have some comments to make, but this is a tested recipe we have made plenty of times and all our guests have enjoyed and loved.

My husband's favorite dish is seafood risotto, but risotto is not convenient to make when you have guests as it requires your full attention stirring for at least 20 minutes.

While the Paella does not require any stirring and once the ingredients are ready, the process of cooking the paella is relatively easy.

Cook for 15 minutes

Actually, I found it easier than the classic meat, fish or vegetable barbecue as everything is cooked at once in 20 minutes and you are done.

Because we like it so much we have made Paella seafood and merguez several times until we have perfected our recipe.

There are few important factors that make this paella superb and here they are:

Outstanding Paella ingredients

Ingredients are the base for any successful dish, and when it comes to seafood I am very picky.

I grew up by the sea and I am used to eating fresh fish that taste like the sea.

I carefully choose where to buy my fish and even if frozen I always look for quality.

add the mussels

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The quality of the rice is also very important and I always use Carnaroli Rice from Riso Gallo (this is not an affiliate link and the post is not sponsored) one of the oldest Italian rice-growers.

The fire

The Paella should be cooked on a gas fire, and unfortunately we an electric stove (which is easier to clean though, so not complaining too much).

So we experimented with my husband to cook Paella seafood on the barbecue and the results were outstanding.

The intense heat cooks the rice to perfection creating that crunchy crust around the edge.

For me, the crunchier the better.

Fry the merguez

The Controversial Ingredients

I am not an expert on Spanish cuisine and some might find the merguez (usually chorizo) and the saffron stock not appropriate to the original recipe, but they work for us and they do add flavour to the dish. 

We use merguez, a spicy sausage made of lamb, as it complements well with the sweetness of the seafood.

You can also use the classic Spanish chorizo or 'Nduja.

For the saffron stock, I use my homemade chicken stock mixed with the water from the mussels and some fish stock if I have it in my freezer.

The homemade chicken stock is full of gelatine from the chicken bones which adds creaminess to the rice. 

I adjust for salt and add 2 packages of saffron.

Add the saffron stock

Homemade Paella Seafood and Sausage

Feel free to substitute any ingredients you might like, as long as you follow my 3 rules I am sure you are going to make a fantastic paella.

Prepare all the ingredients, set the fire, serve a glass of wine with some appetizers and enjoy preparing the Paella with your friends.

I am sure they will be delighted to learn how you are making it.

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Homemade Paella Seafood And Sausage

5 from 6 votes
Homemade Paella Seafood and Sausage

Homemade Paella Seafood And Sausage
Prep Time
15 mins

Cook Time
25 mins

5 mins

Total Time
35 mins


Paella seafood and merguez is the perfect dish to make as an alternative to the classic barbecue. The process is simple, it makes a copious meal and presents well.

Main Course


BBQ, paella, seafood
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 517 kcal

  • 8
    jumbo shrimps
    uncooked in the shell
  • 300
    squid rings
  • 250
  • 350
  • 1
    rice carnaroli
  • 1
  • 1
    red pepper
  • 250
  • 1.5
    chicken stock
    check my homamade
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • salt and pepper
  • 2
    olive oil

  1. Before you get started, prepare all the ingredients, the shrimps, the squid rings, cut the merguez into bite sizes. 

  2. Stir fry the mussels separately with some garlic and filter the water as there is always some residual sand. 

    Cook the mussels
  3. Add the water from the mussels to the chicken stock as well as the saffron and the cube stock. Keep warm 

    Saffron stock pepper and onion
  4. Dice the pepper and the onion

  5. Set up the fire, either on the barbecue or gas fire

  6. Pour some olive oil into the pan and start by cooking the shrimps. Once they are cooked remove them from the pan.

    Fry the shrimps
  7. Stir fry the squids and remove them once they are cooked.

    Fry the squid
  8. Stir fry the merguez until they are brown

    Fry the merguez
  9. Add the rice and mix so that it absorbs all the juices left from the previous ingredients

    Add the rice and mix
  10. Add the peas

    add the peas
  11. Add the onion and the pepper and pour in the saffron stock

    Add the saffron stock
  12. Settled the rice but do not stir and cook for 15 minutes. Add more stock if needed

    Cook for 15 minutes
  13. After 15 minutes add the squid and stir

    Add the squid
  14. After few minutes add the shrimps

    Add the shrimps
  15. and the mussels 

  16. Remove from the fire and cover with aluminum foil until serving

  17. decorate with parsley and arrange the lemons quarter all around the pan

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Calories 517 calories per serving
Fat 20 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 45 gr per serving
Proteins 31 gr per serving
Sugar 6 gr per serving
Sodium 1698 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.


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  12 comments for “Homemade Paella Seafood And Sausage

  1. Beth Neels
    25th February 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Holy cow, Laura, that video is awesome! I love the animation of your logo, as well! The paella looks fantastic, as well!

    • Laura
      25th February 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much Beth, that logo animation took me 2 days to make. I hope it will pay off LOL

  2. 25th February 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I love that you cooked this on the barbecue! And, I can’t wait to see more of these videos!

    • Laura
      25th February 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Pam. The paella on the barbecue is superb.

  3. 25th February 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Paella is one of my favourites1!! I haven’t had it made on the BBQ but I SO want to now, Laura. This looks delicious.

    • Laura
      26th February 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you Kristy, I hope you will try it

  4. Dannii
    25th February 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I love paella and this takes me back to a delicious one I had in Barcelona.

    • Laura
      26th February 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Eating in Barcellona is the top

  5. 25th February 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I’m crazy for Paella (but I admit I’m lazy and just buy it when the Paella guy comes around to our local festivals LOL). Yours looks beautiful and approachable. Love the step by step! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Laura
      26th February 2018 at 12:29 pm

      You are welcome Traci and thank you. You should try because not only it is approachable but it is much better when homemade

  6. 25th February 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Lately, we’ve been really in the mood for sausage dishes so I can’t wait to try yours!

    • Laura
      26th February 2018 at 12:28 pm

      I am sure you will like it

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