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Quick Shrimp "Paella"

69 Reviews
89% would make this recipe again

Rice with smoked ham and shrimp.

Paella is the one Spanish dish which is world famous and needs no introduction. This very quick version is obviously not the "real thing", however it is an ideal last-minute showy dish, since it uses readily available ingredients.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 30 min
490 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Kid-friendly

Ingredients

2 onions, chopped 400 g
1 yellow or red sweet peppers, chopped 200 g
2 tbsp olive oil 30 mL
2 slices smoked ham, cut into 1 cm cubes 260 g
1/4 tsp paprika 1 g
1 pinch saffron powder 0.1 g
1 2/3 cup arborio rice 300 g
3 cups chicken broth 750 mL
24 shrimp, medium-large 240 g
1/2 cup frozen peas 60 g
1 pinch cayenne pepper [optional] 0.1 g
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 tbsp Italian parsley, fresh, chopped [optional] 10 g

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

For good results, use only good quality spices.

Method

  1. Prepare the vegetables: Chop the onion and bell pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add the smoked ham, onion and bell pepper, then sauté until golden brown, 7-8 min, with occasional stirring. Stir in the paprika, saffron, cayenne pepper (optional), and rice. Sauté 1 min with stirring. Pour in all the broth except about 1/4 cup, then bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to 'low', cover and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 18 min.
  3. Put the shrimp on top of the rice, add the peas and drizzle with the remaining broth (add a little water, if necessary, to moisten the contents). Cover and cook until the shrimp is opaque in the centres and pink-coloured, 5-6 min. Adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with parsley (optional) then serve in the warmed dishes.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (460g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

490

Fat

14 g

22 %

Saturated 3.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

15 %

Cholesterol

140 mg

Sodium

920 mg

38 %

Carbohydrate

65 g

22 %

Fibre

4 g

15 %

Sugars

6 g

Protein

28 g

Vitamin A

20 %

Vitamin C

89 %

Calcium

8 %

Iron

24 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 1 ½ servings
Grain Products : 2 servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ½ servings

Claims

This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low  :
Calories, Saturated Fat
Source of  :
Calcium, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin E
Excellent source of  :
Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 0
Vegetables 2
Meat and Alternatives 2 ½
Fats 2

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Members' Reviews

69 Reviews (61 with rating only ) 89% would make this recipe again
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deathmask27
march 04, 2011 | I would make this recipe again

Yum! My 4.5 year old and 18 month old gobbled it up! It's so easy to make, unlike my other paella recipe which takes over an hour and a half to make.

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depgirl
february 04, 2011

I substituted ham with chorizo and arborio rice with orzo pasta and it was amazing! Much lighter than with rice. I just kept eating and eating it! Try my version! You won't be disappointed:)

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mariazmess
september 12, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I make it weekly, but BBQ some turkey sausage instead of ham, and add tons of veggies like zucchini, tomatoes, etc.

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rstalbans
july 10, 2010

I so wanted to like this but the end product really didn't have a resemblance to paella. On top of that, the timing seemed quite "out". I will probably try this again in the future just to see whether it was just me having an 'off' day. This is the only bad recipe I've come across in all of SOS cuisine.

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MangiaQuesto
august 01, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Delicious. I made it without ham because I didn't have any. My only comment is the rice was cooked well before the 18 minutes were up.

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mariazmess
september 12, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I make it weekly, but BBQ some turkey sausage instead of ham, and add tons of veggies like zucchini, tomatoes, etc.

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jadekt
july 02, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Easy and delicious. This recipe was a big hit. I substituted corn for peas and brown rice for arborio (increasing the cooking time).

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deathmask27
march 04, 2011 | I would make this recipe again

Yum! My 4.5 year old and 18 month old gobbled it up! It's so easy to make, unlike my other paella recipe which takes over an hour and a half to make.

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