Quick Shrimp "Paella"

Quick Shrimp "Paella"

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.

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 30 min

270 calories per serving 


1 onions, chopped   200 g
1/2 yellow or red sweet peppers, chopped   100 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL
1 slice smoked ham, cut into 1 cm cubes   130 g
1/8 tsp paprika   0.4 g
1 pinch saffron powder   0.1 g
1 pinch cayenne pepper [optional]   0.1 g
1 cup arborio rice   180 g
1 3/4 cup chicken broth   440 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
16 shrimp, medium-large   160 g
1/4 cup frozen peas   30 g
3 1/2 tsp Italian parsley, fresh, chopped [optional]   6 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.


  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

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (260g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




7 g

11 %

Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

8 %


90 mg


480 mg

20 %


38 g

13 %


2 g

8 %


3 g


16 g

Vitamin A

10 %

Vitamin C

45 %


4 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Good source of :
Magnesium, Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Selenium, Vitamin B12
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Rice/Grain | Shellfish | First courses/Appetizers | Diabetes-friendly | Heart-healthy | Low Saturated Fat | Spanish/Portuguese

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