Quick Shrimp "Paella"

73 Reviews
90% 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.

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Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 30 min
490 calories/serving


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 pinch cayenne pepper [optional] 0.2 g
1 2/3 cup arborio rice 300 g
3 cups chicken broth 750 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
24 shrimp, medium-large 240 g
1/2 cup frozen peas 60 g
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.


  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 (460 g)


% Daily Value




14 g

22 %

Saturated 3.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

15 %


140 mg


910 mg

38 %


65 g

22 %


4 g

15 %


6 g

Net Carbs

61 g


28 g

Vitamin A

19 %

Vitamin C

89 %


8 %


24 %


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


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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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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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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october 20, 2021 | 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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