World’s Largest Paella Pan

September 13, 2017

I now own the world’s largest paella pan. Well, technically, not. There are bigger, but I don’t know how anyone could lift them when they’re full of food. This puppy is 24” across and takes up 4 burners of my 6-burner stove. It’s awesome.

I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my kitchen

I’ve made paella for years, but have opted for a layered dish of rice, chicken, sausage and seafood cooked in a Dutch oven and finished in the oven. A real paella is cooked completely on a stovetop with the meats and fish cooking along with the rice. And that way of cooking paella allows the rice to form the socarrat, the caramelized, crusty bottom that is a delicacy in Spain. I’d been doing a lot of reading about Spanish food to prepare for our trip to Spain this past summer, and I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my kitchen.

It’s easy to make great paella in an area with such amazing seafood, so when we had guests coming who were pescatarians it was an easy and obvious choice; a “wow” dish, easy to make, and everyone serves themselves. Accompanied by hot, crusty bread it is a complete meal.

Obviously my recipe served a crowd, but I’ve cut it down to more reasonable proportions. And a smaller paella pan.

Seafood Paella

Serves 6

1 ½ c. bomba rice (I use Matiz Valenciano, available on Amazon)

6 ½ c. seafood stock

2 T. olive oil

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 packet Goya Sauzon seasoning with annatto

1 tsp. smoked paprika

18 large shrimp with shells

18 deep sea scallops

18 littleneck clams, scrubbed

1 small jar of roasted red peppers, sliced into strips

Parsley, chopped

Shell the shrimp, putting the shells in a pot along with the side muscles of the scallops (the small tag on the edge of most sea scallops). Add 7 cups of water to the shells and bring to a boil. Add the Goya Sauzon to the pot and stir. Simmer for at least 45 minutes, or put it on low and forget it for several hours – it only gets better.

Once the stock is ready and you’re ready to make dinner strain the stock into a bowl. Heat the olive oil in the paella pan or large skillet and add the onions, cooking for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the rice and stir well so that the grains are covered in oil. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, add the canned tomatoes, and stir one more time. Spread the rice evenly in the pan. Add in the 6 ½ cups of the seafood stock and the littlenecks.

Simmer the rice, not stirring (so the socarrat can form on the bottom) over medium heat until about ½ of the stock is absorbed.

Place the shrimp and scallops over the paella in a pleasing pattern, as this will be how the dish looks when you serve it. Do the same with the roasted red peppers.

Continue to cook, turning the pan occasionally so the socarrat is uniform, until the seafood is cooked and the clams open, about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and bring to the table with lots of serving utensils so everyone can dig in.

Enjoy!

Deborah

For a printable recipe click here.

 

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Terry DeLaney September 13, 2017 at 8:18 am

That is so awesome! Where’d you get it?

Miss ya Lady!!!! Hope you guys are good, we need to come see you next time in the NE!!!

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Amazon! And you know you are welcome anytime you are in our midst. Miss you, too.

D.

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Jenifer September 13, 2017 at 8:46 am

And it was AMAZING!!! 🙂

Much love,
Jenifer

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

But your trip was too short.
Love you,
D.

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Jenifer September 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

So true!!

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Gretchen Hubert September 13, 2017 at 8:47 am

This is absolutely AMAZING!!!!! A keeper for sure and it’s GORGEOUS!!!!
Thank you!

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

I’ll invite you guys to the next paella party!
D.

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Andrea September 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

OMG! If I lived closer, I would have invited myself in and eaten the WHOLE THING! Thank you for the delicious photos.

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

I think another paella party is in the offing… You must come!
D.

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Cheryl September 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

Wow! What a feast! Where did you get that gorgeous pan?

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Amazon. Where else? Paella party in the offing…
🙂
D.

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Octavia September 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

Oh my stars. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 We are taking “grande” here. Muy, muy grande…Seeing you and it together is a lovely thing. And just think – you can toboggan on it when snow comes!

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Deborah September 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Hadn’t thought of that… 😉

D.

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Polly Fugate September 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

The entire evening was great – always fun to meet new friends, especially when one (Deb) is cooking.
The food was delicious. Thank you.

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