Cast Iron 30-minute Paella Recipe

Cast Iron 30-minute Paella Recipe

How To Make Cast Iron 30-minute Paella

Nothing says quick and easy more than this simple yet flavorful paella recipe with shrimps and mussels best cooked in a cast iron!

Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 3cupschicken stock
  • 1pinchsaffron thread
  • ½lbshrimp,peeled and deveined
  • 2tspkosher salt,divided
  • ½tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • cupschorizo,thinly sliced
  • 1medium yellow onion,finely chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tsppaprika
  • cupsarborio rice
  • 14½oztomato,(1can), drained and diced
  • ½lbmussels,scrubbed and debearded
  • ½cuppeas,frozen, thawed
  • ½lemon,juiced
  • ¼cupparsley leaves,fresh, finely chopped


  1. Add the chicken stock to a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup and microwave on high power for 3 minutes, until hot.

  2. Stir in the saffron threads and set aside.

  3. On a cutting board, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.

  4. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper on both sides and set aside.

  5. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer.

  6. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring, until browned in spots, 3 minutes.

  7. Add the onion and cook until softened for about 3 minutes.

  8. Add the garlic and paprika and cook, stirring, until aromatic for about 30 seconds.

  9. Add the rice and stir until lightly toasted for 1 minute.

  10. Add the tomatoes and reserved chicken stock and stir to combine.

  11. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook without stirring until the rice is al dente for 15 minutes.

  12. Remove the lid and arrange the shrimp, mussels, and peas on top of the rice.

  13. Cover and increase the heat to medium-high.

  14. Cook until the shrimp are opaque and the mussels are open, around 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open.

  15. Remove the lid and pour the lemon juice over the paella.

  16. Sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of salt and the parsley and serve.


  • Calories: 637.72kcal
  • Fat: 20.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.32g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.69g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.67g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.09g
  • Fiber: 5.37g
  • Sugar: 8.04g
  • Protein: 31.93g
  • Cholesterol: 112.52mg
  • Sodium: 1302.65mg
  • Calcium: 89.91mg
  • Potassium: 966.04mg
  • Iron: 7.37mg
  • Vitamin A: 139.79µg
  • Vitamin C: 37.81mg
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