This free spicy paella recipe is full of delicious seafood, the russian sausages add a lovely spicy flavour to the dish, you can add chicken breasts if you prefer but I have used thighs as they do not dry out and are very juicy. Cook this free paella recipe when entertaining guests or simply just for the family.


50ml oil for frying
300g Russian sausages or any spicy sausage, sliced
300g deboned chicken thighs
2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
350ml white rice
5ml paprika
100ml white wine
1ml saffron strands, soaked in ± 1 litre chicken stock
4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
100g fresh or frozen peas
salt and freshly ground black pepper
300g seafood mix
25ml butter
12-14 shelled prawns, washed and deveined (optional)
15ml lemon juice
12-14 fresh mussels in their shells, scrubbed, or frozen mussels in their shells
30ml chopped fresh parsley

1 lemon, cut in slices or wedges to garnish

  • Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and brown the sausages and chicken. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the onions, garlic and red pepper to the pan and sauté until soft.
  • Add the chilli and rice and stir until the rice grains are coated with the oil.
  • Add the paprika and the wine.
  • Add the Saffron water as soon the mixture starts to bubble.
  • Stir gently, add the sausages and chicken and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and peas and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Spoon the seafood mix on top and steam for 6 minutes or until done and then stir very gently.
  • Heat the butter in a separate pan and fry the extra prawns for a few minutes or until they turn slightly pink.
  • Sprinkle with the lemon juice and spoon onto the paella using a slotted spoon.
  • Add a little white wine to the pan and steam the mussels until they just open.
  • Spoon the mussels on top of the paella.
  • Sprinkle the parsley on top and serve with the lemon slices or wedges.
Serves 4 - 6


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