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Paella de mariscos

Paella de mariscos
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: The paella at Bar Pintxo, Joe Miller's restaurant in Santa Monica, is better than the paella I've had in Spain! Do you think you could get him to share his recipe? Belinda Gonzalez Santa Monica Dear Belinda: Paella's ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1 cup grated tomatoes or tomato pulp
  • 1/4 pound cod fillet, or other firm white-fleshed fish, cut in cubes
  • 4 whole squid bodies, cleaned and cut into rings
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 3/4 cups fish or vegetable broth, more as needed
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Bomba, Valenciano or Vialone Nano rice
  • 8 mussels, cleaned
  • 8 large shrimp, peeled

Step 1Make the sofrito. Heat a 12-inch paella pan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil, then the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the grated tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have lost most of their moisture and the sofrito is reduced to about one-fourth cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and place the sofrito in a small bowl. Wipe the pan.

Step 2Return the pan to medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the remaining oil, then the cod and squid. Sear the fish, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add the sofrito back to the pan. Cook, stirring the sofrito with the fish to blend the flavors, for 3 minutes. Add the wine, stirring to remove any bits of flavoring from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 1 minute.

Step 3Stir in the fish broth, then add the saffron and bay leaf. Season with the salt; the broth will be a bit salty at first, but will even out as the rice cooks.

Step 4Spread the rice evenly in the pan. The rice should be completely submerged; if not, add more broth to the pan. Do not stir the rice. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Arrange the mussels and shrimp over the rice and continue to cook, being careful not to break the film that forms on the surface of the rice or the rice will not cook evenly. Rotate the pan as needed so the paella cooks evenly. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed by the rice, the shrimp are firm and opaque and the mussels have opened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 5Cover the pan loosely with paper towels and rest for at least 5 minutes before serving at warm room temperature. The paella can remain at room temperature for up to 2 hours, covered, before serving.

Note: Adapted from Bar Pintxo. Bomba and Valenciano rice can be found at Spanish markets and cooking stores. Vialone Nano rice can be found at Italian markets and cooking stores. Arborio rice can be substituted.


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