Paella is a rice and seafood dish cooked in a shallow pan that originated in Valencia, Spain. It is one of the most popular dishes in the country and there are many varieties throughout the regions. Some paellas include rabbit, chicken, or sausage, while others are made simply with seasonal vegetables or a mix of meat and vegetables. Valencia’s proximity to the Mediterranean coast allows their paella to include a diverse combination of seafood. Mussels, shrimp, and squid are some of the primary ingredients that make this dish so delicious.
The word paella literally means pan in Catalan, the language spoken in Catalonia, Spain. This shallow pan usually is quite large and the dish is meant to be shared with a large party. Paellas are made to order and take longer than other dishes to get to the table. While some casual restaurants offer inexpensive paellas meant for two people, it is best to pay a little extra for premium ingredients. The presentation of this dish is spectacular to say the least. Larger paellas are carried to your table by two servers and gently tilted to display the succulent shrimp and steaming mussels resting on a bed of bomba rice. The unmistakable combined aroma of saffron, garlic, and seafood paired with sips of Spanish wine or sangria makes eating paella an unforgettable experience.
Empire Fish Co. has all the seafood you need to bring the flavors of the Spanish coast to your menu. This dish is excellent for large groups and is guaranteed to impress everyone. We encourage you to make your own combination of seafood ingredients for your paella but if you need some inspiration, we have included a recipe from one of our favorite websites. ¡Buen provecho!