Sunday, 1 April 2012

Spanish Rice with Prawns and Chorizo

We've just had the most unexpected, glorious lunch in the garden. Unexpected for two reasons. Firstly, that it was warm and sunny enough to eat out and secondly the meal wasn't planned and was just made with ingredients I happened to have in. The fridge is looking really sparse, I'm going away tomorrow so I haven't done a big shop recently. I found a bag of cooked king prawns in the freezer and searched for prawn recipes on BBC Goodfood website. Luckily I also had a chorizo sausage and a packet of paella rice. I try to keep a stock of rice, which includes, arborio rice, paella rice and basmati rice. This was very like a paella without the chicken and far simpler to make. I had no red peppers or parsley and this didn't really affect the flavour, also saffron was not really essential as the chorizo oil coloured the rice. The rice needs to be covered when cooking, so choose a pan with a lid. 

Serves 4
1 onion, sliced
2 red peppers, cut into chunks
olive oil
200g chorizo, chopped into pieces
300g paella rice
pinch saffron
800ml chicken stock , hot
250g cooked prawns
1 lemon, halved
small bunch parsley, chopped

Cook the onion and pepper in 2 tbsp olive oil in a wide, shallow pan until softened. Add the chorizo and cook for a couple of minutes until the oil is released. Stir in the rice until coated in all the oils. Stir the saffron into the stock then add to the pan and stir well. Put on a lid and cook for 15 minutes until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed.
Stir in the prawns until heated through completely, then squeeze over lemon and toss through the parsley.


  1. Sal love, do you think Arborio would work as well?

  2. Just seen your comment Anna, I guess I'm a bit late, you have probably made it by now. I would have said that arborio would be fine as it's the same principal as a risotto. Let me know how it turned out. x

  3. Yummy delicious and finger clicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of pure basmati rice.

  4. This was lovely! I added a bit of garlic and it was really lovely. Thanks X.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I love the combination of prawns and chorizo. Its a while since I have done this dish, thanks for the reminder.