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How To Cook Valencian Paella


How to cook valencian paella like a native. Valencian paella is a great dish to enjoy year-round. There are many different ways to make it, but this recipe is as close as possible to the traditional Valencian paella.

How To Cook Valencian Paella

  • 700 g thick grain rice (called “Arroz D.O. de Valencia”)
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 500 g rabbit
  • 250 g flat green beans
  • 250 g lima beans
  • 500 g natural crushed tomatoes
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • saffron
  • 1/2 spoonful of paprika (optional)
  • water
  • salt


  1. Prepare the ingredients.
  2. Ask your butcher to cut the chicken and rabbit into stew-sized pieces.
  3. Remove the seeds from the green beans and cut them up into pieces of about 3 cm.
  4. Heat the oil in a paella pan over low heat.
  5. Add the meat and season it, if you wish.
  6. Brown the meat.
  7. Add the green and lima beans.
  8. Stir-fry the beans.
  9. Add the saffron and paprika.
  10. Add the tomato and stir everything together.
  11. Let everything fry for a few minutes.
  12. Add 3 glasses of room-temperature water per 1 glass of rice.
  13. Let the paella cook for 30 minutes at a medium-high heat.
  14. Taste the paella and add salt or other ingredients to your liking.
  15. Add the rice evenly throughout the paella.
  16. Let the paella cook for 15-20 minutes.
  17. The rice should soak up the water and be loose and dry.
  18. If the water evaporates but the rice is still hard, you can add a little more water.
  19. Do not mix the rice at this point.
  20. Turn off the heat and let the paella rest for 5 minutes with a cloth over the pan.
  21. Enjoy your classic Spanish paella!

Valencian paella

Valencian paella is traditionally made with rabbit and chicken, but you can also use other meats or fish. The most important thing is to use fresh, high-quality ingredients.

This recipe is a great starting point for making your own Valencian paella. You can experiment with different ingredients and proportions to find what you like best. How To Cook Valencian Paella.

Here are some tips for making Valencian paella:

  • Use a paella pan or a large, shallow frying pan.
  • Cook the paella over medium-high heat so that the rice cooks evenly.
  • Do not stir the rice after it has been added to the paella.
  • Let the paella rest for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy your delicious and authentic Valencian paella!

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