A simple One Pot Fish Paella (rice dish) cooked using Minute® Ready to Serve Rice from start to finish in one pot! Healthy, filling and light, this dish is a perfect weeknight meal for the whole family!
Well my fascination with fish continues.
People who know me well, know how much I love rice. Rice in any form is my absolute favorite meal to eat. There are days when I am alone at home and if I find some leftover rice in the fridge, I can totally make a meal out of it. Like few days back, adding some kale and eggs and cooking it all together in some oil created a wonderful filling meal in just few minutes. See what I am talking about! Rice is the best. And since I found this easy cooked rice all ready to go, my love for rice has been increased thousand times. The best part being that these are totally portable. Just take one cup anywhere and all you need is 60 seconds and a microwave to heat them up! I feel they are especially great for office lunches!
There have been times when waiting for the rice to cook has felt painstakingly long and now thanks to Minute® Ready to Serve Rice I get to eat rice in a moment’s notice! They have lots of fun flavors some which can be eaten just on their own!
I had some other recipe planned for you today but since yesterday I am having recipe disasters! I have been working on this salad recipe and still it’s far from being perfect. So I started working on this rice dish and it came out amazing in my first try. Paella is basically a rice dish with vegetables and usually some sort of meat all cooked together in a pot. Paella to me reminds of Indian rice dish called “Pulao” which is nothing but rice with vegetables and some sort of meat though meat is totally optional and so is it in paella.You can use normal basmati rice or if possible find these amazing individually portioned Minute® Ready to Serve Rice as I used 4 packets here and knew exactly well that it’s perfect for 4 servings! See you don’t overeat that way!
The technique is somewhat different and so are the spices used but both are equally delicious. I always wanted to try paella when in restaurants but always they had some sort of meat which I wasn’t comfortable eating. But few years ago, we tried this Spanish restaurant in Chicago and they had paella with chicken and as you might have guessed, I just had to get it. And it’s funny cause even though I enjoyed it so much, I never thought of making it at home. But now with my ongoing fish obsession, I just had to make paella.
This one pot Seafood Paella gets all done in just ONE POT (oh yes!). Yes, less dish washing and half gets cooked on the stove and the rest gets done in the oven while you are setting your table and doing other chores before dinner which you probably shouldn’t be doing ( as in my case those chores like painting my nails, getting hooked up on watching my favorite show have led to burning of uncountable dinners! Oops). It’s an easy weeknight or even weekend meal option and is packed with flavors. You can throw in whatever veggies you have on hand and whatever meat you feel like. You can even make it vegetarian and substitute meat with paneer (Indian cheese) or tofu.
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- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 large leek, halved lengthwise and chopped in half circle shape (We are going to use only half the leek)
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup frozen or fresh green peas
- 1 large tomato fresh or frozen, chopped
- 1.5 cups rice (I used basmati rice as that's what I like but if you want, you can use any short grain rice used in traditional paella recipes) OR my LASTEST FAVORITE 4 cups of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice Basmati Rice
- 3.5-4 cups water OR 1 cup water in case of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice
- Salt & Black pepper to taste
- Big pinch of saffron
- 1-2 tsp hot paprika
- Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
- Juice of ½ a lime or lemon
- 1-2 white fish fillet (I used tilapia)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a pot, add butter and oil and melt. To it add chopped garlic and half of the leeks along with a pinch of salt. Saute on medium-low heat for few minutes. Add green peas, tomato and stir around. Cook for few minutes. Add rice, 2.5 cups of water in case of plain basmati rice or 1 cup water in case of Minute Ready Basmati Rice, saffron, salt, black pepper, lemon/lime juice, paprika and half of fresh parsley. Stir it all around and taste. Add little extra salt as by the time it cooks, water will absorb some of it salt flavor.
- Cover and cook on medium-high for good 15 minutes in case of normal rice and only 5 minutes in case of Minute Ready Rice.Keep an eye. If it starts to dry out, add more water and stir.
- Now clean the fish and chop in
desiredsize. Rub salt and paprika on both sides of the fish and lay the fish pieces in the pot on top of the half cooked rice.
- Cover and transfer the pot to the pre heated oven and cook for 8 minutes. Flip the fish and continue cooking for
another 7-9 minutesuntil fully cooked through.
- Garnish with remaining parsley and more lemon or lime juice.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.
This post was originally published on April 17th 2015 but I was asked to refresh this post with the new easy Minute® Ready to Serve Rice
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