Lobster Paella

    1 hour 35 min

    This is an authentic dish from Spain, the exotic flavours will burst in your mouth. Serve this to a group of friends, and they'll come back every time!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 16 head-on medium prawns
    • 1 red onion, diced
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 450g Arborio rice
    • 1.3L hot fish stock
    • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
    • sea salt to taste
    • 16 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
    • 450g red snapper fillets, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 110g medium prawns, peeled and deveined
    • 1 (300g) cooked lobster tail, cut into 1cm thick slices
    • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 2 lemons, cut into wedges

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a very large frying pan or paella pan over medium-high heat. Add the head-on prawns and sear on each side until they turn orange and have lightly browned (they should still be raw on the inside). Remove the prawns and set aside.
    2. Reduce heat to medium and stir in red onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the onion has softened and turned translucent. Stir in Arborio rice until coated with oil. Pour in the fish stock and season with saffron, paprika, lemon zest and oregano. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then stir in sea salt to taste. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Decoratively nestle the mussels and head-on prawns into the rice, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Next, push the red snapper and peeled prawns into the rice, recover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Finally, add lobster and sprinkle with diced tomatoes. Cover and simmer until the mussels have opened, the rice is tender, and the lobster is hot; about 5 minutes more.
    4. Serve in the paella pan garnished with lemon wedges.

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    Used different ingredients. It's a great recipe and so easy to do - in lieu of being able to get the red snapper and mussels, I used monkfish tails and scallops. It turned out very well, a quick and easy lobster dish (if a little pricey). Presented in a ring with crusty bread, asparagus (done in a thermos flask ;0), excellent white wine and good company. What more can one ask for...?  -  27 Sep 2009


    An excellent Sunday afternoon dish with good wine and good company. The method of preparation is more in the shopping than in the kitchen time. One pot cooking at it's most luxurious with lobster and saffron bringing a touch of depth to a peasant dish.  -  27 Sep 2009


    My family loved this recipe! We are big seafood fans.  -  03 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)