Island Paradise Paella

Ana Alvez


To express oneself is to create, explore and experience. Food is an expression of the person who we are through the experience we explore as a child through growing up.

I thank my grandparents on both sides from Puerto Rico for giving me the chance while younger and then while older to experience the wonderful flavors that your hands would create.

I thank my parents for letting me explore outside of my heritage to create an abundance of flavor through trial and era.


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4 to 8
1 Hr
1 Hr


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1/2 pt
goya or any good olive oil
diced up pork chops
cloves of garlic minced
small onions chopped up
medium tomato, skin off, seeded and chopped
green pepper seeded and cut into slices
yellow pepper seeded and cut into slices
red or orange pepper seeded and cut into slices
whole chicken cut into parts
a pinch of salt & pepper for taste
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
dried oregano, and dried thyme
lobster claws
24 oz
white rice
3 c
chicken brooth
1/4 tsp
charizos chopped up into little pieces (i like goya)
uncooked shrimps, peeled and veined
small cans of beans or 6 oz of fresh beans
4 tsp
lemon cut into wedges

How to Make Island Paradise Paella


  • 1Scrub and debeard the mussels and clams, discarding any that don't close when tapped sharply. Set aside.
  • 2Heat 1/4 cup (2fl. oz) of the olive oil in a skillet. Add the pork, and brown all sides. Make sure that the juices from the pork chops are clear.
  • 3Mix in the garlic, onions, tomato, and the bell peppers, Stir constantly until cooked.

    Then set aside.
  • 4In another skillet, heat a further 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz) olive oil and cook the chicken until browned on all sides.

    Season with salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme, and cumin. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • 5In the same skillet, cook the lobster claws overt high heat for several minutes until its shell turns pink. Set the skillet aside.
  • 6Preheat the oven to 200 ºF. Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, and sauté the rice until it's translucent. Pour in the chicken broth, and combine well. Add the pork mixture, stirring constantly. Sprinkle in the saffron and continue to stir until well mixed.
  • 7Transfer the rice into a paella pan. Mix in the lobster claws, chicken, chorizo sausages, mussels, clams, shrimp, peas, and capers, combining well. Bake the paella, uncovered, and on the lowest oven shelf, for around 25 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • 8Discard any mussels and clams that have failed to open.

    Serve the paella straight from the pan, garnished with lemon wedges

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About Island Paradise Paella

Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #rice, #paella, #mussels, #Clams

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