Quick and Easy Paella

Inspired by Spanish paella, this quick and easy dish is a first step toward this traditional dish. With vegetables, rice and shrimp, it’s hard to beat!

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Quick and Easy Paella

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 6-8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb medium raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
  • 3 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 pkg (12 oz) frozen peas and carrots, thawed


  • Dine on Spanish food in the comfort of your own home with this Quick and Easy Paella recipe. Use our Minute® Instant White Rice and shrimp, or other seafood of your choice.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

    Step 2

  • Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

    Step 3

  • Add shrimp, chicken broth and turmeric, if using, to skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

    Step 4

  • Stir in rice and peas and carrots and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir before serving.

    Recipe Tips
    If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, simply cover it with a large piece of tinfoil, tucked around the edges to prevent steam from escaping. Just be careful when removing it, as the steam will be very hot!

Paella Made Easy

This traditional Spanish dish comes straight to your kitchen from the region of Valencia in Spain, right on the Mediterranean. Although the original dish is a bit complicated and time-consuming to prepare, our version is a quick and simple skillet dish for all of us craving Spanish flavors.

The vegetables are sautéed first to give added flavor to the rice along with the chicken broth, turmeric and shrimp. If you’re looking to cut down on sodium intake, try using low-sodium chicken broth, or simply use half water and half broth.

To make your dish slightly more authentic, cut up two medium tomatoes into small pieces and sauté them along with the other vegetables. The tomatoes will release a lot of water when cooked so you may need to add slightly less broth if there is extra liquid in the skillet before adding the rice.

Make it Your Way

Not a fan of shrimp? Simply substitute your protein of choice like seasoned chicken or pork. If you’re looking for a vegetarian version of this dish, use tofu or seitan. If you’re a true seafood lover, save some shrimp to combine with red beans and rice and make this Jambalaya Skillet recipe another night of the week.

Other International Meal Inspiration

If you’re looking for something with more of a Latin American flavor, learn how to make this Mexican fried rice recipe.

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