Seafood Paella

With summer fading fast, this slimming friendly Seafood Paella really brings a bit of Spanish sunshine to dinner time.


When you’re making paella, it is really important to use the correct rice – your usual long grain or basmati just won’t work. So you want either Paella rice or Risotto rice for this recipe.

Seafood Paella

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We were in Lidl picking up the Scottish Cooked Mussels in a White Wine Sauce for this Seafood Paella so we just grabbed a pack of Italiamo Arborio Rice while we were there, and it worked perfectly. You can get Paella rice in Lidl but there was none in stock at our local store.

Seafood Paella

As luck would have it we managed to grab everything else while we were in there too. So you really can get everything you need for this Seafood Paella recipe in one trip. Who wants to be traipsing round loads of different shops looking for ingredients?

Seafood Paella

Making paella is very different to making risotto too, even if you’re using Risotto rice. So don’t be tempted to keep stirring this like you would a risotto!

Seafood Paella

This Seafood Paella easily serves 3 people (maybe more depending on how hungry you are!) and it makes a fantastic dinner party dish. Served in the pan at the table, it’s really got the wow factor.

Seafood Paella

The Lidl Scottish Cooked Mussels are available in 2 different flavours, Garlic Butter Sauce and White Wine Sauce. We used the White Wine ones for this Seafood Paella as paella always tastes that little bit better with a splash of white wine added! The Garlic Butter ones are amazing too by the way!



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Lidl Mussels

You may have seen the #lidlsurprises advert on TV for Lidl Mussels. You know the one. A guy is very sceptical about where the mussels come from, so he’s the sent off to see where they are produced.

We have to admit that we were also a bit wary about the quality of the mussels from Lidl. It’s probably just human nature to question how something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg can be high quality. So, with this in mind, Lidl sent us to the Isle of Mull!

We didn’t get to go on the mussel boat, which considering the wet and windy weather may have been a good thing! However, we did get to see the very Loch where the mussels are produced, and we have to say it was beautiful.

Seafood Paella

The water is perfectly clear, and the air is so fresh. The only way to describe it is like the smell of the sea with a hint of pine. The mussels are caught on ropes – almost like a swing really!

Seafood Paella

Needless to say, the whole experience addressed any concerns we had about the quality of the mussels.

While we were on the Isle of Mull we were also lucky enough to visit Cafe Fish in Tobermory. It’s the only place on the Isle of Mull that serves the very same mussels that are sold in Lidl.

Seafood Paella

We eat a lot of seafood, and the seafood from Cafe Fish is the best we’ve tasted. Ever. If you ever get chance then it’s well worth a visit.

Finally to round off our little mussel adventure we attended the Lidl Mussel Beach event, which brought the Isle of Mull to London.

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Another thing to mention is the mussels from Lidl are MSC certified. This means that the seafood has been caught by fisheries that actually care about the environment. The MSC set standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability. That can only be a good thing for the fish, us, and for seafood supplies in the future.

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portion 5 minutes 25 minutes




552kcal 13

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  1. In a paella pan or very large frying pan, spray a little low calorie and cook the chicken until it starts to brown
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and continue to cook until it's softened
  3. Stir in the paprika and rice
  4. Pour over the stock and stir well. Cover and leave on a medium heat for 10 minutes
  5. Add the red pepper, green beans, peas, king prawns and gently mix. Cover and cook for a further 8 minutes
  6. Remove the lid and stir in the Lidl mussels (including the sauce) and place the whole tiger prawns at regular intervals on the top of the paella
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until the shellfish is cooked and heated through
  8. Check the seasoning and add a little sea salt if needed
  9. Top with lemon wedges and serve immediately.

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  1. Gorgeous! Tastes really creamy and rich… but it makes A LOT! I would say it would easily feed four. We made it for 2 of us, both had 2 big bowl fulls and there’s still half left.

  2. Hi Can you make this with just chicken – ie no prawns or mussles? if so would you change the herbs or spices? or cooking time? thank you so much 🙂

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