The original paella, known as paella valenciana, is an age-old, one-pan dish that traditionally includes rabbit (or chicken) and snails, cooked together with beans (three kinds), and saffron-seasoned, white rice. Over time, this one-pan dish has evolved to include a variety of different ingredients. Probably the most popular version worldwide (and the second most popular in Spain) is paella de marisco, after which we’ve patterned Trader Joe’s Seafood Paella.
Though not Valencian (or Spanish), our supplier isn’t far from paella’s origins. They are located about 1,400 miles away, on the northwestern coast of France—perfectly positioned for assembling Seafood Paella.
We took advantage of their ocean expertise, loading up this Paella with 32% Seafood, including shrimp, calamari rings, and mussels. In place of beans, we include peas, fried onions, and a trio of peppers—red, yellow, and green. The seafood and veggies are nestled into sunny-yellow, short-grain, white rice that derives its color from naturally available ingredients (namely turmeric and saffron). All the flavors are woven together by our very own mix of paella spices, which includes paprika, saffron, garlic, onion, and chili pepper.
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into making paella from scratch, but thankfully, with our Seafood Paella, you barely have to move a mussel (or shrimp or squid). Just empty the contents of the 16 ounce freezer bag into a large pan and stir gently until the shrimp is opaque and the rice is warmed through. You’ll save hours of stirring with Trader Joe’s Seafood Paella; and at $4.99, you’ll also save on clams.
Yellow Rice (White Rice, Turmeric [for color]), Shrimp, Water, Squid (Squid, Citric Acid), Mussels, Peas, Pre-Fried Onions (Onion, Sunflower Oil), Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Sunflower Oil, Powdered Shellfish Stock (Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Potato Starch, Salt, Fish Powder [Cod, Pollock, Haddock, Whiting, Grenadier], Onion, Paprika Extract [color]), Seasoning (Salt, Paprika, Pepper, Sugar, Onion, Curcumin [color], Paprika Extract [color], Spice Extracts), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Natural Crab Flavor (Crab, Milk), Paella Spice Mix (Salt, Modified Tapioca Starch, Plant Aromatics [Paprika, Saffron, Garlic, Onion], Maltodextrin, Potato Starch, Lactose, Fish Powder [Cod, Haddock], Shrimp Extract, Natural Flavors, Paprika Extract [color], Curcumin [color], Horseradish), Saffron, Natural Garlic Flavor (Garlic Extract, Salt, Wheat Maltodextrin), Chili Pepper. CONTAINS MILK, WHEAT, COD, GRENADIER, HADDOCK, POLLOCK, WHITING, CRAB, SHRIMP.