To make Paella: What is best practice to cook the rice?

  • do you have a recipe? Does it not provide a technique? Have you tried it and been disappointed? – justkt Oct 28 '10 at 18:06
  • Yes I have it, but I never did it. I'll do it for the first time next weekend at a special dinner. Maybe there's a good practice, for me unknown, to cook rice in Paella? – Cinthia Oct 28 '10 at 19:06
  • Well, tomorrow is the Paella day! thank you all. Maybe I can upload a photo... – Cinthia Jan 11 '11 at 1:22

Best practice: You fry the vegetables and the meats. You 'fry' the rice in oil (extra virgin olive, of course). Just make sure all the grains are covered with oil (don't deep fry) Then you add a hot broth. Leave it on a nice flame for about 10 min. Put in a hot oven for the remaining 10 min. Done.

Best practice: The paella (the pan) should not be crowded with rice. Too much rice will not give a good result.

Paella with onion is not paella (don't ask me why, as peppers can be added). In theory, onions will add moist to the rice and will make it 'pass' it's point.

The rice should be 'al dente' done but not overdone.

Leave the paella in peace for about 5 min, covered with a newspaper.

For the special ingredient, look at my answer to this question.

  • GUI! Hello, very nice your response and tip covered with a newspaper, I think is very good, especially if it contains good news :-) – Cinthia Oct 29 '10 at 16:48
  • About Saffron ... is the essence of these recipes. – Cinthia Oct 29 '10 at 16:50
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    Covering paella with newspapers was common in Spain long time ago but not anymore, as the ink used for printing is not eatable (read it as "poisonous"). What I see being used today are plain cloths. – J.A.I.L. Nov 2 '12 at 14:50

There are several cooking recipes on wikipedia, for starters.


  • very good! I think with all these tips, I will manage a special paella. – Cinthia Oct 29 '10 at 16:55

A few resources:

Alton Brown did a great overview in a recent episode of Good Eats. If you can find the episode somewhere, he offers some good instructions on how a paella is done.

Also, food52 did a recent recipe contest on Paellas

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