Paella-Style Brown Rice & Prawns

Liana Werner-Gray

by | Updated: August 28th, 2020

While your vacation to that Spanish seaside town is on hold, recreate the local flavors at home. Coming from humble beginnings, paella was originally cooked over an open fire and enjoyed by farmers and farm workers, but thanks to its versatility it’s become one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine. This whole-grain version is made with saffron-infused brown rice, seafood and veggies for an authentic combination of tastes and textures – no farm experience required. Load up your plate, pour a glass of sangria and enjoy a dish that’ll take your taste buds across the Atlantic.

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Paella-Style Brown Rice & Prawns

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 621 kcal
Author Liana Werner-Gray



  1. In large deep pan or cast-iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons coconut oil. Sauté chopped onions, garlic and salt 2 minutes. Add cooked brown rice; continue cooking 3 minutes, stirring regularly.

  2. Add vegetable stock, water, saffron and the saffron soaking liquid, paprika, cayenne pepper and chili pepper. Stir in chopped tomatoes. Bring to boil; let liquid slightly reduce.
  3. Cover with lid; reduce heat to low. Cook 12 minutes.

  4. Add shrimp. Cover; continue cooking 10 to 15 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.
  5. Add squeeze of lemon and parsley. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts
Paella-Style Brown Rice & Prawns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 621 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 286mg95%
Sodium 1264mg53%
Potassium 671mg19%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 2029IU41%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 232mg23%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.