Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Seafood Rice and Welcoming the End of a Decade

So we came to the eve of the end of the decade or of the, ermmm, noughts!

I hoped I would be able to indulge again.
After all, there was still so much seafood to be had.
So while the Italian folk got their fireworks ready, I hid away in the kitchen under the pretence that you can never have too much fish and it's ever so healthy for you, what better way to welcome the New Year??
'Never mind the lentils, lets welcome the New Year with a feast of  Flavour. Oh and the mussels will go off, if we don't he he!'
In the end, they were so busy trying not to get themselves on fire so they just nodded wisely.
Looking back now, they were probable just trying to shut me up.

So there you go.
One recipe at a time, this time.

Seafood Rice Portuguese Style or Arroz de Marisco

 4 cups of long grain rice
500 gs of shelled prawns
Seafood of your choice. I used squid, baby octopus and mussels
1 cup of dry white wine
1 tbsp of tomato paste
1 large chopped onion
2 minced cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste


Deshell half of the prawns and boil for at least 2 hours. Drain and reserve the stock aside.
Fry  garlic and onions on a low heat until translucent.
Add the rice and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the white wine and once it has boiled dry add the tomato paste.

Add the stock, ladle by ladle
Treat it as a very wet risotto, keep adding most of stock or water until the rice is almost cooked.

It should have an almost soupy consistency so make sure the final dish has more stock than rice
15 minutes before the rice is cooked, add your seafood. If your prawns are cooked, add them 5 to 8 minutes before final cooking.
Once cooked, add the parsley and, hey presto, it's done!

Seafood Rice Salad on Foodista


  1. We make a similar dish in Colombia.I love your recipe, sounds delicious!

  2. Oh I love any kind of seafood soup! I want some of yours!

  3. Oh yum. I love mussels. Especially with a tomato-y broth! This sounds delicious.

  4. What a tasty seafood dish! Perfect for a special occasion.

  5. I love seafood in tomato broth! How did you know?

  6. beautiful dish, could see this with so many seafood options...

  7. Ruth, I love the way your mind works. Mussels are a grand way to start a new year! Yum, and your recipe looks fantastic

  8. this looks delicious love the photo's bellissimo!

  9. As far as I know, this is one traidional Italian recipe... seafood soup, am I right? Cooking with rice, it's time saving and yummy as well. Thank you for sharing such delicious recipe.

  10. Such a delicious rice with seafood! Lovely flavors!

  11. yummy, yummy, yummy! I would love to have some of those right now...

    Happy 2010 to you and your love ones!

  12. It looks delicious! I love, love seafood. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Now this is my kind of cooking! Beautiful dishes Ruth!

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  15. Its a portuguese recipe btw n its very gud =)