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Instant Pot Paella

Instant Pot Paella takes me back to the beautiful region of Valencia in Spain and the flavoursome local dish paella. Loaded with saffron infused rice, seafood, chorizo and chicken, it is the best Spanish rice dish I have ever tried.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot, Mediterranean
Servings: 8
Calories: 449kcal


Recipe Ingredients:


  • Peel and thinly slice your onion and garlic. Deseed and medium slice your red pepper. Place the onion, garlic and red onion into the Instant Pot with the extra virgin olive oil and cook on sauté for approximately 3 minutes or until the onion is soft and tender.
  • Add in the chorizo and cook for a further 2 minutes or until the chorizo has added flavour to the pot.
  • Add the seasonings and stir well.
  • Deglaze the Instant Pot and mix any bits off the bottom with the white wine and the paella stock.
  • Add in the rice, chicken, seafood, peas and stir one last time.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 6 minutes on manual pressure.
  • Use quick pressure release, stir and serve.


The thing about paella is it is a big dish for sharing, you can use the button above to change it based on how many people you plan to feed. Paella once cooled, is perfect for the freezer and reheating for later.
Many people can’t get saffron and instead swap it for turmeric which gives a similar colouring and flavour. It is important that you use frozen seafood because otherwise it will overcook.
We got our paella stock from Spain, but any fish stock such as this one is a good alternative. The mixed seafood bag that we had was a good mix of the Mediterranean such as more prawns, more mussels, squid, clams and small pieces of white fish.
A good rule to avoid dry rice is to make sure you have nearly double the liquid to rice. For example, we used 3 cups of rice to 5 cups of stock. As well as this we had liquid from the frozen seafood as well as the white wine.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 29.5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5.8mg
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