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Seafood Paella Served in a black platter,

Seafood Paella in the Instant Pot: A Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe

Seafood Paella is a classic and popular Spanish dish. However, it can be pretty time-consuming to make. By using the Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker, you can have a quick and easy dinner whipped up in about 30 minutes. This recipe uses a frozen seafood mix, so it’s perfect for those who want a delicious seafood dinner without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking!

What is Paella?

Paella is a Spanish dish originating from the Valencia region of Spain. Paella is traditionally cooked over an open fire in a large pan and made with rice and veggies as Its base. For the proteins, you’ll typically see chicken, seafood, or a mixture of both.

Seafood Paella is made with assorted types of seafood.

I’m using a seafood mix from Sam’s for this particular Seafood Paella recipe. Considering it can be added to the instant pot frozen, it will make this recipe even that much easier.

How to make Seafood Paella in the Instant Pot

Seafood Paella served in a black platter centered in the photo from the front.

Begin by setting the Instant Pot to the sauté setting on high. Secondly, pour in a little olive oil and allow the oil some time to get hot.

Now, while the oil is heating up prep the onions, peppers, and garlic for the seafood paella and add them to Instant Pot. Next, sauté the mixture until the onions become translucent and the peppers have softened.

You’re almost halfway done! Can you believe it?

At this time, add the tomatoes, peas, herbs, spices, and rice. Continue sautéing the Paella mix and frying the rice slightly.

Pour in the wine and chicken stock. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Once the cooking time has been completed allow a natural release for ten minutes. Using the pressure release valve, manually release the remaining pressure.

Once the pressure has released simply remove the lid, add the seafood mix, and place the lid back onto the instant pot. Next, set it to pressure cook, high, for 10 minutes.

Lastly, allow a 5-minute natural release and then release the remaining pressure manually once again.

Serve the Seafood Paella hot and Enjoy!

In Conclusion

Seafood Paella can be a little intimidating, especially when it comes to the seafood part. However, combining the frozen seafood mix with the magic of the Instant Pot this is a super easy weeknight meal.

I know this recipe doesn’t stay real true to a classically authentic paella, but its a pretty darn good alternative when the craving strikes.

Let me know in the comments how it turns out for you and if you made any adjustments that take this Paella recipe over the top.

Thank you so much for stopping in and as usual…

Happy Cooking,

-Jeremy

Seafood Paella in the Instant Pot: A Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe

4 from 10 votes
Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: Pressure Cooker, Recipes

Equipment

Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

184

kcal
Total time

30

minutes

This Seafood Paella recipe is super easy to make by combining the magic of the Instant Pot and a frozen seafood mix. Dinner in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups 1 1/2 Basmati Rice

  • 3 1/4 Cups 3 1/4 Chicken Stock

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 White Wine

  • 2 lbs 2 Frozen Seafood Mix

  • 1/2 1/2 Red Bell Pepper – diced

  • 1/2 1/2 Green Bell Pepper – diced

  • 1 1 Yellow Onion – diced

  • 1 Cup 1 Frozen Peas

  • 4 Tbsp 4 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Minced Garlic

  • 1 tsp 1 Smoked Paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Saffron

  • 1 tsp 1 Turmeric Powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Kosher Salt

  • 1 tsp 1 Black Pepper

Directions

  • Begin by setting the Instant Pot to the sauté on high and pour in a little olive oil and allow the oil some time to get hot.
  • Now, while the oil is heating up prep the onions, peppers, and garlic for the seafood paella and add them to Instant Pot. Next, sauté the mixture until the onions become translucent and the peppers have softened.
  • At this time, add the tomatoes, peas, herbs, spices, and rice. Continue sautéing the Paella mix and frying the rice slightly.
  • Pour in the wine and chicken stock. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Once the cooking time has been completed allow a natural release for ten minutes. Using the pressure release valve, manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Once the pressure has released simply remove the lid, add the seafood mix, and place the lid back onto the instant pot. Next, set it to pressure cook, high, for 10 minutes.
  • Lastly, allow a 5-minute natural release and then release the remaining pressure manually once again.
  • Serve the Seafood Paella Hot and Enjoy!

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