Easy Lobster Paella

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
65ml good olive oil
150g chopped onion (2 onions)
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced into 1.25cm strips
2 tbsp garlic (4 to 6 cloves), finely chopped
450g basmati rice
1.25L good chicken stock, preferably homemade
1/2 tsp saffron threads, crushed
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
80ml liquorice-flavoured liqueur (recommended: Pernod)
625g cooked lobster meat
450g kielbasa (Polish sausages), sliced 1.5cm thick
280g frozen peas
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 lemons, cut into wedges

1) Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas mark 8. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof dish. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peppers and cook over medium heat for 5 more minutes.
2) Lower the heat, add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in the rice, chicken stock, saffron, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and place it in the oven.

3) After 15 minutes, stir the rice gently with a wooden spoon, and return it to the oven to bake uncovered for 10 to 15 more minutes, until the rice is fully cooked. 

4) Transfer the paella back to the stove top and add the liquorice-flavoured liqueur. Cook the paella over medium heat for 1 minute, until the liqueur is absorbed by the rice. 

5) Turn off the heat and add the lobster, kielbasa, and peas and stir gently. Cover the paella, and allow it to steam for 10 minutes.

6) Transfer the paella to a serving dish, sprinkle with parsley, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve hot.

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