Calasparra Rice is a premium short grain rice used for making authentic paella. We source our exceptionally absorbent Calasparra Rice from Spain, which cooks to a delicate, tender texture.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy pan over medium heat. Add 1 cup Calasparra Rice and stir 2 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups water or stock. Bring to a boil, stirring once. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until thin crust forms on bottom, about 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
This classic rendition of seafood paella is the most popular version of the traditional Spanish dish. Due to its slightly labor-intensive preparation, large groups often gather outside to cook paella either over an open fire or on a specially designed paella grill. We adapted our version for the stovetop and oven, but a kettle-style charcoal grill can also be used to enhance the already complex flavors of paella.