Treasures of Colombia: Seafood Paella (Colombian Street Food)

A one-pot dish is always simple, fun and easy to prepare in any country. And, the Colombian Paella, which is like the Jamaican seasoned rice is no different.

The paella is said to have originated from the Spanish in the mid 19th century and they have created several types of this dish which includes:

  1. Vegetable paella
  2. Seafood paella
  3. Meat paella
  4. Mixed paella
treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Treasures of Colombia: Seafood Paella (Colombian Street Food)

By: Stacey-Ann Smith

This dish reminds me so much of our Jamaican free-style combination of one-pot seasoned rice. We also have vegetable seasoned rice, salt fish, seafood and mixed meat seasoned rice with each household putting its own touch to it.

The Paella that I am eating in the video below is a seafood paella which consists of:

  • Fish
  • Octopus
  • Calamari
  • Shrimps
  • Muscles
  • Lobster tail

It is served in a special paella pot with wedges of lime and a sprig of mint leaf.

Some time ago I went to a seafood restaurant called Frutos Rojos and I ordered a seafood paella as well. However, it wasn´t my cup of tea. It was too wet and soggy.

So it depends on the restaurant that prepares the paella. Some will make the rice shelly and others will make it extremely moist. Please, bear this in mind when you go to order your paella and maybe you can inform the chef of your preference.

Colombian Paella – Jamaican Seasoned Rice

Although the paella is a Spanish dish you can create your own English paella by adding your favorite ingredients whether fish, meats or vegetables and you can prepare it dry or soggy depending on your taste.

So make your one-pot paella dish today, it makes a great hosting dish for when you have guests over.


About the writer:

Stacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumna of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.


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