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Seafood Paella for Sasha: Inspired by Attack on Titan

Inspired by the final season of Attack on Titan, I am making Niccolo’s seafood paella that Sasha fell in love with. This one-pot full of flavourful saffron rice, sweet shrimp and fresh mussels really hits the spot. This scene was honestly amazing, definitely one of Sasha's best and I love her reaction to Niccolo’s food. It is deceptively easy to make and will always impress! It did win our sweet Sasha’s heart after all.
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8 people


  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 spanish onion diced
  • 12 jumbo shrimp I used Ecuador white shrimp
  • 2 Squid tubes sliced into strips
  • 12 mussels
  • 100-200 g Green beans ends cut off and halved
  • 200 g Cherry/grape tomatoes halved plus a few more for the top
  • 0.5 g saffron
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups paella rice
  • 4 cups stock I used half chicken and half dashi
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Lemon


  • Heat a paella pan or large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Wrap saffron in a small tin foil packet and toast while the pan is heating up.
  • Cover pan with olive oil, salt the oil
  • Cook onions until starting to soften and add green beans. Continue to cook until brown. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add grated/chopped tomatoes and cook for about 10 mins until soft and cooked down.
  • Stir in the squid and paprika and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add rice to the pan, mix for a minute until evenly distributed and add the stock. (you could steep your saffron in the broth in advance if you’d like).
  • Crush saffron in your fingers and all to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, taste and stir.
  • When the paella is back to a boil, stir and let cook on high heat for 10 minutes. This is the last time you will stir the paella. We want the bottom to cook up and get crispy → Soccarat: crispy flavour bomb!
  • Top with mussels, shrimp and leftover sliced tomatoes.cover and cook for
  • Add mussels and shrimp, cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes or until ready.
  • All the liquid should be absorbed and the rice at the top should be tender. If the rice is undercooked, you can add a bit more broth (or water), cover and continue cooking until ready.
  • Once the rice and seafood are all cooked, take the paella off the heat to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Season with parsley and serve with a drizzle of lemon juice. Make sure to scrape all that goodness from the bottom of the pan! It is honestly the best part.
Keyword Anime, Big Batch, Comfort Food, Easy