Lentil & Shrimp Paella

4-6 Servings

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 45 min


1 tsp saffron threads 5 mL
2 tbsp olive oil 30 mL
2 cups finely sliced leek (green and white) 500 mL
garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup Arborio or medium grain white rice 250 mL
1/2 cup chopped Roma tomato 125 mL
3 cups hot, low-sodium vegetable or fish stock, divided 750 mL
1 cup cooked green lentils 250 mL
1 1/2 cup asparagus, cut in 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces 375 mL
3/4 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 350 g
  to taste, salt and pepper  
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 125 mL
  dash, fresh lemon juice (optional)  


Step 1
Soak saffron threads in ┬╝ cup (60 mL) warm water.

Step 2
Heat a wide frying pan or paella dish on medium heat and sweat the leek and garlic in olive oil, cooking for 4-5 minutes until it starts to soften.

Step 3
Add rice and toast with the softened vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the saffron water until fully combined with the rice. The rice should turn a nice yellow colour.

Step 4
Stir in tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups (500 mL) of hot stock slowly, stir, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring minimally. The rice should be al dente, if it is not, add more stock as needed.

Step 5
Stir in cooked lentils, asparagus, and shrimp. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, or until lentils are hot and shrimp is fully cooked.

Step 6
Adjust seasonings, garnish with parsley and fresh lemon, and serve immediately.


Easily substitute turmeric for the saffron in this dish. Add ¼ tsp (1 mL) turmeric powder to the rice in Step 3. 
Try adding different types of seafood, like scallops or mussels, or a combination.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
For 1 3/4 cup (425 mL)
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 310
Fat / Lipides 6 g
Saturated / saturés 1 g
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 70 mg
Sodium / Sodium 460 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 50 g
Fiber / Fibres 8 g
Sugars / Sucres 7 g
Protein Protéines 16 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer