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What are the best paella spices?

If you're a fan of Spanish food, you've probably tried paella. This popular dish is made with rice, seafood, and vegetables, and it's typically flavored with various spices. If you're looking to make the perfect paella at home, it's important to use the right ingredients. This blog post will discuss the best spices to use for paella. Keep reading to learn more!


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Paella is traditionally cooked in two parts. The first part of the recipe includes cooking rice and sautéing vegetables with olive oil. In the second half of this paella recipe, cook tomatoes and other spices before combining them into one pan to create a perfect flavorful meal for hosting guests! Here are the top 5 spices – added in more or less the following order - and mixed them in a dry mixing bowl.


1. Saffron

Saffron is the essential spice in a paella. It contributes both color and flavor to this delicious rice dish. An authentic paella without saffron is not a paella at all! For best results, use high-quality saffron threads or grind them into powder. Surprisingly Persian saffrons can work better in an international recipe like this because they don't have to be ground as finely for maximum strength of flavor.


2. Paprika

Parika is a staple of many dishes, including paella. There are two types of paprika; sweet and smoked (or hot). It's important to know which one you're using since the recipe will call for either or both! If you can't make up your mind, try mixing them for your unique flavor experience.


3. Cayenne Pepper

Paella is a dish that's often made with mild ingredients. But you can use cayenne Pepper for an extra kick of heat!


4. Garlic Powder

Use garlic powder which is available in most supermarkets or from any spice shop. A little bit of onion powder also goes brilliantly with this dish, so feel free to add that too!


5. Salt & Pepper

Salt & Pepper is the perfect accompaniment for your favorite dish. Add salt to your taste and Pepper in any style that suits you best - from spicy hot to mild or sweet! Yummo!


6. Dried rosemary and oregano

Dried rosemary and oregano are just some of the ingredients you could experiment with to create a unique taste.


In the end, there is no one definitive answer to this question. The best paella spices will depend on your personal tastes and what you have available in your kitchen when cooking. With a bit of experimentation over time, you should be able to find out which combinations work well for you and will result in delicious food that's also healthy!


What species would you add to your delicious paella?


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