Black Rice Paella Recipe

Black rice makes a lovely substitute for the traditional Spanish rice used in paella as it is short grained, robust and almost nutty in flavour. Not to mention the bundle of antioxidants you get from your meal.


Black Rice Paella Recipe

By: Meg Thompson

Not only does this dish look impressive, it tastes impressive! Wow your family and friends tonight.


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  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 yellow capsicum, sliced
  • 100g green beans
  • ½ cup peas
  • 10–12 cherry tomatoes
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2½ cups stock or broth
  • 300g black rice
  • 12 raw prawns, peeled & deveined
  • Olive oil, to serve
  • Lemon juice, to serve


  • Add onion to heavy-based frying pan over low heat and sauté until soft.
  • Add carrot, garlic, paprika, thyme, bay leaves, capsicum, beans, peas and cherry tomatoes and stir.
  • Add tinned tomato and stock and bring to simmer.
  • Add rice and stir through so it’s evenly distributed. Try not to stir rice again — you want a lovely crust on bottom of pan, a trademark of traditional paella.
  • Cover and simmer like this for about 10 mins.
  • Uncover and gently press prawns into mix, then continue to cook until rice is cooked and you have a lovely crust forming on bottom.
  • Serve with drizzle of olive oil and good squeeze of lemon juice.


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Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson is a practising naturopath, cook, mother, writer and passionate wholefood enthusiast based in Melbourne. Meg’s interest in health, food and the role of food as medicine has shaped her career and lifestyle. Following an early career in psychology and education, she completed studies in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine and now runs a successful clinical practice. Meg works from a philosophy that food is much more than something to fill our bellies, but a source of nourishment, deliciousness, education, ritual and celebration, best shared with those we love.

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