Spicy Seafood Rice

Spain has Paella, Portugal has Arroz Marisco and Canada has Spicy Seafood Rice….well it does now! We love Seafood of all types and in the winter when in Monchique Portugal at our villa we enjoy eating out and often at seafood restaurants, but also cook at home and I make my own versions of Arroz Marisco and even Paella sometimes but in Canada I resort to this dish and I think it’s my favourite.
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The photo is the same dish but this one has more Salmon and less shellfish, this is just before the rice is added.

Ingredients for two people:

  • 1 Cup of Basmati Rice
  • 2 Medium white onions finely chopped
  • Half a dozen cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup of finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup of finely chopped red pepper
  • Half cup of frozen garden peas
  • Cup of finely chopped mushrooms
  • 750 grams of Seafood
  • Half cup of olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons of Sambal Oelek
  • Sea salt

I have tried several types of chilli paste, Sambal Oelek has a distinct flavour that goes extremely well with Seafood.

The 750 Grams of seafood can be a mixture of any or all of the following, Salmon cut into 1″ cubes, frozen shelled prawns, squid, calamari, octopus, crab meat, clams, mussels, I usually buy a 3-400 gram frozen packet of mixed seafood and add our own prawns and salmon to make it up to 750gm. We use fresh caught wild salmon, we catch loads of the stuff in Canada and this is one way of using it up.

Let the frozen items defrost a couple of hours.

Start to cook the basmati rice in salted water until el dente

At the same time heat the olive oil in a large non stick wok or large frying pan, and fry off the, onion, garlic, peppers, peas and mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes turning constantly. Add more olive oil if it looks a bit dry and is not actually frying. Add the seafood and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, add the Sambal Oelek and cook five more minute continually turning the food. Again if it looks dry splash a bit more olive oil in. When the rice is done, strain and rinse with boiling water, drain very well and add it to the wok, turn the rice into the seafood mixture until all the white rice has been coated with the sauce. Season to taste if you like hot add more Sambal Oelek, or add more to taste when served.

Serve and enjoy. Goes well with dry or medium dry white wines and light beers.

The reason why we use so much salmon.

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