There's no such thing as a 'Standard' Paella

There's much debate and strong competition over where the Paella originated and which variation is the best. Paella may be Spain's most internationally recognised dish; however, everyone has their own personal preference over its ingredients.

On the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is the undisputed home of the Paella; it was created as a humble farmers dish depending on the ingredients available at the time. The traditional, simple paella would contain ingredients such as beans, snails, duck and saffron. However, over time the paella evolved depending on the ingredients local to the regions of Spain. For example, regions close to the coast would incorporate seafood, thus creating the more popular paella that we recognise today.

There's no such thing as a 'Standard' Paella

How many variations of Paella are there?
Whilst restaurants all over Spain have their own takes and interpretations of paella ingredients; there are more popular versions of the famous rice dish. We have listed the top five types of paella.

Paella Valenciana:
So as we already know, the first paella was created in Valencia, containing humble ingredients. However, today, restaurants know that tourists are unlikely to try snails and rabbit in their paella, so chicken and chorizo are a classic alternative.


Paella de Marisco:
The paella of the sea! This variation only contains seafood, usually consisting of different kind of prawns,, cuttlefish or calamari. The consistency of this paella differs from others; it tends to be a bit soupier as the juices from the seafood are used to add to enhance the paella's flavour. This summer favourite also originated from Valencia and has evolved over time into a more modern dish.

Paella Vegetariana:
As you can most likely guess, this paella consists of just vegetables and is perfect for those who don't eat meat. Traditional ingredients include artichokes, lima beans and peppers.

Paella Negra:
This paella is a favourite with the locals and has a unique taste to it. The rice is coloured black as it is cooked with squid ink, giving it a distinguishable appearance. If you are feeling adventurous, this is an excellent paella to try.

As you can see, whilst the base of the dish remains the same, the flavour combinations are limitless. At Paellas Ole, we offer a range of paellas, including the ones above! Discover our range on our menu. You will see we even provide the Traditional Valencian paella, as we know that the real foodies love to experience authentic cuisines and flavours.

There's no such thing as a 'Standard' Paella

Which paella is your favourite? We find it too hard to choose, and that's why we made sure to bring an array of paellas to our menu so that people in the UK could experience the best of Spain's paellas and decide for themselves which is the superior flavour combination. If you're interested in trying out our authentic and fresh paella, then head over to our website at Paellas Ole or check us out on food delivery apps Deliveroo and UberEats. We want to make it our mission to bring the finest Spanish flavours to the UK. So you could stay classic with the popular seafood paella or try our squid ink paella to try something new! Our paellas are delivered still in the paella dish to ensure the maximum flavour is retained. Thus, making Paellas Ole an excellent takeaway option to impress guests!