Recipes Saffron Rice with Tilapia and Shrimp


This paella-inspired dish starts by infusing purchased chicken stock with shrimpy goodness; it’s an easy step that makes full use of shrimp shells that would otherwise be discarded.


  • 8 ounces unpeeled large shrimp
  • 3 1/3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1 cup chopped ripe tomato
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked short-grain rice
  • 12 ounces tilapia, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 lemon wedges

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 338
  • Fat 8.8g
  • Satfat 1.5g
  • Monofat 5.4g
  • Polyfat 1.4g
  • Protein 24g
  • Carbohydrate 41g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Cholesterol 76mg
  • Iron 3mg
  • Sodium 600mg
  • Calcium 60mg

How to Make It

Step 1


Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Peel shrimp, reserving shells; set shrimp aside. Combine shrimp shells, chicken stock, 2/3 cup water, and saffron in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and keep warm.

Step 3

Combine chopped tomato, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 4

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add tomato mixture to pan; cook 6 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add uncooked rice to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain stock mixture over a bowl; discard solids. Add stock mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat 12 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed (do not stir). Top with reserved shrimp, tilapia, and peas. Sprinkle with remaining 5/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley; serve with lemon wedges.

Chef’s Notes

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