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I made us a big skillet of awesomeness.

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

And I did it all in one pan… without even heating up the kitchen.


Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

Although, now that I say that out loud I am silently thinking to myself that at least for me, up here in the mountains, it’s really not that hot out, like at all. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind heating up my kitchen right about now. I mean, I am highly embarrassed to admit this, but I totally have my heater blowing on my legs right now.


Don’t judge, it’s cold and stormy here and I am about to head out to bring the goats in from the field, and well, it kind of gives me chills just thinking about it. I really should have brought the goats in like an hour ago, but I am procrastinating going outside by telling myself that I need to finish writing this post first. Is it just me or has it been on the colder side this summer?

Even when I was in Cleveland visiting family it was only in the low 70’s. Now come on, I need at least 80 degrees to be extra happy and in my shorts and t-shirts. 70 is more like leggings and a sweater, and the current 45 degrees I am experiencing in Colorado, well that’s more like socks, leggings and a BIG cozy sweatshirt… maybe even some serious snuggles with a blanket.

Sidenote: I was recently asked how I survive living where I live when 85 degrees is my ideal temperature. The honest answer, it’s a struggle! If it weren’t for my family and the fall (I adore an awesome, cozy fall and the months of September, October, November and December are awesome up here), I might not be able to get through the rest of the year.

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

Completely random sidenote # 2: Since I seem to be in the procrastination mode… and I am oh so easily distracted… I decided to be weird and watch the running of the bulls on snapchat.

OMG, that’s CRAZY!

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

Oh but hey!! The running of the bulls kind of fits in with my Spanish themed recipe, right? I mean, not really, but the running of the bulls is done in Spain and paella was created in Spain, so hey, it kind of justifies my distraction and ties it in with this post, you know, like background research.

Not gonna lie, I’d chose this skillet grilled seafood and chorizo paella over running with the bulls in Spain any stinkin’ day. Just sayin.

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

Ok so the paella.

Can you believe I made this whole thing on the grill, and dirtied just one dish, one cutting board and one knife?!?! I was SO happy about the minimal mess since lately cleanup around here has been a 2+ hour project and the thought of cleaning even one more dish, or vacuuming up another crumb or wiping more stickiness up off the floor is pretty much daunting.

Clearly not only the flavors of this dish were welcomed with open arms, but also the simplicity of this dish! Bring on more easy clean up meals… please!!!

Making paella on the grill is really just the same as making it on the stove. You simply need to try to keep the heat of your grill a consistent temp and you’re good to go. Bonus, you also get a little smoky flavor from the grill as well!!

And if you don’t have a grill? Well don’t worry, you can totally just make this on the stove-top. Works great both ways.

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

For my paella, I used a mix of chicken, chorizo and seafood. You can do all three like me, pick your favorites or leave them out completely and make a vegetarian version. It’s totally adaptable to your personal taste buds. For the seafood, I used a mix of a lobster tail, jumbo tiger shrimp, clams and mussels. It was the perfect combo if you ask me and made for a really pretty dish too!!

I also finished my dish off with a drizzle of truffle oil, which I kind of think was awesome, but I do realize that truffle oil is a bit pricey, so only use it you have some.

OH and I didn’t just use plain green olives. NOPE. I used blue cheese stuffed olives (my favorites are the DeLallo brand) cause I mean, a little cheese never hurt. <–Truth.

Double OH, if you’re out to impress someone, make this dish, it’s definitely a show stopper!

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 481 kcal

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 4 ounces spanish chorizo sliced
  • 3-4 heirloom tomatoes chopped (or one 14 ounce can whole peeled san marzano tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups jasmine or basmati rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 small skinless chicken thighs or breast
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese stuffed green olives
  • 1 teaspoons spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste
  • pinch of saffron
  • 16 ounces fresh seafood (I used 1 lobster tail 6 jumbo shrimp, 4 clams, and 4 mussels)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • fresh chopped parsley for serving
  • white truffle oil for serving (optional)


  • Preheat your grill to high heat.*
  • Place a very large cast iron skillet (it should be at least a 12 inch circle or oval skillet) on the grill grates. Allow the skillet to heat with the grill. Once the skillet is hot, add the olive oil, onion and garlic. Season lightly with salt + pepper and cook about 3-5 minutes, stirring often or until the onion is soft and sweet. Add the chorizo and cook until just browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes (crushed by your hands if using canned), their juices and roasted red peppers. Continue cooking another 5 minutes.
  • Add the wine to deglaze the pan and then stir in the rice, cooking until toasted, about 3-5 minutes. Slowly pour in the chicken broth and give everything a good stir. Slide in the chicken, green olives, paprika, another pinch of salt + pepper and a good pinch of saffron, stir gently to combine, cover tightly with the skillet top or tin foil and then place the lid on the grill. Grill covered for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toss the seafood with a little olive oil, salt + pepper. After 15 minutes of cooking on the grill, carefully remove the skillet top or foil and add the seafood to the skillet. Cover again with the top or the foil and return the grill lid, continue cooking another 15 minutes or until the seafood is cooked through and the rice fluffy.
  • Remove the skillet from the grill and drizzle the dish with lemon juice. If desired drizzle with white truffle oil as well and season lightly with salt + pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley. EAT!


*You can also make this on your stovetop, just follow the directions and cooking times as directed above.
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Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella | @hbharvest

And ok, kind of DELICIOUS too! 🙂

*Wooden Spoons used in this post are from Earlywood Designs.

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  1. Can you make this dish ahead of time so it is ready when guests arrive even if they won’t be eating it for an hour or two?

    1. Hey Carolyn,
      You could do that, but to be honest I wouldn’t pick this as the best make ahead recipe. I usually would do a lasagna or enchiladas. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing!! Made this on the stove top!! So flavorful! Can’t wait to serve it for dinner tonight. Perfect for the freezing temps!!

  3. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe about 1 month ago and I am so happy with how it came out. Made on the stove with a wok because I do not have a grill. My fiancé hates olives but he loved the blue cheese stuffed olives. I tried paella the first time in Spain and every plate I’ve tried in restaurants in America has disappointed me so far. So happy I can make this at home better now thanks to this recipe!

    1. Hey Stefani,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last year when we went camping and it was fantastic, everyone loved it, planning on making it again this weekend for a birthday dinner, “T”, you make the most delicious food, and your photos are impeccable. I wish we could upload photos, because I would show you your Paella multiplied by 4 for our camping excursion, lol!

    1. Hey Kathleen,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

  5. Hello, this recipe looks delicious. Quick question – Do you think a 4 1/2-quart dutch oven would be large enough or should I downsize the ingredients? Going to try this one on a campfire setup!

    1. Hey there,
      That should be totally fine! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if I can help in any other way! xTieghan

  6. This looks amazing….I plan to make it for Christmas Eve. Two quick questions: 1. Do you think it’s okay if you cook on the stove opposed to a grill? Also, did you remove the lobster from the shells prior to cooking? Thank you!

    1. Hey Aimee,
      Yes, the stove top is totally fine and I did not remove the lobster from the shells. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  7. I made this on the weekend on the grill. It was fabulous. My favorite part was the rice on the bottom of the pan that got all brown and crusty. Delicious!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Made this tonight at my husbands suggestion for our experimental Sunday dinner. It’s a hit, He’s on serving #2 right now. Definitely keeping on our recipe box.

    We use hot Italian sausage – and broil it as it’s too hot to grill here in south Texas. Stay safe!

    – Heidi

  9. Hi Teaghan!

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! I’ve been following your blog for several years now and have always been impressed with your creativity and compositions. My fiancee and I made this last night on the stove-top and it turned out really well! The stores were out of a lot of fresh seafood, but we managed to get clams, shrimp, and scallops. Towards the end of the recipe I thought the seafood would get overcooked since there was a lot of liquid left in the pan to boil off (I think the tomatoes released a lot of water in the beginning) so I fished out the seafood and returned it once most of the liquid was gone. Super yummy! Thanks again!


    1. Thank you Jessica! So happy this one turned out so well for you! I hope you continue to enjoy other recipes of mine as well! xTieghan

  10. This sounds delicious!! I was wondering if I could make this on the stove in my dutch oven if I don’t have a cast iron skillet?

    1. HI! I am sure a dutch oven on the stove will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

    1. I am sure that will be fine! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you loved this recipe and had a great Christmas! Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  11. I just made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing! How would you adjust the recipe if you were only cooking the rice? Would you reduce any of the liquid or add any flavorings such as clam juice. This was a delicious treat and would like to make it a more regular meal that is less expensive. For example doing only lobster tail and one meat or chicken/chorizo and one smaller seafood. Thank you! Just whatever recommendations you may have would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Alma! So happy you enjoyed this recipe! If you wanted to cook this minus the meat I would not change the liquid in the recipe. The liquid is for cooking the rice, so I think leaving it the same will be just fine. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  12. I am making this on Friday and could not be more excited — quick question on the tomatoes. Whenever you say crush by hand, and use juices. Do you mean juices from crushing, or leftover juice in the can? I know too much liquid in this dish can cause a disaster, so I wanted to double check.

  13. I am making this on Friday and could not be more excited — quick question on the tomatoes. Whenever you say crush by hand, and use juices. Do you mean juices from crushing, or leftover juice in the can? I know too much liquid in this dish can cause a disaster, so I wanted to double check.

    1. Hey Laura! So sorry for not getting to your comment in time. Use both the juice from the tomatoes and any left in the can as well. Hope you loved the recipe. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  14. I am so excited to make this but will need to do so on the what temp should I cook everything (medium?)… then how about the cooking times…same? Thank you…

    1. Hi Tiffany! Cook everything over medium-high heat. Cooking time should be around the same, but I cannot say for sure since have never tried it. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks! ?

  15. Really not Paella rather chicken and rice with seafood.
    Brown the chicken first otherwise its rubbery and pale. Remove and add chorizo, the fats and spices will render out a bit flavoring the soffrito. Remove chorizo and add aromatics, soften then add tomatoes. the rest of the process you describe should be ok. Senia or Bahia rice is preferred, bomba rice is more likely in Valencian versions.

  16. Did you make this in Colorado? I love paella and tried to make it for the first time earlier this month, but had some issues due to the altitude here. It’d be awesome if your recipe were altitude-friendly!

  17. Hi There,

    Your recipes are fabulous. What size is the Staub pan you used here? Is it the Staub 12.5″ x 9″ Cast Iron Oval Baking Dish? Please let me know. I am trying this recipe on Friday.

  18. it looks like you cooked it on a charcoal grill. Do you what temperature it should be? Did you arrange the coals in a single layer spread evenly throughout or made a circle of coals? My son-in-law made this on a gas grill and it was awesome. I want to try it this weekend on my charcoal grill but I’m a little worried about the temp staying even. Any suggestions

    1. Hi! I am not sure about the temp, maybe 400 degrees F. Coals in an even layer. Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks!

  19. This looks amazing and I’m always looking for projects w my wife, and we will do this over the weekend.

    One question, is the rice actually made in the skillet?

    Also when you state ‘toss the seafood’ is this like seasoning it? Sorry for the ignorance.

  20. This paella looks amazing!!! I can’t believe you did it with the grill! I’m so sad my paella pan got ruined after my first attempt. Will try this once my new paella pan comes!

    1. I’m curious about the last remark from reader that her paella pan was ruined. Did this happen on the grill or for another reason. I have a iron paella skillet. Will it withstand the heat of the grill? I’ve only used it in the oven. Thx!

  21. Hello!
    I love the minimal clean up dishes too, so I was ecstatic to find your recipe here. I have one question, if we wanted to use brown rice.. how much would we augment the rice cooking stage? Or what would you suggest. I like the flavor of brown rice but it’s such a pain to cook.
    Thanks in advance, I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Ari!

      Honestly, I have such a hard time with brown rice. It takes forever to cook for me. I would take on probably 20 extra minutes or so, but I cannot be sure. Let me know if you have any other questions, hope you love this!!

  22. Looks really tasty plan on gathering the ingredients soon, quick question can i substitute the chorizo for Kalbasa almost like a low country boil type.

  23. Yum! I’ve made quite a few of your recipes and all are amazing. I’ll be making this one next weekend! Love your site and your food is delish!!!

  24. This looks delicious! I think it would be awesome to serve to company, and it’s perfect for dinner outside with a bottle of wine. Love these photos too!

  25. I love paella, and this dish looks so amazing and delicious. All that seafood! How can I resist? I can’t wait to give this a try!

  26. Here in the Pacific Northwest it has been insanely hot, like 9 straight days of 90+ degree weather in June, which used to never happen until August. Everything is in a drought. Everything is early. It has been hard on some of the crops. We are not as badly off as California, but the mighty Columbia River is looking mighty low, and the salmon runs are in danger. Anyway, I’d trade for some cool, but we mostly need rain. I love hearing about your goats, and I love your photos and recipes. Hope you get warmed up. I think there are warm weather folks and cool weather folks, and it is hard to be in the opposite kind of climate sometimes.

    1. Hey Terry! Hoping you guys get some rain soon. As much as that weather sounds amazing, I know the rain is needed!!

      Thanks so much and I will try and keep the goats in my post! 🙂

  27. I’m so glad you made paella, and in a skillet no less! This looks awesome and only one dish is something to celebrate, I know! 😉

  28. This looks amazing. Paella is so so good and your version looks excellent. I hear you regarding the dishes. Sometimes I look around my kitchen after cooking and think, “what did I do!?” Was that REALLLY worth all this mess? Fortunately, it is worth it most days, but some days, oy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Looks better than what they serve in Spain! I think skillets are the best cooking tools in the world!

  30. I have a soft spot for paella! It’s the perfect summertime food for cooler nights. I cannot wait to try your version. I’m sure it tastes as beautiful as it looks! You truly are an artist!
    xx Sydney

  31. I love paella and it has been SO long since I made it myself! Yours is beautiful Tieghan!!

  32. When my husband and I got married we served paella. We cooked it ourselves, as well as all the rest of the food and the wedding cake as well. And then we went of to honeymoon in Spain. This recipe has just brought to me the happiest memories!

    1. whoa! Go you guys, that must have been a lot of work!!

      Thanks for the sweet comment, hope you enjoy the recipe!

  33. I think the weather there sounds awesome! It’s been a hot and humid summer down South! I’ll send some warm your way if you send some cold my way :). Love this one pot masterpiece… especially since it’s cooked on the grill!

  34. This dish is gorgeous…I’m going to make it this weekend. Is Spanish chorizo the one that is cooked and dried like pepperoni? I always get the two kinds confused.

  35. I agree Tieghan! This is a big skillet of awesomeness and not a lot of cleanup which is perfect for summer! WIsh I could send some warm weather your way from the Jersey shore! Keeping my fingers crossed it gets warmer there!

  36. That sounds so amazing!! I hope you love this recipe and let me know if you have any questions!