Marinesca Seafood Paella Box

Most foodies would never go near boxed paella, but for the good of the world, I went in fast and furious. It was a box of Marinesca’s Paella de Mariscos (Seafood Paella), included in The Despana Basket.

Because Jessica is allergic to artificial coloring and this product had artificial yellow in it, I waited for a night when Jessica wasn’t going to be home. The other night she went out with friends, so out came the box o’ paella. The concept of seafood in a box is scary, but when I opened the package, I was pleased to find that at least the seafood was in a can, inside the box and later discovered it was cured seafood. Also in the box was a small bag of short grain, white rice.

The instructions were incredibly simple: pour the contents of the can into a frying pan, fill the can with water and bring to a boil. Add the rice and simmer for 18-22 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Anyone could make this!

Worried about the taste, I also rendered some chorizo in a separate pan, added garlic, and chopped up chicken thighs with paprika. Later I plated that along side the paella.

Basically this tasted better than I expected a box of paella would… but still tasted bad. The rice was good, albeit a bit oily, and the taste of saffron was barely there (probably why they added artificial color), and the seafood was absolutely gross. I was so happy to have made the extra chorizo and chicken, to chase the flavor of the seafood.

Seafood Paella from a Box

If you really wanted to, there are various places you could buy this product online (in addition to Despaña, such as Exportacion Gallega and But I recommend you don’t. Rather, just make yourself some paella, it’s pretty easy, just follow my paella recipe.

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