Arroz a banda (Seafood paella)


Paella is the quintessentially Spanish rice dish to be enjoyed amongst friends.  This recipe uses Denia’s locally caught fish and shellfish to make an authentic regional seafood paella.

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 1,5 kg. assorted small fish (morralla)
  • 200 gr. cuttlefish (chopped)
  • 350 gr. rice
  • 300 gr. prawn from Dénia
  • 4 dried red pepper (ñora)
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 2 bulbs of garlic (cabezas de ajo)
  • Parsley (perejil)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of minced tomato
  • 3 L. of water or fish broth (caldo de pescado)
  • Salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper (pimienta)
  • 1 teaspoon of saffron (azafrán) and/or colourant
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika (pimentón)


  1. In a big pan, fry (with olive oil) 4 dried red pepper and two bulbs of garlic. Then, add 1.5 kg. of varied fish made of scorpion fish, mackerel, angler fish head, crabs, mantis shrimp, etc. and 3 L. of water. Allow it to cook at medium heat until it boils.
  2. Crush the fish, strain the broth and set aside. In a “paella” pan, fry the chopped cuttlefish and some peeled prawn’s tails with Olive oil.
  3. Then, add the natural grated tomato and minced parsley-garlic, the rice, the paprika and sauté.
  4. Next, add the fish broth, a pinch of saffron and boil at a medium flame for approximately 15 minutes (when it has been boiling for several minutes, salt to taste).
  5. Lower the flame and wait as the broth is consumed. When the broth has boiled away, shut off the flame.
  6. This dish is served with “all i oli” (garlic and olive oil sauce).


Recipe Contributor:  Department of Tourism, Dénia City Council

Dénia was named UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in December 2015, then becoming a food reference worldwide. Apart from its excellent gastronomy, we highlight its impressive natural resources: long sandy beaches, rocky coves, the Montgó Mountain Natural Park and San Antonio’s Cape Marine Reserve. Such spaces and an enviable weather make Dénia a unique place to do a great variety of sports and leisure activities, not only in the sea but also on land.

Among its infrastructures we emphasize: 4 marinas and the 27-hole golf course called La Sella.

The town attracts our attention by its traditional atmosphere: the Castle, in the middle of the town, the old neighborhoods and the fishing port.  You can also enjoy cultural activities, lively events and fiestas. The main fiestas are: The “Fallas”, the “Festa Major” and the Moors and Christians Festival.

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For further information please visit Department of Tourism, Dénia City Council website

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