My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music … Check This Amazing Recipe: Arroz verde

My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music … Check This Amazing Recipe: Arroz verde

How to Make Arroz verde

Preparation time:

less than 30 mins

Cooking time:

30 mins to 1 hour


Serves 4-5


For the fish stock

  • 1kg/2lb 4oz fish bones, such as lemon sole, brill and plaice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 fennel
  • 100g/3½oz celery
  • 100g/3½oz carrot
  • 25g/1oz button mushrooms
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

For the arroz verde

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 60g/2¼oz shallots
  • 12 garlic
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints fish stock
  • 100g/3½oz finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 400g/14oz short-grain paella rice, such as calasparra
  • 30 raw clams
  • 200g/7oz raw small prawns

For the aioli

  • 4 garlic
  • ½ tsp fine table salt
  • 1 medium free-range egg yolk
  • 175ml/6fl oz extra virgin olive oil


  1. For the fish stock, put all the ingredients and 2½ litres/4½ pints water in a large pan and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine or muslin-lined sieve. If not using immediately, leave to cool, then refrigerate or freeze.

  2. For the arroz verde, heat the oil in a 28–30cm/11–12in shallow flameproof casserole over medium heat. Add the shallots and fry for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 40–60 seconds, then stir in the fish stock, parsley and salt and bring to the boil.

  3. Sprinkle in the rice, stir once, then leave to simmer vigorously over medium–high heat for 6 minutes. Put the clams and prawns on top and shake the pan briefly so they sink into the rice a little. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 12 minutes. Almost all the liquid should be absorbed and the rice should be pitted with small holes. Discard any clams that do not open after cooking.

  4. Meanwhile, for the aioli, mix the garlic and salt together to form a paste. Put in a food processor and add the yolk. Turn on the machine and very slowly trickle the oil through the hole in the lid until you have a thick emulsion.

  5. Serve the arroz verde with the aioli.

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