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Paella with Steamed Mussels and Broiled Shrimp

Paella is essentially a fairly simple dish to prepare but depending on the recipe you choose the challenge can be the different cooking times for the proteins. My solution is to prepare the base of the Paella on the cook top and to cook the proteins separately in the Combi Steam and Convection ovens. 

This method will also be helpful if you don’t have a large enough pan for cooking Paella as this way you can ensure the rice is perfectly cooked before you add the final touches. I am going to steam the quick cooking mussels in the Combi Steam Oven while the seafood blend of shrimp, scallops and calamari will be broiled in the Convection oven.

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½  cup white wine

2 cups seafood or chicken stock

Pinch of saffron

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp mild Spanish smoked paprika

3 Roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 Spanish chorizo sausage, diced

1 cup Bomba rice or Arborio rice

½ cup Italian parsley leaves, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lemon, zest only

1lb cleaned mussels

1lb seafood blend of shrimp, scallops and calamari


Allow approximately 25 minutes to cook the rice and 4 - 5 minutes to cook the seafood.

Combine the stock and wine and bring to a gentle simmer, stir in the pinch of saffron and keep warm until needed.

Heat a large wide skillet over moderate heat and when hot add the oil. When the oil is shimmering, stir in the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Stir in the garlic., smoked paprika, chopped tomatoes and chorizo and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Now stir in the rice and a good pinch of Kosher salt. Pour the stock over the rice and cook uncovered over moderate heat stirring occasionally for 25 - 30 minutes until the liquid has completely evaporated.

Preparing the Seafood for Cooking

Combine the parsley, garlic and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the mussels in the solid steam oven pan, add ½ a cup of water and a teaspoon of the parsley garlic lemon mixture. Cook the mussels in the Steam Mode 212 ℉ for 4 - 5 minutes until the shells have opened.

Toss the seafood blend with a little olive oil and a light dusting of smoked paprika and spread onto a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Place an oven rack on the highest level in the Convection oven and heat the oven in the Broil mode 475 °F.

Spoon the cooked seafood over the cooked rice and garnish with the remainder of the parsley, garlic, lemon mixture.

Serves 4


Larissa Taboryski

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Combi Steam Whole Fish

When steaming whole fish in the Combi-Steam oven, select the solid pan or use an oven-safe casserole dish. Then add the aromatics you wish to use to flavor the fish together with just enough water to cover the base of the pan and maybe even a splash of wine if appropriate. The cooking time will be a little longer than when fish is steamed over boiling water, but the succulent results are well worth the extra 8 - 10 minutes of cooking time.


Paul Tang


Cooking the Fish

2 whole tilapia or striped sea bass,  scales and fins removed

1” piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced

2 scallions, thinly sliced into 2” long diagonal strips

1 lemon, thinly sliced

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sesame oil

Serving the Fish

1 small red Jalapeno chili pepper, cut into very thin circles

2 scallions, thinly sliced into 2” long diagonal strip

4 tbsp sesame oil, heated


Heat the oven in the Steam mode, 100% Humidity, 212 Degrees

Pour about ¼ - ½ a cup of water into the solid Combi-Steam oven Pan.

Cut a few diagonal slits in the fish and place the fish in the prepared pan.

Place the lemon and ginger slices in the slits and put any remaining slices in the belly together with the scallions.

Pour the soy sauce over the fish then drizzle the sesame oil over the fish. Place in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes until the fish flakes easily from the bone.

Place the fish on a platter and sprinkle the reserved scallions and chili pepper over the fish.

Heat the sesame oil until sizzling then pour it over the fish.

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