mussel and bacon paella recipe

Bord Bia’s Mussel and Bacon Paella Recipe

What is it about summer that makes us want to cook seafood every day? This mussel and bacon paella recipe is easy, delicious and perfect for al fresco dining

Bord Bia’s Flex Your Mussels campaign is encouraging us all to cook more with mussels so with options as tasty as this mussel and bacon paella recipe we’re more than happy to help!


20 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded

12 uncooked large prawns, shells removed

100g bacon lardons

600ml seafood stock or water

5 saffron strands, soaked in 1 tablespoon boiling water

2-3 tablespoon. rapeseed or olive oil

1 large onion, peeled and diced

1 red pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

1½ teaspoon paprika

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

300g paella rice

Lemon wedges, garnish


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, chopped red pepper and garlic. Stir through the paprika and cayenne pepper and season with a little salt and black pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes until the onions and peppers are softened.
  • Add another ½ tablespoon oil, add the bacon and cook until browned. Add the chopped tomato and cook for a couple of minutes. Drizzle in the remaining olive oil and add the rice to the frying pan. Stir to coat the rice in oil and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in the stock and saffron. Bring to the boil. Stir for a few minutes then reduce the heat, cover with a lid or tin foil. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, but the mixture is still soupy and the rice is soft.
  • Add the mussels and prawns to the frying pan, cover and cook until the mussels have opened and prawns are pink. Discard any mussels that have not opened.  Turn the heat off but keep covered for 5 minutes to let it rest.
  • Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.


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