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Vegan Paella: Spanish-Inspired Rice

1 hr


This recipe is our take on one of Spain's most famous dishes, the Paella. Paella is often served with some type of meat or seafood, so to keep it plant-based we've added peas as the protein source.



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40 min

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  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 2
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 2
    medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1
    red bell pepper, thinly sliced, reserve 6 slices for garnish
  • 4 cups (960 mL)
    boiling water
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1 pinch
    saffron threads (optional, but recommended)
  • 1½ cups (255 g)
    canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup (134 g)
    frozen green peas

Optional garnish

  • fresh chives
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon slices
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  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan* or paella pan over medium-high heat, and when hot, add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook this for 2 - 3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  2. To the pan, add the paprika, thyme, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cook this while stirring for 30 - 60 seconds, to toast the spices.
  3. Add in the tomatoes and bell pepper, sautéing for 2 - 3 minutes.
  4. Add the Paella rice, toasting this for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. To a large jug, mix the boiling water and vegetable cubes so that the cubes dissolve in the hot water. You could also substitute the bouillon cubes and water for 1L of vegetable stock instead.
  6. Add the liquid to the pan, along with the saffron, and bring the paella to a rapid simmer for 2 minutes. Then turn the heat to a low simmer and let cook uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Avoid stirring the rice while it cooks.
  7. When the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, taste-test the rice. Try to test the rice on the outer-most part of the pan, as this is the rice that will cook last given it's furthest away from the heat source in the centre. If the rice is firm but tender, it's ready. If the centre is still a bit raw, add a small splash of boiling water or hot stock, and let it continue to cook until the rice is cooked through.
  8. When the rice is cooked, add half of the artichoke hearts and peas to the rice, and gently stir it in. Add the other half on top, together with the 5 pieces of reserved bell pepper.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let the Paella rest for 10 minutes. Do not skip this step, as it makes all the difference in the taste and texture of the rice.
  10. Remove the lid, top with chopped chives or parsley, serve alongside lemon wedges, and enjoy!


  • * Try to use a pan that has a large cooking surface on the bottom of the pan, so that the rice cooks evenly throughout. A wok-shaped pan, for example, may result in cooked rice in the centre of the pan, but uncooked rice around the perimeter of the pan.


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Grains & Starches 20%

uncooked Spanish paella rice

Proteins 14%

frozen green peas

Fruits & Veggies 66%

medium onion

clove garlic

medium tomato

red bell pepper

canned artichoke hearts

No significant sources of calcium

olive oil

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Leona van Koppen - Jan. 10, 2022, 6:43 p.m.

This is the one of the best vegan receipes I know, everyone I made it for loved it. I always use 2 times the veggies because me and my friends are like that. It is such a nicely balanced meal!

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

This is a massive compliment, Leona van Koppen! It means so much ☺️

Cara - Dec. 5, 2021, 6:05 a.m.

I've made this at least once a month since I first found the recipe over a year ago. Definitely a favourite!

PUL Team - Dec. 5, 2021, 5:45 p.m.

Aw this means so much, Cara, thanks for the kind words!

kaylin - Nov. 1, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. what amazing flavors! Can't wait to eat it for the next few days.

PUL Team - Nov. 4, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

Woohoo! We're so happy to hear, Kaylin 😊

Jasmina - Sept. 20, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

Best version of vegan paella! I tried also with jackfruit,it's even better!

Sheri - Sept. 14, 2021, 1:14 a.m.

Love it! Have made it many times!

Erin - Aug. 18, 2021, 12:37 a.m.

This is one of our favorite recipes. The spices make it so flavorful and it's a one pan meal! I love that you can also sub in different veggies so it's easy to make with whatever you have on hand.

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2021, 12:43 a.m.

We're so thrilled you're enjoying the recipe, Erin! It's one of our favourites to try different veggies in :)

Victoria - Aug. 9, 2021, 6:48 a.m.

Amazing! Definitely use the amount of salt the recipe calls for. I also marinated my own canned artichokes with some salt, black pepper, olive oil, and some herbs -- the marinated artichokes were my favorite part! I also threw in some kalamata olives as well.

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 2:42 a.m.

Mmm sounds so yummy, Victoria, thanks for sharing!

Katherine Vorster - July 25, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

We regularly make this dish. It is an absolute winner, full of fresh vibrant flavours that just pop in your mouth!

Guna - July 24, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

This is absolutely amazing, been my go to over a year now, mushrooms work great here too:)
Perfect to divide in portions and freeze as well!

Sonia - July 22, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

This vegan paella is absolutely amazing! Really.. We got addicted a bit. After we made it for the first time, we made it every week for a few months and it just stayed so comforting and tasty. Both for dinner and lunch. I love the spices, and the artichokes work really well. We accidently used risotto rice (is there a difference?) but that worked great as well. I really recommend this recipe! Thank you for this one :)

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

Thank you, Sonia, we're so happy the paella was enjoyed! Risotto rice tends to be creamier but we're so glad it worked out 😃

Charlotte - July 22, 2021, 3:06 p.m.

If you had asked me what to include in a vegan paella to make it taste amazing, I wouldn't have thought about artichokes, but they work so well alongside all the spices and the texture of the paella rice. I love how paella can be left to cook slowly by itself and this recipe looks so beautiful when it all comes together. ❤ Thank you for making vegan paella delicious!!

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:30 a.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the paella, Charlotte, thank you for the very kind words!

Katrien - July 16, 2021, 7:09 p.m.

This recipe is amazing! Really simple to make, but everyone loves it... even my non-vegan family :).
(It tastes even better on the barbecue)

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:25 a.m.

Appreciate the tip and review, Katrien!

lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:37 p.m.

this was so flavorful and comforting!! dreaming of making it again 🤎

Laura - July 10, 2021, 7:50 p.m.

I have made this multiple times and it has always turned out great. It's super simple, yet feels fancy enough to count as a special dinner...a perfect dish to cook for friends or family. I love your videos and recipes so much!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:54 a.m.

Oh so lovely, Laura, thanks for sharing your review with us :)

Iris - July 9, 2021, 7:44 p.m.

I am IN LOVE with this dish. I usually double the spices and the vegetables, because we like spiced-up food ;) but even as is it's pretty delicious. Definitely the best meat/fish-free paella I've ever had/made!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:04 a.m.

A massive compliment, Iris! We appreciate the review so much more than we can describe 🤗

Lotte - July 8, 2021, 8:46 p.m.

Ik heb laatst je paella voor het eerst gemaakt, en mijn half Spaanse vriend zei: het ruikt zoals bij mijn oma als ze paella maakt. Een mooi compliment! Het was heerlijk.

Milica - July 7, 2021, 8:59 a.m.

Is there anything I can switch with artichokes? I am not really fan of them.
BTW I love your recipes. For a newbie vegan they are so simple and tasty!!! I have tried couple of them and loved each one of them.

PUL Team - July 8, 2021, 7:06 a.m.

Hi, Milica! Feel free to substitute the artichokes with another vegetable you enjoy eating. Some ideas may include asparagus, mushrooms, celery, Brussels Sprouts or more bell peppers 🙂 We hope you love the recipe!

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4 p.m.

Love this! Oh, those artichokes! :D

Rachel - May 19, 2021, 6:49 a.m.

Hello PUL! Love your website and your recipes. I would love to make this recipe, looks so good! However I was put on a low FODMAP diet recently and unfortunately can not eat onions or garlic! Do you have a suggestion on a replacement so the dish is not compromised?

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

Hey there, Rachel! We'd recommend using garlic-infused olive oil to help add the garlic flavour without the added fructans for a garlic substitute. Using chives or adding the top green part of green onions can be added at the end of cooking to help mimic the onion if you enjoy those 😃

Hannah - May 14, 2021, 4:07 a.m.

This was so delicious! Can’t wait to make it again!

Delia - April 22, 2021, 10:17 p.m.

Hi Sadia,

I just made this recipe and we loved it here.

I would like to know how much is the right amount of rice/paella for one serving? Sometimes I am not sure how much rice I should eat when that is the whole meal.

Thank you.

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:10 a.m.

Hey Delia! That's a great question. How much the "right amount" is really varies from person to person. For some of us, it may even change from day to day. For example, sometimes our appetite might be more if we've had a more active day or less for other reasons! For this paella, we've approximated a serving to be around 1/4 of the recipe. Feel free to enjoy more or less based on your hunger though 🌻

Adrienn - April 14, 2021, 10:06 a.m.

Absolutely delicious. I have cooked it more than 3 times in a row.
Super easy mid-week wonder.
I love your website it is a Bible for me on my vegan journey.

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 6:48 p.m.

We are so thrilled that you're enjoying the recipe, Adrienn! Thank YOU for letting PUL be part of your journey 🤩