Paella, Filipino Style for Christmas or Noche Buena

My daughter Lauren was dying to cook paella for our Christmas Eve dinner over 10 years ago. I bought all the ingredients in the morning but I wanted to cook it already while the seafood was still fresh. My recipe for paella is one where I can pre-cook everything and place it on the pyrex dish for baking at a later time. It made sense to prepare it now then bake it just before Christmas dinner. I can’t be hassled with cooking just before the Noche Buena.

Paella, Filipino style
Paella, Filipino style

Here is my Paella, Filipino Style recipe. Nothing fancy, My daughter assisted me with the cooking.

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 cup malagkit (glutinous) rice – (optional. or Japanese rice)
1 cup ordinary rice
2 minced onions
1/2 kilo chicken , cut in serving pieces
4 chorizo Filipino (or Chorizo Bilbao), sliced 1/2 inch thick diagonally
1/2 kilo big shrimps
3 alimasag
1/4 kilo squid, sliced into rings
1 cup clams
1/2 cup tahong
1 hard boiled egg, sliced

Prepare sauce before cooking procedure

1 can tomato paste
1 small can tomato juice
4 tablespoon sugar
1 tablesoon fine salt
1 tsp pepper
2 big red bell pepper , sliced 1/4 strips


1. Cook 1 cup rice and 1 cup malagkit rice (you can remove malagkit rice and just 2 cups regular rice). Set aside.
2. Saute garlic in oil . Add 2 minced onions and cook until very soft.
3. Add chicken, chorizo Filipino and cook until brown.
4. Add shrimps (unpeeled), 3 small alimasag (whole); squid, halaan or tahong.
5. Continue stirring 5 minutes
6. Add prepared sauce and simmer for a while.
7. Carefully remove chicken, etcetera from sauce (Use Slotted spoon) and transfer to a platter. You can leave a few seafoods with the sauce.
8. To the sauce, add the rice. Mix well.
If too wet, cook over low fire a few minutes more.
9. Top with chicken , shrimps, etc that you set aside in step 7.
10. Decorate with hard-boiled eggs, green peas just before serving (after baking it)
11. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

I remember the first time I baked this Paella. It was during the baptism of my daughter, Lauren. I wanted a simple celebration with home-cooked meals. I prepared the paella a day before the baptism celebration then placed the dish in the freezer. The next day, I baked it. Look at Lauren and I now, twenty years later still cooking the same paella dish.

15 thoughts on “Paella, Filipino Style for Christmas or Noche Buena

  1. Rikki

    The Paella looks delicious same as the one in the picture wearing tanktop! gorgeous babe!!!

  2. Rikki

    I am sure the pretty babe in picture was Lauren right??? Hooh, one hell of a babe! Ganda mo tlaga! Can’t get my eyes off you!

  3. vicks renido

    thnxs a lot for posting the Paella recipes,u know i really missed the filipino food,evrytime i went on my annual leave i used to eat in SM mall fastfoods to look for different Filipino dish, thnx so much and more power to you…..


  4. Mikky

    thanks for the tip… we love paella but not the hassle… your version is easy enough… 🙂

  5. che

    thanks a lot! I tried this, and it is so easy to prepare…I prepare this on our christmas family reuinon and they loved it so much!

  6. Nora

    Thank you for sharing the recipe, i prepared it last Xmas and it was a hit! It was my first time to cook Paella and was easy as 1 2 3! Best regards!

  7. rommel

    i love the girL show on the piCture….. i thiNk i fall in lub with u!!!!
    im Sure u are so gud in cOokIng…. and i lOve paella…. i hope i wiLL tasTe or eAt ur pAeLLa someday………………….

  8. fayeannne

    wow…im so excited to try this recipe…do you mind sending it to my mail guys..tnx and Godbless!

  9. Pinoy Blogger

    Never tried paella and still waiting for someone to cook it for me haha anyway this is great, I want to learn cooking and this site is really helpful
    .-= Pinoy Blogger´s last blog ..Catholic Church in the Philippines =-.

  10. Marie

    Looks so yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe. GB

  11. Maika

    i dont really know how to cook, i hope i learn it.. hahahaha :p

  12. angelinajoy

    tried this recipe….perfect 🙂

  13. belle gonzalez

    for around how many people is this recipe for paella? thanks

  14. Peachy Forbes

    Sounds yummy and easy to prepare. Excited to prepare for Xmas family reunion.

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