Original Paella from Spain, Recipe from Mallorca Monastery Santuari De Lluc

Today I will show you the original Paella recipe from Spain. For this great dish I went hiking and went on a pilgrimage. I came to Lucus, the sacred forest of early times and from the 13th century the first Marian shrine of the Balearic Islands.

The spiritual centre of Mallorca is the sanctuary of Lluc with the Black Madonna statue. It is a religious centre in the middle of the lush nature of the Serra de Tramuntana.  The monastery is a world cultural heritage, for me personally a magical place with an incredible, positive vibration.

The restaurant Sa Fonda is located on the left side of the monastery. It offers its day guests and pilgrims original Spanish cuisine. In the kitchen there is chef Manuel who conjures up the most delicious traditional dishes of Mallorcan cuisine.

Now join me on a virtual, spiritual journey, which ends with a good meal. Have fun!

The Original Spanish Paella Pan is a rustic and authentic rice dish with saffron. Be inspired to cook it yourself or visit the Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Santuari de Lluc

Santuari means sanctuary, Lluc was already known in pre-Christian times as Lucus – holy forest. In the region there are burial caves and excavation sites from the Talaiotic period. The Talaiotikum dates back to 125 BC.

Here are the pictures from LLUC, the destination is beautiful! To the website click here

Basilika Lluc in Mallorca

The statue of Bishop Pere-Joan Campins leads the faithful to the Basilica.

Basilica Lluc inside photographed. iPhone photo.

Basilica Lluc, heaven and saints are waiting…

Magnificent oleander flowering in July in front of the restaurant Sa Fonda.

While we wait for dinner, a goat comes by…

In the magnolia garden the founding father Father Joaquim Rosselló i Ferrá watches over the magical place.

Restaurant entrance from the Magnolia garden in the monastery Lluc.

2. How I learned the Secrets of an Original Spanish Paella Pan…

During my visit to Mallorca I wanted to taste an authentic paella pan and to learn the secrets of paella with seafood and fish from a Spanish cook.

Fortunately I found this dish on the menu of the restaurant Sa Fonda and could also get to know Manuel the chef.

Cooking as a spiritual experience. The inspiration comes when you study the menu!

Restaurant Sa Fonda with Spanish rustic furniture.

Manuel, the chef of Lluc.

3. Recipe Original Paella with Seafood

I documented the preparation step by step in the restaurant kitchen in Sa Fonda. Now I wish you a lot of fun cooking and good luck!

Print Recipe
4.98 from 34 votes
4.98 from 34 votes
Paella with seafood
Original paella pan with seafood and fish, discovered, photographed and written down by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Fish and Seafood Recipes, Main Courses
Cuisine: Mediterranean Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 80 g artichoke hearts Manuel cuts them into quarters.
  • 80 g peas Manuel uses frozen peas.
  • 50 g beans Manuel used broad, green beans.
  • 1 pc red bell pepper Thomas recommends sweet peppers
  • 500 g Fish and seafood Prawns with shell, mussels, perch fillet
  • 2 tbs parsley oil Parsley mixed with oil and garlic
  • 120-150 g paella rice
  • 1 tbs sweet paprika
  • 1 tbs paella spice mix Mixture of saffron, ginger, fennel, garlic and curcuma
  • 1 tbs pepper paste
  • 300-400 ml vegetable broth
  • 100 g Squid in tomato sauce You can use squid and chunky tomatoes!
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 4 pinches pepper
  • Heat the pan a lot, we did that on the gas stove. Fry vegetables and seafood with olive oil.
  • Remove the seafood from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Add the parsley oil and stir.
  • Add the rice and paprika powder.
  • Add the paprika paste and the paella seasoning.
  • Mix the rice with the spices and aromatics.
  • Add the broth and bring to the boil.
  • Add the squid in tomato sauce. Preheat oven to 200 °C in hot air.
  • Cook the rice over a high heat until it is firm to the bite, which takes a good 18 minutes.
  • Place the seafood and fish on the rice and place the paella pan in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Bring the pan to the table and put the seafood aside.
  • Serve rice, fish, prawns and mussels.

4. Nutritional Values and Calories

Nutrition Facts
Paella with seafood
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 1323mg58%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Further Recommendations

Vegetarian saffron risotto
Saffron risotto with shrimps or fish
Prepare rabbit roast like in Spain

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!