This morning I had to go to the Peruvian embassy to vote so I thought, might as well have a Peruvian lunch.This is my version of the classic Arroz con Mariscos., a Peruvian rice with seafood. It usually also has fish, octopus, squid and scallops. Mine is a simpler version with just prawns and clams. It is like a seafood risotto with chilies, coriander and lime. For this recipe you need 2 kinds of Peruvian chili paste. You can usually find them at Latin American stores or online.
This recipe serves 3.
7 cups of cooked rice
500grs of clams (I used cockles)
400grs of large prawns
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of butter
½ red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of aji panca (a type of Peruvian Chili paste)
2 tablespoons of aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chili paste)
½ cup of white wine
1 cup of fish or seafood stock (you can also use any stock you like)
1/3 cup of tomato puree
250ml of cream
¾ cup of frozen peas
20grs of grated parmesan
½ cup of chopped coriander
Salt to taste
Juice of ½ a lime
More chopped coriander for decoration
Lime wedges for serving
Cook the rice. Once it is cooked, start with the rest.
Rinse the clams under cold water for a couple of minutes. Discard of any that are open and don’t close when you tap them.
In a large pan over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and cook until translucent.
Then add the garlic, aji panca and aji amarillo. Cook for 1 minute while stirring.
Add the prawns and cook until they turn pink and are cooked through. This will only take a few minutes, depending on their size. Remove the prawns from the pan and set them aside.
Add the white wine, clams and stock to the same pan where you cooked the prawns. Cover it with a lid until the clams open. Once the clams are cooked, remove them from the pan and set them aside. Discard of any that didn’t open.
Add the tomato puree to the same pan. Stir to mix it well and then add the cooked rice. Stir and add the cream, Parmesan, peas and coriander. Stir until the peas are cooked. Add the juice of ½ a lime and salt to taste.
To plate up, place the prawns and clams on top of the rice. Add extra chopped coriander and serve with lime wedges.