In this post: Looking for a tasty and easy dinner option? Try this delicious sausage paella recipe that can be made in one pan. It’s perfect for a quick and satisfying meal!


This delicious sausage paella recipe is easy to make and saves on dishes because it can be made entirely in one pan! I love one-pan meals because they’re perfect for busy weeknight dinners. Learn to make this recipe for yourself with step-by-step instructions below.

Sausage paella in a wide rimmed bowl with a cloth napkin on the side.

What is Paella?

Paella is a rice dish from Spain that often includes sausage, chicken, and/or seafood along with various vegetables. However, paella technically means ‘frying pan,’ so the method in which it is cooked is more important than the ingredients you use. You could easily substitute the veggies and meat (ideas below!).

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This sausage paella recipe:

  • is quick and easy to make
  • doesn’t require fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients
  • is totally adaptable to any dietary restrictions or allergies (see below for ideas)

Sausage Paella Ingredients

  • Olive oil: adds flavor to the sausage and veggies while they cook.
  • Pre-cooked sausages: I usually opt for turkey sausages (full-sized or mini breakfast sausages).
  • Red onion: you can use white or yellow onion instead, I just like the flavor red onion adds.
  • Garlic: I recommend you use fresh minced garlic rather than garlic powder.
  • Caribbean or Mediterranean seasoning: Caribbean seasoning usually includes cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, paprika, and basil. Mediterranean seasoning usually includes cinnamon, dried dill, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper.
  • Chicken broth: you could also use bone broth/chicken stock or vegetable broth.
  • Yellow pepper: any bell pepper would work, but yellow and orange are best in this recipe.
  • Carrot: try to use fresh full-sized (but not giant) carrots for the best flavor.
  • Frozen peas: this ingredient is technically optional, but I think peas make a great addition.
  • Instant rice: a convenient and quick option.
  • Water: to cook with.
  • Sea salt: this is an important add-in, especially if your seasoning mixes don’t have enough salt.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Meat – you can use sausages (turkey, chicken, beef), chicken, seafood, or even vegan sausages/meat.
  • Veggies – try using green beans, lima beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, or broccoli.
  • Seasonings – great spices for this recipe include chili flakes, smoked paprika, cayenne, saffron, and my homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix.
  • Rice – instead of instant rice, you can use plain white rice, short grain rice, or even riced cauliflower!

How to Make Sausage Paella

  1. Heat the olive oil at medium-high heat in a nonstick or cast-iron skillet.
  2. Put the sliced sausages in the pan and cook them until heated through.
  3. Add the onion, spice mixture, and garlic. Cook while stirring until the onions are translucent.
  4. Put the broth, water, and vegetables in the pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the rice and reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked (about 20 minutes).
  6. Serve and enjoy! Optionally garnish with parsley, lemon wedges, and/or green onions.
Sausage paella in a wide rimmed bowl with a fork in it.

Serving Suggestions

This sausage paella recipe is a full meal on it’s own but you can eat it with side dishes like:

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t forget to check the ingredients lists of your broth and sausages for gluten if you’re allergic. Some brands use wheat as a filler.
  • If you buy sausages that aren’t pre-cooked make sure you cook them to the proper temperature before adding the other ingredients!
  • You can double this recipe to serve more people – just make sure you have a big enough pan!

Storing and Reheating Sausage Paella

  • Refrigerator: store paella leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
  • Freezer: put your paella in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven, in a pan on the stove, or in the microwave.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten-free: make sure you buy gluten-free sausages, seasoning, and broth.
  • Dairy-free: if you buy premade seasoning, check for dairy ingredients (like powdered milk, whey powder, etc.).
  • Vegan: get dairy-free seasoning, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, and use vegan sausages/meat substitute.
Sausage paella in a wide rimmed bowl with a cloth napkin on the side.

FAQs

Is sausage paella gluten-free?

If it’s made with gluten-free broth and sausages/meat then yes, sausage paella is gluten-free!

Is sausage paella healthy?

Sausage paella includes plenty of vegetables and protein which are quite healthy! But it’s also important to remember that sausage paella is fried and includes fattier meat with more fillers. Those things aren’t bad in moderation but I wouldn’t call them healthy. If you want to remedy this, try cooking your food in broth instead of oil and opt for lean meat cuts with less saturated fat.

Can I use vegan sausages in my paella?

Absolutely! I use vegan sausages in my paella all the time. 

sausage paella

Sausage Paella

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This simple sausage paella recipe is easy to make and saves on dishes because it can be made entirely in one pan! Perfect for busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 full size or 10 mini breakfast sized pre-cooked turkey sausages, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Caribbean or Mediterranean seasoning to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, optional
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 cup water
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil at medium-high heat in a nonstick or cast-iron skillet.
  2. Put the sliced sausages in the pan and cook them until heated through.
  3. Add the onion, spice mixture, and garlic. Cook while stirring until the onions are translucent.
  4. Put the broth, water, and vegetables in the pan and bring it to a boil.
  5. Add the rice and reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked (about 20 minutes).
  6. Serve and enjoy! Optionally garnish with parsley, lemon wedges, and/or green onions.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 425mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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18 Comments

  1. I would eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It really does work for all 3 meals. Delicious and versatile. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

  2. This is a beautiful bowl of delicious Paella! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I tried this recipe last night for my family and we all LOVED it!! Super simple with great flavour! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂