A simple vegan paella made with quinoa which I made in the Dutch Oven and it is sooo good!  The recipe takes very little effort to make with only a few ingredients. 

Disclaimer: Swiss Diamond Sent me a free Dutch Oven in exchange for this post. No financial compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

Have you been to Spain and seen an authentic paella being made?

If you have or if you are one of those people, you have my complete respect and admiration!

I have always wanted to see paella being made in Spain, especially for a crowd.  Its one of my top 5 food bucket list.

Front View of Swiss Diamond Cast Iron filled with vegan paella

Until I have a chance to go to Spain and be a part of the authentic paella making process, I figured I would try my own version of the recipe.

Being a non-meat eater, I can never taste the authentic Spanish paella, but, I would love to see it being made.  Watching YouTube videos doesn’t do the process any justice.

Instead of using rice, I went with quinoa in this vegan paella.  Its not authentic paella because it requires rice.  However, I think quinoa would be perfect substitute.

What is Paella?

– Paella translates to “Pan” which is derived from an old French term for “Paelle”.

– Paella comes from the Spanish region of Valencia.

– Its normally cooked in large caldrons in an open air setting using pine cones as fire fuel

– Paella has been modified and experimented by chefs all around the world which has caused somewhat of a controversy

Source: Wikipedia, The Spanish Table and my personal experiences.

Overhead view of vegan paella made with quinoa in a Dutch oven

If you like this vegan quinoa recipe, you will love this quinoa and green bean salad or a hearty quinoa and red beans Cuban style

Traditional Ingredients in a Paella

When Valencians’ make Paella, they go for the very authentic method of cooking it and that includes:

– Rice

– Seafood

– White wine

– Saffron

– Onions, Bell peppers and Sofrito

– Smoked Paprika

Tips for making this Vegan Paella

I made this paella stove top but it would be perfect to make in the oven too.  Add your ingredients into the Dutch Oven and place it in a 400° oven.  It should take about 20 minutes to cook inside the oven.

Front view of the Swiss Dutch Oven inside the oven - Vegan Paella

In my recipe, I used a medley of colorful quinoa.  However, in hindsight, that was not a good idea.  For best results, use white quinoa because the saffron color will really stand out.  If you don’t have it, you can also use brown quinoa or sprouted quinoa

The quinoa will get a little crusty or toasted.  That is supposed to happen because the traditional paella always has a crusty bottom of rice.  In fact, many chefs pride themselves in getting the perfectly toasted bottom rice.

Use premium grade saffron for this recipe.  Its expensive, but, its completely worth the price.  Plus you can make other recipes using saffron like yogurt mayo or barley pilaf

Keep the heat at an even temperature when cooking on top of the stove.  This will make the vegan paella will cook evenly

To reheat it in the dutch oven, mix a little warm water with sugar in it.  Then add this sugar water to the vegan quinoa in the pan and heat on medium for about 10 minutes

Front View of Vegan Paella arranged as a cone on a grey plate

Vegan Paella Ingredients

– Quinoa (or any short grain rice)

– Saffron

– Red Bell Peppers

– Artichokes

– Tomatoes

– Smoked Paprika

– Spanish Olives

– Peas

Overhead view of the dutch oven partially covering the vegan paella

Why make paella in the Dutch Oven

The Dutch oven knows how to cook paella! It cooks every molecule of each ingredient to the perfect softness. You won’t make paella any other way after you make it in the Dutch oven.

It’s also very hands-free way of making the paella. It’s as simple as putting the ingredients in the Dutch oven and let it cook itself in a regular oven. Your quinoa is going to be so light and fluffy!

You can also make a delicious saffron rice or a hearty vegan sausage stew in this Dutch Oven.

Overhead view of vegan paella made with quinoa in a Dutch oven

How To Make Vegan Paella

A simple vegan paella recipe made using paella and cooked in a dutch oven
3.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 People
Calories 503 kcal


For the Paella

For the Garnish


To make the Paella

  • Soak the saffron strands in the warm water and set aside
  • Place the dutch oven on top of the stove and warm it for about 1 minute
  • Coat the inside bottom of the dutch oven with the oil
  • Add the quinoa, bell pepper, onions, tomato, artichoke hearts and peas to the pan
  • Mix in the saffron water
  • Gently add the 4 cups of water to the pan
  • Add the salt, paprika and cumin water
  • Mix well and close the lid
  • Let it cook on low-to-medium heat for 21 minutes
  • If all the water hasn’t evaporated, cook uncovered for another 4 minutes max
  • Turn off heat and close the lid. Let it stand for about 5 minutes
  • Garnish and serve


Calories: 503kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 17gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1528mgPotassium: 883mgFiber: 11gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2470IUVitamin C: 85.9mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 6.4mg
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  1. My 1-star rating from yesterday was removed. Hm, interesting. Wonder how many other low-star ratings have been removed. Notice how the few high ratings are from folks who haven’t even made the recipe.
    This recipe did not turn out good at all. First off, the directions are poorly written as it skips the whole part where you actually have to bring everything to a light boil after adding the water, and not just add water and let it sit on low-med for 21 minutes. Your veggies will turn out raw if you do this. Also, it turned out to be like a porridge, not light and fluffy at all. Waste of ingredients, money, and time. Disappointing for sure.

    1. Hello Michell, NEITHER Your comment NOR your rating from yesterday was removed. I have a pile of comments from other posts and it takes me a few days to get through all the comments. I am sorry that my world doesn’t revolve around you!! I am a one woman small business and also have a family. I can’t wait by the computer for your comment and approve it Instantly. I know that hurts your ego, but, Oh well! The fact that you had to write the comments two times tells me that you are troll. You didn’t try this recipe at all. Instead, you just want to write troll comments and bring down hard working people. I take great pride in my recipes because I try them at least 3 times before I post them. There are other factors that go into the recipe. Your oven is different then mine. You didn’t use my type of Dutch Oven OR you didn’t use a Dutch Oven at all. I am happy to discuss the recipe issues freely, but, I will not be trolled. If you want to talk to me seriously and want to improve the recipe, I will be happy to do so. P/S: I have left BOTH your 1 star ratings for this recipe. I think people can see both your answer and my response to it. That should satisfy you, if you are not a troll!!

  2. What a major disappointment.
    Turned out to be mush instead of light and fluffy, even though I followed the recipe exactly. Except for the part that says to go straight from adding the water & seasonings to putting the lid on and cooking at low-medium heat for 21 minutes. What?! If I had not first brought the cold water to a simmer, then turned down the heat, I would have ended up with warm raw ingredients (especially the veggies). Super bummed I wasted ingredients, money, and time on this.

  3. I’m always looking for a good vegetarian recipe. This one looks fantastic. I’m going to make this soon and will probably be the first dish I make if I win.

  4. This dish looks delicious. I would love to try this recipe. If I win I would make Garlic Roasted Potatoes i it. Thank you for the giveaway!