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Arroz marinero or seafood rice recipe

Seafood rice {Arroz marinero}

Seafood rice {Arroz marinero / Arroz con mariscos) is a Latin/South American dish similar to Spanish paella, that is made with rice cooked in seafood broth and sautéed with shrimp, clams, squid, bay scallops, onions, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro and spices.


For the rice:

  • 2 tbs oil
  • 2 tbs finely chopped white onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 ¼ cups seafood stock or seafood broth

For the seafood rice:

  • 3 tbs oil – sunflower peanut or light olive oil are good options
  • 1 ½ cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 garlic heads peeled and crushed
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • ½ tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp achiote powder
  • 1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
  • ~4 lbs assorted seafood: shrimp calamari, scallops, mussels, clams
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Suggested side dishes:


  • To prepare the rice heat 2 tbs of oil over medium heat in a saucepan, add 2 tbs of onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the rice, stir until well coated with the oil. Add the seafood broth, bring to a boil over high until the broth is gone, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender but firm, save for later.
  • Heat the remaining 3 tbs of oil on medium heat in a large sauté pan, add the chopped onions and crushed garlic, stir frequently and cook until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, achiote powder, salt, pepper, ½ of the chopped cilantro, and diced bell pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the raw seafood, start by adding the seafood that needs more time to cook first (large shrimp, clams, mussels), followed by the ones that require less cooking time (smaller shrimp, calamari, scallops), stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked rice, mix well and cook until the seafood is done, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ½ of the chopped cilantro, and additional salt or pepper if needed.
  • Serve with patacones or thick green plantain chips, onion curtido or salad, avocado, lime slices, and aji criollo hot sauce.