When it comes to cooking with spices, the more flavour the better. Even if you’re not a huge fan of “spicy” food, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll love certain spices that amp up the taste and quality of a recipe rather than making it too hot for your tongue. One of our very favourite spices to transform a meal with is paprika!
Check out these 15 recipes that feature the rich, almost smoky taste of paprika in delicious new ways.
1. Swordfish with smoked paprika
Are you a big seafood fan, but you’re also feeling a little bit gourmet tonight? Then swordfish just might be your answer! Simply Recipes shows you how to use paprika to give an already flavourful and delicious piece of fish a little extra kick of flavour that makes for a mouthwatering and unique combination of tastes.
2. Creamy paprika chicken
Okay, we admit it: creamy chicken recipes are some of our very favourites, even if they’re usually on the higher end when it comes to fat content. They’re just the perfect thing for topping fragrant rice or a delicious bed of grilled vegetables. Drizzle that cream sauce everywhere! Taste.com shows you how to make a classic creamy chicken with the added hint of paprika to make it even better.
3. Grilled paprika salmon
Did you like the sound of a paprika and seafood meal but you’re not so sure that swordfish is the fish for you? Try something a little more classic and easy to prepare! Salmon and paprika makes for a flavour combination that practically has our tummies rumbling as we write this list. See the details of the recipe on Food.com.
4. Smoked paprika lentil soup
Paprika goes well in more dishes than just fish and meat! Perhaps it’s a cold winter day and you’re in the mood for a nice hot soup but you’re craving something with a rich, deep flavour? Then we definitely suggest checking out My Healthy Chef‘s smoked paprika lentil soup recipe!
5. Grilled pineapple mango salsa with lime tequila and smoked paprika
Do you absolutely adore combination recipes made with ingredients that you don’t often see mixed together elsewhere? Then we’ve got an awesomely unique paprika combination for you! This homemade salsa recipe from Dishmaps grilled pineapples and mangoes with a little bit of lime tequila for bite and, of course, more than a small sprinkling of paprika to really bind all the flavours.
6. Paprika roasted baby red potatoes
You’ve probably heard of rosemary potatoes, basil potatoes, and pepper potatoes, but what if you’re looking for something with a little more kick? Then roasted paprika potatoes are definitely the way to go. We’re pretty big fans of this potato style from Lynn’s Recipes.
7. Braised Basque chicken with tomatoes and paprika
Keep Recipes suggests making paprika chicken too, but without all the cream. Instead, try braising the spiced chicken with sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and red peppers! The chicken will marinade in its own juices as well as those from the vegetables for maximum flavour.
8. Chickpeas and spinach with smoky paprika
Perhaps you’re a big fan of paprika but you prefer your chicken quite plain? You can totally still incorporate the spice into your mail in other ways. My Recipes suggests a scrumptious side of chickpeas and spinach mixed together and flavoured to taste with paprika, served next to or even on top of your grilled chicken breasts.
9. Hungarian goulash (beef stew with paprika)
Did you like the idea of a warm paprika soup but lentils aren’t really your favourite thing? Try making a hearty meat stew instead! Serious Eats guides you through the process of making a traditional Hungarian goulash, which is essentially a beef stew that’s been spiced to perfection with paprika.
10. Garlic roasted shrimp with red peppers and smoked paprika
As if the idea of shrimp seasoned with paprika doesn’t sound delicious enough on its own, this recipe from Bon Appetit as them garlic roasted too! Talk about a clash of delicious flavours. To really top the whole thing off, they’ve paired it with roasted red peppers and we can’t think of anything better.
11. Paprika shrimp with orange and avocado salsa
Did you like the idea of paprika shrimp but red peppers aren’t really your thing? Maybe you’d rather a carb for your side, but unique flavour is still important to you? Then we think you’ll love this paprika shrimp alternative with a delicious combination of oranges and avocados, served on a bed of fragrant rice. Check out the details on Fine Cooking.
12. Punjena paprika
Croatia Week guides you through the process of making a traditional Croatian meal that sounds so good we can practically imagine the smell wafting through our kitchen. You’ve probably heard of, or maybe even tried, stuffed peppers before, but you’re very lucky if you’d had them filled with paprika spiced meat like this!
13. Butternut squash with smoked sweet paprika
Did you like the idea of roasted paprika potatoes like we talked about earlier, but you’re actually more of a squash fan than a potato lover? All is not lost! You can definitely enjoy diced and roasted butternut squash pieces in the same way. Follow the steps on Kalyn’s Kitchen!
14. Garlic and paprika chicken
Just in case the previous creamy paprika chicken recipe wasn’t quite enough flavour for you, here’s an alternative with an added bonus: garlic! Have you noticed the trend yet that garlic and paprike are often paired? We were pretty pleased to learn that. Find out how this delicious recipe is made on Recipes Hubs.
15. Paprika tomatoes with poached eggs
Not every paprika recipe has to involved sprinkling it on chicken, beef, or seafood. Try making this amazing deluxe egg recipe instead! My Recipes shows you how to season poached eggs and tenderly friend tomatoes with the perfect amount of paprika.