Fool your husband! Soyrizo and Shrimp Paella

Hello Enthusiast enthusiasts! I’m Betsy from Kelley and her Hubs are on vacay in NY this week, so she asked me to fill in as a guest blogger, and I was happy to oblige!

Kelley and I were good friends in college, fell out of touch, then reunited recently through blogging. As a result, i’ve never met her husband, but from what it sounds like, he doesn’t seem like the type of person that would be into anything made with meatless meat. Soyrizo is faux chorizo made from soy for those of you who don’t know. (disclaimer: I live in southern california, land of weird diet food) My Hubs would never choose soyrizo either, but he’s the hungriest guy I know, and will literally eat anything I put in front of him.

I saw this recipe a while back and thought it would be a fun experiment to see if my Hubs could tell that he was really eating a soy product. I am pleased to say that not only could he not tell, neither could I! This was seriously spicy and flavorful without a hint of “health food” taste. I’m curious if Kelley’s husband would be able to tell the difference, although from here on out, anytime she makes paella, he’ll probably be suspicious!



Kate’s Soyrizo and Shrimp Paella recipe from

  • 6 oz meatless soy chorizo **I bought this in the produce section
  • 6 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 3/4 cups diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until the fat begins to render (about two minutes).
Add garlic and saute until fragrant (about one minute). Add saffron, rice, and broth. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in diced tomatoes and juice. Cover pot, and continue to cook another 25 minutes.
Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Stir shrimp and peas into mixture, adding more broth if the rice appears dry. Cover, and continue to cook until shrimp are cooked through and rice is tender (about 10 or 15 minutes).
Allow paella to rest for five minutes, covered. Fluff rice with a fork. Serves four.

Well, that’s it for me! Wasn’t this fun? Be sure to swing on by and see what other crazy things I’m feeding to my husbad at

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7 Responses to Fool your husband! Soyrizo and Shrimp Paella

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  2. What a great meal! I have never tried a soy “meat” product, but now I am definitely interested in this one! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Kelley says:

      Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by! I think “meat-like” products have come a long way in recent years… I think it’s time for me to give them another try myself.

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  4. Yesica says:

    Made this last night and had it today for dinner. It was delicious! Hubby loved it too and couldn’t tell it wad brown rice or soyrizo! Thank u 🙂

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