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Recipe: Backpacking Paella

This is a recipe for a backpacking-friendly paella. Well, to be honest as someone who cooks paella frequently, it’s really more paella-inspired. In any case, check it out and let me know in the comments if you actually give it a try!


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of Valencia rice
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dehydrated minced onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon dehydrated cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes pieces


  • Heat oil in camping pot until oil liquefies and flows easily.
  • Add garlic powder, onion, red pepper flakes, and saffron. Mix seasoning with the oil.
  • Add rice and stir until all rice is coated in the oil. Continuing stirring for about another minute.
  • Add water, salt, cilantro, and tomato pieces then bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until rice is tender.

To add a meat, serve with a packet of chicken or salmon.

Additional notes: Unlike a proper paella, do not attempt to form a socarrat unless you have an appropriate pan instead of a pot.

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