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Chilean Tradicional Paila Marina Recipe
Chilean Tradicional Paila Marina Recipe

Chilean Paila Marina is a delicious traditional dish, known for its hearty broth, and can be prepared with any seafood available according to the season.

How to make Homemade Paila Marina?

The fish should be firm, preferably conger eel, accompanied by a variety of shellfish such as clams, mussels, small clams, sea urchins, razor clams, and shrimp, served in a clay pot heated directly over the fire.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Vitamins: A, B6, B12, D, E
Minerals: Calcium, Iron
Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Chilean Paila Marina Recipe


  • 1 kg clams in their shells
  • 500 g mussels in their shells
  • 500 ml fish or vegetable broth
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 150 g razor clams or small clams
  • 4 conger eel medallions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup preserved tomatoes
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • Chili sauce
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a large pot, add oil and heat over medium heat. Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes or until it becomes translucent, without browning. Season with paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  2. Add clams and cleaned mussels in their shells, and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the conger eel medallions and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in white wine, broth, preserved tomatoes, and a few drops of chili sauce to taste. Cook everything for another 12 minutes.
  4. Add razor clams or small clams, cook for an additional 3 minutes, check that everything is well-cooked, and turn off the heat.
  5. Serve the Paila Marina immediately, piping hot, in a clay dish, and garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro.

Benefits of consuming seafood

  • Generally contains very few calories, is rich in proteins and minerals, and is known for being tasty, chewy, and easily digestible.
  • The proteins in seafood have high biological value, containing all the essential amino acids that the body needs, and they are easy to cook in a variety of preparations.

Did you know?

In the successful television series Breaking Bad, one of its main characters, Gustavo Fring, who in the story is originally from Chile, invites Walter White to enjoy a delicious “Paila Marina,” prepared just as his mother taught him.


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