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Easy Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Easy Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice

Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice


Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice, the accidental hit entree. … Once in a while, I come up with a recipe that was never planned to be on the website. It was just something I threw together that turned out to be really tasty, not to mention super easy to make. This very simple, made from leftovers lunch, is just such a dish.


I was rushing around this morning, getting ready for work, and hadn’t planned anything to pack for lunch. I was still a bit thrown off from sleep loss Sunday, due to the earthquake, and I didn’t have any time to cook. I opened the fridge and the cupboards to take stock of what we had on hand, and threw some things from the cupboard together with some leftovers. Voila! Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice. A new recipe for the site was born!


A helpful hint on how you can also be prepared to create new paleo dishes on the fly:


      always keep some canned fish and shellfish on hand –


First, paleo eating is made much easier if you always keep some canned fish on hand. Not only is it convenient and easy on the budget, it is also a great way to increase your intake of nutrient dense, omega 3 filled seafood. In my pantry I always stock BPA-free cans of: smoked clams, smoked oysters, tuna, trout, herring and sardines, all packed in either water or olive oil. With these around, I will never be caught without a healthy paleo protein component, around which I can base any meal.


Second, I often have in the fridge either Basmati or parboiled rice leftovers. I have investigated, and experienced first hand the benefits of resistant starch intake while eating a paleo diet. Therefore, I usually have on hand: cooked and cooled white rice and green bananas (another source of resistant starch).


For this Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice, I took out the leftover Basmati rice, a can of smoked clams, a can of tuna, half an avocado, olive oil, dulse flakes and kelp powder. Tossed them all together in a bowl, warmed them up a bit and took a bite. Unbelievably good! No cooking! All from leftovers and bits and pieces in the fridge and cupboard.


After I was done eating, I figured out the nutritional picture for this dish and was very pleased with what I found. It is chock full of Vitamins B12, D, zinc, copper, selenium, iron and of course the omega 3 filled protein. Plus, the bonus of the resistant starch of the white rice.


Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice


  • Prep time:  5 minutes
  • Cook time:  0 (all from leftovers)
  • Servings:  2


  • 2 cups Basmati white rice (cooled leftover rice is perfect, but freshly cooked may also be used)
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 can smoked baby clams
  • 1/2 an avocado, cut in small cubes
  • 3 TBS. bacon crumbles
  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • (optional) pinch of kelp powder
  • (optional) 1/2 tsp. dulse flakes


1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Heat up enough to take the chill off the rice.


I find dishes like Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice are a perfect place to sneak in a bit of highly nutritious sea vegetables like kelp and dulse. They add a little nutty salty taste that is barely perceptible and goes perfect with the taste of fish and shellfish.


If you use leftover white rice (Basmati and parboiled have the highest amounts of resistant starch), that has been cooked, then allowed to cool down in the fridge overnight, you will get the nutritional benefits of the resistant starch which is in the rice. Remember, not all carbs and starches are the same. Resistant starch will not effect your blood sugar, brain or weight like regular carbs.


Don’t underestimate how important this can be for your fat burning mechanisms and weight loss, your mental clarity, emotional stability and your digestive health. This is very important for paleo eaters who may not be getting enough of this particular starch in their diets to keep their microbiota in tip-top shape. Even more important for paleo low-carb eaters to do.


At any meal when you have no time to cook you can enjoy this fast and easy Paleo Seafood Basmati Rice.



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  1. Abby

    I tried this for an impromptu lunch today and it was great! Super simple and made with ingredients that are usually in the pantry anyways! I didn’t have bacon bits so I added a little bacon fat to the top instead, along with a handful of fresh spinach, and it turned out great!

    • Payton

      I’m glad you liked it Abby! Thanks for the idea of adding the spinach, that sounds yummy. I’ll be trying your version next time I make it.
      Yep, I love to have canned seafood on hand for when you don’t feel like cooking. Easy way to get protein and omega-3 fish oils fairly inexpensively.


      ~ Payton

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