What Dessert Goes Well With Paella?

Knowing what dessert to have with paella, is the last step to the full paella experience (considering you are with your friends or family).

There is no rule in terms of pairing paella with Spanish Desserts. However, as I mentioned above, paella can be filling, so light dessert will be our allies. Furthermore, if the desserts are typical Spanish it would be fantástico.

Well, it is worth mentioning we Spanish usually have fruit as dessert. Considering the marvelous fruit we have, mainly in summer, it isn´t hare-brained. Then, watermelon, melon or apricots can be a light and tasteful dessert (yes, we eat fruit as dessert 😉 ). Ice cream, too 🙂

Spanish Desserts

What to serve with paella dessert

If you still have room for more, here you will find some light ideas about the best dessert to have with either meat or seafood paella.

Crema Catalana

Some people consider Catalan cream is just a version of custard glazed and caramelized sugar on top. Because of this, is also know as burned cream. However, the truth is this dessert, is closer to French crème brûlée, although they are quite different.

The ingredients are milk, cornstarch, egg, sugar, and lemon, with a cinnamon twig as a finish off.

Creme caramel (Flan) 🍮

The flan is another of the Spanish desserts that we can most commonly find, make and consume anywhere. Perhaps the most common type of flan is egg flan, but in recent years other variants have spread such as vanilla flan, coffee or cheese.

Its light texture makes it a typical and not very convincing dessert to put the finishing touch to a meal made in Spain.


  • 4 big eggs
  • Milk 500 ml (2 and a half cups)
  • Sugar 100g (5 tablespoons or half a cup)
  • For the caramel
  • Sugar 4 tablespoons (1/3 cup)
  • Water 3 tablespoons

Lemon Sorbet

There is nothing better than a refreshing and digestive lemon sorbet with cava, ideal for the copious lunches.

Surely that lemon sorbet is the star among the ice creams that can be made with citrus fruits. But the truth is that sorbets are also delicious if we prepare them with other fruits from the same family, such as orange, mandarin, lime or grapefruit.

Why not try them? A homemade orange sorbet is very easy to make. To prepare it, you only need oranges, water and sugar.

Method and ingredients

You can prepare about 500 ml of orange juice. Pour 200 ml into a saucepan, set over a moderate heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir until the two ingredients are integrated, remove from heat and let it harden. Add this mixture to the remaining orange juice, stir and taste.

what dessert do you serve with paella?
what dessert do you serve with paella?

If you find that it needs a sweeter spot, you can do the same thing again. When it’s done, place the mixture in a recipient and leave it in the freezer for at least 2 hours to solidify. Before serving, break the juice with a knife and mash it with a blender until a smooth creamy texture and no chunks of frozen juice are left.

And now I guess you already know what dessert to have with paella 🙂

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