Best Paella Pans: Discover Fantastic Spanish Dishes in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 12, 2018
If you've ever had a chance to try paella, you will never forget how it tastes. The good news is, now you do not need to go to a restaurant to enjoy a portion of this fantastic Spanish meal. With one of these 5 best paella pans that we've reviewed for you, you'll be able to make it at home anytime you want. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

A solid pan with two handles that boasts superior durability and excellent heat retention for the best crusts ever. It is suitable for all types of hobs including a charcoal grill.

CONS

The price is pretty high. 

OUR VERDICT

The Le Creuset paella pan is a favourite choice of customers for many good reasons. It is big enough for making paella for 4-6 people, it brags decent build and quality materials, and it is also dishwasher-safe. 

detailed parameters
Diameter

34 cm

Suitable for

4-6 people

Material

Cast iron

Heat source

Ceramic, Electric, Gas, Halogen, Induction, Outdoor grill, Oven

Coating

Durable matte black enamel finish

Features

Dishwasher safe

Handles

Solid cast iron handles

Warranty

Lifetime Limited Warranty

PROS

The package includes a handy storage bag, in which you can carry the pan on picnics, walks, etc. It is designed for use on electric stoves, gas hobs, and barbecue grills. 

CONS

The handles are quite thin, in relation to the pan diameter. 

OUR VERDICT

The Cadac pan can become a nice addition to your kitchen cookware. With it, you'll be able to cook just about anything, from fantastic Spanish paella to delicious juicy steaks. It is a must-have piece of cookware for any household.

detailed parameters
Diameter

47 cm

Suitable for

4-6 people

Material

Aluminium

Heat source

Gas BBQs or any other gas or electric hob

Coating

Non-stick coating

Features

A convenient storage bag is included

Handles

Stainless steel handles

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Observably, the biggest advantage of this pan over the other four on this list is its huge size, which makes it perfect for big families and for party events.

CONS

May take more oil due to its quite thin bottom. 

OUR VERDICT

Made in Spain, the Garcima La Ideal is just perfect for cooking Spanish dishes. The pan comes with two classic paella recipes allowing even first-time cooks to prepare flawless paella. 

detailed parameters
Diameter

55 cm

Suitable for

7-12 people

Material

Polished steel

Heat source

Gas flame or combustion of wood, Electric hob

Coating

Ceramic-coated

Features

Comes with a pamphlet containing two paella recipes

Handles

Two plastic-coated handles

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The pan is big and heat-resistant. A must-have for those who love cooking on a grill. 

CONS

Some customers say the coating of the pan starts to peel over time. 

OUR VERDICT

Unless you own an induction stove, this pan by KitchenCraft will suit you perfectly. The capacity of this pan enables you to feed quite a big company of friends. Can be used for cooking a great variety of dishes besides Spanish paella. 

detailed parameters
Diameter

46 cm

Suitable for

5-6 people

Material

Carbon steel

Heat source

Suitable for all hobs (except for induction ones)

Coating

Non-stick coating

Features

Dishwasher safe

Handles

Twin riveted side handles

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The pan is quite deep, which allows you to put in it a bigger amount of ingredients and stir them comfortably and mess-free. 

CONS

It is good only for two people. 

OUR VERDICT

A must-have pan for small households. It is durable, quality, and very compact and it is very easy to store it after use.

detailed parameters
Diameter

30 cm

Suitable for

1-2 people

Material

Carbon steel

Heat source

Electric, Gas, Halogen, Ceramic

Coating

Non-stick lining

Features

Dishwasher safe

Handles

Stainless steel handles

Warranty

1 year

Le Creuset Cast Iron Paella Pan

Elegance Is in Simplicity

The Le Creuset paella pan can be used both at home and outdoors when you go on a picnic or camping. It is made of durable material, which makes it a safe option to use even on strong fire. If you often have gatherings in your backyard and you love throwing summer parties, this Le Creuset pan is the one for you. It works great for a variety of dishes besides paella and it's super convenient to use. Made of quality materials, it conducts heat perfectly and allows for even heat distribution across the cooking surface, making it easy to cook dishes with a perfect crust. Due to heat retention properties of cast iron, all meals prepared in this pan remain hot in a long while. Handy, if your guests are late.

For your choice, the manufacturer provides as many as eight colours of the pan finish so you can pick the one that suits your cookware or kitchen interior best. The Le Creuset paella pan can also make a good present for your friend if he or she loves cooking and has always been dreaming about making something special.

Review of Le Creuset Cast Iron Paella Pan

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Cadac 5758

For Any Occasion

The paella pan by Cadac is a must-have for all fans of picnics and barbecue parties. You can cook in it various delicious dishes (not only paella) and use it on a charcoal grill, in the oven, and on the stovetop. With the cooking surface of the Cadac 5758, you will not need to worry that the taste or look of your paella may be not as good as you intended. It will always turn nice, delicious, and crusty, with the savory socarrat at the bottom of the pan. The Cadac paella pan is made to last and provide users with enjoyable cooking experience. It is light in weight and it has a non-stick coating, which makes it perfect for regular use. As a nice bonus, the set comes with a storage bag, where you can stow the pan when heading for a picnic or store away when you don't use it. The price for the pan is also extremely nice. If you want a quality product and you don't want to overpay, the Cadac 5758 is the right choice for you.

Review of Cadac 5758 Paella Pan

 

Garcima Carbon Steel Paella Pan

For a Big Company

This paella pan will be a perfect choice for big families. With its huge cooking surface (55 cm in diameter), you should be able to feed a big company of friends and guests, not worrying that someone of them might leave hungry. The size of the pan is big and sufficient for making a good portion of paella, meat, etc. With such a pan in your household, you will have a chance to spend more time with your friends and family instead of slaving over the cooker. What makes this pan even more attractive, aside from its big size, is its durable and heat-resistant design. Handling it for many years is not only possible but observably real. It doesn't require any special maintenance and it's compatible with all heat sources, including an open fire. You will hardly have any problems with it all. Besides, the delivery package, alongside the pan itself, includes a pamphlet with a couple of classic Spanish paella recipes so you can get to cooking right after receiving the pan. 
Review of Garcima Carbon Steel Paella Pan

 

KitchenCraft KCPAELLA46NS

Cook With Pleasure

If you love cooking and experimenting with dishes, this KitchenCraft KCPAELLA46NS pan is what you should definitely have at hand. It is suitable for cooking not only paella but many other nice and exclusive delicacies of Spanish and Italian cuisine. Even if you've never cooked anything before, and making paella is your first attempt at cooking something at all, there's hardly any reason why you may not succeed. Designed from quality materials and with a non-stick cooking surface, this pan is doomed to bring you only fantastic results. It also boasts superior build and durability. With its hammered base, the KitchenCraft KCPAELLA46NS pan is hard to damage or warp, even if you use it on an open fire (please note, it's not suitable for use on induction stoves). In terms of maintenance, it's all even simpler; it's dishwasher safe. And because it has a quality non-stick coating, cleaning it off food remnants is really a breeze. Overall, this is a fantastic pan that you can get at an affordable price and already today start to master the fine art of culinary, diving in the masterpieces of Spain. The pan is available in two sizes so you can get a smaller one if your family is small.
Review of KitchenCraft KCPAELLA46NS Paella Pan

 

ProCook 30cm

Dinner a Deux

The ProCook paella pan can become a nice complement to any romantic dinner allowing you to make a restaurant-quality Spanish paella right in your own kitchen. It is not too big, but it's big enough for two people to have dinner. It can also make a very good present for your friends, especially for those who have recently got married. The pan is not expensive yet it has all the properties to last you years. It's made of carbon steel which, besides excellent heat conduction properties, boasts extremely light weight. It has two wide handles that provide convenience and it features a non-stick coating that not only prevents food from burning but also facilitates clean-up of the pan. This also enables you to use very little amount of oil and enjoy the taste of health and low-fat dishes. Customers who live a healthy lifestyle will appreciate. 

Review of ProCook 30cm Non-Stick Paella Pan

 

What Is a Paella Pan?

Talking about a pan for paella, let's talk first about what kind of dish it is. Paella is a national Spanish meal that usually consists of rice, seafood, vegetables, and meat (chicken or rabbit). However, seeing that paella recipes have constantly been diversified, today you can find many of its varieties that will include other ingredients besides those that we've listed. Paella isn't a domain of Spanish restaurants and cafes only. It can be easily cooked by anyone. Thus, if Spanish cuisine is your passion and you want to bring the aroma of its national dishes to your kitchen, the best thing to start with is to buy a paella pan. Paella pans are usually quite low, have round shape, and come with two handles. As a rule, they are also quite wide in diameter, allowing you to prepare several servings in one go. When choosing a paella pan, you should make sure that it has a perfectly flat cooking surface so that the broth in which you will cook it could evaporate easier. And it's also recommended to give preference to paella pans made of solid and durable materials.

Our review on ceramic pans may be of interest to you, too, especially if you stick to a healthy diet and choose to eat only natural and low-fat food.

Sources:

1. The Ultimate Guide To Buying Pans, Lakeland.

2. How to Cook Seafood Paella, wikiHow.

3. Easy Paella, Allrecipes.

4. Paella, Wikipedia. May 17, 2017.

5. Jennifer Armentrout Buying and Caring for a Paella Pan, Fine Cooking.

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Publish Date: 2017-09-15 08:28:56