Is a paella pan worth it?

Is a paella pan worth it?

Stainless steel paella pans are heavy-duty and do not require any special upkeep. They are more expensive than carbon steel pans but they are very durable and should last you a lifetime. Affordable, lighter than stainless, and easy to clean, enameled steel pans are even dishwasher safe.

What pan can I use for paella?

Paella experts like the thin carbon steel pans that heat fast and don’t retain too much heat. You can substitute a stainless steel or aluminum skillet, but cast-iron and nonstick pans are discouraged.

What size pan do I need for paella?

The size of paella pan you should choose depends on how many people you typically serve. The most popular pan sizes are between 14 and 16 inches, and all of those are able to serve 4 people. If you typically serve 4 people, then you can either get a 14, 15 or 16 inch pan.

Is stainless steel paella pan good?

Most paella pans don’t come with a lid, but if you would prefer one, this stainless steel pan is a good option. This 30cm pan can easily accommodate four to six portions. It distributes heat evenly, but is slower to heat up than some of the thinner carbon steel pans.

Should a paella pan be non-stick?

A non-stick pan offers the convenience of easy cleaning, but it is not suitable for cooking a truly delicious paella dish. A non-stick interior doesn’t allow the rice to stick to the bottom, so you cannot get this very thin layer of caramelized rice known as socarrat, which is the core of the authentic paella dish.

Does a paella pan need a lid?

Does the paella pan need a lid? No, it doesn’t need a lid since paella is traditionally cooked uncovered (until the final resting period off the heat). However, some people do request them. We carry aluminum lids up to 22 inches.

Can you use nonstick pan for paella?

Can you use a wok instead of a paella pan?

You could cook paella in a wok, but a wok isn’t a great substitute for a paella pan for various reasons. As you know, a paella pan is a wide and shallow pan, while a wok has tall, sloping sides and a smaller base. A wok is amazing at cooking dishes quickly. It holds heat in the pan amazingly well.

How many does an 18 inch paella pan serve?

This size pan is large enough for a paella for 8 people. It is the traditional carbon steel paella pan that Spaniards have used for centuries – except even more durable.

Should a paella pan be non stick?

Can I make paella without a paella pan?

Many people have wondered or asked, can you make a proper paella without a paella pan? The short answer is, absolutely. However, you do need to make some adjustments to the ingredients and the cooking times. In this post I will show you how to make a beautiful Spanish paella using just your standard frying pan.