You’re probably here to find out which paella pans are the best in the UK right now. Well, if that’s the case, the best paella pans are below.
Since there’s a good chance you’re buying your first paella pan, we’ve explained a bit more about what makes them special. We love paella pans, and here’s why.
What Can You Do With a Paella Pan?
Paella pans are much more versatile than most people think. Many think that paella pans are simply for making paella and that the pan is named after the dish.
However, the dish is actually named after the type of pan it is made in. So, a paella pan is actually really just a particular type of frying pan.
Granted, it is a big frying pan, but it can be used for anything that a frying pan would be used for. So, frying steaks, bacon and eggs. Making pancakes even. A paella pan is just as useful as a regular frying pan.
You see, a paella pan is designed to evaporate as much liquid as possible, this is what gives paella its beautiful golden-brown colour. It achieves this because it has a very wide, flat base and shallow sides. Also, the reason that a paella pan is so wide is so the rice can cook in one even layer that isn’t too thick.
Oh, and there’s one more thing about paella pans that make them awesome too! Most paella pans are made entirely out of metal without any plastic handles. This means that a paella pan can also be transferred from the hob to the oven.
So, you can use a paella pan as a roasting tray if you wish. Or for making some fantastic one-pot meals by searing your meat on the hob and then popping the whole pan in the oven.
In short, paella pans are very versatile, but which size should you buy?
What Size Paella Pan Should I Buy?
The biggest paella pans that are widely available are around 150 cm wide. These make enough paella to feed about 300 people (that isn’t a joke). So, for most of home chefs, we probably won’t need that one!
Still, when you are choosing a paella pan, think about how many people you’re going to cook for regularly. Or if you want a paella pan for parties, think about how many people you normally invite.
Here is a size guide for paella pans to help you choose:
- 2 servings – 26 cm
- 4 to 6 servings – 30 to 40 cm
- 8 to 12 servings – 38 to 46 cm
These are the sizes of paella pans for more general use.
We hope you find the perfect size for your paella pan. Now, shall we look at the best paella pans in the UK right now?
The Best Paella Pans in the UK
1. La Valenciana Enamel Steel Paella Pan
The paella pan that we are featuring here is 34 cm wide, and so it is perfect for 6 servings. However, La Valenciana makes varying sizes of this pan.
The pan itself is enamel steel. So, it heats up quickly and has some excellent non-stick properties too.
The company is based in Valencia, Spain, the home of paella. And they make their pans as traditionally as they can while using modern machinery and processes.
This paella pan, then, performs and looks just like the real thing because it is the real thing. It has two metal handles that are securely fastened to the body of the pan and an excellent non-stick coating to ensure the paella doesn’t stick and that the pan is very easy to clean and maintain.
The best thing about this paella pan, though, is that it is very close to a traditional pan and very inexpensive too.
2. Garcima La Ideal Enamel Steel Paella Pan
This is another paella pan made as traditionally as possible. It is made from steel and has an enamel coating to ensure that your paella won’t stick.
It also has the classic two metal handles that allow for easy transfer to your oven, or for you to use the paella pan over an open fire in your garden and remove it safely.
This paella pan is safe to use on the hob, in the oven, over a gas BBQ or even a fire pit if you wish. This size will serve 12 people, so it’s great for a paella party.
This pan is very well made and will provide years of paellas in your home.
3. INTIGNIS Cast Aluminium Paella Pan
This paella pan is made from cast aluminium, so it’s heavy and robust. It also means that this paella pan is perfect for any tasks that a cast iron skillet performs too.
We have opted for the 40 cm one here, but they have a few other sizes available too. The cast aluminium has a layer of non-stick marble coating to ensure that the food never sticks. Plus, it is safe on all hob types including induction, although the base may not work on the smaller hob rings.
As this is cast aluminium, it heats up quickly and evenly, which is perfect for paella, but not great for your fingers.
Because of this, you get two detachable silicone handles with this pan. They are easy to attach while cooking, and you can remove them simply if you are transferring this pan to the oven too.
4. Garcima La Ideal Polished Steel Paella Pan
Garcima La Ideal are back again with this wonderful paella pan.
The first thing to mention about this paella pan is that you must season it! This paella pan has received some bad press because people didn’t realise that it needs to be seasoned.
Once seasoned, this paella pan will deliver some fantastic paella. Thanks to the wide base made entirely out of steel, this pan heats up nice and quickly.
Garcima La Ideal makes this paella pan in sizes up to 150 cm too. So, if you want to feed 300 starving people, and you have a hob or fire pit that can take a pan of that size, this paella pan is perfect! They also do paella pans for those of us not cooking for an army too.
5. Victor Cast Iron Paella Pan
Finally, we have a cast-iron paella pan, probably the most traditional paella pan on this list.
Once again, you’ll need to season this pan. There is only one size of pan for this one, and that is 34 cm. So, it will be perfect for 6 servings.
As long as you keep this paella pan seasoned, this will be with you for many years of paella parties. You can use it in the oven, on the BBQ, in a pizza oven or over a fire pit if you like.
Just take care of the seasoning, and the paella will take care of you!
Also, apparently, it is perfect for cooking pizza in the oven, but that has to be some sort of cooking faux pas, right? So, forget I said anything about that!
Well, there is our list of amazing paella pans and some information about paella pans for those that didn’t know.
We love the La Valenciana paella pan. It is handmade in the home of paella, and it makes lovely paella too!
For more information about paella pans, do explore our website further. In fact, if you’d like more information about any cookware, we have it all right here for you to enjoy.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.