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Paella pans

Charleston DaveCharleston Dave Posts: 571
edited 5:35AM in EggHead Forum
I've admired the pictures of Egged paella that Fidel and others have posted here, and last week cooked my my first paella with friends using an indoor oven and their huge pan (dinner was for 14, and we had leftovers).

I'm eager to try paella on my Egg because I suspect the oven version might be even better with some Eggsmoke. I've found Bomba rice locally but haven't yet bought a pan. There seem to be four kinds available:

(1) carbon steel, the most traditional
(2) stainless steel
(3) nonstick
(4) enamelled

Does anybody have any recommendations as to which kind? Nonstick always sounds good but I don't know if that interferes with the soccarat development. I'm thinking that one with handles oriented upward (as opposed to handles that stick out to the sides) might be preferable because it would maximize the size that can fit inside the Egg. Are there any features that I should look for that would make the pan less of a uni-tasker?

Thanks in advance!


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 20,466
    carbon steel with the dimples to hold some oil. it seasons up like a castiron over time. works good as a drip, as a pizza pan, for casseroles, and i hear paellas. the 13.5 fits nicely, i hear the 14 is a little snug but still fits, i would opt for the 13.5 inch one. next time i get some im getting a few smaller ones as well
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Carbon steel - no two ways about it. And bomba rice makes all the difference in my book.

    Restaurant Depot has them at an absolute bargain price. If you can't find a decent price locally I'd be happy to get one for you and ship it over to Charleston.

    My pan just barely fits inside the egg, but what I like about it is that the handle rest on the upper ring of the adjustable rig - so no cooking grid is used and it is very easy to spin the pan if any hot spots develop.
  • Hey Dave, here is a website that has authentic paella pans from Spain:

    Tampa, FL
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    yep. thin dimpled carbon steel. you want it to respond quick to temp changes, both on the uptick and when dialing back.

    the naked whiz treatise on paella is pretty much (for me) the definitive method.

    and CD, if you are wondering about whether it's any better in the egg, i can't say. never did it in the oven or over a burner, but the spanish used to do it over an oak fire... good enough for me. it's probably as close to authentic as you can get. and being able to control temps, shut the dome, etc. makes it that much more compelling.

    although there's none in the recipe, i would recommend dialing back on the alcohol. my biggest eff-ups have been with paella, and generally alcohol related... once, forgetting to add the saffron (!?!?!) and the other, using too little broth....

    minor buzzes and good conversation got me off track.

    don't let it happen to you. hahaha

    Naked whiz re: paella; clickez vous> Whiz's Paella Method
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    What a cool site Faith! I book marked it for later!
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    LOL forgot the saffron??? Major BUZZ!!! loL
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    fishlessman wrote:
    carbon steel with the dimples to hold some oil. it seasons up like a castiron over time. works good as a drip, as a pizza pan, for casseroles, and i hear paellas. the 13.5 fits nicely, i hear the 14 is a little snug but still fits, i would opt for the 13.5 inch one. next time i get some im getting a few smaller ones as well
    DITTO on this. mine looks like a dimpled cast iron pan. OK I think dinner for tonight is decided LOL
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I like dealing with this gal, fast service and good prices. -RP
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I say go traditional. They are cheap and if you find you want more expensive or if you get the size wrong, you aren't out a lot of money. I've got some measurements and such on my paella page, which stike linked to. Good luck!

    P.S. I would be worried about using non-stick in the Egg. It gets hot and supposedly non-stick stuff suffers and gives off evil fumes if you get it too hot? Whatever, I'd go traditional. They are beautiful in their plain ugliness.
    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
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    The Naked Whiz
  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    follow naked whiz inst works great.. i got the stainless pan as it stays in the garage with the egg stuff and i was afraid carbon would trust
    trust stike on the limited alcohol advice.. i did not forget the saffron but i did burn my fingers toasting it, as you will see in the slide show.

    click the pic for slide show

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I can't say that I agree with your method of toasting the saffron, OUCH!!!! LOL!
    The Naked Whiz
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    hope i didn't usurp the linking privileges... i just think that page in particular is the rosetta stone for paella on the egg.

    i'm with you on non-stick in the egg, too. when empty, at 500 surface temp it gives off fumes that kill birds... i'm not worried about fumes, just worried about food being in contact with a miracle chemical courtesy of the good folks at dupont... (no offense to any chemists here).
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    yeah yeah.

    thanks for being so understanding....

    to the back of the prosciutto line with you. (although the line is only three people deep at this point anyway)
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,519
    FWIW, a quick Google search lead me to a few steel pans that had the handles angled up rather than out. Perhaps that feature might help when trying to fit one into an EGG.
  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    your instructions said toast the saffron! it may have had something to do with the sherry . B)
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Yeah, but dude! Put it in a small cast iron frying pan on the stove. I say again, OUCH! :-)
    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Nope, I'm always grateful for the traffic!
    The Naked Whiz
  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    i will try it that way nest time B)
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Paella so good, I always stop by the Iron Bound area of Newark, New Jersey for the Paella when on sales calls.

    May I assume the 10" pan would fit in a medBGE? Seems close given the 15in grill.

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Depends on who makes your pan and how wide the handles are. I'd call and ask them to measure to be sure. Of course, my 15" grid rattles around loosely in my medium. I think the inside diameter of my medium is actually more like 16 inches, in which case the pan I found (15-1/8") would fit nicely. Good luck!
    The Naked Whiz
  • DavekatzDavekatz Posts: 763

    I really like this enameled paellera. It's the one that Cooks Illustrated ranked pretty highly. It heats up well enough to form the soccarat, but still cleans up easily. It won't rust, but you do have to be careful about dropping it and damaging the enamel.
    Food & Fire - The carnivorous ramblings of a gluten-free grill geek.
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    thanks, my thoughts also.
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,147
    Heat changes the properties of everything, not always for the best.

    Spring "Warmed Over" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    I have an 18 inch carbon steel with little dimples. It just fits in my raised ring which facilitates turning. Although raised handles would allow the use of a larger pan, these handles allowed in to rest in the ring.
    I served 10 people with this pan. I just love the Bomba's unique.
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