The Paella pan is characterized by being round with a flat bottom to allow the heat to spread uniformly. The pan can be anywhere from 20 cm in diameter to more than 1 meter. The one thing that doesn’t change is the height. It is about first joint in the thumb deep so that the rice has maximum contact with the bottom of the pan. A paella pan can be made in different materials: earthenware, iron, enamelled or carbon steel. While carbon steel are the most endurable ones, their price is often too high for any household and they are usually reserved for professional, and earthenware pans are impractical and in disuse. Iron made paella pans are the most common ones, but they get rusty and they need to be covered with a thin layer of olive oil in order to prevent this to happen. Enamelled steel pans on the other hand are non sticky, non rusty, and are the closest option to a professional pan. Those characteristics have made them the most usual paella pans in the Spanish homes.
This paella pan is made of enamelled steel, and measures 34 cm in diameter (for 5-6 people). It is compatible with oven, electric, gas and firewood.