Cataplanas are used to cook traditional Portuguese seafood recipes commonly served in the Algarve but great for a variety of dishes.
The cooking process used by the cataplana prevents the loss of the ingredients, ensuring full and excellent flavour. Cooking is rapid (20 – 30 mins for most fish or seafood combinations). Intense aromas and flavours are preserved until the cataplana is served and opened.
Our cataplanas are authentic and made in Portugal using traditional methods. Cataplanas are an essential cooking copper pan made in Portugal ideal for seafood and fish dishes. Brought to Portugal by the Moors with North African origins, this versatile copper pan allows its contents to retain moisture. These foods are prone to over-cooking as well as losing moisture when cooked on the stove or in the oven therefore, the Cataplana can ensure that dishes maintain excellent flavour. In addition to this, the Cataplana much like the Chinese ‘Wok’ or North African ‘Tagine’ can provide a healthy cooking alternative to traditional methods of pan frying. We recommend using stock or wine variations to complement any liquid placed in the Cataplana prior to sealing. Furthermore, cooking in the cataplana is healthier since the recipes use less fat, and thus contain fewer calories.
The typical copper cataplana (tinned interior), like ours, distributes the heat more evenly and efficiently. This specific cataplana model has a hand hammered top and a flat bottom, it is ideal for the new technology electric stoves.
NOTE: For use with induction stoves a special diffuser plate is required which can be ordered through us directly.
The following are the sizes available from us and shows the recommended servings for each size:
- 24cm (2 to 3 persons)
- 27cm (3 to 4 persons)
- 30cm (5 to 6 persons)
- 33cm (6 to 8 persons)
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