The copper or stainless steel cataplana is an effective cooking device ideal for preserving moisture and flavours. 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 hand hammered in Portugal using traditional methods. We ship all over Australia as well as globally from Portugal.
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Copper Hand Hammered Cataplana
Cataplanas are an essential cooking pan made in Portugal ideal for seafood and fish dishes. Intense aromas and flavours are preserved until the cataplana is served and opened. Brought to Portugal by the Moors with North African origins, this versatile copper pan retains moisture through steam cooking much like a pressure cooker.
Cataplanas are suited to seafood, fish & chicken dishes especially where moisture is important to the dish. The cataplana ensures that meats and/or fish maintain and retain excellent flavour during the cooking process. In addition to this, the cataplana much like the chinese wok can provide a healthy cooking alternative to traditional methods of pan-frying. We recommend using stock or wine variations to complement any liquid base placed in the cataplana prior to sealing.
The traditional copper hammered cataplana with the flat bottom can also be used by new electric stoves. For induction stoves, there is a diffuser plate insert that can be used to for cataplana cooking.
The cataplana has been receiving global attention from world-renowned chefs. We sell the traditional Copper Hammered cataplanas with the flat bottom which are especially suitable for use on a conventional gas hob. Our cataplanas are made from high-quality copper with a tin-plated interior finish. An iron stand is also available as an optional extra.
We recommend the following Cataplana sizes/servings:
- 30cm (5 to 6 persons) – Dimensions: 320mm (W) x 185mm (H) x 305mm (D) – Weight 1000grams
- 33cm (6 to 8 persons) – Dimensions: 355mm (W) x 205mm (H) x 335mm (D) – Weight 1200grams
- Hand Hammered
- Material: Copper Exterior
- Interior finish: Tin plated
- Made in Portugal
About the Artisans:
Lusian Coppers are true copperware masters with generations of experience behind their products. Specialists in copper kitchenware, the company prides itself on still utilizing traditional manufacturing techniques to make many of its items. The skill that goes into making these has been passed on from generation to generation, mounting back from the early days of cataplana usage. Iberica is proud to showcase Lusian Coppers’ cataplanas: copper pressure cookers that are an iconic part of Algarve’s cuisine. The Algarve, continental Portugal’s southernmost region, delights visitors from far and wide with its delicious, fresh seafood. One of the most popular ways to enjoy seafood in the region is to cook it in a cataplana. A versatile piece of cooking equipment, cataplanas can be used for cooking shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mussels, and just about any other type of seafood your culinary creativity can come up with. You will find at least one cataplana dish on every menu in the Algarve. Usually, cataplana dishes are large enough for more than one person and – let’s face it – much more fun when shared with friends and family!
Today, Lusian Coppers creates a variety of products, including kitchenware and alembic stills, used for distilling spirits. But their area of expertise is the cataplana. Iberica works directly with Lusian Coppers’ master artisan to bring these beautiful items to Australia/the UK and into your life. If you want to adorn your home with a stunning copper talking piece, or impress your guests with a delicious, impressive, and easy to make meal, a Lusian Coppers cataplana is for you.
Gourmet copper cataplanas are custom manufactured and totally handcrafted and hand-hammered by experienced artisans.
These gourmet cataplanas range between 45 cm and 70 cm in diameter and are available as custom order items. Their size and beautiful copper shine are impressive in their own right. In fact, many homes and restaurants choose to display these pieces on walls or open shelves. As a decorative item, they are versatile: the large, hammered copper looks stunning against a modern white kitchen setting but fits just as well in a rustic farmhouse kitchen or dining room.
Still, what makes these pieces truly special is that they are individually hammered by hand. Each cataplana is a work of art, and one that is both aesthetic and functional. Hours of work by skilled artisans (they might as well be called artists) go into making each cataplana… this is evident in the end result.
Due to the size and weight of these items, orders for gourmet cataplanas require payment in advance. Custom orders once placed may take up to 10 weeks to arrive upon completion of the order which is made upon requested and hand produced. Gourmet cataplanas can be ordered by contacting Iberica on 0405 162257.
Custom gourmet cataplanas can be ordered in the following sizes:
- 45cm (13 to 15 persons)
- 60cm (23 to 25 persons)
- 70cm (29 to 31 persons)
- 86cm (more than 40 persons)
|Dimensions||350 × 350 × 350 mm|
24cm, 27cm, 30cm, 33cm