Cataplanas & AccessoriesCopper Hand Hammered Cataplanas

SKU: 3001

$ 99.00$ 139.00

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 Cataplanas

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 allows it’s contents to retain moisture.
This is a practical cooking technique that suits seafood, fish & chicken in particular as these foods are prone to over-cooking as well as losing moisture when cooked on the stove or in the oven. The cataplana can ensure that dishes maintain excellent flavour. 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.

For Cataplana recipes check our blog: ‘The Cataplana Experience’

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. Please contact us for more information on using cataplanas with induction stoves. We also have stainless steel cataplanas available in two sizes: 32cm and 36cm sizes.

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.

We recommend the following Cataplana sizes/servings:

  • 24cm (2 to 3 persons) – Dimensions: 250mm (W) x 155mm (H) x 245 (D) – Weight 600grams
  • 27cm (3 to 4 persons) – Dimensions: 285mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 275mm (D) – Weight 800grams
  • 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 are only placed upon full payment being received. Orders may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive upon completion of the order. Gourmet cataplanas can be ordered by contacting Iberica on 0405 162257.

Custom gourmet cataplanas are now available in the following sizes:

  • 45cm (13 to 15 persons)
  • 60cm (23 to 25 persons)
  • 70cm (29 to 31 persons)
  • 86cm (more than 40 persons)

Additional information

Weight 2950 g
Dimensions 340 × 510 × 330 mm

24cm, 27cm, 30cm, 33cm