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Portuguese Cataplana Pan

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Cataplanas are typically a centerpiece seafood dish at social gatherings in coastal Portugal. Used to cook the traditional dish, this copper Cataplana resembles a clam shell with its dish-like base and lid connected by a hinge at the rear. The unique design traps moisture inside while food simmers.

  • Made of copper for incredibly fast heating and precise temperature control.
  • Copper cools quickly after being removed from the burner, ensuring ingredients will not overcook.
  • Tin lining is easy to clean and won’t react with food.
  • Elegant design and beautifully crafted copper exterior make this dish ideal for oven-to-table presentation.
  • 12" diam.; 6 3/4" high.
  • 2 lb.
  • Made in Portugal.
Use & Care


  • Ideal for gas and electric cooktops.
  • To protect the tin lining from damage, do not heat pan when empty at temperatures above 450º F.
  • Use wood, plastic or heat-resistant nylon tools to avoid scratching the tin lining.
  • Before first use, remove the cataplana’s protective lacquer coating. Fill large pot with water—the pot should be big enough to hold copper cataplana. Add 1 tablespoon of sodium carbonate per liter of water. Bring to boil. Immerse cataplana in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Once protective coating begins to peel off, remove pot from water and wash it thoroughly to remove remaining coating.


  • Allow pan to cool before washing.
  • Hand-wash; dry immediately with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid using steel wool, steel scouring pads or harsh detergents.
  • Copper will develop a rich patina over time. This will not affect the pan's cooking performance. To keep the exterior looking new, use a copper polish or a combination of lemon and salt.
  • The tin lining protects foods from reacting with copper but will become discolored with use. Depending on the frequency of use and types of food cooked, the tin lining may eventually have to be replaced. To prolong the liner's usefulness, avoid cooking acidic ingredients in your tin-lined cookware.

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