I am making Paella for 20 people but unable to purchase a paella pan at this time. What pan can I substitute ?. I was thinking of using a chafing pan since it's not very deep like a paella pan.

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You can use about any pan that you could cook rice in. I've made Paella in a stock pot, hotel pan, and a Dutch oven. Honestly, the paella in the Dutch oven turned out better than it usually does in a paella pan. The heavy bottom of the dutch oven allowed for a much better layer of toasted rice at the bottom. For very large quantities a hotel pan is most convenient, but you may have better luck cooking the rice separately and tossing it together with the other ingredients at the end.

  • Is there a pan you cannot cook rice in? :-)
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Sep 26, 2013 at 20:51
  • @SAJ14SAJ a grill pan, maybe? I'm sure someone's done it...
    – SourDoh
    Sep 26, 2013 at 21:00
  • @sourd'oh I've done it. If I remember correctly it was the biggest one at hand, and sometimes - as some say - size matters =) Sep 26, 2013 at 22:15
  • @SAJ14SAJ, paella is supposed to be a single grain of rice thick. I think this advice is exaggeration for effect, but even so... Sep 26, 2013 at 22:16
  • @PeterTaylor I was joking, but I think the rice is tradionally "one finger" thick.... a single grain would take a whole griddle for a single serving!
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Sep 26, 2013 at 22:35

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