The essential Paella Cooking Utensils

Paella cooking utensils

Below we list the main cooking utensils you will need if you are going to cook Paella or gourmet rice.

The first protagonist, of course, will be the Paellera. If you still don’t have and need to buy one, check out our guide of Paella pans.

The Utensils to make Paella that you must have

These are the main utensils you will need for any type of rice and even many more recipes:

Basic set of Pots and Pans

To make the broths and fumets we will need saucepans for cooking. We will also need pans to cook the stir-fries, Salmorreta Alicantina, sauces, sear or fry foods, etc.

A basic set of pots and pans, in addition to the Paellera, will be essential.

Amazon Basics Non-Stick Cookware Set, Pots, Pans and Utensils – 15-Piece Set
Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Pots and Pans, 10-Piece Cookware Set
Gotham Steel 20 Piece Pots & Pans Set Complete Kitchen Cookware + Bakeware Set

Kitchen Utensil Set

For all the cooking you will need ladles, a slotted spoon, tongs, spatula, or silicone brush. There are a wide variety of models on the market made of wood, fibers, or the latest trend, silicone.

Kitchen Utensil Set 24 Nylon and Stainless Steel Utensil Set, Non-Stick and Heat Resistant Cooking Utensils Set
Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set, 33 pcs Non-Stick Silicone Cooking Kitchen Utensils
Home Hero Kitchen Utensil Set – Nylon Cooking Utensils – Kitchen Utensils with Spatula – Kitchen Gadgets Cookware Set

Kitchen Knife Set

Another important element is the knives that should be of various sizes to use according to the food we process.
Knife for cutting vegetables, knife for cutting meat, such as chicken for mixed Paella, knife for cutting seafood, such as rice with lobster, etc.

J.A. Henckels International Statement Kitchen Knife Set with Block, 15-pc

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17 Piece Knife Block Set

Chicago Cutlery Essentials Stainless Steel Knife Block Set (15 Piece)

Cutting Board

Essential kitchen item to cut the vegetables, meats, and seafood that our Paella will carry. They are available in wood and fiber.

Gorilla Grip Oversized Cutting Board, 3 Piece, Easy Grip Handle, Juice Grooves, Non-Slip, Extra Large Thick Chopping Boards
Smirly Bamboo Cutting Board Set: Wood Cutting Boards for Kitchen, Wood Cutting Board Set, Chopping Board Set, Wooden Cutting Boards for Kitchen
Bamboo Cutting Board Set with Juice Groove (3 Pieces) – Wood Cutting Boards for Kitchen, Wood Cutting Board Set

Kitchen Mortar

Another element that cannot be missing in your kitchen to prepare a good Paella is the mortar, where we will mince garlic, parsley, ñoras, etc.

It is also used to make the typical “mojo” sauce (garlic + parsley + olive oil + drizzle of lemon). They are available in wood, granite, or metallic.

Those made of metal and stone are more comfortable when grinding.

ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set – 6 Inch – 2 Cup Capacity – Unpolished Heavy Granite for Enhanced Performance and Organic Appearance
Imusa Mortar with Pestle Kitchen Essentials, Jumbo, Natural
Tera 18/8 Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle with Brush,Pill Crusher,Spice Grinder,Herb Bowl,Pesto Powder

Kitchen Strainer

The strainer is also important for once the broth finishes cooking, we will filter all the fish whitebait that we have used.

Makerstep Set of 3 Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainers. Graduated Sizes 3.38″, 5.5″, 7.87″
Cuisinart Kitcheniismo Strainer Set of 3

HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set (1-Quart, 2.5-Quart and 4.5-Quart)

Kitchen Peeler

A kitchen peeler is a very useful tool for peeling countless vegetables, making the most of all the pulp. When we peel with knives we always extract or remove more fruit than the skin itself. They are also used to peel fruits.

OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler
Spring Chef Premium Swivel Vegetable Peeler, Black
Potato, Vegetable, Apple Peelers for kitchen, Fruit, Carrot, Veggie, Potatoes Peeler, Y-Shaped and I-Shaped Stainless Steel Peelers


Although the mixer is not essential, it can be used in many preparations depending on the type of Paella. We will use it to make sauces, “Alioli” or to beat and grind food.

Ninja BL660 Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16 Oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies
Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz. Container, Red, DAA
Oster Blender | Pro 1200 with Glass Jar, 24-Ounce Smoothie Cup, Brushed Nickel

Box Grater

The kitchen grater is another very useful kitchen tool that should not be missing in your kitchen. To cook Paellas it will help us to prepare the crushed tomato for the sofritos.

Lantana Cheese Grater with Container & Lid – Hand held Grater/Slicer/Zester with 6 Essential Kitchen functions for Coarse, Medium, Fine, Micro-Grating/Zesting/Slicing
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
KitchenAid – KN300OSERA KitchenAid Gourmet 4-Sided Stainless Steel Box Grater with Detachable Storage Container, Small, Red
All these Paella cooking utensils are basic and inexpensive, choose the ones you like the most and you will have all the necessary accessories to make any type of rice.

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