Chef’s Pans Buying Guide

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A chef’s pan, also known as a saucier, may sound like a culinary must-have, but it’s really an optional item. With its rounded sides, a chef’s pan somewhat resembles a wok, but it has a flat, thick bottom. This versatile pan is typically used for sautéing, browning, and simmering. A chef’s pan is designed to heat up quickly and offers exceptional maneuverability.

Types of Chef’s Pans

Types of Chef’s Pans

Deeper than a traditional skillet, a chef’s pan makes it easy to sauté larger amounts of foods, and the space allows for ample stirring. Because the pan’s bottom surface is wide and its sides are sloped, a wire whisk can access all areas, and liquids evaporate easily, making it the perfect pan for cooking sauces. Choose from stainless steel, nonstick, or cast iron. And take a look at the handles and decide whether you want a single long handle or two loop handles to ease lifting and pouring.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel has an attractive shiny surface and is great for browning and deglazing. Because stainless steel isn’t the best heat conductor, steel pans often have a copper core or are combined with aluminum for better conductivity.

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Farberware Stainless Steel
$79.99 $39.99

Cooks from those just starting out in the kitchen to those whove been making meals for years will appreciate the size, style, and ...versatility of the sturdy, iconic Farberware(r) Classic Series(tm) Stainless Steel 6-Quart Jumbo Covered Chef Pan. This... read more

Farberware
$39.99

Cooks from those just starting out in the kitchen to those who've been making meals for years will appreciate the size, style, and... versatility of the sturdy, iconic Farberware(r) Classic Series(tm) Stainless Steel 6-Quart Jumbo Covered Chef Pan. This Classic Series(tm) chef pan features the timeless, long-lasting stainless steel construction and polished exteriors that have made Farberware(r) famous for more than a century. The 6-quart capacity has room for plenty of diced potatoes for weekend hash, or lots of juicy sauce from a chicken braise. Or a whole heck of a lot of scrambled eggs for a holiday brunch! The sturdiness of steel ensures that this pan will last, and the brushed interior cleans easily. A large-capacity covered saute-style pan in the kitchen is the ideal cookware piece for everything from big-batch veggie stir frys to smothered pork chops and one-dish dinners. Farberware(r) has been trusted for over 100 years, and this chef pan continues that tradition for a new generation. The sturdiness of steel ensures that this pan will last, and the brushed interior cleans easily. A full cap base makes it suitable for all stovetops, including induction. Best of all, the pan is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and the iconic Farberware(r) handles are oven safe to 350 DegreeF. Turn again and again to timeless cookware durability and classic kitchen style, with the Farberware(r) Classic Series(tm) Stainless Steel 6-Quart Jumbo Covered Chef Pan. read more

$24.00

Find Bakeware and Cookware at Target.com! Gourmet Chef 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot with Glass Lid. Upgrade your kitchen with... this brilliant 6 quart stainless steel stock pot by Gourmet Chef. Enjoy making mouth watering pasta sauces, soups and much more. Glass lid let you monitor cooking process, while also locking in nutrients and moisture. Size: 12. read more

Cuisinart
$69.99

Turn up the heat and get cooking with the professional performance of this Cuisinart Chef's Classic Chef's pan. Heavy duty stainle...ss steel with brilliant finish Aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and evenly Cool Grip handles stay cool on the stovetop for safe handling Smoothly tapered rim eliminates drips and spills while pouring Tight-fitting Flavor Lock lid seals in moisture and flavor Stainless steel Dishwasher safeOven safe to 500˚F Manufacturer's lifetime limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 3-qt. capacity Model no. 735-24 Size: 3 Qt. Color: Grey. read more

Cuisinart
$70.00

Fry, saute and sear your way to a meal fit for a king with Cuisinart's versatile chef's pan. With a brilliant mirrored stainless s...teel exterior, this large-capacity pan is as attractive as it is practical and durable. The secret is in the base where 18/4 stainless steel and pure aluminum are encapsulated to ensure fast and even heating. Limited lifetime warranty. read more

Farberware
$39.99 $35.32

Make single-dish dinners and other family favorites and get dishwasher-safe cleaning convenience to boot, with the durable, depend...able Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware 6-Quart Covered Chef Pan with Helper Handle. Farberware has been trusted for over 100 years, and this wok pan continues that tradition for a new generation. The pan is perfect for larger-volume recipes, plus the shape helps prevent splashes and spills. Cook everything from sliced beef, onions and peppers for fajitas to stir-fried cubed pork, broccoli and carrots with plenty of room to toss in cooked pasta, chopped potatoes and more. Strong, reliable construction provides quick and even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn foods. And because the pan is stainless steel inside and out, when the cooking's done, just pop the wok in the dishwasher. All-purpose saute pans like this one are perfect for cooking the entire family meal in one piece of cookware. A striking polished exterior adds kitchen style and personality, and the brushed stainless interior is easy to clean. The comfortable handles are double riveted for strength, and carry that timeless, iconic Farberware style. The convenient helper handle provides that extra boost of support even with a filled pan. Oven safe to 350 Degree, this stir fry pan is the perfect companion piece for other items in the Farberware collections. Rely on this Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware 6-Quart Covered Chef Pan with Helper Handle for help making everyday dishes and one-pan meals the whole family loves. read more

Cuisinart
$70.00

Fry, saute and sear your way to a meal fit for a king with Cuisinart's versatile chef's pan. With a brilliant mirrored stainless s...teel exterior, this large-capacity pan is as attractive as it is practical and durable. The secret is in the base where... read more

Cuisinart
$70.00 $29.99

Fry, saute and sear your way to a meal fit for a king with Cuisinart's versatile chef's pan. With a brilliant mirrored stainless s...teel exterior, this large-capacity pan is as attractive as it is practical and durable. The secret is in the base where 18/4 stainless steel and pure aluminum are encapsulated to ensure fast and even heating. Limited lifetime warranty. read more

Cast iron with enamel coating

You’ll have a heavier load when using a cast iron chef’s pan, but you’ll also enjoy easy browning and a rich flavor in foods as a result. Cast iron is less expensive than other materials.

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Cuisinart
$140.00

A chef's pan is like a skillet, saucepan and stir fry pan all in one. This one in CastLite also has the excellent heat retention o...f cast iron but with less weight. weighs less than traditional cast iron while offering the same great performance cast iron core provides even distribution of heat without hot spots and excellent heat retention porcelain enamel exterior is easy to clean durable nonstick interior provides excellent food release and easy cleanup tempered glass lid lets you check on food without disturbing the cooking process cool grip stainless steel handles are double riveted for durability for use on all cooking services oven safe to 500ºF Cast iron with porcelain enamel exterior. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Cuisinart
$140.00

A chef's pan is like a skillet, saucepan and stir fry pan all in one. This one in CastLite also has the excellent heat retention o...f cast iron but with less weight. weighs less than traditional cast iron while offering the same great performance cast... read more

Michelle B. by Fagor
$29.95

Almost no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Michelle Bernstein. A James Beard Award winn...er and author of Cuisine a Latina, diners are loving Bernstein's cuisine at her two successful South Florida restaurants:... read more

FAGOR
$69.99

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. We...ight of each pan is 50-percent less compared to traditional cast iron pieces The cookware is pre-seasoned and made with... read more

Nonstick

Always easy to clean, a nonstick-coated chef’s pan is convenient. Nonstick coating helps keep food from burning, but it makes techniques like caramelization and browning more challenging.

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Cuisinart
$140.00

A chef's pan is like a skillet, saucepan and stir fry pan all in one. This one in CastLite also has the excellent heat retention o...f cast iron but with less weight. weighs less than traditional cast iron while offering the same great performance cast iron core provides even distribution of heat without hot spots and excellent heat retention porcelain enamel exterior is easy to clean durable nonstick interior provides excellent food release and easy cleanup tempered glass lid lets you check on food without disturbing the cooking process cool grip stainless steel handles are double riveted for durability for use on all cooking services oven safe to 500ºF Cast iron with porcelain enamel exterior. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Anolon
$119.99

The Anolon Advanced Nonstick 5.5-Qt. Chef's Pan with Lid is ideal for searing and braising chicken and more and is large enough to... toss mushrooms with pasta for a main dish. read more

$44.99

Experience cooking convenience and superb performance with Calphalon Classic Nonstick cookware. Made from durable, thermally effic...ient hard anodized aluminum, pots and pans also feature dual-layer nonstick interiors with fill lines and easy-pour spouts. read more

Circulon
$139.99

: Hard-anodized aluminum heats quickly and evenly. Total hi-low, nonstick food release system cleans easily. Patent-pending stainl...ess steel base is suitable for all stovetops, including induction and glass top. Cast handles rest comfortably and confidentlyin your hand. Helper handle makes it simple to carry. Solid lid retains moisture, flavor and nutrients. Product Care: Oven safe upto 500F Dishwasher safe Manufacturer's lifetime customer satisfaction guarantee : 6-quart capacity Model no. 80576 Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel/Aluminum. read more

All-clad
$140.00

The height of the sides of the All-Clad Hard Anodized Chef's Pan make it ideal for sauteing or steaming greater amounts of food wi...th sufficient space for turning and stirring. A flat bottom and wide mouth accelerates the evaporation of liquids, while the domed lid can be used to retain moisture while cooking or to keep foods hot until serving. The flared edge and generous surface area make this pan ideal for preparing risotto and a wide variety of stir-fry recipes. read more

Anolon
$70.00 $39.99

Stylish bronze exterior and a large-capacity make this pan ideal for making a host of sizzling dishes. Rubber over stainless steel... handle. Hard anodized aluminum. Hand wash. Imported. read more

Cuisinart
$29.99 $29.95

Cuisinart is pleased to offer an exciting variety of specialty pieces. Easy pouring saucepans make draining liquids simple and our... gourmet pans make everyday cooking tasks a pleasure read more

Cuisinart
$69.99

Prepare mouth-watering meals with this Cuisinart Chef's Classic Chef's pan. Dense, nonporous and highly wear-resistant hard-anodiz...ed stainless steel construction Titanium-reinforced Quantanium nonstick interior means less oil or butter are needed for healthier cooking options Cool Grip handles stay cool on the stovetop for safe handling Smoothly tapered rim eliminates drips and spills while pouring Tight-fitting glass lid seals in moisture and flavor Stainless steel, glass Hand wash Pans: oven safe to 500˚F Lids: oven safe to 350˚F Manufacturer's lifetime limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model no. 6354-24 Size: 3 Qt. Color: Grey. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before purchasing a chef’s pan, think about how you intend to work with it in your kitchen. Buying the best quality pan that fits your budget will serve you well. And when skillets or large saucepans are in short supply, this pan will make a great replacement.

Function

A chef’s pan is great for sautéing, browning, and simmering, but if its primary use will be for stir-frying, opt for a wok. A chef’s pan has many uses, but wok cooking is not one of them.

Size

Although various sizes are available, the 12-inch or 4-quart size is most common. If you cook in larger volumes, opt for a larger pan, but know that it will become more difficult to handle when lifting, moving, or pouring.

Cover

The lid should be tight-fitting and designed to lift easily when held with a potholder.

Handles

Traditional chef’s pans have a long, sturdy handle for easy maneuvering, but more versions are being made with loop handles on opposites sides of the pan, which make it easier to lift and pour. The pan can get heavy when full, so consider how you would like to pour the pan -- lifting and holding with one handle or two.

Versatility

With the flat center and taller sloped sides, a chef’s pan works well for frying, browning, sautéing, and simmering. If your space or budget is limited, this is a good multipurpose pan.

Price

The price of the pan will vary depending on the material it’s made of.

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Farberware Stainless Steel
$79.99 $39.99

Cooks from those just starting out in the kitchen to those whove been making meals for years will appreciate the size, style, and ...versatility of the sturdy, iconic Farberware(r) Classic Series(tm) Stainless Steel 6-Quart Jumbo Covered Chef Pan. This... read more

Cooks Standard
$34.49 $31.04

With a 13-inch diameter, this steamer insert fits perfectly into a 13-inch chefs pan. This steamer is crafted of non-reactive stai...nless steel with holes evenly on the bottom to ensure perfect steam performance. Construction: Single layer Surface:... read more

All-Clad
$140.00 $99.95

Cook up a feast for your family with this All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Non Stick 12 Chef Pan with Lid. This chef pan is made of hard... anodized aluminum and a PFOA-free non-stick coating for easy cleanup. The shining stainless steel handles makes it easier to hold onto the chef pan while transporting and cooking. The height of the sides makes it ideal for sauting, frying, or steaming greater amounts of food with sufficient space for turning and stirring. The domed lid can be used to retain moisture while cooking or to keep foods hot until serving. Serve mouth-watering risotto or stir fry recipes to your family to warm both their hearts and their bellies with your new All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Non Stick 12 Chef Pan with Lid. Features: Hard-anodized aluminum construction for fast, even heating Stainless steel bonded base for durability & induction compatibility PFOA-Free nonstick coating for healthier cooking with less fat & easy cleanup The height of the sides make it ideal for sauting, frying, or steaming greater amounts of food with sufficient space for turning and stirring The domed lid can be used to retain moisture while cooking or to keep foods hot until serving Dishwasher safe | Oven safe Warp-resistant strength Material: Aluminum & stainless steel Heat source: induction, gas, electric, ceramic, halogen Dimensions: 22.2" x 11.8" x 6.1" Weight: 6.6 lbs Limited Lifetime Warranty Made in China Item #: E7859464 Click Here to Browse More Products by All-Clad read more

Ecolution
$24.99 $21.24

Ecolution is passionate about providing a full range of eco-friendly cookware. This heavy-gauge aluminum pan is suited for a varie...ty of cooking tasks and features comfortable stay-cool silicone handles. Measures 19L x 11W x 3H., At Home,Kitchen,Cookware read more

Ecolution
$24.99 $21.24

Ecolution is passionate about providing a full range of eco-friendly cookware. This heavy-gauge aluminum pan is suited for a varie...ty of cooking tasks and features comfortable stay-cool silicone handles. Measures 19''L x 11''W x 3''H., At... read more

Farberware
$79.99 $39.99

The Farberware Classic 6 quart covered chef pan is perfect for larger volume recipes, plus the shape of it helps to prevent splash...es and spills! The strong reliable construction provides for quick and even heating, which helps to reduce hot spots that... read more

Farberware
$79.99 $39.99

The Farberware Classic 6 quart covered chef pan is perfect for larger volume recipes, plus the shape of it helps to prevent splash...es and spills! The strong reliable construction provides for quick and even heating, which helps to reduce hot spots that can burn food. This pan also features comfortable handles that are double riveted for strength, and the helper handle provides an extra boost of support! Oven safe to 350F. Limited Manufacturer's Warranty. read more

Circulon
$150.00 $67.99

The sides of a chef's pan are gently sloped, just enough to round the edges of the pan. Getting rid of the sharp corners makes sti...rring or whisking more efficient. read more

Neoflam
$39.12 $37.99

Eela, winner of the 2012 iF Product Design Award, possesses a graceful pleated wall, seamlessly-integrated handles, and stylized b...akelite lid knob make it nothing short of functional artistry. Regarded as Neoflam's flagship cookware line, Eela is feature rich and extremely lightweight. Eela's cutting edge design and color make it the least boring piece of cookware in your arsenal. Eela's cast aluminum design provides multiple advantages over its competitors; known for its exceptional durability and high heat conductivity, cast aluminum is rising in popularity as a safe and affordable alternative to stainless steel. At just 1/3 the weight of cast iron, cast aluminum's even heat distribution properties allow for fast cooking and reduced energy consumption. Made in Korea. What is Ecolon™ coating? Ecolon™ by Neoflam is a professional grade non-stick, ceramic coating. Derived from the earth's minerals, Ecolon™ is PFOA free. Ecolon™ is applied to both the interior and exterior of the product, sustaining the product's durability while also facilitating convenience in cleaning. About Neoflam Neoflam is dedicated to bringing forth innovative kitchenware and household products that are healthy. Each product is engineered to have both exceptional design and performance; Neoflam's leadership in product design has been recognized by the following prestigious design awards: iF (2012), Red Dot (2012,2013,2014), and Design Plus (2014). read more

Cuisinart
$29.99 $29.95

Cuisinart is pleased to offer an exciting variety of specialty pieces. Easy pouring saucepans make draining liquids simple and our... gourmet pans make everyday cooking tasks a pleasure read more

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