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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Calphalon
$169.99 $99.99

There's room to whisk bigger batches of sauce in this 4-qt. chef pan with cover from Calphalon. The stainless steel pan is part of... the Signature collection of cookware designed for even heating and precise temperature control. read more

Gourmet Chef
$20.89

Enjoy fresh pasta sauces, sauteing, frying, searing, browning and much more with this professional performance chef's pan. Feature...s a brilliant stainless steel finish, riveted handle and glass lid that let you monitor food while cooking. read more

All-clad
$235.00

A favorite among professionals for its versatility, the Chef's Pan can stir-fry, saute, simmer or bake. It is also great for risot...to since the flared edges provide more surface area for reducing added liquid. read more

KitchenAid
$75.07

This Chef's Pan is an excellent multi-use pan for cooking everything from stir-fry to poached fish. The unique shape combines feat...ures of a Saute Pan and wok. And the domed tempered glass lid seals in moisture and lets you monitor your cooking at a glance. read more

Calphalon
$110.00

Calphalon Tri-Ply 3-Quart Stainless Steel Chef's Pan Welcome to everyday cooking made easy. This chef's pan offers such ...convenience features as a three layers of stainless steel and multiple layers of nonstick coating. Anticipate great results and truly easy meal preparation. What You Get 3-quart chef's pan with lid Use and care manual Manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty Good to Know 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

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

All-clad
$235.00

A favorite among professionals for its versatility, the Chef's Pan can stir-fry, saute, simmer or bake. It is also great for risot...to since the flared edges provide more surface area for reducing added liquid. 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 $79.99

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

Cuisinart
$140.00 $79.99

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
$72.00

Cuisinart lightweight non-stick cast iron cookware is equipped with vessels that weigh up to half the amount of our traditional ca...st iron, while offering the same great performance!. read more

Fagor
$69.99 $34.95

FGR1165 Features: Material: cast iron / glass Non-stick interior Smooth enameled base is compatible with all cook tops including i...nduction Glass lids help lighten the weight of the cookware Includes: Includes glass lid Color/Finish: Color: Red All... 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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Highel Inc. Dba Neoflam Americas
$37.99

Durable, dependable and ready to take on every task, the Neoflam 12-Inch Ceramic Nonstick Chef's Pan will be your go-to for its ve...rsatility and easy-clean convenience. For daily use, it's deep enough to fry, nimble enough to sauté, flat enough to sear. read more

Anolon
$119.99 $39.99

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

Scanpan
$289.95

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. Sc...anPan,Scanpan CTX 12 1/2 inch Nonstick Chef's Pan (SPN65113),65113200 Simmer sauces or prepare meats in the Scanpan CTX... read more

Cuisinart
$140.00 $79.99

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

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

Calphalon
$19.99

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

Kitchenaid
$79.99

Add durability and refinement to your kitchen collection with Kitchenaid Nonstick Professional Hard Anodized Cookware. This skille...t allows you to cook a wide variety of dishes, while its magnetic base conveniently keeps it flat on the cooktop. read more

Scanpan
$419.00 $289.95

Simmer sauces or prepare meats in the Scanpan CTX non stick chef's pan. You can easily reduce sauces because the flared sides of t...his Scanpan Chef's pan, help liquids quickly evaporate. The Chef's pan from Scanpan is versatile. It's three pans in one... 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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Three Star
$58.99 $51.99

Three Star Lady Chef/Pan 1 Bottle Tabletop Wine Rack Decorative metal wine bottle holder figurine for your home, lady chef with pa...n. Features: -Wine bottle holder / caddy by Wine Bodies.-Material: Metal.-Product Type: Wine Bottle Rack.-Finish:... read more

Circulon
$139.99 $79.99

: Hard-anodized aluminum heats quickly and evenly. Total hi-low, nonstick food release system cleans easily. Stainless steel base ...offers safe use on any stove 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

Calphalon
$159.99 $127.99

Restaurant-grade meals. This Calphalon tri-ply stainless steel covered chef's pan will enhance your culinary creations.Watch the p...roduct video here. See how your cookware stacks up with this Calphalon comparison guide. : Tri-ply stainless steel with aluminum core provides durability. Clear lid allows you to monitor your food while it cooks. Ergonomic stay-cool, triple-riveted handles give a secure grip. Product Care: Dishwasher safe Manufacturer's lifetime limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 3-qt. capacity Model no. 1767724 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. Size: 3 Qt. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel/Aluminum. read more

Circulon
$59.99 $39.99

: Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized construction heats evenly. Features Total Food Release System and DuPont Autograph Nonstick. Surface ...is safe for metal utensils. Wide open shape allows for a simple addition of ingredients. Silicone stainless steel handles are double riveted for strength. Stainless steel base is workson all stove tops, including induction. Product Care: Oven safe to 400F Dishwasher safe : 4 1/2-qt. capacity Model no. 87505 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Material: Hard-Anodized. read more

Pedrini
$19.99 $12.99

This Pedrini Non-Stick Aluminum Chef Pan with stay-cool comfortable-grip handle is perfect for sauteing and tossing food. Features... a durable aluminum construction, which heats quickly and evenly. The premium non-stick surface provides superior food release and easy clean-up. Dishwasher safe, but hand-washing recommended. Non-stick aluminum chef pan measures 11 inch diameter. read more

Circulon
$70.00 $39.99

Circulon Symmetry 4.5 quart chef pan features an elegant tulip shape that makes it convenient to add more ingredients, and is also... ideal for sauces that need to be reduced, while the rounded sides make it easy to thoroughly stir and whisk every inch of the pan. Featuring heavy gauge hard anodized construction that distributes heat evenly for outstanding results. An impact bonded stainless steel base makes this pan suitable for all stove tops. The outstanding TOTAL(R) Food Release System of circles features DuPont Autograph(R) nonstick on raised circles which is metal utensil safe, and minimizes surface abrasion for longer lasting nonstick. The silicone and stainless steel handles are dual riveted for extra strength, and are oven safe to 400F. Dishwasher safe. Limited Manufacturer's Warranty. read more

Cadac
$253.95 $178.41

The Cadac Carri Chef 2 Outdoor Grill is ready and able to cook all your favorite items on top of its interchangeable cooking surfa...ces. This versatile, portable, outdoor grill includes a pot ring, BBQ grid, chef pan, dome lid, recipe book and... read more

Circulon
$135.00 $66.99

The Infinite Circulon 6-qt. covered chef's pan with helper handle has all the space you'll need in a pan to prepare larger recipes... like meaty ragus or polenta for a dinner party. gently sloped and rounded inside edge makes stirring and whisking more efficient hard-anodized aluminum for exceptional strength and cooking performance stainless steel base fully encapsulates an even heating aluminum core; suitable for all stovetops nonstick interior and exterior for easy cleanup durable, cast stainless steel handles professional quality stainless steel lid Dishwasher-safe. Oven-safe to 500F. Imported. read more

Cuisinart
$140.00 $79.99

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

Circulon
$70.00 $34.99

This sleek chef's pan is a versatile tool for the kitchen, whether cooking savory risotto, hearty chili or a favorite one-pan meal.... The elegant tulip shape helps reduce liquids for sauces and the rounded sides make it easy to thoroughly stir and whisk every part of the pan to ensure every bit is blended to perfection. hard-anodized construction is twice as hard as stainless steel for exceptional durability and cooking performance Hi-Low wave technology with DuPont Autograph nonstick provides extraordinary food release and durability comfortable silicone and cast stainless steel handle is dual riveted for extra strength impact-bonded, stainless steel base is suitable for all stovetops, including glass and induction metal utensil safe oven safe to 400F Aluminum. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

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