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Chef’s Pans Buying Guide

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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Gourmet Chef
$30.99
at Amazon

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

Kitchenaid
$69.99
at Target

Find Cookware, Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! This Chef???s Pan is an excellent multi-use pan for cooking everything from stir...-fry to poached fish. The unique shape combines features of a saut?? pan and wok. And the domed tempered glass lid seals in moisture and lets you monitor your cooking at a glance. read more

All-Clad

The All Clad Chef's Pan Stainless Steel W/ Lid The All-Clad 12??? stainless steel Chef's Pan is the perfect skillet for big famili...es. This Skillet is great for making large quantities as well as has the perfect surface area to make delicious crepes, omelets, and frittatas. This Chef's Pan is compatible not only with all induction stoves and traditional cook tops, but the oven as well. Made with All-Clad???s signature 3-ply stainless steel with an aluminum core, this skillet will be exceptional during the holidays and family gatherings. The All Clad Chef's Pan comes with a lid and has a lip around the edge for less spills and mess. The All Clad Chef's Pan Stainless Steel W/ Lid Features: All-Clad 3-Ply bonded construction For use with induction and traditional stoves Stainless Steel Chef's Pan is dishwasher safe Hand washing recommended Essential Chef's Pan for any professional cook Stainless steel aluminum core made with 18/10 stainless steel Makes a great gift Manufactured by All-Clad All-Clad Model 4412 Looking for More All Clad Chef's Pans or Stainless Cookware? Click Here! read more

Kitchenaid
$89.00
at Amazon

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

Cuisinart Chef's Classic
$29.95
at Buydig

Destined to become a favorite, the streamlined chef's pan can easily handle 3 quarts of soup, stews, chilis and more. Product feat...ures stainless 18/10 mirror finish, Classic looks and professional performance. Unsurpassed heat distribution aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly and eliminates hot spots. 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors. Great for classic cooking techniques like slow simmers, rolling boils and reduction of liquids. Cool grip solid stainless steel riveted handle stays cool on the stovetop. Rim is tapered for drip-free pouring. Premium 18/10 stainless steel easily cleans to original brilliant finish and constructed to last. Dishwasher Safe, premium 18/10 stainless steel easily cleans to original brilliant finish. Versatile performance, oven safe to 550 degrees F. Cook on stovetop, in oven or under broiler. Freezer safe for easy storage. Limited Lifetime Warranty. read more

Calphalon
$109.99 $160.00
at JCPenney

Covered chef's pan offers you gourmet results with superior heat distribution to prevent scorching. combines the beauty of ...stainless steel with the superior performance of aluminum polished, stainless steel exterior with satin-finished interior designed with 3 layers to ensure even, consistent heating induction-capable convenient stay-cool handles Stainless steel/aluminum. Oven-, broiler- and dishwasher-safe. Imported. read more

Calphalon??
$110.00
at Belk

Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 3-qt. Covered Chef's Pan. Tri-ply stainless combines the beauty of stainless steel with the supe...rior performance of aluminum. Classically styled with a polished, stainless steel exterior and a satin finished interior, this covered chef's pan is designed with three layers to ensure even, consistent heating. 3-qt. Oven Safe up to 500F/260C and is dishwasher safe Hand washing maintains the luster of the stainless steel Before using cookware for th 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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Tramontina
$49.95 $75.00
at CHEFS Catalog

Griddles & Grill Pans - Your family and friends will applaud your tender flank steak and evenly browned Panini sandwiches cooked t...o perfection with the Tramontina Gourmet Enameled Cast-Iron 11" Square Grill Pan. Top-rated for distributing and retaining heat so your foods are evenly grilled, pan-fried, seared and browned for incredible flavors, the Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan is engineered of heavy-gauge cast-iron. Part of the Tramontina Gourmet Collection, the 11" grill pan features a ribbed cooking surface to lift foods from grease for healthier cooking. The vibrant, gradated porcelain-enamel exterior finish offers elegant styling, while the square grill pan interior is finished in matte black porcelain-enamel for quick food release. The entire durable enameled finish is PFOA- and PTFE-free, long-lasting and easy to clean by hand.Ideal for cooking outstanding chicken breasts, chapattis, and brats, the 11" grill pan is versatile from breakfast to midnight snacks. Two side pour sp - Specifications Made in China Material: solid cast-iron, colored porcelain-enamel exterior finish, matte black porcelain-enamel interior finish Model: 80131/063DS Blue, 80131/053DS Red Size: 11"L (18 1/2" with handles) x 11 1/2"W with spouts x 1 3/4"H (2 1/2" with handle) Base: 8 1/4" Sq. Weight: 6 lb. 2 oz. Use and Care Before using your Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan for the first time, hand wash with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. Although the enamel finish on your grill pan does not require seasoning, we do recommend seasoning areas where the cast-iron is exposed. With the interior matte black porcelain-enameled interior, only the rim needs to be seasoned. Season by lightly rubbing cooking oil onto surface, then heat the pan in the oven for one hour at 350 F (176 C) and let cool before using. The Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan is oven-safe up to 450 F (232 C). The enameled surfaces are not suitable for dry read more

Tramontina
$49.95 $75.00
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Griddles & Grill Pans - Your family and friends will applaud your tender flank steak and evenly browned Panini sandwiches cooked t...o perfection with the Tramontina Gourmet Enameled Cast-Iron 11" Square Grill Pan. Top-rated for distributing and retaining heat so your foods are evenly grilled, pan-fried, seared and browned for incredible flavors, the Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan is engineered of heavy-gauge cast-iron. Part of the Tramontina Gourmet Collection, the 11" grill pan features a ribbed cooking surface to lift foods from grease for healthier cooking. The vibrant, gradated porcelain-enamel exterior finish offers elegant styling, while the square grill pan interior is finished in matte black porcelain-enamel for quick food release. The entire durable enameled finish is PFOA- and PTFE-free, long-lasting and easy to clean by hand.Ideal for cooking outstanding chicken breasts, chapattis, and brats, the 11" grill pan is versatile from breakfast to midnight snacks. Two side pour sp - Specifications Made in China Material: solid cast-iron, colored porcelain-enamel exterior finish, matte black porcelain-enamel interior finish Model: 80131/063DS Blue, 80131/053DS Red Size: 11"L (18 1/2" with handles) x 11 1/2"W with spouts x 1 3/4"H (2 1/2" with handle) Base: 8 1/4" Sq. Weight: 6 lb. 2 oz. Use and Care Before using your Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan for the first time, hand wash with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. Although the enamel finish on your grill pan does not require seasoning, we do recommend seasoning areas where the cast-iron is exposed. With the interior matte black porcelain-enameled interior, only the rim needs to be seasoned. Season by lightly rubbing cooking oil onto surface, then heat the pan in the oven for one hour at 350 F (176 C) and let cool before using. The Tramontina enameled cast-iron grill pan is oven-safe up to 450 F (232 C). The enameled surfaces are not suitable for dry read more

Camp Chef

Camp Chef Cast Iron Pie Pan is our true-seasoned, baking pies have never been so easy.

Tramontina
$49.95 $65.00
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Fry Pans & Skillets - From seared scallops to oatmeal pancakes, the Tramontina Gourmet Enameled Cast-Iron 10" Skillet is top-rated... for distributing and retaining heat so your foods are evenly fried, seared, browned or poached for incredible flavors. Part of the Tramontina Gourmet Collection, the Tramontina enameled cast-iron fry pan is engineered of heavy-gauge cast-iron for slow tenderizing of meats, poultry and vegetables. The vibrant, gradated porcelain-enamel exterior finish offers elegant styling, while the 10" skillet interior is finished in matte black porcelain-enamel for quick food release. The entire durable enameled finish is PFOA- and PTFE-free, long-lasting and easy to clean by hand.Ideal for cooking outstanding poached salmon, caramelized onions or reducing fruit and wine sauces, the cast-iron frying pan is versatile from breakfast to midnight snacks. Two side pour spouts help control the smooth transfer of foods. A sturdy, easy-grip handle and helper handle makes for secure liftin - Specifications Made in China Material: solid cast-iron, colored porcelain-enamel exterior finish, matte black porcelain-enamel interior finish Model: 80131/065DS Blue, 80131/054DS Red Size: 10 1/4"L (17 3/4"L with handles) x 10 3/4"W (with spouts) x 2 1/4"H (3" with handle) Base: 7 3/4" Dia. Weight: 5 lb. 12 oz. Use and Care Before using your Tramontina enameled cast-iron fry pan for the first time, hand wash with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. Although the enamel finish on your 10" Skillet does not require seasoning, we do recommend seasoning areas where the cast-iron is exposed. With the interior matte black porcelain-enameled interior, only the rim needs to be seasoned. Season by lightly rubbing cooking oil onto surface, then heat the frying pan in the oven for one hour at 350 F (176 C) and let cool before using. The Tramontina enameled cast-iron 10" Skillet is oven-safe up to 450 F (232 C). The enameled surface 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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Circulon

Melding style and innovative functionality, these eye-catching Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick Chef Pans feature lasting ...hard anodized construction with an impact-bonded stainless steel base for suitability on all heat sources. read more

Circulon
$79.99
at Amazon

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

Emerilware

Get professional performance in the kitchen with the Emerilware Hard Anodized Nonstick cookware. Supremely durable and ideal for s...aut????ing, frying and searing, chef's pan delivers superior heat distribution and feature a dishwasher safe nonstick interior. read more

Scanpan Classic

Scanpan Classic series represents quality, functionality & durability. Old Artisan cast techniques are combined with today's lates...t technology creating products that are intended for daily use year after year. The manufacturing process starts with a unique casting technique, which consists of 100% recycled aluminum is heated until it is liquefied, poured into a mold by hand and then squeeze-cast using 250 tons of pressure. After the pan is made and formed, ceramic & titanium are fused together at a very high heat and fired onto each pan. The final process consists of Green Tek, creating a surface that is 10 times harder than steel. This patented interior is PFOA/PFOS-free and does not require oil, butter or other seasonings, when cooking making it especially suitable for low fat diets. Each pan & lid is oven safe up to 500 degrees . Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. Made in Denmark; Lifetime Warranty.Product dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 x 2.5-inches deep. For overall dimensions which includes read more

Cuisinart
$27.99
at Amazon

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

Pedrini

This Pedrini Nonstick Aluminum Chef Pan with Lid is constructed of durable aluminum, providing quick and even heat distribution. T...he nonstick surface offers superior food release and easy clean-up, while the stay-cool handles provide a comfortable grip. Dishwasher safe. Nonstick aluminum chef pan measures 12 inch diameter. read more

Circulon
$39.94
at Amazon

The rounded sides of a chef's pan make thorough stirring and whisking into every corner easy. Whether it's marinara, risotto, or y...our own invention, you can make sure every bit of the mixture is blended to perfection. The wide open shape allows for easy addition of ingredients. The graceful flare of Circulon Symmetry means that foods slide out of the pan with ease, and the durable DuPont Autograph metal utensil safe nonstick, both inside and out, makes clean up a breeze. read more

Kitchenaid
$68.49
at Amazon

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. Also, the flat tempered glass lid seals in moisture and lets you monitor your cooking at a glance. And our durable 3-layer interior coating ensures long-lasting nonstick performance. 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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Circulon
$39.99 $70.00
at JCPenney

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

Circulon Symmetry 4-qt. Hard-Anodized Open Chef's Pan
Circulon
$79.99 $135.00
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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

Infinite Circulon 6-qt. Chef's Pan
Calphalon
$109.99 $160.00
at JCPenney

Covered chef's pan offers you gourmet results with superior heat distribution to prevent scorching. combines the beauty of ...stainless steel with the superior performance of aluminum polished, stainless steel exterior with satin-finished interior designed with 3 layers to ensure even, consistent heating induction-capable convenient stay-cool handles Stainless steel/aluminum. Oven-, broiler- and dishwasher-safe. Imported. read more

Calphalon Tri-Ply 3-qt. Stainless Steel Chef's Pan
Cooks Standard
$25.86 $39.99
at Sears

What's in box? 13-inch diameter 32cm, steamer insert fit Chef's pan 32cm /13 inch perfectly.18-10 stainless steel, with holes even...ly on bottom to ensure perfect steam performance. read more

Cooks Standard NC-00247 Steamer Insert for Chef's Pan, 13-Inch/32cm Silver
World Market

A grilling essential for outdoor chefs, our exclusive pan and lid fit securely together to help retain juices while cooking meat a...nd vegetables. Tiny perforations let smoke through to add a delicious barbecue flavor. The lid can also be used as an additional pan, and is ideal for searing meats at high heat on the grill. read more

Stainless Steel Perforated Multi Grill Chef's Pan - World Market
Scanpan
$199.95 $285.00
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Chef's Pans & Sauciers - A combination skillet and saucepan, the Scanpan Induction Chef's Pan provides the ultra-smooth release of... a ceramic-titanium nonstick surface with advanced Induction+ micro-magnetic technology for exceptional cooking on all stove tops. This innovative line of induction pans provides quick, even heating and is twice as energy efficient than most conventional cookware for unsurpassed braising, sauteing, searing and stir-frying. With this nonstick pan in your kitchen, the savory dishes are endless - seared scallops, braised chicken breasts, risotto and reductions. Both eco-conscious and high performance, this Danish Induction+ saucepan with the utility of a frying pan is made of heavy-duty, pressure-cast 100% recycled aluminum with an extra-thick magnetic stainless steel base that speeds uniform cooking without hot spots. With a nonstick surface that is 10 times harder than steel, you can use your metal utensils and not worry about scratching the surface of this durable cookware.The Scanp - Specifications Material: 100% recycled aluminum; magnetic stainless steel; ceramic-titanium nonstick surface; tempered glass lid/stainless steel rim Model: 62113200 Size: 12 1/2" Dia. (17 3/4"L with handles) x 2 3/4"H (5 3/4"H with lid) Base: 8 3/4" Dia. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. Made in Denmark Lifetime manufacturer warranty Use and Care Before using your Scanpan Induction+ chef's pan for the first time, hand wash in warm soapy water. The cookware is dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended After each use, wash the nonstick pan with warm soapy water. The product should be completely clean before storing The Scanpan induction chef's pan is engineered for all cooktops, including induction and oven safe to 500 F/260 C and broiler safe Use the cookware with all types of utensils, but nonmetal utensils are recommended to better protect the cookware surface Do not use aerosol sprays as this can affect the pan's nonstick surface read more

Scanpan Induction+ Covered Chefs Pan, 12.5-inch - 12 1/2" - Scanpan Induction+
Cuisinart
$31.99 $80.00
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Cuisinart Stainless Everyday Chef's Pan Cuisinart's Classic Stainless 12" Everyday Pan is perfect for one-dish meals. The generous... size fits nice portions of beef, chicken or fish and is also ideal for adding pasta, rice or vegetables to create a tasty... read more

Cuisinart Stainless Everyday Chef's Pan 725-30D
Cuisinart
$28.99 $80.00
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Cuisinart Contour Hard Anodized Everyday Chef's Pan Cuisinart's Contour Hard Anodized 12" Everyday Pan is perfect for one-dish mea...ls. The generous size fits nice portions of beef, chicken or fish and is also ideal for adding pasta, rice or vegetables... read more

Cuisinart Contour Hard Anodized Everyday Chef's Pan 6425-30D
Lifetime Brands
$18.00 $23.08
at Walmart

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. read more

Pedrini 11" Non-Stick Aluminum Chef Pan
Circulon
$79.99 $135.00
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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

Infinite Circulon 6-qt. Chef's Pan

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