Frying Pans & Skillets Buying Guide

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A good skillet can be your best friend in the kitchen. It is the starting point of many delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and it ends up being one of the most-used kitchen items. It's nice to have an assortment of sizes, as each is used for cooking different types of recipes -- small skillets are great for making omelets, medium and large are perfect for sauteing vegetable mixtures, and extra-large skillets are handy for pan-searing pork chops, chicken, and more.

Types of Frying Pans & Skillets

Types of Frying Pans & Skillets

There was a time when the terms skillet and frying pan were distinguished mostly by region, but today they are used interchangeably. Frying pan, or fry pan, was most commonly used in the West, South, and East, while skillet was used primarily in the Midwest. The term skillet encompasses two pan styles, each different but needed in your pantry.

Skillet with Flared Sides

This flat-bottom pan with short, angled sides is sometimes called a saute pan. It allows for easy for stirring and tossing -- two actions often used when sauteing vegetable mixtures. This style of pan is great to use when very little oil is called for in a recipe.

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Cook N Home
$32.49 $29.24

Fry with ease when using this two-piece cookware set with a nonstick surface. This set of two fry pans features an aluminum constr...uction and ceramic coating complemented by an anti-slip handle for safe use. Type: Fry Pan, Skillet, Saute Pan Material:... read more

T-fal
$60.00 $35.99

"T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Covered 10-in. Deep Saute Fry Pan. This saute pan is constructed in hard-anodized aluminum so you ca...n cook and clean with ease. The patented T-fal Thermospot system lets you know when your pan is perfectly preheated to... read more

T-fal®
$60.00 $35.99

T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Covered 10-in. Deep Saute Fry Pan. This saute pan is constructed in hard-anodized aluminum so you can... cook and clean with ease. The patented T-fal Thermospot system lets you know when your pan is perfectly preheated to seal in the flavor of your food. The non-stick interior is exceptionally durable and is scratch resistant, safe for use with metal utensils. The Anti-Warp Techno-Resist Base provides outstanding warp resistance and even heat distribution for optimal cooking results. read more

Chantal
$315.00 $260.00

Durable steel constructionConveniently usable with magnetic induction stovesSafe to use with all utensils, including metalDishwash...er-safe for easy cleaning11-inch skillet. The Chantal Onyx Copper Fusion 11 in. Saute Skillet doesn't just look good – it performs like a champion. This steel titan is induction-ready, dishwasher-safe, and usable with all utensils for a cooking experience most versatile, and its ergonomic stay-cool handles will keep you safe and comfortable in all your kitchen endeavors. read more

Straight-Side Skillet with Lid

This flat-bottom pan with short, straight sides is great for shallow frying. Because this type of skillet typically has a lid, it also works well for braising meats.

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Le Creuset
$165.00

This versatile cast iron skillet, in a decor-friendly neutral, is clad in smooth, vitrified porcelain, rendering each piece imperv...ious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Non-reactive cooking surface does not require seasoning. Compatible with all types... read more

Calphalon
$225.00 $69.99

Eight- and ten-inch fry pans have wide, flat bottoms and easy-release nonstick surfaces that evenly sear, brown, saute and seal in... juices when cooking meats, seafood and vegetables. Crafted from heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum, it's so durable that... read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$300.00 $99.99

Produced in Belgium, the Demeyere fry pan features seven-layer, fully clad construction for unequaled searing, frying, browning an...d consistently even cooking. Proprietary technology ensures that the pan's base stays flat even when heated. Other... read more

All-Clad
$134.95

This stainless cookware is perfect for everyday use with traditional electric or gas ranges, as well as induction cooktops. The pu...re aluminum core covers the bottom of the pan and also extends up the sides. This provides superior heat conductivity as... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

If you're just beginning to stock your kitchen with pans, a small and a large skillet are good essentials. You can always add another size or two and a skillet of a different style. Frying pans and skillets are made in a variety of metals -- heavy stainless steel, enameled cast iron, hard-anodized aluminum, and triple-ply pans are all good choices for home cooks. Know that it may be necessary to replace skillets periodically, depending on the finish and wear and tear on the pan.

Sizes

Skillets typically come in four sizes: 6 inches (small), 8 inches (medium), 10 inches (large), and 12 inches (very large). Each size offers the just right surface area for cooking various foods: A small skillet is great for making omelets; medium and large are best for sauteing ingredients; and extra-large is needed for searing several chops or sauteing big-batch recipes. It’s important to have a size to fit the amount of food you are cooking -- a too-small skillet will crowd the food and cause it to steam instead of saute, and a too-large pan will allow too much surface area and cause the food to dry out and cook too fast.

Nonstick

A nonstick interior surface reduces the amount of fat needed for sauteing. Know that any stirring or turning utensils need to be wooden or heat-resistant plastic to avoid damaging the surface of the pan.

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Le Creuset
$134.95

Le cresset toughened nonstick aluminum cookware features patented, extra tough, PFOA-free, non-stick coating which is superb for f...ood release. Resists distortion and warping and works with any stovetop. Comes with Le cresset lifetime warranty and standards for high quality. read more

Le Creuset
$174.95

Complete your cookware set with the Le Creuset Stainless Steel Nonstick 9.5 in. Nonstick Deep Fry Pan. Crafted from stainless stee...l, it has a durable non-stick coating for easy cleaning and also features tri-ply construction for even heating. Use this... read more

Le Creuset
$124.95

Le cresset toughened nonstick aluminum cookware features patented, extra tough, PFOA-free, non-stick coating which is superb for f...ood release. Resists distortion and warping and works with any stovetop. Comes with Le cresset lifetime warranty and standards for high quality. read more

Cuisinart
$49.95

Cuisinart Chef's Classic NonStick, Open 12-Inch Hard-Anodized Skillet You ready to step up to the big family get-togther? Sloped s...ides, a wide flat bottom and an open design will make frying fish, sautéing onions or browning big batches of chicken seem easy. Your guests may want you to do it again next time, but at least it lets you avoid all of your uncle's embarassing stories. What You Get 12" skillet Manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty Good to Know read more

Handles

The handles on many skillets are extensions of the pan, so they are molded and shaped from the same material, such as cast iron. There are other handles, however, that are made of other heat-resistant materials, and some that even offer a soft grip. Choose a handle that is easy to hold and has a comfortable grip.

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Rachael Ray
$54.99 $43.16

Non-stick hard-anodized aluminum/li>Silicone-over-stainless-steel handlesNot recommended for induction stovetopOven Safe to 400°FD...ishwasher safeSuper conductivity and even heat11-inch covered saute skillet includes lid. From brunch to brioche the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack Skillet Set with Handle Accent is at your service and dressed to kill with eye-catching colored silicone accents. The queen of breezily rustic modern style Rachael Ray closely guards her stamp of approval. This pair passes the test as they're carefully crafted of hard-anodized aluminum to ensure rapid all-over heating. A combination of craftsmanship and quality materials reduces hot spots to reduce the incidence of burning. Espresso-colored nonstick coatings release food like nobody's business and do not contain PFOA for health's sake. These coatings are a next-generation technology that will keep up with the demands of daily use for a long while to come. Powerful rivets connect the handles which are made of stainless steel and covered with heat-stopping silicone for the comfort and safety of your hands. Oven safe to 400°F this pair is perfect for hearty skillet meals like Rachael's Sausage and Butternut Squash or for sautéing a veggie in olive oil while poaching mahi mahi in a light white wine sauce. These skillets are tough enough for daily use and can be conveniently dispatched to the dishwasher. Color: Gray with Orange Handles/Gray with Cranberry Handles/Gray with Blue Handles. read more

Rachael Ray
$58.49

The appealing espresso-colored nonstick is PFOA-free and long-lasting to provide easy food release and cleanup. Offering a comfort...able grasp, the rustically designed skillet's silicone-over-stainless-steel handles are dual riveted for added strength... read more

Rachael Ray
$56.49

Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, this handsome Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick 14-inch Skillet with Helper Handle pr...ovides fast, even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn foods. It's the ideal pan for preparing sunny-side-up... read more

Rachael Ray
$54.99 $43.16

Non-stick hard-anodized aluminum/li>Silicone-over-stainless-steel handlesNot recommended for induction stovetopOven Safe to 400°FD...ishwasher safeSuper conductivity and even heat11-inch covered saute skillet includes lid. From brunch to brioche the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack Skillet Set with Handle Accent is at your service and dressed to kill with eye-catching colored silicone accents. The queen of breezily rustic modern style Rachael Ray closely guards her stamp of approval. This pair passes the test as they're carefully crafted of hard-anodized aluminum to ensure rapid all-over heating. A combination of craftsmanship and quality materials reduces hot spots to reduce the incidence of burning. Espresso-colored nonstick coatings release food like nobody's business and do not contain PFOA for health's sake. These coatings are a next-generation technology that will keep up with the demands of daily use for a long while to come. Powerful rivets connect the handles which are made of stainless steel and covered with heat-stopping silicone for the comfort and safety of your hands. Oven safe to 400°F this pair is perfect for hearty skillet meals like Rachael's Sausage and Butternut Squash or for sautéing a veggie in olive oil while poaching mahi mahi in a light white wine sauce. These skillets are tough enough for daily use and can be conveniently dispatched to the dishwasher. Color: Gray with Cranberry Handles. read more

Ovenproof

Some recipes, such as frittatas, call for starting the cooking process on the stovetop and finishing it in the same pan in the oven. The entire skillet should be ovenproof, including the handle.

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Calphalon
$225.00 $69.99

Eight- and ten-inch fry pans have wide, flat bottoms and easy-release nonstick surfaces that evenly sear, brown, saute and seal in... juices when cooking meats, seafood and vegetables. Crafted from heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum, it's so durable that... read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$300.00 $99.99

Produced in Belgium, the Demeyere fry pan features seven-layer, fully clad construction for unequaled searing, frying, browning an...d consistently even cooking. Proprietary technology ensures that the pan's base stays flat even when heated. Other... read more

Cuisinart
$135.00 $69.95

Special Offer Receive a $20 Shop Card with mail-in rebate when you purchase $99 or more in Cuisinart products. Use this rebate for...m now through May 12.Cuisinart MultiClad Unlimited professional cookware is an investment that will prove its worth with... read more

All-Clad
$205.00 $119.95

Put the cookware that's found in many four-star kitchens to work for you. This professional-grade, triple-ply pan from All-Cladr i...s made with an extra-thick, pure aluminum core that extends from the bottom all the way up the sides for superior heat... read more

Cuisinart
$80.00 $39.95

Cuisinart is leading the way in eco-friendly branded cookware with their new Green Gourmet line. This state-of-the-art cookware is... a versatile modern option featuring Cuisinart's exclusive Ceramica r nonstick and non-petroleum based technology for... read more

All-Clad
$155.00 $99.95

Put the cookware that's found in many four-star kitchens to work for you. This professional-grade, triple-ply pan from All-Cladr i...s made with an extra-thick, pure aluminum core that extends from the bottom all the way up the sides for superior heat... read more

Calphalon
$180.00 $99.95

Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, heavy-gauge aluminum exterior and nonstick interior for even heat conductivity and e...asy cleanup. Deep skillet has a domed, tempered glass lid with stainless steel rim and ergonomic, stay-cool stainless... read more

Crate&Barrel
$374.99 $249.99

GreenPan Padova hard-anodized fry pans are classic kitchen go-tos for frying and sauteing. Engineered for high performance, the po...ts and pans in this 10-piece set are coated with Thermolon Minerals for healthy cooking as well as easy release and clean... read more

Calphalon
$120.00 $49.95

Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, heavy-gauge aluminum exterior and triple-layered nonstick interiors for even heat co...nductivity and easy cleanup. Multipurpose frying pans have stay-cool brushed stainless steel handles.View all Calphalon... read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$75.00 $59.95

We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless-steel kni...ves, to bring you this new ceramic nonstick cookware exclusive to Crate and Barrel. The breakthrough CeraForce non-stick... read more

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