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Frying Pans & Skillets Buying Guide

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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Nissan
$49.99
at Amazon

Nissan Professional 8-inch Non-Stick Commercial Fry /saute Pan, dishwasher safe, bright bold color, warranty againt manufacturing ...defects, Oven safe to 350-degree F read more

Swiss Diamond

We have had high demand for this set, and now it is here! Our top selling 9.5 inch (24 cm) fry pan coupled with our top selling 9....5 inch (24 cm) saute pan accented by the stunning stainless steel handles make one attractive set. These will quickly become the two most used pans in any well-equipped kitchen. Like all Swiss Diamond fry pans, this fry pan has sloped sides so that foods flip and slide out easily. Use it for cooking omelets, pancakes, and quesadillas; sauteing vegetables; or searing steaks, fish and poultry. The casserole dish is perfect for cooking paella, stews, and any meat dish. The diamond-reinforced nonstick surface makes clean-up effortless. Stay cool handles are attached without rivets to prevent bacteria build-up. Pans are oven safe up to 500 F. This set ships with a 9.5 inch (24 cm) tempered glass lid. read more

T-fal??
$35.99 $60.00
at Belk

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

Swiss Diamond

The shiny black diamond-reinforced coating of the Induction 3 Piece Set: Fry Pan and Saute Pan by Swiss Diamond is eye-catching, b...ut it's the performance and convenience that will have cooks singing its praises. Whether creating a batch of jambalaya in the covered Saute pan or frying a chicken breast in the skillet, this high-quality, durable cookware for induction cooktops will help any dish come to life with ease. Cleaning is also a breeze our nonstick pans. This Swiss Diamond Induction 3-Piece Set includes our most versatile items: 11 inch Induction Fry Pan (28cm), 4.3-quart Induction Saute Pan, and an 11 inch lid that fits both items. 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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Sparrows Tree

Young Living's titanium pans are premium cookware products that cook evenly without sticking, won't warp or lose their shape, and ...don't have Teflon coating. The titanium coating allows you to cook with little or no fat and is non-porous. The bases are... read more

Sparrows Tree

Young Living's titanium pans are premium cookware products that cook evenly without sticking, won't warp or lose their shape, and ...don't have Teflon coating. The titanium coating allows you to cook with little or no fat and is non-porous. The bases are... read more

Sparrows Tree

Young Living's titanium pans are premium cookware products that cook evenly without sticking, won't warp or lose their shape, and ...don't have Teflon coating. The titanium coating allows you to cook with little or no fat and is non-porous. The bases are... read more

Bayou Classic

Heavy-duty cast iron skillet is ideal for all your outdoor cooking needs. 20in. diameter x 3in. deep pan lets you prepare hearty m...eals that will feed a hungry crew. Depth in. 3, Product Type Skillet, Dimensions L x W in. 20 x 20, Material Type Cast... 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. Itís 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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Calphalon Simply Nonstick

The Simply Calphalon 12-in. Nonstick Skillet features heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum construction that ensures eggs cook up qu...ickly and evenly. The low, sloped sides and double-coated nonstick interior make it easy to flip your omelet. read more

Calphalon
$39.95 $75.00
at CHEFS Catalog

Fry Pans & Skillets - Serve up flavorful dishes for even the most gourmet taste buds with the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Omel...ette Pan. Fluffy egg dishes, pan-fried chicken, almond-crusted salmon and endless recipes in this all-round skillet require little or no added fats. The Calphalon multi-layer nonstick cooking surface quickly and evenly browns chicken tenders and country potatoes and sears chops and steaks in no time. Engineered of heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum, the classically styled omelette pan is also handy for poaching eggs, sauteing vegetables and reducing sauces. The flared rim assists with smooth pouring of ingredients. The Calphalon skillet nonreactive interior ensures effortless food release and speedy dishwasher cleanup. Handsome matte finish will not chip, crack or stain. Cast, brushed stainless steel loop handle stays cool. Designed for gas, ceramic, glass, electric and halogen cooktops, the Calphalon cookware is oven safe to 450 F.Since the 1960s, both professional and home che - Specifications Material: hard-anodized aluminum body; multi-layer nonstick; cast, brushed stainless steel handle Made in China 8" Omelette Pan Model: 1877040 Size: 8" Dia. (14 1/4" with handle) x 1 3/4"H Base: 6 1/4" Dia. Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. 10" Omelette Pan Model: 1877037 Size: 10" Dia. (18 3/4" with handle) x 2"H Base: 7 1/2" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. 12" Omelette Pan Model: 1876969 Size: 12" Dia. ( 21 1/2" with handle) x 2 1/4"H Base: 8 3/4" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 14 oz. 10" and 12" Omelette Pan Set Model: 1876838 Care and Use Before using your Calphalon Contemporary nonstick skillet for the first time, hand wash in warm, sudsy water and dry thoroughly. The Calphalon nonstick cookware is dishwasher safe, but hand washing helps protect the cookware's finish. For stubborn spots on the exterior only, use Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser and a nonabrasive sponge read more

Calphalon

Fry Pans & Skillets - Serve up flavorful dishes for even the most gourmet taste buds with the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Omel...ette Pan. Fluffy egg dishes, pan-fried chicken, almond-crusted salmon and endless recipes in this all-round skillet require little or no added fats. The Calphalon multi-layer nonstick cooking surface quickly and evenly browns chicken tenders and country potatoes and sears chops and steaks in no time. Engineered of heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum, the classically styled omelette pan is also handy for poaching eggs, sauteing vegetables and reducing sauces. The flared rim assists with smooth pouring of ingredients. The Calphalon skillet nonreactive interior ensures effortless food release and speedy dishwasher cleanup. Handsome matte finish will not chip, crack or stain. Cast, brushed stainless steel loop handle stays cool. Designed for gas, ceramic, glass, electric and halogen cooktops, the Calphalon cookware is oven safe to 450 F.Since the 1960s, both professional and home che - Specifications Material: hard-anodized aluminum body; multi-layer nonstick; cast, brushed stainless steel handle Made in China 8" Omelette Pan Model: 1877040 Size: 8" Dia. (14 1/4" with handle) x 1 3/4"H Base: 6 1/4" Dia. Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. 10" Omelette Pan Model: 1877037 Size: 10" Dia. (18 3/4" with handle) x 2"H Base: 7 1/2" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. 12" Omelette Pan Model: 1876969 Size: 12" Dia. ( 21 1/2" with handle) x 2 1/4"H Base: 8 3/4" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 14 oz. 10" and 12" Omelette Pan Set Model: 1876838 Care and Use Before using your Calphalon Contemporary nonstick skillet for the first time, hand wash in warm, sudsy water and dry thoroughly. The Calphalon nonstick cookware is dishwasher safe, but hand washing helps protect the cookware's finish. For stubborn spots on the exterior only, use Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser and a nonabrasive sponge read more

Calphalon

Fry Pans & Skillets - Serve up flavorful dishes for even the most gourmet taste buds with the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Omel...ette Pan. Fluffy egg dishes, pan-fried chicken, almond-crusted salmon and endless recipes in this all-round skillet require little or no added fats. The Calphalon multi-layer nonstick cooking surface quickly and evenly browns chicken tenders and country potatoes and sears chops and steaks in no time. Engineered of heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum, the classically styled omelette pan is also handy for poaching eggs, sauteing vegetables and reducing sauces. The flared rim assists with smooth pouring of ingredients. The Calphalon skillet nonreactive interior ensures effortless food release and speedy dishwasher cleanup. Handsome matte finish will not chip, crack or stain. Cast, brushed stainless steel loop handle stays cool. Designed for gas, ceramic, glass, electric and halogen cooktops, the Calphalon cookware is oven safe to 450 F.Since the 1960s, both professional and home che - Specifications Material: hard-anodized aluminum body; multi-layer nonstick; cast, brushed stainless steel handle Made in China 8" Omelette Pan Model: 1877040 Size: 8" Dia. (14 1/4" with handle) x 1 3/4"H Base: 6 1/4" Dia. Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. 10" Omelette Pan Model: 1877037 Size: 10" Dia. (18 3/4" with handle) x 2"H Base: 7 1/2" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. 12" Omelette Pan Model: 1876969 Size: 12" Dia. ( 21 1/2" with handle) x 2 1/4"H Base: 8 3/4" Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 14 oz. 10" and 12" Omelette Pan Set Model: 1876838 Care and Use Before using your Calphalon Contemporary nonstick skillet for the first time, hand wash in warm, sudsy water and dry thoroughly. The Calphalon nonstick cookware is dishwasher safe, but hand washing helps protect the cookware's finish. For stubborn spots on the exterior only, use Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser and a nonabrasive sponge 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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Chasseur

This high quality frying pan is a pleasure to cook with. Its thick iron construction heats evenly and ideally on both electric and... gas ranges for rich, flavorful meals. read more

Chasseur

Make easy work of cooking with the Red Cast Iron Frying Pan with Wood-handle. This cast iron pan features a red enameled finish th...at enhances the look, and a wooden handle that stays cool for ease of use while cooking. read more

King Kooker
$47.49 $57.99
at Sears

This King Kooker rectangular aluminum fry pan set is perfect for use with your King Kooker portable propane outdoor cookers when c...amping and tailgating. 15 qt. rectangular aluminum fry pan with punched rectangular aluminum basket with heat resistant handle. King Kooker lets you eat like a king! 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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King Kooker
$64.99 $89.99
at Sears

Cook a variety of foods in the large 8-qt. aluminum fry pan and punched aluminum basket with heat-resistant handles over the 12in.... propane outdoor cooker. CSA certified. BTU Output 54,000, Capacity lbs. 14 7/8, CSA Yes, Burners qty. 1, Burner Diameter in. 12, Product Type Outdoor cooker, Pieces qty. 6, Dimensions L x W x H in. 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 12, Regulator and Gas Hose Included Yes, Capacity gal. 2, Fuel Type Propane, Material Type Aluminum fry pan/basket. Recessed top ring Large bottom ring for extra stability Aluminum fry pan is 12 3/8in. dia. x 4 7/8in.H Propane tank not included Model Number: 1205. Size: 54. Age Group: Adult. read more

Propane Cooker with Fry Pan - 54,000 BTU, Model# 1205
Circulon
$39.99 $80.00
at JCPenney

Two skillets are better than one, and the Circulon Genesis aluminum nonstick 9??" and 10?? " skillets are two versatile essentials... for the kitchen. heavy-duty aluminum construction provides fast and even heating, and the stylish porcelain exteriors are stain resistant and easy to clean unique TOTAL Food Release System combines durable, top-quality nonstick with raised circles to reduce abrasion from metal and other utensils long-lasting nonstick cooking surfaces resist scratching, staining and chipping, and provide extraordinary food release stainless steel handles are double-riveted for strength oven safe to 500F Aluminum/stainless steel. Hand wash. Imported. read more

Circulon Genesis 9" and 10" Aluminum Nonstick Skillets
Kitchenaid
$24.99 $44.99
at Target

Find Cookware, Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! One of the most used pans in any well-equipped kitchen, this versatile skillet i...s ideal for cooking omelets, pancakes, and quesadillas, as well as saut??ing vegetables and searing meat or fish. And our durable 3-layer interior coating ensures long-lasting nonstick performance. read more

KitchenAid 8" Stainless Steel Skillet - Black
Maverick Indust
$19.13 $29.99
at Walmart

Mesh Frying Pan is perfect for grilling shrimp, fish - any foods not easily put on the grill surface; Allows the cook to toss the ...ingredients using the long stainless steel handle; Made from high quality #304 stainless steel. MFP-01CR Mesh Fry Pan is a clocks product made by Maverick furnishings. read more

Indust Mesh Grill Fry Pan Removable handle MFP01CR
Metal Fusion, Inc.
$15.45 $19.99
at Walmart

Great for use at the campsite or in the kitchen, the 9 Cast Iron Square Griddle is perfect for preparing burgers, steaks, eggs, pa...ncakes and tortillas. The pour spout allows for easy clean up of oil. Cast iron construction allows for even heat distribution, eliminating cold spots. The skillet has ribbed center. It is pre-seasoned and ready to cook. read more

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 9" Square Skillet with Handles and Pour Spout
Le Creuset
$89.95 $125.00
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Fry Pans & Skillets - Hot-forging prevents warping of the Le Creuset Forged Hard-Anodized Nonstick Shallow Fry Pan that stands up ...to years of everyday use. With a reinforced, triple-layer nonstick cooking surface that will not peel or flake, the nonstick shallow frying pan ensures superb cooking and carefree dishwasher cleanup. The lower-profile forged hard-anodized skillet offers a wider cooking surface area for pan-frying, searing, braising and sauteing. Engineered to take the heat up to 500 F and evenly distribute it, the Le Creuset hard-anodized shallow fry pan uses little or no added oil or sprays to create endless recipes from fluffy omelettes and French toast to crab cakes and parmesan asparagus. Fully induction-ready with a magnetic stainless-steel base, the nonstick shallow frying pan heats with fast, even consistency and no hot spots.Whether you sear, braise, pan-fry or saute, your delicious pork cutlets to grilled sandwiches cook faster and release effortlessly from the forged hard-anodized skill - Specifications Material: heavy-gauge forged aluminum; reinforced, triple-layer nonstick cooking surface; magnetic and polished stainless-steel Made in China 8 Shallow Fry Pan Model: HA2200-20 Size: 8 Dia. (15L with handle) x 1 1/2H (2 3/4 with handle) Base: 6 Dia. Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. 9 1/2 Shallow Fry Pan Model: HA2200-24 Size: 9 1/2 Dia. (17 3/4L with handle) x 1 3/4H (3 with handle) Base: 7 1/4 Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 6 oz. 11 Shallow Fry Pan Model: HA2200-28 Size: 11 Dia. (19 1/4L with handle) x 1 3/4H (2 3/4 with handle) Base: 8 3/4 Dia. Weight: 3 lb. 12 Shallow Fry Pan Model: HA2200-30 Size: 12 Dia. (20L with handle) x 1 3/4H (3 with handle) Base: 9 1/4 Dia. Weight: 3 lb. 2 oz. Use and Care Before first use, wash the Le Creuset hard-anodized shallow fry pan in hot, soapy water. Rinse read more

Forged Hard-Anodized Shallow Fry Pans - 8" - Le Creuset Forged Hard-Anodized
Demeyere Proline
$189.95 $277.50
at Wayfair

Demeyere Proline features a unique Silvinox surface treatment that improves the resistance of stainless steel preventing discolora...tion, tarnishing and dulling due to handling, and contact with aggressive detergents and certain foods. read more

Proline Stainless Steel Skillet
Mauviel M'heritage 150S
$174.95 $315.00
at Wayfair

The Mauviel M'heritage 150S collection is a combination of two powerful and traditional materials, copper and stainless steel. The... handles are constructed of sturdy riveted stainless steel. This blend of materials energizes the pleasure of cooking. The copper allows for unsurpassed heat conductivity and control, and the stainless steel interior is ideal for all daily cooking needs. 18/10 stainless steel interior preserves the taste and nutritional qualities of foods and easy to clean. read more

M'heritage 150S Copper Skillet

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