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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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CIA Masters
$119.95 $150.00
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The CIA 10 Fry Pan is technically perhaps a saute pan, but not in the U.S. where the pan with sloped sides is referred to as a fry...pan or skillet. The fry pan is probably read more

CIA Masters
$164.95 $200.00
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The CIA 12 Fry Pan is technically considered a saute pan, but not in the U.S. where the pan with sloped sides is referred to as a ...frypan or skillet. The fry pan is probably read more

Emeril
$39.99-$79.99
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Hard-Anodized is the essence of durability, practicality and low maintenance. Even tougher than Stainless, the Emeril? Hard-Anodiz...ed Collection features a superior nonstick interior for unsurpassed durability and super easy clean up. You?ll develop a soft spot for how it looks and cooks. The "workhorse" of all cookware shapes, Emeril's Fry Pans are versatile in shape and size, make them a frequent choice for scrambling eggs and frying bacon on Sunday morning, or preparing a quick chicken saut? dinner on a weeknight. Nonstick Fry Pans are oven-safe up to 450F. 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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Hot Solutions Insulated Skillet Holder Only, 13 dia., oval, side rails, rolled edge, notched foot, stackable, fits any standard fa...jita skillet, 500 F temperature capacity, plastic with polyester blend insulation, black ( Service Ideas - HS13BL2 ) read more

Allpoints Foodservice Parts & Supplies

This All Points 22-1118 silver and black knob with pointer is a perfect fit for your compatible oven, toaster, steam kettle, or ti...lt skillet. It measures 2" in diameter and is used to replace your broken or worn out oven, toaster, steam kettle, or tilt skillet knob with minimal downtime. read more

Tuxton

Enhance your banquet or buffet with this Tuxton GLP-650 porcelain white skillet from the Linx collection! Its trendy design, when ...combined with the classic, porcelain white color will complement any decor! This attractive 6.5 oz. china skillet is ideal for a wide variety of foods, and is intended for oven to table service. With a brilliant, porcelain white color that creates a clean, crisp backdrop, this skillet will emphasize your culinary creation's appetizing colors, ensuring that your menu items look just as delicious as they taste. Backed by Tuxton's lifetime edge chip limited warranty, this item is oven-proof and microwave and dishwasher-safe, allowing you to serve your signature dishes time and time again. Sold 12 per case. Overall Dimensions: Diameter (Includes Handle): 9" Depth: 1 1/4" Capacity: 6.5 oz. read more

All-Clad

The workhorse of all cookware shapes, All-Clad fry pans' versatile shape and size make them a frequent choice for scrambling eggs ...and bacon on Sunday morning, or preparing a quick chicken saute dinner on a weeknight. All-Clad conventional fry pans go in the oven and under the broiler. Lifetime warranty from All-Clad with normal use and proper care. Made in the USA! . Lifetime warranty from All-Clad with normal use and proper care. Made in the USA! 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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Meyer

Shop for Skillets & Fry Pans from Hayneedle.com! Get big style points for both your food and cookware with the Contempo Stainless ...Steel Nonstick 12.5 in. Covered Nonstick Deep Skillet. This pan features stainless steel construction that's safe for all stove tops. Its encapsulated aluminum base offers even heating while its tempered lid lets you keep an eye on your food. Silicone-covered handles offer comfort and control when moving from stove to oven. It also features a hi-low interior groove system that gives a high resistance to abrasion and requires little or no oil when cooking. Oven-safe up to 400 degrees F. read more

Meyer

Shop for Skillets & Fry Pans from Hayneedle.com! Style and versatility make for tasty meals, especially when using the Contempo St...ainless Steel Nonstick 8.5 in. Open Nonstick Skillet. This beautiful pan features a stainless steel construction safe for all stove tops and a slick, nonstick cooking surface. Its encapsulated aluminum base offers even heating while its silicone-covered handle offers comfort and control when moving from stove to oven. It also features a hi-low interior groove system that gives a high resistance to abrasion and requires little or no oil when cooking. Oven-safe up to 400 degrees F. read more

Paula Deen
$39.99-$49.99
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The Paula Deen Speckled Porcelain Twin Pack has a durable exterior that is stain resistant and unique with it's speckled finish. T...he Silicone handles are dual riveted and comfortable with tempered glass lids. The heavy gauge construction is perfect for quick even heating and nonstick interior and porcelain exterior makes for an easy clean up. read more

Meyer
$39.99
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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

Shop for Cooking and Food Preparation at The Home Depot. Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, this handsome Rachael Ray Cucina Har...d-Anodized Nonstick 14 in. Skillet with Helper Handle provides fast, even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn foods. It? s the ideal pan for preparing sunny-side-up eggs for family breakfast in the morning and pan-searing marinated pork chops for an evening meal with friends. The appealing espresso-colored nonstick is PFOA-free and long-lasting to provide easy food release and cleanup. Offering a comfortable grasp, the rustically designed skillet? s silicone-over-stainless-steel handles are dual riveted for added strength and boast an earthy, modern hue for a dash of color - the helper handle aids in moving the pan between kitchen stations. Oven safe to 400? F, the durable pan is suitable for all stovetops, except induction. Dishwasher safe for convenience, this inviting skillet makes an attractive addition to serveware, dinnerware and other cookware pieces in the beautiful Rachael Ray Cucina collection. Day and night, enjoy the rustic, modern style of the professionally crafted Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodized Nonstick 14 in. Skillet with Helper Handle. read more

Farberware

Shop for Cooking and Food Preparation at The Home Depot. New Traditions pairs the time-tested trust and reliability of Farberware ...with colorful, updated style that? s ideal for busy homes and family kitchens, and this Farberware New Traditions Speckled Aluminum Nonstick 12-1/2 in. Covered Skillet with Side Handles is the perfect example. Crafted with high-performance aluminum with a charming, bell-shaped profile, the vibrant skillet boasts a colorful speckled porcelain enamel exterior that adds a warm, table-ready touch, and the skillet features two rubberized side handles in matching colors that make it easier to transfer the pan between kitchen stations. It? s ideal for preparing an asparagus frittata or breaded pork chops. The skillet? s long-lasting nonstick interior delivers excellent food release and easy cleanup, and the shatter-resistant glass lid makes it easy to monitor simmering sauces without losing heat or moisture. Oven safe to 350? F, this lively skillet makes a refreshing addition to cookware sets and other specialty pots and pans in the Farberware collections. Combining color and convenience, the Farberware New Traditions Speckled Aluminum Nonstick 12-1/2 in. Covered Skillet makes preparing delicious meals easier than ever. 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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Hot Solutions Insulated Skillet Holder Only, 13 dia., oval, side rails, rolled edge, notched foot, stackable, fits any standard fa...jita skillet, 500 F temperature capacity, plastic with polyester blend insulation, black ( Service Ideas - HS13BL2 ) read more

Service Ideas 13-in Insulated Skillet Holder w/ Side Rails, Rolled Edge, Black
Tuxton

Enhance your banquet or buffet with this Tuxton GLP-650 porcelain white skillet from the Linx collection! Its trendy design, when ...combined with the classic, porcelain white color will complement any decor! This attractive 6.5 oz. china skillet is ideal for a wide variety of foods, and is intended for oven to table service. With a brilliant, porcelain white color that creates a clean, crisp backdrop, this skillet will emphasize your culinary creation's appetizing colors, ensuring that your menu items look just as delicious as they taste. Backed by Tuxton's lifetime edge chip limited warranty, this item is oven-proof and microwave and dishwasher-safe, allowing you to serve your signature dishes time and time again. Sold 12 per case. Overall Dimensions: Diameter (Includes Handle): 9" Depth: 1 1/4" Capacity: 6.5 oz. read more

Tuxton GLP-650 Linx 6.5 oz. Porcelain White Skillet - 12 / Case
BrylaneHome
$39.99 $69.99
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This non-stick hard anodized covered fry pan makes for less mess and healthier cooking. measures: 14 heavyweight, quick-and-even-...heating anodized aluminum cookware with mirror-finished outside has a super-durable, triple-layer Xylan Eterna non-stick finish inside for flawless food release family-size design with riveted stay-cool handle hand wash be sure to browse our great selection of kitchen solutions including bakeware essentials! Why Buy? BrylaneHome offers the best of cookware at great values. You'll love spending time in the kitchen thanks to our sleek cookware sets that look great on the stove top. read more

Brylanehome Non-Stick Hard Anodized 14 Cov'd Fry Pan
All-Clad
$169.95 $250.00
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One French skillet isn't enough, so this All-Clad d5 brushed stainless skillet set will make a nice addition to the kitchen. The s...et includes a matching set of All-Clad d5 brushed stainless French skillets: One read more

All Clad d5 Brushed Stainless 2 Piece French Skillet Set
All-Clad
$99.95 $155.00
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A tremendous deal on a promotionally priced All-Clad fry pan with lid - for a limited time! The mid-sized 10 inch Fry Pan in th...e Stainless Collection by All-Clad is suitable for most standard read more

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All-Clad
$119.95 $205.00
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A tremendous deal on a promotionally priced All-Clad fry pan with lid - for a limited time! The All Clad Stainless Tri-Ply 12 in...ch fry pan skillet is the most popular items in All Clad's read more

All Clad Stainless 12-inch Fry Pan with Lid Promo
All-Clad
$79.95 $100.00
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Not your ordinary skillet, the 7 inch French Skillet is an artfully designed skillet available from All-Clad in the Stainless line.... The French Skillet has deeper sides than an average skillet, making flipping pancakes and read more

All-Clad Stainless 7-inch Nonstick French Skillet Pan
Calphalon
$69.95 $225.00
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This Calphalon 8 and 10-inch Slide Nonstick Skillet Set features a flat, heavy-bottom pan with a wide surface to provide even heat.... The sloped sides are designed for easy tossing and rolling. The revolutionary Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly, essential for creating tender omelette's and delicate sauces. And a specially textured Sear Nonstick surface that seals in flavor to create juicy braised beef, tuna and vegetables. Each surface is designed to enhance the specific cooking purpose of the pan. read more

Unison Nonstick 8-inch and 10-inch Fry Pan Combo
BrylaneHome
$24.99 $49.99
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Nothing spreads heat more evenly or holds heat longer than cast iron cookware. A cast iron skillet is great whether youre frying ...chicken, grilling a steak, sauteing veggies or toasting a grilled cheese sandwich. oven safe hand wash become a master chef with the use of our durable selection of cooking and baking essentials, and make things even easier with the help of sleek kitchen appliances. Includes: 6¬Ĺ, 8 and 10. Why Buy?Offering a variety of sizes, this set lets you cook up a range of great meals. Not to mention it comes at a great value that fits right into your budget. read more

Brylanehome Set Of 3 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets
BrylaneHome
$19.99 $49.99
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These pre-seasoned cast-iron frying pans distribute heat evenly and retain heat longer. Theyre great for plenty of cooking needs!... a BrylaneHome Exclusive! 8 open frying pan 10 open frying pan oven safe hand wash be sure to browse all of our great cookware solutions, as well as bakeware essentials! Why Buy?These lightweight pans make for an easier time in the kitchen and you get two for one great price! read more

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