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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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BON CHEF
$121.99

Saute Pan/skillet, Capacity (qt.) 1, Overall Length (in.) 10-1/8, Overall Width (in.) 10-1/8, Overall Height (in.) 1-7/8, Handle T...ype Round, Color Red, Material Stainless Steel, Includes Lid read more

Cook N Home
$29.99

This set includes a frying pan with a 10" diameter x 2" height. Nonstick coating is premier grade quality, cadmium and lead free, ...durable double coating system. Cookware uses thick-gauge aluminum material, which provides super heat conductivity without... read more

Cook N Home
$30.14

The handle attaches to the pan with two strong rivets. Do not use metal utensil, it will scratch nonstick coating, over-heating wi...ll damage nonstick coating, put hot pan in cold water will reduce nonstick coating life span.Construction: Single... read more

Cook N Home
$33.99

This set includes a frying pan with a 12" diameter x 2.2" height. Nonstick coating is premier grade quality, cadmium and lead free..., durable double coating system. Cookware uses thick-gauge aluminum material, which provides super heat conductivity... 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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Calphalon
$180.00 $99.95

Individual Cookware: Calphalon Contemporary ™ Non-Stick 13" Deep Skillet with Lid - Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, ...heavy-gauge aluminum exterior and nonstick interior for even heat conductivity and easy cleanup. Deep skillet has a domed, tempered glass lid with stainless steel rim and ergonomic, stay-cool stainless handle.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding Registry offers -Heavy-gauge aluminum -Highly conductive -Hard-anodized exterior -Nonstick interior -Stay-cool brushed stainless-steel handle -Domed tempered glass lid with stainless read more

Calphalon
$180.00 $89.00

Cookware Sets: Calphalon Contemporary ™ Non-Stick 2-Piece Fry Pan Set with Lids - Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, he...avy-gauge aluminum exterior and triple-layered nonstick interiors for even heat conductivity and easy cleanup. Multipurpose frying pans have stay-cool brushed stainless steel handles. Domed lids are tempered glass with stainless steel rims and handles.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding Registry offers -Heavy-gauge aluminum -Highly conductive -Tempered glass and stainless steel lids -Dishwasher-safe -Oven-safe to 450 degrees read more

Anolon
$80.00

Cook up a storm in the kitchen with this Anolon Nouvelle copper skillet. Featuring a quality stainless steel construction with a c...opper and aluminium sandwich bottom, it promises unrivaled durability. Oven-safe up to 500 F, this stainless steel skillet... read more

Brylane Home
$79.99

8/10 mirror exterior finish for a classic look & professional performance. Nonstick surface for delicate sauces, vegetables, o...r meats; heats & cools quickly for precise temp control. Cool grip handles stay cool on stovetop, unique thumb rests riveted for balance  & control when lifting & pouring. Titanium reinforced nonstick cooking suface for a lifetime of healthy cooking without added butter or oils. Dishwasher cleaning for ease and helps to maintain the mirror finish 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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Cuisinart
$79.99 $31.99

Cuisinart 12-in. NonStick Aluminum Open Skillet. Every cook's favorite, the skillet can be used to brown, sear, braise a variety o...f foods and even cook bacon and eggs for breakfast. Featuring a nonstick interior, this skillet cleans up easily. read more

Cuisinart
$29.98

Cuisinart Chef's Classic Non-Stick Stainless skillets have sloped sides and wide flat bottoms for frying fish, sauting onions and ...garlic, or browning big batches of chicken. The open design of the skillet maximizes the cooking surface and makes it easy to rearrange food as it is cooking. The Quantanium nonstick interior is engineered for extreme durability. Cuisinart Chef's Classic Non-Stick Stainless Cookware features 18/10 stainless steel and pure aluminum encapsulated in the base for fast and even heating. We guarantee it with a limited lifetime warranty. read more

Cuisinart
$79.99 $31.99

"Cuisinart 12-in. NonStick Aluminum Open Skillet. Every cook's favorite, the skillet can be used to brown, sear, braise a variety ...of foods and even cook bacon and eggs for breakfast. Featuring a nonstick interior, this skillet cleans up easily." read more

Farberware
$39.99

Triple prep. You'll always have the right sized pan on hand with this set of three nonstick aluminum skillets. Great for quickly w...hipping up one-dish meals, grilling veggies or expertly searing a steak, these dishwasher-safe pans have sloped sides that effortlessly slide food right onto the plate. 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
$59.99

Find Cookware, Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, this handsome Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodi...zed Nonstick 14-Inch 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 skillet’s rustically-styled silicone-over-stainless-steel handles are dual riveted for added strength and boast an earthy,... Color: Gray Graphic. read more

Rachael Ray
$100.00 $39.29

Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized II cookware is the perfect combination of durability and style, and this 14" Skillet with Helper Handle ...is just the ticket for an all-around pan in the kitchen. The skillet's hard-anodized construction provides even heat,... read more

Rachael Ray
$50.99

Find Cookware, Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, this handsome Rachael Ray Cucina Hard-Anodi...zed Nonstick 14-Inch Skillet with Helper Handle provides fast, even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn... 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
$180.00 $99.95

Individual Cookware: Calphalon Contemporary ™ Non-Stick 13" Deep Skillet with Lid - Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, ...heavy-gauge aluminum exterior and nonstick interior for even heat conductivity and easy cleanup. Deep skillet has a domed, tempered glass lid with stainless steel rim and ergonomic, stay-cool stainless handle.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding Registry offers -Heavy-gauge aluminum -Highly conductive -Hard-anodized exterior -Nonstick interior -Stay-cool brushed stainless-steel handle -Domed tempered glass lid with stainless read more

Calphalon
$180.00 $89.00

Cookware Sets: Calphalon Contemporary ™ Non-Stick 2-Piece Fry Pan Set with Lids - Unique modern shapes combine a hard-anodized, he...avy-gauge aluminum exterior and triple-layered nonstick interiors for even heat conductivity and easy cleanup. Multipurpose frying pans have stay-cool brushed stainless steel handles. Domed lids are tempered glass with stainless steel rims and handles.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding Registry offers -Heavy-gauge aluminum -Highly conductive -Tempered glass and stainless steel lids -Dishwasher-safe -Oven-safe to 450 degrees read more

T-fal
$22.97 $18.21

Built with durable nonstick coating on interior and exterior, this pan delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking result...s and is easy to clean. The ergonomic, stay-cool silicone handles offers comfortable grasp. read more

Cuisinart
$100.00 $45.67

The Cuisinart French Classic 10" French Skillet is a piece of premium, French-made, stainless clad, tri-ply cookware. The French C...lassic collection features 18/10 stainless steel interiors, polished stainless steel exteriors and a pure aluminum core... read more

Farberware
$70.00 $17.97

The Farberware Covered Fry Pan can have you preparing delicious dishes to impress your guests. It is a high-quality fry pan with a... convenient nonstick coating that you can make all kinds of meals with. Use it to easily create lip-smacking deep roasts,... read more

Berndes
$108.73 $60.95

The Coquere pans are made from forged cast aluminum which are finished with a triple layer of Berndes Best non-stick for healthy "...fat-free" cooking. The skillet uses Induction heating which allows you to cook in record time! Coquere cookware may be... read more

Tramontina
$19.94 $19.42

12" Style Nonstick Fry Pan: Versatile, colored nonstick 12" fry pan QuanTanium PFOA-free interior nonstick coating and exterior no...nstick finish Matching colored silicone soft-grip handle Compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops... read more

T-fal
$60.53 $44.55

Features- Thermo-Spot heat indicator shows when the pan is perfectly preheated to seal in the flavor of food-- Expert non-stick in...terior is durable and scratch resistant- Base design provides even heat distribution-- Color-matched, lacquered handles... read more

Dura Kleen
$69.43 $35.94

Brand New Set Of 3 Ceramic Coated Aluminum Fry Pans 8"- 9 1/2" - 11" !!The eco friendly set is non stick, scratch resistant and du...rable ceramic coating.So easy to clean makes every cooking experience a pleasure, heats evenly, cadmium free, PTFE free,... read more

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