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Difference Between Frying Pan and Skillet

Frying Pan vs Skillet

Ever since man discovered fire, he learned that food is best eaten when cooked. The heat brings out the different tastes of the various ingredients that are used to further enhance the flavor of food. It started a few thousand years ago as evidenced by the cooking hearths and ovens discovered in Europe and the Middle East.
Cooking can be done by several methods; either by putting the food directly above a fire or by placing it in a container before heating. Depending on how the food is to be cooked, there are containers that can be used to hold all the ingredients.

In the beginning, leaves and clay were used to hold the food while it was being cooked. Then man found other materials and made them into food containers to hold food while cooking. Man continued to try different ways to cook food until cookware eventually developed into the modern types that we see and use today.

Frying pans and skillets are two of the most widely used cookware items today. Although they are similar and have the same functions, several differences make them distinct from each other. One is that skillets were originally made like a sauce pan. It is made with a lid and is usually about two inches deep where one can deep-fry food while it can also be used for shallow frying. It is a very essential kitchen tool because it has many uses. And aside from frying, it can also be used in sautéing and grilling.

Roasts, stews, and fricassees can also be cooked in a skillet. Skillets are made from a variety of materials. The most popular is cast iron which is also the material used in the making of most frying pans.

A frying pan is a flat-bottomed pan which is used for frying, searing, and browning food. It has low sides, a long handle, and has no lid. Aside from cast iron, frying pans may also be made of aluminum, stainless steel, copper, or a combination of these different materials.

There are several types of frying pans like non-stick pans which are very popular and are very convenient to use since food ingredients will not stick to the pan. It is not good for deglazing, though, if the residue from the browning is to be used later. In using a frying pan to cook, it is first coated with oil which enables better contact between food and the pan. It increases the flavor and color of food and reduces the amount of time that it takes to cook the food.

1.A frying pan is a flat-bottomed pan which is used for frying and searing food while a skillet is also a flat-bottomed pan which is used for sautéing, grilling, stewing, and roasting aside from being used for deep and shallow frying.
2.A skillet has a lid as it is originally made like a saucepan while a frying pan does not have a lid.
3.A skillet is at least two inches deep with high sides while a frying pan is shallow and has low sides and a long handle.

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  1. For what it’s worth, I’d read, long ago, that a skillet and a frying pan both had sloping sides, were shallower than a sauce pan, but the skillet had the two pour spouts where a frying pan had none. And yes, the saute’ pan has the straight sides.

  2. According to Merriam-Webster:

    Definition of skillet
    1 chiefly British : a small kettle or pot usually having three or four often long feet and used for cooking on the hearth
    2 : frying pan

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