Silly ? What's the difference between

triciaeMarch 13, 2013

a fry pan and a skillet?

I've always used the terms interchangeably but not LC. Is a CI piece a "skillet" and any other metal a "fry pan"? If so, who knew?? Not I.

/tricia

This post was edited by triciae on Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 18:38

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dcarch7

$ :-)

If they call it a Frying pan, it costs more.

dcarch

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 6:27PM
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cooksnsews

Here in Canada, we use frying pans. I never met a skillet while growing up.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 8:59PM
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CA Kate

I'm pretty sure the names are for the same piece of equipment.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:07PM
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pkramer60

Umm....you wack a burgler with a skillet and cook in a frying pan??? Maybe it is a regional thing?

And is a saute pan the same as a skillet/frying pan?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:26PM
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foodonastump

I think they're the same. A sauté pan has straight sides.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:54PM
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triciae

Le Creuset lists them separate so, as normal, I got confused. :)

/t

Here is a link that might be useful: Fry Pans, Saute Pans, & Skillets from LC

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:41AM
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nancylouise_gw

I always thought a cast iron was the skillet and other metals were the frying pan. Skillet, as a word, denotes a hefty, weighty pan to me. Fry pans are lighter, more user friendly. NancyLouise

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:08AM
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publickman

I agree with Nancy Louise - a skillet is cast iron and heavy, and a frying pan is lighter and can be steel or aluminum. I've never heard of a steel or aluminum skillet, and I've never heard of a cast iron frying pan, although perhaps others have, since they say the terms are interchangeable. It could be regional. And FOAS is right - a sauté pan has straight sides.

Lars

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:42AM
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triciae

Hmmm, I shall have to correct my vocab.

I have always willy-nilly used both terms. :(

/t

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 12:13PM
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chase_gw

Not me...it's a cast iron fry pan , a non stick fry pan, a stainless steel fry pan..

to me a skillet is a long flat frying surface designed to cook larger quantities than would fit in a fry pan.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 12:26PM
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publickman

In British English, a skillet is a long-handled saucepan, but I do not think that is relevant here.

The meaning definitely varies regionally, as I suspected. What Sharon described as I skillet I call a griddle.

There are similar confusions with spatula and pancake turner.

Lars

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 12:57PM
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triciae

Yes, I would call that a griddle also, Lars. Or, if large enough I would call it a flat top.

/t

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:42PM
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cynic

I grew up with cast iron frying pans, stainless steel frying pans, etc.

Skillet was Bubba, LeRoy, Grady, and Fred Sanford's buddy.

But then, I grew up knowing a particular sandwich to be called a "submarine" or "sub" for short, where I've been told it's called a hero, grinder, gyro, po-boy and more.

To say nothing of the "green onion" I grew up with, elsewhere called spring onion, scallion, shallot...

And I would get a drink at a drinking fountain, not a bubbler.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 4:15PM
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chase_gw

Now that I think of it I probably call it a griddle too......so I guess I don't call anything a skillet.....but I do have an amazing flat top with my new BBQ.....also known as a grill ;)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 6:01PM
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ruthanna_gw

They're usually all frying pans to me, although I sometimes call my largest cast iron frying pan a skillet.

I never thought there was any difference other than marketing.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 6:43PM
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pretty.gurl

Frying pans are deeper. Skillets are shallow to saute. That is what I learned in the South.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 7:28PM
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cynic

"Skillets are shallow to saute."
Saute skillet? That's a new one on me! :)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:12PM
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ntt_hou

Yep, I agree with pretty.gurl. Through the years that I've researched on cookwares, I've learned the same thing. Frying pan is deeper to hold a large amount of oil for deep frying. Skillet and Sautee pans are pretty much the same. They're mostly used for pan frying (using very little oil for frying) and sautee food.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 5:03PM
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ann_t

I always thought the difference was a skillet has a lid and a frying pan does not.

~Ann

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:12PM
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annie1992

I always thought it just depended on how you felt that day, I've called them frying pans and skillets interchangeably.

And, like cynic, I get a drink at the water fountain, I buy a sub or submarine sandwich and I use green onions.

I might actually have a sauté pan but I don't really know, I just grab whatever is the right size and might be in the front of my cupboard. Or is that a cabinet?

Annie

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

The word skillet makes me think of Denny's ( a place I have been only once in the last 20 years) or other marginally fast food restaurants that advertise "skillet" dinners.

At my house, I usually categorize pans by their materiel rather than the shape, as that is the deciding factor in how and what I cook in it. I have sauteed in a stock pot and boiled in a frying pan....and chocolate is always melted in a frying pan.

But I never mentally use the word skillet. It's always frying pan.
However, most "real" frying occurs in the Fry Daddy - which could be any brand of deep fryer. It's still a Daddy.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 1:17AM
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