Whether you're craving scrambled eggs or fried chicken, you'll need a skillet or fry pan to get the job done. Unlike sauté pans with their tall, straight sides, skillets and fry pans have curved sides that let you shake, flip and toss like a professional chef. Skillets and fry pans come in a variety of sizes and materials. Use a smaller nonstick pan to make a breakfast omelette, or a larger cast-iron pan to make perfectly fried chicken. A traditional covered skillet is the right choice for making a fresh marinara sauce for your spaghetti and meatballs. Use large skillets for making sauces so that you can add in your cooked meats or pasta for those last few minutes of simmering so that they become nicely coated. When shopping for a large skillet, look for one that has a long stick handle and a smaller handle on the other side that will help you keep your grip and prevent accidents and spills when lifting pans that are heavy and full.
All of the top cookware brands have gotten in on the act when it comes to skillets and fry pans. Calphalon makes an extensive assortment of nonstick pans that you will find many uses for in your kitchen. Living up to its reputation, Le Creuset offers brightly colored skillets and fry pans in enamel-coated cast iron that will last for years. Zwilling J.A. Henckels and All-Clad are also brands we recommend, as well as the lines offered by celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Rachael Ray.