What's the difference between a skillet and a pan?

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ANSWER #1 of 5

A skillet has straight sides and often accompanies a lid, whereas a pan has sloping sides.

ANSWER #2 of 5

But a sauce pan has straight sides. Even if you specify that you mean a frying pan, there is no universal difference. The choice of which word is more commonly used, and any differences between the meaning of the two, are merely a matter of regional usage.

ANSWER #3 of 5

A saucepan is actually a pot ... however, I'm using my knowledge from when I went to culinary school to become a chef ... I do agree that there can be differing answers based on region.

ANSWER #4 of 5

Skillet is the flat silver metal thing that you can cook on without a pan and a pan is what you have to use on a stove.

ANSWER #5 of 5

Actually, that's a griddle.

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