Skillets originally were like today’s sauce pans — deep, with slanted sides for sautéing, grilling, stewing, and roasting as well as deep and shallow frying. Frying pans with their low, flared sides and long handles are for frying, searing and browning. Frying pans and skillets. Today these two pans are sometimes mingled. Frying pans become skillets that have moderately high, slightly flared sides and are useful for all kinds of pan frying. Frying pans. Skillets. Frypan skillets. Select from our wide variety of materials, sizes, and shapes.