What Is the Largest Skillet You Can Buy?

Frying shrimp in skillet

Skillets are a fantastic tool. For searing and frying meats, fish and veg, there is nothing better than a well-seasoned skillet.

However, a lot of people know skillets to be fairly small and quite restricting when it comes to searing a lot of meat at once.

So, what is the largest skillet you can buy? Well, let’s find out, shall we?

We will also discuss when these skillets should be used and who could benefit from using a larger skillet, and some of our favourites as well.


The Largest Skillet Size

Largest skillet

The largest readily available skillet has a diameter of 38 cm (15 inches), although most manufacturers only make skillets up to 30 cm (12 inches). The diameter is the distance from one side of the circular part of the pan to the other, passing through the centre in a straight line.

A large skillet is really handy if you want to cook a lot of food at once. For example, if your whole family love steak, you can sear a couple of steaks at once in a larger skillet and cut down on the time you spend in the kitchen.

So, for searing or frying a lot of veg, meat or fish, a larger skillet is fantastic. However, most skillets can also be used in the oven as a baking tray or roasting tin.

A large skillet is large enough to roast a chicken in, so its applications in cooking are pretty much endless.

A large skillet can be used as a frying pan and a roasting tin, making it ideal for chefs who want to save space in their kitchen cupboards. And these pans are extremely well made (at least, the ones on our list below are), so you get a brilliant quality pan and baking tray for one very reasonable price.

Large skillets do have their limitations, though. For example, if you have an induction hob, a larger skillet may not work on the stovetop. This is because if the bottom of the pan extends over the hob ring, it won’t complete the circuit and turn on the ring.

So, unless you have a hob ring on your induction hob that is as large as the base of the skillet, you won’t be able to use the pan on your induction hob.

They are also very heavy! Skillets are made from thick, cast metal, meaning that they are hefty at the best times. However, when you have to pick up 12-15 inches of cast metal, you certainly know about it.


Our Favourite Large Skillet

Crucible Cookware’s 15-inch Cast Iron Skillet

Crucible Cookware 15-Inch Cast Iron Skillet Set (Pre-Seasoned), Including Large & Assist Silicone Hot Handle Holders, Glass Lid, Cast Iron Cleaner Chainmail Scrubber, Scraper | Indoor & Outdoor Use

This is the largest skillet that we could find during our research. It is 15 inches, made from solid cast iron and has some wonderful features that allow it to be used for way more than frying some steaks.

Firstly, this cast iron skillet comes with a glass lid, which is quite rare for a skillet. This allows it to be used for sauteing, searing, baking, broiling and more.

It also comes with removable silicone handles for when you use the skillet in the oven for roasting tasks.

This skillet also comes pre-seasoned and has great instructions for keeping that seasoning in top shape.

Overall, this is a fantastically well-made skillet that is excellent for anyone who wants the biggest skillet they can find.

If you like the look of this skillet but feel it’s a bit too big, Crucible also makes 8-, 10- and 12-inch skillets too.


We hope this look at skillets and the largest available has helped you. We love a good skillet at Chef’s Pick.

They are one of the handiest tools in the kitchen. To find out more about skillets (perhaps how to season them and look after the seasoning), please explore our website further

We have everything a skillet owner needs to make the most out of their cast iron skillet and a great deal more too.