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Cooking Skillet Style

Updated on January 12, 2015

Cooking It Up In A Skillet

Skillet cooking is one of my favorite ways of preparing a meal. Choosing the right frying pan or skillet is what it is all about. I love food that is quick to cook, I want it to come out juicy when I put it on the plates and I hate, hate when food sticks to the pan! Not only does it ruin the wonderful meal you are cooking even if it still tastes good, it just won't look as scrumptious. And then, oh then there is the skillet to have to clean afterwards. The only thing I like better than cooking is a fast and easy clean up after.

It takes some skill to use a skillet. There's so many things to consider like how much room do I have in the pan since you don't want to crowd your food all at once so it can all brown and cook evenly. And you have to have the right heat and flame so that your food doesn't burn or doesn't take too long to cook because then it can dry out.

My favorite in the world skillet is the Paula Deen porcelain and non-stick skillet I bought this year after years of using the same old boring, sometimes sticking, sometimes not fry pans I have always been using. Wow what a difference a great skillet makes!

Paula Deen 12 Inch Porcelain Open Skillet, Red
Paula Deen 12 Inch Porcelain Open Skillet, Red

I'm so glad to have a chance to spotlight this wonderful Paula Deen skillet. No I promise, I'm not a paid advertiser - I just really love it. I bought it by chance as a treat hoping for the best because it's attractive country style just, well, attracted me. I can't believe how much I really love it. I haven't used another frying pan since I bought it and I would say I have used it almost every single day since.

It is available in other colors too that are also really nice, and available as part of cookware sets. But if you are looking for a single nice size skillet that will do the job breakfast, lunch and dinner please consider treating yourself to this one.

Oh and have I mentioned the price, it's so affordable that no matter which size you go for, I like this bigger 12" size at about $29.99, you will definitely be pleased.


Introducing My Favorite Skillet By Paula Deen

Meet Paula Deen's Porcelain Non-Stick 12'' Griddle, Red. Ok first, I will tell you what the product says.

Product Features

Affordable and stylish 12-inch nonstick skillet in red from venerable Southern cook Paula Deen. Speckled porcelain enamel exterior is a breeze to clean; heats quickly and evenly. Rubberized handle for a cool touch; copper-plated ring for convenient hanging. Oven safe to 350 degrees F

Now here's what I say:

This skillet is awesome. Not only is catchy attractive with it's speckled coloring it's solid and well made, but somehow not heavy like some of the cast iron or porcelain pans. It is no kidding, non-stick. I have made steaks, burgers, bacon, pancakes, eggs in every single style in this gorgeous skillet and nothing sticks. You know what that means, clean up is a super breeze. I love easy clean ups! I know the ad says something about hand washing recommended but mine has been in the dishwasher I guess hundreds of times and it is still awesome. So I'm not recommending against manufacturers recommendation at all, but I'm just saying...

The really cool rubber handle is really cool, to the touch. Unless I put it in the oven for a while I never need to use a potholder when cooking on the stove. The skillet itself heats quickly and evenly, there's plenty of room for lots of burgers, chops, pancakes or sunny side up eggs and bacon.

What Paula Deen Would Say:

Paula Deen's turn, because I know what she would say if I got to ask her she'd say "This Is Some Good Cooking Skillet" and I would so agree.

Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 9-Inch and 11-Inch Nonstick Skillet Twin Pack, Robin's Egg Blue Speckle
Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 9-Inch and 11-Inch Nonstick Skillet Twin Pack, Robin's Egg Blue Speckle

Paula Deen Porcelain non-stick skillets are available in singles or in sets in some great colors at really fantastic prices. This set includes the 9" and the 11" Skillets.


Paula Deen Skillets On Amazon

Paula Deen Porcelain non-stick skillets are available in singles or in sets in some great colors at really fantastic prices. If you don't feel like pulling out the 12" skillet to make a smaller portion or quick meal these pans come in everything from 8" up to 12" which is a pretty good size skillet.

Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 12-Inch Deep Skillet, Oatmeal Speckle
Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 12-Inch Deep Skillet, Oatmeal Speckle

Paula Deen 12" Deep Skillet in gorgeous speckled oatmeal color also gorgeous and the same wonderful price under $30.


Porterhouse Skillet Steak With Flavored Butter

Porterhouse Skillet Steak
Porterhouse Skillet Steak

Porterhouse steaks, well any steaks really are one of my favorite foods. I love low carb and that means I love everything protein. Cooking steak in a skillet is an unbelievable delicious treat as long as you use the right skillet and the right technique.

Season your steak as you usually like to. Some people like to leave steaks sit in herbs, sea salt or marinade for hours, others lightly season with salt and pepper as they cook, whatever works for you will work in a skillet.

First step, you need to get your skillet pre-heated over medium flame until it's hot, hot and hot. You can tell it's ready for cooking if a sprinkle of water immediately sizzles and dances over the surface of the pan. Next drizzle olive oil and coat the cooking surface, give it a second to heat and your steak in the skillet without crowding them too close together. Let your steaks sizzle and cook for about 2 minutes and then flip them to the other side and cook for two more minutes. You should have a nice brown crispy sear going on both sides and now it's time to turn down the heat a little more and let the juices flow and the meat cook on the inside. You decide how you like your steaks cooked, rare, medium or well done.

When the steaks are just about cooked I love to add some flavored butter right on top. Mix some room temperature butter with chives or rosemary, maybe some parmesan cheese and dollop on top while the steak is still warm to get that juicy, buttery wonderful flavor in every bite of your steak.

Below is my go to, love to use it skillet in action cooking up seriously delicious steaks. Click on the photo to visit my Low Carb Favorite Recipes on Pinterest

Paula Deen Traditional Porcelain 10-Piece Cookware Set, Purple
Paula Deen Traditional Porcelain 10-Piece Cookware Set, Purple

Yes, finally purple cookware that is gorgeous, and also available in alot of other great colors. Includes 2 covered sauce pans, 2 skillets, 1 covered stock pot, 1 covered saute pan


Cookware Sets

You can get an awesome skillet like mine along with a whole matching set of cookware by checking out some of the great deals below. The trick with buying pots and pans in sets is finding the set that offers what you will need the most. Check the sizes of the skillets, do you need or want more sauce pans, do you need a big stock pot (like for making some Chicken Soup) or are you looking for one that has more skillet sizes or a griddle. Be sure to check what comes with your set before you buy so that cooking is even more than it was before.

Most of the sets have matching individual items you can always add like more size skillets, butter warmers, awesome sauté pans in lots of different sizes, so have fun, go to town on cooking in skillet style.

Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 15-Piece Cookware Set, Pear Speckle
Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 15-Piece Cookware Set, Pear Speckle

This is a 15 piece set from Paula Deen that includes a couple of different size skillets, saute pan, pots, pans, lids that fit and match and yes, a set of measuring spoons too. 15-pc. set includes: 1-qt. covered saucepan, 2-qt. covered saucepan, 6-qt. covered stockpot, 2 3/4-qt. covered saute pan, 8-in. skillet, 10-in. skillet & 5-pc. measuring spoon set


Grilled Cheese Skillet Cooking

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In The Skillet
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In The Skillet

Lunch time, breakfast time, dinner time or snack time - any time is Grilled Cheese Sandwich time. Feeling like something comforting, warm and cheesy delicious that will melt in your mouth is no problem with a great skillet. Grab your ready to go, non-stick, easy to clean frying pan, some basic easy ingredients that you probably have in your house even on the just before shopping days like bread of any kind, cheese of your choice and that means anything from wrapped slices to exotic gourmet types, add anything that sounds good to you and voila, you have an awesome grilled cheese sandwich.

Visit my GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH lens to learn more about fun sandwich creation ideas: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches All The Basics

Pictured below is my Paula Deen best ever skillet in action cooking actual, really delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

Paula Deen Signature Teakettles 2-Quart Whistling Kettle, Robin's Egg Blue Speckle
Paula Deen Signature Teakettles 2-Quart Whistling Kettle, Robin's Egg Blue Speckle

Gorgeous Tea Kettle in wonderful colors, has a really comfortable and safe handle for pouring, whistles for you when the water is boiling and ready for tea time.

Skillet In Action While I Sauté Fresh Spinach
Skillet In Action While I Sauté Fresh Spinach

Healthy Skillet Cooking

Cooking in a non-stick skillet can be so very healthy. It wonderfully and evenly cooks vegetables whether they are denser potatoes or light and airy spinach leaves. Salmon and wonderful fish as well as chicken breasts and lean meats stay flavorful and delicious when cooked in a skillet. Sauté vegetables, do a wonderful stir fry or get some quinoa roasted with some mushrooms and you won't even have to worry about adding oil or butter to your skillet, since it's non-stick finish at medium heat will ensure your food will cook evenly and won't stick.

The photo attached is my Paula Deen skillet in action while I sauté fresh spinach. Click the photo to visit my Low Carb Good Foods on Pinterest.

Paula Deen Signature Dinnerware Southern Gathering 2-1/2-Quart Covered Stoneware Casserole, Chestnut
Paula Deen Signature Dinnerware Southern Gathering 2-1/2-Quart Covered Stoneware Casserole, Chestnut

Stoneware casserole is designed to bake and entertain Southern style. Each stoneware casserole is uniquely glazed so that no two pieces are alike. Her stoneware is designed for oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer use. It's also dishwasher safe and oven safe to 500-degree farenheit.


Paula Deen Cookware Poll

Paula Deen In The Kitchen
Paula Deen In The Kitchen

Paula Deen skillets, pots, pans and accessories are growing in popularity as more and more people try them. We would love to know if you have ever used her cookware and what you thought of them, please feel free to add your review so anyone thinking about it can learn even more from those who already know!

Breakfast In The Skillet

Breakfast In The Skillet
Breakfast In The Skillet

Bacon, bacon, bacon - who doesn't love bacon! I love bacon and fortunately, so does my skillet. I have made so many breakfasts in my skillet I can't even count them all. I have made some delicious pancakes, bacon, sausage and french toast breakfasts. Did I mention eggs, I can't forget my wonderful omelettes loaded with cheese, sometimes with spinach or broccoli and all of them, cook beautifully and slide right out on to the plate. No sticking. No fuss. Easy clean up.

Below is my skillet in action when I whipped up a fun brunch for the whole family who absolutely had to have sausage and bacon along with the rest of the meal.

Visit More Coasters, Tiles and Trivets
Visit More Coasters, Tiles and Trivets

Tiles, Trivets and Coasters

Decorate your home to show off your love of cooking. Get awesome trivets to keep on your counter, place coasters on your dining table or in your living room and really enjoy your entertaining fun.

Skillets In The Oven

Oh yes you can! You can cook food in this wonderful skillet both on top of the stove and in the oven. You can do it combo style. For instance I love to cook meats and chicken on the stove first, making sure the skillet gets nice and hot and adding the food when it's hot enough to get that juicy wonderful brown sear on both sides, but sometimes I like to let it cook a few minutes after that on the stove, then remove the frying pan to the oven to finish cooking at a lower heat to ensure the inside cooks as beautifully as the outside did.

It's also great to be able to move the skillet to the oven after you finish cooking your yummy meal to just keep it warm until you are ready to place on plates and serve.

The rubberized handles stay cool almost always when cooking on top of the stove, but once you place it in the oven and heat, be sure to still use oven mitts or pot holders when it's time to remove the skillet, or just want to check or turn your food. Oven safe at 350 degrees, this is a wonderful double use of an already great kitchen accessory!

Hi Ya'all! Thanks Paula Deen You Are Awesome

Hi Ya'all! Thanks Paula Deen You Are Awesome
Hi Ya'all! Thanks Paula Deen You Are Awesome
Paula Deen Cookware Set
Paula Deen Cookware Set

Skillet or Fry Pan?

So do I call it a skillet, a griddle, a fry pan? I was never really sure and I think the terms skillet and frying pan are pretty much used interchangeably these days. A skillet is classified as a cooking pan with a flat bottom and not too high sides. I think your safe to call it either one. Word has it that in the South they love to call it a skillet and so since mine is by Paula Deen herself, I will call it a skillet too!

Skillets, pots and pans all come in different sizes, shapes and even interior finishes. Even more fun you can buy sets of cookware that include your favorites and exactly the ones that will work best for your cooking style.

You can buy Paula Deen skillets on Amazon if you are a Prime Member shipping as always is free and their prices are great. You can get her skillets at Walmart at really great prices also, as well as stores like Kohls, JC Penneys and especially stores that feature Food Network Chefs cooking lines.

Personalize Your Kitchen Accessories
Personalize Your Kitchen Accessories

Personalized Kitchen Accessories

Your home and kitchen just like your cooking whether it is in a skillet, a slow cooker or baking up some sweet treats should be a reflection of you and your family. Personalize your kitchen accessories, serve it up in style whether it's every day on the go meals or special occasion holiday entertaining.

Skillet Recipes

Great skillets need some great skillet recipes so if you want to spice up your own favorite recipes or learn some new ones, check out some of the really fun cookbooks filled with recipes that are all about skillet cooking.

They are also a great resource for learning more about great skillet cooking techniques filled with tips and tricks to cook it right as well as fabulous food photos.

The Best Skillet Recipes: A Best Recipe Classic
The Best Skillet Recipes: A Best Recipe Classic

One pan is all you need! From breakfast all the way to dessert, one skillet is all you need for fast, flavorful meals. it's no surprise that meat, fish, and pasta dishes come together nicely in a skillet But pot pie can also be made in the pan. So can pizza, casseroles and souffles.

4 Cookbooks -in-1 Cookbook: Casseroles, Skillets, Soups & Slow Cooker (Favorite Brand Name Recipes)
4 Cookbooks -in-1 Cookbook: Casseroles, Skillets, Soups & Slow Cooker (Favorite Brand Name Recipes)

Colorful tabs divide 4 Cookbooks in 1: Casseroles, Skillets, Soups & Slow Cooker into these four sections:

Casseroles, featuring down-home delights, spicy southern suppers, kids choice casseroles, international flavors

Slow Cooker, featuring hearty bowls, family favorites, country classics, carving board

Soups, featuring mostly meatless, soup for supper, savory seafood, global gourmet

Skillets, featuring perfect poultry, bountiful beef, all things pork, so easy seafood

Melting Butter In The Skillet
Melting Butter In The Skillet

Melt In Your Mouth Good Cooking

Whether you are melting butter or heating some olive oil for your favorite recipe, a good skillet heats evenly throughout the flat bottom cooking surface ensuring the whole pan is ready to cook at the same time and it will also help you make sure that all of the butter is melted at almost the same time so you don't end up with gobs in one spot and overcooked butter in other spots. Look how nice and evenly the butter in my skillet melted as I prepared to cook my next meal, which by the way was a wonderful salmon fillet with a crunchy skin and tender, flaky fish.

Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders (Emeril's)
Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders (Emeril's)

Emeril LaGasse and sizzling skillets, only one pot, skillet or pan ingredients, awesome recipes.


Just A Quick Skillet Question

Pillsbury: One-Dish Meals Cookbook: More Than 300 Recipes for Casseroles, Skillet Dishes and Slow-Cooker Meals
Pillsbury: One-Dish Meals Cookbook: More Than 300 Recipes for Casseroles, Skillet Dishes and Slow-Cooker Meals

Pillsbury recipes are always delicious, easy and fun. This cookbook features over 300 recipes and tons of them are skillet dishes.


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Skillet Cooking Links

Skillet cooking possibilities are endless whether you are a beginner, have been doing it for a while and would love some more recipes or if you are already a gourmet chef. Visit some of the links below to some great websites like Food Network and cooking blogs with terrific recipes and advice.

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    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      4 years ago

      @junecampbell: Thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful comment - so fun to share with a mutual skillet cooking and cat lover!

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      June Campbell 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have always cooked with skillets. Today, thanks to new technologies and cooking styles, healthy cooking in a skillet is a real possibility.

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      5 years ago

      I rarely cook, so I can not share the experience here

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @vineliner57: I know I would love some cowboy style steak in a frying pan!

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      About all a cowboy needs to cook with is a good skillet. BTW, we refer to them as both fry pan and skillet 'round these here parts :)

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @VeseliDan: Thank you so much for Blessing my Skillet, I know every dish will be even better now!

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      5 years ago

      I don't use Skillet much but I will since I saw how much you use it. I didn't even realize how many different dishes can be prepared in it. *blessed*


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