Back in the day, the British referred to a skillet as a heavy-footed cooking vessel traditionally used to cook over coals in a kitchen hearth.
Americans used them out on the range and, like most vernacular, terms adapt to time and use. A skillet and a frying pan, stateside or across the pond, simply refer today to heavy, most often, cast iron pans used for frying and sauteing–it is the kitchen workhorse of all cooking vessels. Most common in 10” and 12” sizes, frying pans, and skillets are heavy stove-top beasts that can also be used inside of an oven or even over a wood-fired, gas, or charcoal grill. Staub, the world’s leading enameled cast iron company, has a variety of sizes in single-handled, double-handled, lidded, smooth, and ridged options that are handsome enough to go straight from the cooking source to the table for a fashionable all-in-one cooking, serving, and easy-to-clean experience. If cost is the primary driver in the decision to buy a heavy-duty skillet, both Field and Nest Homewares have frying pan options that are good-looking, heirloom quality, and well-priced, albeit they do require a bit more care.