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Mar 8, 2009 08:33 AM

Favorite Size Cast Iron Skillet

Just curious what size is your favorite cast iron skillet and for what dish?

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  1. Personally, my 12-inch skillet suits me fine (cooking for a family of four). Used for just about anything and everything.

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    1. re: MikeB3542

      +1, 12". Own 8", 10", 12", 14", griddle, grill pan, and dutch oven all in cast iron. Also have many pans stainless with copper bottom, and use several of them often (for different other tasks such as heating soup, making noodles, etc.) One of my favorite things to make in my 12" cast iron skillet is Chicago Deep Dish pizza.

    2. I have a 10in and a 12in. The 10in is more comfortable, less heavy/unwieldy, and I find my small burners have trouble heating the 12in evenly to the edges. However, I use both of them ALL the time and sometimes appreciate the extra space in the 12". I use them for pancakes and french toast, frying up some potatoes, searing fish and meat. Pretty much everything that isn't braising and doesn't have acid/vinegar/tomato.

      1. I have a 10" and a 12" and I use them both regularly but I prefer the 12". I use them for lots of things, but my favorite thing is searing sirloin steak in the 12" and cutting it up for steak salad. I also really like the cast iron pan I have that's divided into wedges for corn bread.

        1. I'm going to weigh in with those who have more than one. I have a small skillet we use for eggs and small amounts and a larger one, I believe its called a chicken fryer, that i can use to brown food on the stovetop and finish in the oven. The big pans can be pretty hefty, though

          1. I've got a 10 inch Lodge skillet and it's the perfect size but that's only because it's just me and my wife that I'm cooking for most often. I use it for fried chicken most frequently.