If you've just moved to a small house or apartment, you will likely want to get an array of cookware that won't take up too much space. One of the best ways to do this is to stick to items that are able to take care of a lot of cooking demands instead of buying a new pan for every single task. The single best item that will fit this requirement is the skillet. With just one or two of them, you can take care of all of your pan-frying needs.

For most standard cooking, the best skillet will be one that is of a decent size and has a non-stick surface. If you only have room for one pan, get a 12-incher. Small foods can fit in a big pan, but you'll be frustrated if you try to fit something big into a smaller one! If you can get two pans into your cupboard, get a 12-incher and one that's a bit smaller.

Those who prefer Southern cooking should skip the lightweight, non-stick pans. Instead, get a plain cast iron skillet. You'll be able to use it for everything from standard frying to baking cornbread, and once it's properly seasoned, it'll resist sticking better than any artificial coating can hope to match.

Here are some good skillet suggestions to start you off. All of them are reasonably-priced and will give great results in the kitchen!


KitchenAid Hard Anodized Nonstick 12" Skillet with Glass Lid


This is a great skillet for a one-pan kitchen. It's nice and big, so you don't have to worry about running out of room. Its lid makes it easy to simmer foods, and its black color goes with any decor.


KitchenAid Sculptured Stainless Steel 10" and 12" Skillets Twin Pack

These skillets combine a dark non-stick interior with a bright stainless steel exterior for a crisp, professional look. Both are large enough to cook almost anything, so this set is great for those meals that require you to have more than one pan on the stove at once.


Lodge L10SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet, 12-Inch

Lodge cast iron cookware is made right in the USA, which is fitting for pieces traditionally used for good old American country cooking. This 12-inch skillet will last for generations as long as it is cared for properly. This makes it an excellent long-term investment!