Kitchn Love Letters

The 8-Inch Nonstick Skillet I Use Way More than I Ever Expected

published Dec 1, 2021
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Credit: Leela Cyd

In theory, I understood that an 8-inch skillet would be small. I wasn’t ordering one for the purpose of cooking a whole fish or whipping up a one-pan meal for four. If I’m being honest, I bought an 8-inch skillet purely out of curiosity. 

I already loved my de Buyer carbon steel pan and was curious about the performance of the brand’s nonstick cookware. I found a good deal on one from de Buyer’s Choc Induction line, so I went for it. Turns out, yes, it is quite small. When the pan arrived and I pulled it out of the packaging, I couldn’t get over how cute it was. 

Credit: Summer Rylander

I promptly put it to the test: I fried up an egg and got beautiful results. This pan lends itself wonderfully to cooking just one or two eggs, melting a knob of butter, warming a sauce, or anything else for which nonstick would be useful, but pulling out my larger skillet feels too cumbersome.

The one drawback: Although all four burners on my induction stovetop are the same, for some reason the tiny de Buyer only makes a reliable connection on one of them. But we all have our favorite burners anyway, right?

Credit: Summer Rylander

Because this little pan is so, well, little, it’s incredibly easy to pull out quickly. It’s tiny, but that’s what I like about it. Again, it’s really perfect for a single egg. It’s also the right size for just one chicken breast or a pork chop. And I love it for toasting up nuts and spices. After countless uses, this pan is still as nonstick as when I took it out of the box. Plus, it’s a looker. It looks just like my fancy carbon steel skillet — only with that useful nonstick finish.

Do you have an 8-inch skillet that you love? Tell us about it in the comments below.