A French skillet is a pan that is essentially a combination of frying and sauté pans in shape. The sides of the skillet are flared outward, meaning they slope toward the bottom of the pan instead of going straight up. The slope of the skillet is steeper than that of a frying pan, allowing the pan to have increased depth. The increase in depth available with a French skillet means that the cook can prepare foods with less worry about spilling the contents while stirring. The slope of the sides also makes it easier to flip foods. In terms of size, there is little difference in diameter between a French skillet and other pans. See the range of French skillets available below.