skil·​let | \ ˈski-lət \

Definition of skillet

1 chiefly British : a small kettle or pot usually having three or four often long feet and used for cooking on the hearth

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While vegetables are roasting, heat large skillet on medium. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mustard Glazed Pork Chops," 21 Dec. 2018 Add collard greens to the same skillet along with 2 tablespoons of water. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018 Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans," 10 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, heat a medium cast-iron skillet over high heat. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 Add bacon to a hot skillet and cook until rendered and browned, about 6-7 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Hoppin’ John’s Hoppin’ John," 23 May 2018 Add apple and onion to the skillet, and sprinkle with sage and garlic powder. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl: How to Make a Restaurant-Worthy Chicken Sandwich at Home," 21 May 2018 Working in batches, add scallops to the skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center, about 1-2 minutes per side. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 14 Feb. 2018 Meantime, add pancetta to a medium skillet over medium heat. Sarah Karnasiewicz,, "5 Crazy Delicious Super Bowl Snacks for Everyone Doing Whole30," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of skillet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skillet

Middle English skelet, probably from Anglo-French *escuelete, diminutive of escuelle, eskil bowl — more at scullery

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skil·​let | \ ˈski-lət \

Kids Definition of skillet

: a frying pan

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