6 Best Mini Skillets on the Market

Shopping for a skillet is at the same time easier and harder than you might expect. On the one hand, there are a ton of skillets out there so there are so many of them that you’ll hardly hurt for choice. On the other hand, having so many skillets from which to choose can make it harder to tell which choices are better than others. What’s more, if you’re not a chef, you might well wonder what could possibly make one skillet different than another.

Whether you’re a newcomer to home cooking or are well seasoned yourself, let’s see what the mini skillet market has served up lately.

What to Look For

Unsurprisingly, one of the most essential things to consider when shopping for mini skillet options is size. Ideally, for it to count as a “mini” pan, your skillet should be less than ten inches in diameter.

Do you want to spend hours frustratedly scraping dried eggs and sauce off your skillet? No? Then one of the most important things to look for in a skillet is nonstick properties. Most of the options on this list have these properties, though some are better than others. That said, nonstick materials are only able to withstand temperatures of around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then there is the material from which the skillet is made. Aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and cast iron are all used for skillets, with the latter being especially strong. What’s more, cast iron conducts heat well without warping the pan or handle, making it easy to cook with and a long-term option.

Diameter is another vital factor to consider. 8”, 10”, and 12” are among the most popular frying pan diameters but for smaller portable skillets, only the first is ideal. In fact, you may want to look for one even smaller than 8”, as is evidenced by a couple of options on this list. On the other hand, if you’re cooking for many people, larger “small” skillets around 8” could be better.

When it comes to weight, the lighter the better. Of course, you don’t want that to come at the cost of thickness or sturdiness. Along with material, thickness is the most important factor in determining how well a skillet stands up to the heat.

Finally, there’s the handle. Riveted handles are quite sturdy but food particles also have a tendency to get stuck in the rivets so you need to be careful. Many skillets have the handle made from the same material as the pan but some come with optional rubber covers and others are wooden. Both of those options can help keep the handle from getting too hot and burning your hand.

Top Six Sizzling Mini Skillets

With those factors in mind, let’s take a look at the top six small skillets available now.

1) Lodge Skillet 6.5 Inch

Lodge Skillet 6.5 Inch

The Lodge Skillet Company has been pumping out pans since 1886 so they know what it takes to make something long-lasting. What’s more, at 6.5”, this is a perfect example of what you want from a small cast iron skillet size and strength-wise. It’s sturdy enough to handle all manner of sautéing and sizzling-hot temperatures, and it’s small enough to take with you to use over a campfire.

Speaking of heat, as with most cast iron skillets, it offers great heat retention, staying hotter longer and thus letting you cook things without worrying that it’ll grow cold on you. This model also comes pre-seasoned, meaning that you can use it right out of the box.

This model’s sturdiness extends to the handle, which includes a hole. This allows you to hang it up when it’s not in use, which is a nice convenient touch in a skillet of any size.

  • Compact size
  • Good heat retention
  • Trustworthy brand
  • Very low price
  • May be too small for some

Our rating: 4.8 / 5

2) Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan

Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan

As mentioned, there’s nothing more annoying in terms of kitchen cleanup than scraping in vain against debris stuck hopelessly hard and potentially permanently to the surface of your pan. Nonstick pans are essential and this pan from Anolon is one of the best mini options.

It gets hot in a hurry, with the anodized nature of this pan distributing heat evenly across the pan. The big feature with this 8” model is its Supergrip Handle, which is insulated and so not only offers a better grip but also eliminates the risk of you accidentally burning yourself on the handle. What’s more, it is dual-riveted, which makes it extra strong.

  • Nonstick pan
  • Heat-resistant Supergrip handle
  • Dual rivets for extra strength
  • Some users have reported warping under high heat
  • It is more expensive than other pans

Our rating:  4.7 / 5

3) Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Few kitchen or camping tools are more powerful than a great cast iron skillet and our old friends at Lodge know that full well, which is why they’ve served up these pre-seasoned specialties. This one is actually a bit bigger than the “limit” we mentioned above for a mini cast iron skillet, albeit not by too much at 10.25”. It also doesn’t have nonstick coating.

However, it is still a nice seasoned pan and its hardy cast iron nature makes it great for cooking eggs, which tend to stick to stainless steel and other more metallic skillets. As with the other Lodge model (and most small cast iron skillet options) this model has good heat retention and can be used over campfires, atop ovens and broilers, and almost anywhere else you choose.

This pan has an extra handle on the far end of the main handle that makes moving it easier, though both of these handles can still get hot fast. What’s more, without the nonstick coating, you need to wash these right away after usage or food could get caked onto there for a long time.

On the whole, this is a good option for those looking for something a little larger than the average small skillet while still not being too big.

  • Offers good heat retention
  • Has extra handle that makes transporting it from the oven easier
  • Can be used just about everywhere
  • Is highly durable
  • A bit larger than our size recommendation
  • Handles that can get hot fast
  • No nonstick coating

Our rating:  4.7 / 5

4) Backcountry Cast Iron Skillet 8-inch and Cloth Handle Mitt 

Backcountry Cast Iron Skillet 8-inch and Cloth Handle Mitt 

Here we have one last mini cast iron skillet on the larger side, though still compact. As the title shows, this model comes with a cloth handle add-on, which is a nice compact option to help you avoid burning your hands. As with other cast iron models, it conducts heat well, ensuring that this pan gets hot fast and stays that way.

On the one hand, while it isn’t nonstick, it is pre-seasoned in such a way as to make scrubbing off debris by hand easier. On the other hand, that hand washing is necessary because this model rusts easier than other options on this list; unfortunately, dishwashers are out.

  • Cloth handle cover is a nice touch
  • It is pre-seasoned and easy to handwash
  • It deals with heat well, as with other mini cast iron skillet models
  • Not dishwasher-friendly

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5

5) Lodge Miniature Skillet 3.5 Inch

Lodge Miniature Skillet 3.5 Inch

One more from Lodge, and this one is by far the smallest mini skillet on this list. If small size and a small price is what you’re looking for, this is the extreme example of both. It is quite lightweight, making this an ideal portable skillet.

Of course, given just how small it is, that’s about all this tiny skillet’s good for. Still, though you won’t be preparing any banquets with it, you can use it to cook for yourself and prepare small dishes around the campfire with this small cast iron skillet.

  • Very small mini cast iron skillet
  • Highly affordable price
  • Light and portable size
  • Extremely small size also limits its usage

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5

6) All-Clad Copper Core Fry Pan

All-Clad Copper Core Fry Pan

Would you pay over a hundred dollars for a frying pan? If so, you probably love cooking enough to shell out for this elite copper skillet. It is made from stainless steel and aluminum on the outside and has a copper core, affording you the best conductive properties of all these metals.

This 8” model has a sturdy riveted handle and can handle up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also dishwasher-safe for added convenience.

  • Can handle high temperatures
  • Is very conductive
  • Has riveted handle
  • By far the most expensive option

Our rating: 4.4 Star Rating 4.4 / 5


Each of these cast iron skillets has its upside. If you are cooking for a group, you’ll want to look to the larger mini skillets at around 8” and, if you can store it easily, you may want to consider the Lodge Pre-Seasoned 10.25” version. If you are cooking for yourself, the 6.5” and 3.5” Lodge options are smaller, lighter, and fit that “mini” description far better. Nonstick options can help keep your pan cleaner longer with less effort. While stainless steel and copper have their benefits, cast iron is the best bet for campfire cooking especially.

In the end, while the All-Clad option may be an elite copper pan for home use and the Anolon a godsend to those looking for nonstick pans, the three Lodge options offer the best blend of features, and their size range lets you choose what “small cast iron skillet” means for you. Considering these different factors, you can find the best mini skillet for your needs.

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