Definition of frying pan in US English:

frying pan

(also frypan)

noun

  • A shallow pan with a long handle, used for cooking food in hot fat or oil.

    • ‘Heat half the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the fish and prawns on all sides until they change colour.’
    • ‘Heat two frying pans - each with 1 tbsp oil - until very hot.’
    • ‘Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the sausage over low heat for 8 mins each side.’
    • ‘Brown the chicken pieces in the oil and butter in a frying pan, adding garlic and seasoning.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the leeks until softened.’
    • ‘Heat butter in a frypan and sauté leeks until soft.’
    • ‘Some families ate a lot of fried food, but there were no electric frypans.’
    • ‘In a large frypan or wok, cook the onion in oil until soft.’
    • ‘Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frypan or wok over medium high heat.’
    • ‘A good quality frypan that you can heat up high and sear meat on is a tasty quick way to cook lamb.’
    • ‘Heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan or wok until smoking and add the squash.’
    • ‘In a small frying pan, cook the spring onions cut diagonally in a mixture of butter and olive oil.’
    • ‘In fact, any decent frying pan can turn out a good omelette, especially if it has a nonstick coating.’
    • ‘Black iron frying pans are notorious for sticking with items such as fish and eggs and the pan has to be seasoned before use.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the veal over a high heat on both sides until golden brown.’
    • ‘Brown each of the chicken breasts in a frypan and then transfer to the oven on an ovenproof tray.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a frying pan, and cook the salmon skinside down for 5 min until crisp.’
    • ‘Before long, she had eggs and mixing bowls, bacon and frying pans, skillets and wire whisks all out on the kitchen counter.’
    • ‘Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and fry the sausage chunks until golden brown and just cooked.’
    • ‘Who would have thought garlic choppers, spatulas and no-stick frying pans could make the world a better place?’
    saucepan, pot, casserole, wok, skillet, bain-marie, fish kettle, pressure cooker, poacher, chafing dish
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Phrases

  • out of the frying pan into the fire

    • From a bad situation to one that is worse.

      • ‘Yes, yes I know; out of the frying pan into the fire but that's another story.’
      • ‘And try and contact me one more time, you'll be out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘In other words, you were out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘The islanders must be wondering if they have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘The move was supported by FitzGerald, but it was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘‘When Middlesbrough beat us 2-0 (in October) they went second in the league and look where they are now,’ Allardyce pointed out, suggesting that Ricketts may have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘A problem which has been addressed and solved by States or some of the States by the States' scheme of partial commutation which, on your argument, puts the legislation out of the frying pan into the fire.’
      • ‘If the government accepts his new proposal, the nation will be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.’

Pronunciation

frying pan

/ˈfrīiNG ˌpan//ˈfraɪɪŋ ˌpæn/