Tilting Skillets

A tilting skillet cooks large batches of food with a braising pan that tilts to easily allow food to be transferred to a container.


The service life for braising pans/tilting skillets is between 7 and 10 years on average, but it can be as few as 3 years and as many as 20 years, depending on a variety of factors.

Operators should first determine their needs and volume prior to choosing a tilting skillet/braising pan for prep use. These versatile units are typically for high-volume use since large batches can be prepared at one time. Operators can use tilting skillets to replace other pieces of equipment, including grills, stoves and steamers.

Tilting skillets and braising pans are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in commercial kitchens as these units can replace just about any cooking appliance.

Tilting skillets work much like stoves, with either gas orifices or heating elements that cover the entire underside of the pan. This allows operators to cook at set and consistent temperatures using precise controls.

When preparing to purchase a tilting skillet, operators should begin by determining their needs and volume, according to Steve Waltz, senior associate project manager for Cini-Little International, based in Washington, D.C.

Don’t use steel wool to clean a tilting skillet, says Dennis Black, a service tech at Baltimore-based EMR. “This impregnates stainless-steel and causes it to rust,” he says. Instead, it’s best to use non-scratch scrubbers.


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