A frying pan is one of the basic pieces of cookware in commercial kitchens. Frying pans are used for frying, searing and browning food on a stove top burner. Frying pans come in a variety of materials depending on the dish you are cooking and the kind of range you are cooking on. Choose a metal material such as stainless steel or aluminum fry pan. You may want to invest in a cast iron frying pan or a ceramic frying pan. Another thing to consider when shopping for a frying pan is what foods you will be using your pan to cook. You may need a non-stick pan, such as a ceramic frying pan.