Braising is a method of cooking that creates tender, flavorful foods. The food is first seared with fat and dry heat, then partially submerged in water and cooked at a low, low temperature over a long period. This method of cooking is excellent for tough meats because it tenderizes them and causes them to absorb loads of flavor.
A braising pan, also called a tilting skillet, is the ideal utensil for braising foods. It is designed for braising but is a versatile piece of kitchen equipment. Sometimes mistaken as a steamer, braising pans have a griddle on the base and sides of 8 to 11 inches tall.
They can be used to cook soups, chili, rice, stews, sauces, and pasta. Some people use braising pans to fry chicken, donuts, fries, and fish fillets. They can be used in the oven to roast meat and poultry. You can also use them as a griddle for burgers, bacon, pancakes, grilled sandwiches, French toast, and eggs and sausage.
There are several types of braising pans available. Some feature stainless steel construction, with various finishes that aid in different performances. For instance, a hand-ground finish is smooth and easy to clean. And a bead blast finish has a dimpled surface that helps to prevent food from sticking to the pan.