There is no single definition that differentiates what a pot is from what a pan is that I could find. Here are a few tidbits I came across on the internet.
- Many pots have two handles, while very few pans have two handles.
- If the sides are equal to or greater than the radius of the bottom, it’s probably a pot.
- If you can fill it up with enough liquid to boil water for spaghetti, it’s probably a pot.
- If the sides are less than a 1/4th the size of the radius of the bottom, it’s probably a pan.
In conclusion, a pot can be called a pan, but a pan can’t be called a pot. Got it?