Skillet vs. Sauté Pan

February 11, 2009 | By | Comments (5)

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Question:
What’s the difference between a skillet and sauté pan? Some places say that a skillet has sloping sides and the sauté pan has vertical sides, but I have also seen the reverse of this. Then of course if you look at a cast iron skillet, it is an in-between.

Answer:
Due to the variety of cookware brands, it is common to see different types of pans with the same names. Given these discrepancies, consider the shape and function when you are buying your pans.

Frying pans are often called skillets. With flared sides and no lid, skillets (left) are generally used for quickly cooking foods over high heat. The sloped sides make it easy for cooks to turn, flip, and remove foods from the pan. Well suited for the basic needs of most home cooks, these pans come in a variety of materials: aluminum, cast iron, copper, stainless steel, anodized aluminum.

SautepanSauté pans (right) have straight sides and a lid. They are also very versatile. The added height on the sides allows for cooking with more liquid or keeping moisture in the dish. This type of pan is well-suited for braising, pan-frying, sautéing, searing, or even making small amounts of sauces.

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COMMENTS

  1. Harlan

    Frying pans are often called skillets. With flared sides and no lid, skillets (left) are generally used for quickly cooking foods over high heat.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:34 am
  2. Speak

    It’s a Very helpful article for me. Actually, I am fond of reading online punjabi news. Thanks for writing such a complete ..And,I wantn’t to miss them.
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    January 5, 2011 at 12:47 am
  3. Kimberly Norton

    What does it mean to say “your food is not cooking evenly?” How do you know what even cooked food looks like? Is it the same as brown spots in the pan?

    April 5, 2009 at 1:17 am
  4. Kimberly Norton

    Can copper casserole pans be used as frying pans?

    April 5, 2009 at 12:22 am
  5. Betty Crocker

    I was really excited to see this explanation, because I have both skillet and a saute pan at home, but I didn’t recall which was which, and recipes often call for one or another, and I’d prefer to use the right size,type of pan as it can affect the outcome or process of the recipe.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

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