A saute pan is a type of frying pan. It was named for the French word “sauter” which means to jump or leap, because it’s what you do with food in the pan. It is is usually made from heavy-gauge steel and has relatively low sides that are sloped outwards towards the base so as not to trap too much heat. The sloping sides allow liquids to bubble up and reduce quickly, while also allowing fats and sauces to easily slide down into the bottom of the pot where they can be left behind as you remove what you’ve cooked from one side of this versatile cooking vessel onto a plate on another side. This design makes them particularly good at searing meats, fish, or vegetables because it allows what’s being cooked to easily slide out of the pan.
What is a Saute Pan?
A saute pan is a type of frying pan that is typically used for cooking food quickly. Due to its wide and shallow shape, this type of pan cooks quickly and evenly. A saute pan is what you need if you want to cook vegetables, cook meat or fry some onions without them burning on the bottom of the pan. Saute pans are what I use to make risotto and scrambled eggs, and what I use for all sorts of other dishes like omelets, pancakes and more.
Just like any pan, heat conduction happens at the bottom of the saute pan where the food is placed. The sloped sides of the pan allow what’s being cooked to move closer to this heat source. This means that what you’re cooking heats up more quickly at the bottom, but what’s close to it cooks slower because of the low-heat conductivity on the higher parts of what you are cooking.
A saute pan is different from other pans in a kitchen, such as frying pans and saucepans, which have high sides for containing water-based liquids. The sloped sides are what give this all its versatility, allowing you to cook sauces with the proper evaporation that will go into whatever it is you are making. As well, the sloped sides allow what’s being cooked to easily be poured over whatever dish you’re making without risk of spilling what you are cooking all over your stove.
Benefits of Saute Pans
The following are some of what I consider to be the benefits of using a saute pan:
-A saute pan cooks quickly and evenly.
-I can use a saute pan for all sorts of different dishes.
-A saute pan is what you need if you want to cook vegetables, cook meat or fry onions without them burning on the bottom of the pan.
There are 2 different types of saute pans which are the heavy bottomed, and the thin-bottomed. A heavy-bottomed pan is what you want to use if you’re cooking food that requires high heat. For example, I would use this type of pan when I’m frying some bacon. Thin-bottomed pans are what you want to use when you’re cooking something on a low heat like some boiled eggs.
What to Look For When Purchasing a Saute Pan
When purchasing a saute pan, you should look for one with a high quality surface and base. If buying a non-stick saute pan, make sure the non-stick property is PFOA and PFOS free. Consider what size you need as well as what shape.
The best saute pans are made from heavy-gauge steel that is either aluminum or copper-clad. Aluminum saute pans are lighter weight and conduct heat more quickly than what you get with the heavier steel models. Steel ones, on the other hand, heat up evenly which makes them better at browning what’s cooking without overheating it like what happens with aluminum pans.
What is a Saute Pan Used For To Cook
You can cook dishes like fried chicken, garlic sausage, or onion rings in what is called the saute mode. The best features of this pan are that because it has a high-sloped sides, any ingredients you toss onto the pan will slide back down to the center without spilling over the sides.
Something else that I like to cook in my saute pan is risotto. A saute pan is what you need if you want to get nice, light, fluffy grains of rice that are not stuck together. Saute pans are what I use to make risotto and scrambled eggs, and what I use for all sorts of other dishes like omelets, pancakes and more.
Another thing you can do with a saute pan is fry some bacon which is what is known as “seared” bacon. When cooking with a saute pan what this means is frying it until it is browned on both sides but not cooked through. This technique preserves the meat’s juices, resulting in a more flavorful end result.
What gets cooked in a saute pan usually involves browning what’s being cooked with some oil or fat, whether it’s meat, fish, vegetables (such as bell peppers) or what have you. You can also make sauces with what you are making at the bottom of your saute pan, like mushroom sauce for steak for instance, which is what makes this pan so versatile.
You can also braise what you are cooking down in what’s being cooked which will help what you’re making come out moist, or roast what’s being cooked by putting it on a rack over the liquid that accumulates at the bottom of what you’re cooking. Whichever way you use, if what’s being cooked has sloped sides it will help what you are cooking come out moist.
The difference between what you would use a saute pan for compared to what you use other pans for is that with other types of pans, the food should be flipped or turned over at some point in order to brown both sides evenly. This isn’t necessary with what you would use a saute pan for because what happens is that what goes on one side cooks and what is already cooked on top falls off so there’s no need to flip what you are frying over.