What is a Sauté Pan?
A sauté pan is used for sautéing food. It has a broad and flat bottom with high vertical sides, a long handle and a lid to cover. It helps you cook food faster in a minimal amount of oil/butter. The long straight sides and the long handle of the pan provide you ample tossing ability which helps in even cooking. If you haven't been able to cough up the big bucks, this one-pan army Sauté Pan could be for you. It is the most versatile pan and can be used to cook vegetables, chicken breasts, fish fillets or steak, daal, dry vegetable preparations like gobhi aloo and wet gravies like Kadhai paneer, rajma etc. ; you can cook almost anything in a sauté pan. It can be used as a frying pan, pizza maker, skillet, stir-fry, kadhai and cake pan. All the features of a Sauté pan are important and designed to make cooking easier and proper.
The Wide Flat Bottom: This enables uniform distribution of heat and prevents uneven cooking. It also allows us to cook food faster without actually burning it. A flat bottom also helps in the easy movement of the ingredients which helps properly cook the food without making it soggy.
Sides: A sauté pan is meant to keep its contents on the bottom of the pan, and the high edges help by containing what you’re cooking better than curved edges. This means a sauté pan can handle sauces and liquids that might slosh over the edges of a frying pan; this is also what makes them ideal for frying, as they can better contain hot oil without risking dangerous spills or splatters.
Lid: The lid traps steam inside the pan helping it store heat which enables quick and even cooking. The lid allows you to see what's going on inside the pot without having to lift it off, letting steam escape. Many brands like Circulon have colander lids or sometimes built-in strainers to make cooking even easier for you.
Long Handle: A long handle is always preferred because it stays cool, comfortable to hold and makes it easier to toss items in the pan. Many brands offer silicone inserts or phenolic stay cool handles for better grip and comfort.
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