Difference between a sauteuse pan and a saute pan

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Difference between a sauteuse pan and a saute pan
The word sauté is from the French for "fry pan." (Getty Images)

Sauté and sauteuse pans often get confused because their names and functions are similar. They are even made of the same metals, with the one significant difference being that sauteuse pans can also be made from cast iron. When choosing the right pan for a particular dish, it is important to note that slight differences in the design of the side shape and height, as well as handling, will determine weather a sauté or sauteuse pan will be better-suited to the task.

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Sauté pan design

Sauté pans are made of a layer of anodised aluminium positioned between two layers of stainless steel. The aluminium effectively transfers heat to the highly conductive steel, which then distributes the heat for more even sautéing. The sauté pan has straight, short sides designed to keep food inside the pan while flipping, and large cooking surfaces for better heat distribution. They feature a long handle on one side for easy flipping, and a large hoop handle for grabbing and pouring. Sauté pans come in several sizes and can also come with tight-fitting lids comprised of glass and metal.

Sauté pan uses

Sauté pans are ideal for simmering and braising, and dishes that only require one-pot preparation. The larger cooking surface of the sauté pan makes it ideal for searing meats and reducing sauces. The straight side design prevents food and liquid from sloshing out, making the sauté pan ideal for dishes that require flipping.

Sauteuse pan design

Sauteuse pans are made much like sauté pans, with a layer of anodised aluminium sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. A sauteuse pan resembles a soup pot in that it has high, slopping sides designed for better simmering reduction, while combining the larger cooking area of a sauté pan for more even heat distribution. Unlike the sauté pan, the sauteuse pan features two hoop handles on either side of the pot for easier transferring and pouring. Sauteuse pans range in size from 2.8 to 8 litres (2.5 qt. to 7 qt.) and come with a slightly domed lid made of metal and glass.

Sauteuse pan uses

Sometimes referred to as a fry pan, the sauteuse pan performs many of the same functions as a sauté pan, with the primary exception being food flipping. In addition, the deeper cooking surface makes the sauteuse pan ideal for deep frying and pan searing. The soup bowl shape accommodates pastas, stews and casseroles, while the domed lid makes it ideal for slow roasting and braising.

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