Experience has taught me that it is important to use the correct tool for the correct job, and that good quality comes from the right materials used and workmanship in production. This Top Ten List of Sauté Pans available on market will hopefully help you find the best of the best to meet your cooking environments needs and that will last.
Not being a professional chef myself, I had to learn through trial and error as a young woman. I remember the pride of going shopping for my bottom-draw items, the thrill of the hunt… My eyes were always on the lookout for sale items. I remember buying my first big box of pots and pans; I had no clue there was a separate purpose for the different pots. I saw – and in my defense, the box was also marked this way – a frying pan, a little pot (I assumed that would be perfect for cooking two Brussel sprouts when my parents came to visit), a slightly bigger pot for sweet corn, a medium-size pot for rice or pasta, and a huge pot for taking a bath in or cooking potatoes in.
Two years later I realized that the set was on sale for a reason.
Through the years, as my skills and knowledge level has grown, I have learned a lot more than just recipes from recipe books. When I came across things that said, lightly sauté in sauté pot, for example, I would look up how to sauté and which of the pots in my pot closet was a sauté pot. The answer was, none of them. Cheap pot sets are just sets made to heat up or cook food without much control. The kind of set you can expect to find at a regular grocery store does not always cut it in the kitchen. The base will eventually warp, you can expect to find rust and corrosion all over the pot or pan eventually, and the handles always find a way to divorce themselves from the pot.
Getting good kitchen equipment will take you a lifetime to get. It is not cheap. But it is better to spend more (there are less expensive high-quality pans too) and get a product that will give you many years of excellent service.
A good sauté pan is medium in-depth, about the size of a frying pan, it has a long handle, straight or rounded sides (that doesn’t matter) that just make it is easier to turn and brown food and it is easier to fry larger quantities of food with less oil, and it has a cover to seal in moisture, taste, and nutrients. The metal pan has a very thick base that is very responsive to temperature changes as you turn the heat up or down. The average capacity is five quarts (about four-point-seven-three liters).
To get the perfect sauté you need a small amount of oil or fat, medium heat and a quick appetite. It is a very quick way of preparing food that is nutritious and delicious.
Top 10 Best Saute Pans
The specialty 316Ti cooking surface of this sauté pan is strengthened with titanium to increase corrosion resistance, and it does not hold a residual taste or smell from previous food preparations.
An even cooking surface is important because you will not be left with food clinging to grooves in the metal, burning, and making it impossible to clean. This pan is so easy to clean because the surface cooks evenly and releases food easily. Note, I am not saying food can’t burn in it, that ball is in your court.
The metal has seven layers to enhance conductivity and durability. The thickness will ensure the heat is properly distributed so the food around the edge of the pan is cooked at the same time as the food in the middle of the pan.
This pan will not lose its good looks with time and can be used on any stovetop, in the oven, or even on an induction plate.
The ergonomic stay-cool handle ensures a safe, comfortable grip that will not overheat on the stove.
This pan is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty.
I love the look of this pan, but I have my doubts because its marketing says that the oval shape “allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others” but experience has taught me that the shape makes it harder to heat evenly on a traditional stovetop and it takes up a larger part of the stove than a round pan would. My plates are round, and most stoves plates are separated enough that you can put an extra-large pot on each of the four burners and they will not be in each other’s way.
But this pan is still highly functional with a strong non-stick interior that allows for easy serving and cleaning of the pan.
The rubberized handles are oven-safe for up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
The glass lid is tempered for strength.
This pan comes with a lifetime warranty.
This three-quart sauté pan has a large cooking surface and tall, straight sides. It is a great size for onions and mushrooms.
The stainless-steel interior has a three-ply construction with thick, conductive aluminum with a hard-anodized exterior that is bonded to the stainless steel interior.
The ergonomic handles are stainless steel and are permanently secured with stainless steel rivets.
The pan has flared edges to ensure drip-free pouring, so you don’t lose any of the nutrient-rich moisture.
The stainless steel is safe to use metal utensils in.
The lid is also made from stainless steel and is designed to trap heat and moisture.
This All-Clad sauté pan is oven and broiler safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is not safe for use on induction plates.
It is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
It is a larger sauté pan with a seven-quart capacity. It is made of 18-8 stainless steel with a tri-ply bottom that is durable and good for use at home or in a professional kitchen. It is designed to circulate and distribute heat evenly throughout the pan.
The lid helps keep in the moisture and traps the healthy nutrients in the pan.
The shape and thermal conductivity make it perfect for quick evaporation too.
It is a great pan for cooking stir fry, sautéing onions and potatoes, and searing chicken or fish.
This is a beautiful, stylish, and efficient sauté pan by Le Creuset. Le Creuset is a best-seller globally. They produce very high-quality products that are practical for at-home use and durable for professional kitchens.
This is a pan that will be passed down through generations. It is elegant, stylish, and great to go from stove to table.
The core of this pan is made from hard-anodized aluminum. Hard anodized aluminum has the characteristics of aluminum, making it strong and durable, but removes the unhealthy effects of aluminum leaching into your food creating health issues.
The pan’s surface is PFOA-free. PFOA is short for perfluorooctanoic acid. It is a man-made chemical, designed to make steel more resistant to heat, water, grease, and sticking. This chemical has been known to cause some health-related issues. PFOA can still be present in the production phase of the metal though.
The magnetic stainless-steel disk resists corrosion making it a strong, resilient pan.
The Circulon sauté pan is made from super-tough, hard-anodized aluminum for strength and durability.
It is stylishly designed for the stove to table service and is built to last a lifetime. I love the design for its practical application as well as its look.
It’s raised circles in the base and triple-layer, PFOA-free surface is non-stick, and safe for metal utensils and is easy to clean.
The shatter-resistant glass lid seals in the heat and moisture-locking in the nutrients and allowing the food to continue to cook to perfection after it is removed from the heat.
The handles are riveted stainless steel with silicone grips that are sturdy and safe.
The pan is oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and is suitable for all stovetops. It is not safe for use on an induction plate.
Simplistic in looks, I love how this pan gives off an air of no judgment. Maybe that’s just me, but if I was a professional chef this is the pan I would want to go home to. You do you, the pan will do the rest.
This is made in the USA. The Tamontina is made of durable porcelain enamel and heavy-gauge aluminum steel with riveted silicone handles and a tempered glass lid.
It is stylish and elegant and designed to cook for the pleasure of it. I love the size; it is great for larger portions and deep enough that you don’t have to be too careful when stirring food.
This pan is great with gas, electric, and ceramic glass stovetops. It is safe for use in an oven up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is dishwasher friendly.
This is a beautiful, modern addition to a minimalist kitchen. It is stylishly simplistic in looks but with great functionality that uses modern material effectively.
Tri-ply Clad metal is a combination of 18/10 stainless steel and an aluminum core. It radiates the heat throughout the cooking surface and up the sides allowing you to cook more evenly throughout the pan.
The patented V-shaped design uses air-flow technology to keep the handle cool (not cold though) and gives it a comfortable grip. The handles are riveted to the pan to make them sturdy and durable.
This pan can be used on any stovetop or induction plate and is oven-safe for up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
It comes with a durable glass lid that is oven-safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit that locks in the goodness, keeps food beautifully moist, and seals in the taste.
It is recommended that you do not put this pan or its lid in the dishwasher; rather handwash the set.
This is one of those timeless sauté pans that will give you great performance with a lot more than just a touch of style.
Demeyere Industry has two sizes of sauté pans available. Aside from this three-quart pan, there is also a six-and-a-half-quart pan.
Belgium engineering joins function and looks, making it a great, elegant pan to go from your stove to your table.
Its five-ply construction makes it great with heat conductivity and heat retention. It will retain its heat long after it is removed from the stove.
Demeyere have a patented Silinox surface treatment; this Silvinox treatment is a unique electrochemical that removes iron and impurities from the surface leaving the stainless-steel more durable, longer-lasting, and resistant to the oils in fingerprints, strong cleaning agents, and acidic foods that could corrode the metal or make it rust.
The Silvinox treatment makes the pan much easier to clean as the food will not have rough edges to cling to on the cooking surface.
The flat base will not warp when heated so your pan will not wobble or cook unevenly.
The handles are welded securely to the pan giving strength and durability and a very comfortable grip. This is something that did make me pause though, because my husband is a welding engineer, so I know enough about metal and welds to be a bit dangerous. I know that welds can break without warning. Handles that are attached by riveting tend to last longer, they are normally triple-riveted, meaning if one breaks the other two will not just break at the same time and leave you cleaning up the mess.
The handles are stay-cool, shot-blasted polished 18/10 stainless steel. They will not burn your hands when cooking and they will retain their strength for years.
The fantastic Viking sauté pan is perfect for larger portions. It has a six-quart capacity with good height on the sides for quick stirring.
Stylishly designed, the pan is made of 18/0 stainless steel. Its cooking surface is surgical stainless-steel so you will not ingest anything toxic because of a reaction between the food the heat and the metal used. (It is NSF approved)
Heat is evenly distributed across the cooking surface by its three-ply construction. And the pan retains heat well.
The ergonomic design of the handle is very comfortable to work with. You will not get much stress on your hand or wrist. This pan is popular with professional chefs who need a comfortable pan for all day/night use. The stay-cool technology will keep you safe from the heat while you work.
The pan is broiler and oven safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
This Viking sauté pan is dishwasher friendly.
What does it mean to sauté food?
Food that is sautéed is fried very quickly in just a small amount of oil or fat.
What food do you prepare using a sauté pan?
You can sauté soft vegetables, and you can sauté more tender cuts of meat like fish, tenderloin, or chicken.
What metal makes the best sauté pan?
Stainless steel is durable, gives even heat distribution, and is easy to clean.
Is a sauté pan dishwasher safe?
Some pans are dishwasher safe. I will never put any pan in the dishwasher. The water’s heat and other items banging around can work handles lose and scratch non-stick surfaces.
What is the best way to clean burnt food out of a sauté pan?
Cover the burnt food with baking soda, add some dishwashing liquid, fill the pan with water and heat the pan to boiling on the stove. Let it boil a while checking regularly until the food is soft and comes off easily.
What is the difference between a sauté pan and a skillet?
A sauté pan has straight or rounded sides while a skillet pan has slanted edges. Most people know what a frying pan is, a skillet is just another name for a frying pan.
What or who is NSF and why is their rating important?
The National Sanitation Foundation is a non-profit organization that governs food safety and promotes public health. If you purchase an item that is NSF approved, it means the product is made from products that have been approved by the FDA.
What is meant by three-ply or seven-ply?
This means that the base is made of three or seven layers of metal.
Can you saute with water?
Yes, you can. The trick is to add only a tablespoon at a time, adding only when necessary until your food is browned or cook. Be very careful not to add too much water at a time so that your food doesn’t end up boiling rather than sautéing.
Can you fry in a sauté pan?
Yes, you can use it as a frying pan. The materials used to make a frying pan work the same as a sauté pan, the difference is that in a sauté pan you can lock in more moisture.
How hot should your heat be?
You need to warm the heat before adding your ingredients, once your pan is warm you add all your ingredients at the same time and cook on medium heat.
All the pans covered above are Amazon fan favorites. The materials used are all high quality, the pans listed are durable.
The brands are well known globally for their high quality and their follow up service that stands behind their products.
Sautéing is very much an art that you will get better at with practice.
You will need to get the temperature right. You will need to know when to cover and how much oil to use. You will need to understand the quick work of either stirring or tossing.
The right pan is the only tool you will need to learn to create quick tasty meals. You eventually will not even need a spatula, once you learn to shake food through to oil to cook evenly you will be cooking like a pro.