Characteristics:A sauté pan is similar in appearance to a fry pan or skillet, except that instead of the flared, sloping sides, it has straight sides, about 2 to 3 inches high. This design maximizes the cooking surface, helps to contain the food in the pan as it's cooking (especially if you're making tossing motions while sauteeing foods), and it also is the ideal shape for cooking food in which you're going to be adding liquid to make a sauce. Be sure to buy a pan that comes with a tight-fitting lid so you can use it to cook grains or rice.
Also known as:Sautoir or Sauteuse (often has slightly sloping sides or two short loop handles)
Use it for:Sauteeing, browning and pan-frying foods, steaming shellfish, cooking rice and rains, making risotto, braising meat in the oven
One to try:
Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Sauté Pan