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A skillet is certainly versatile! You can use it to prepare sauces, paella, risotto and other dishes. Like the wok, this pan is ideal for quick cooking. But it can also be used to simmer dishes, for which a lid is important. This keeps the pan tightly closed and prevents heat loss. So the ingredients heat up evenly and you can enjoy the final dish to the full. The high sides of a sauté pan have the advantage of preventing splashes and spills.

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What is a sauté pan or skillet used for?

A sauté pan is used to sauté meat, fish or poultry. This means that you briefly heat the ingredients to a high temperature. This cooking technique generally requires very little oil, which makes it ideal if you want to eat less fat! When you sauté your steak, for example, you can easily turn the meat juices into a delicious sauce with a little beer or wine. 

What are the differences between a sauté pan and a frying pan?

You can choose a sauté pan with or without a lid. There are also sauté pans with one or two handles. Some brands even offer a combination of the two. The big difference with a simple frying pan is that the rim of the sauté pan is higher and straighter, which also makes it ideal for sauces. However, in many cases, the two terms are used to designate the same type of product.

Cookinglife sauté pans are available in different sizes. So there's a pan to suit every occasion. Cooking for a large group or a small group of friends is possible. Find out which pan is right for you and your needs!

An induction sauté pan or skillet

These days, an induction frying pan is a must in our range. The advantage of this cooking method is that the pan heats up quickly and your dish is cooked more evenly. You can also opt for a lower temperature for simmering meat. With an induction frying pan, you can prepare your food sustainably. Are you curious? Discover the many variations available from Cookinglife!

Le Creuset sauté pan

For quick, tasty and healthy meals, a Le Creuset saute pan with non-stick coating is ideal! The wide base and straight edges provide plenty of space for frying. Thanks to the non-stick coating, your food releases easily and it's also possible to fry with little fat. With a Le Creuset frying pan, burnt food is a thing of the past. Order a pan and try it for yourself!

The BK sauté pan

Want to prepare the most delicious dishes in your own kitchen? With the BK frying pan, it's child's play. This pan has a wide, shallow shape that makes it ideal for preparing all kinds of dishes. You can sauté vegetables, fry chunks of meat or prepare a delicious stir-fry. Thanks to the scratch-resistant ceramic coating, you can fry ingredients faster and at higher temperatures (up to 400°C). The maintenance parts in this collection also allow you to keep all your pans clean and tidy!

Find the sauté pan size you need 

The most common frying pans are 24 and 28 centimetres in diameter. These pans can be used to prepare dishes for 2 to 4 people. The practical overview below shows, by size, the number of people for whom the pan can be used.

  • Sauté pans up to ø 20 cm - ideal for 1 person.

  • Sauté pans ø 24 cm - ideal for 2 people.

  • Sauté pans ø 28 cm - ideal for 3-4 people.

  • Sauté pans ø 30 cm - ideal for 4-6 people.

At Cookinglife you'll find a large and a small frying pan. Our pans range in size from 20 to 30 centimetres.

Looking for the perfect pan? Check out our top 5 recommendations!

  1. Westinghouse Marble Wood Saute Pan: The Westinghouse Marble Saute Pan from the Marble Collection is a versatile pan with a durable, three-layer, PFOA-free marble non-stick coating. It features a stylish wooden handle that stays cool while cooking, in black or wood. Suitable for all heat sources, the Westinghouse Dishpan Marble Sauteuse also offers even heat distribution. After use, it can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

  2. Le Creuset Provencal Casserole Les Forgées TNS: This frying pan has a non-stick coating that is four times more resistant than most frying pans. This Le Creuset pan is therefore ideal for healthy cooking with little or no fat. The frying pan is versatile: it can be used on the hob or in the oven. You can use this pan on any heat source. For maintenance, we recommend cleaning the pan by hand, but it can also be washed in the dishwasher.

  3. De Buyer Dishpan Mineral B: This frying pan has a high carbon content, which contributes to its durability and ability to last a lifetime if properly cared for. Before first use, the pan must be burnt to develop a natural non-stick coating, which is called the honing process. This involves heating the pan over a low heat and boiling a generous amount of oil (such as sunflower oil or peanut oil) for five minutes. Read the article "How do you burn a steel pan? For a clear step-by-step plan of action.

  4. Atlantis frying pan from Demeyere: This frying pan has been specially designed to fry meat, poultry, vegetables and shellfish evenly after moistening them, leaving them to cook covered. Thanks to its large surface area, this professional frying pan is also ideal for boiling quickly, bind and finish sauces. This pan is dishwasher safe.

  5. GreenPan Sauteuse - with lid - Barcelona Pro - Black: this pan is made from aluminium and can therefore be used on all heat sources. The frying pan is oven and dishwasher safe, but to prolong its life we recommend washing it by hand. It has an elegant appearance thanks to its glass lid and stainless steel handle. The Greenpan brand is known for its eco-friendly production process, which emits 60% less CO₂ than the production of traditional non-stick coatings.

How to clean a skillet?

Most sauté pans can be washed in the dishwasher, but we recommend washing them by hand to extend their life. It's best not to use sponges or hard brushes. If food residues have become embedded in the pan, soak it in water for a while. If this residue proves tough, you can put the pan on the heat with a little salt in the water and leave it to boil for 15 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat and leave it to soak for a further half hour, after which you can easily remove all the food residue without damaging the pan.

Where to buy your sauté pan or skillet ?

If you want to buy a high-quality sauté pan, Cookinglife is the place to go! Our range includes many variations. So there's a good chance we have the pan you need. When you buy a frying pan, you probably already have in mind the delicious dishes you want to prepare with it. If not, take a look at the Cookinglife Foodies recipes. There are lots of delicious things to try with your new sauté pan!

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