Sauté pans are uniquely designed to accommodate multiple cooking applications. While they may look like a frying pan and can function as one, they actually are very distinctive in how they serve you. Their tall vertical sides and wide, flat bottom create a unique cooking environment for baking, frying, searing or simmering. Their s vertical sides also conveniently hold a greater volume and help to prevent spills. Sauté pans frequently have covers which when necessary keep moist heat circulating during the cooking or simmering process. Carefully prepared liquid mixtures are easily reduced to perfection in the right sauté pan. Frying pans and skillets are versatile pan designs but a sauté pan is designed to prepare subtle recipes that require more finesse and a larger cooking surface area.