A sauté pan is a deeper frying pan or skillet with straight or flared sides made of stainless steel or copper (with a cast iron base). The higher sides make for easier stirring so as to coat products evenly in a sauce. Another version; the sautoir does not have a single long handle but two curved handles either side. Made of aluminum; cast iron; stainless steel or tin-plated copper, it has vertical sides and a lid. Its form makes it suitable for finishing cooking in the oven.

A deep skillet can be made from stainless steel, aluminum, or copper. In the case of copper, the handle is can be made from cast iron. Their diameter ranges between 20 cm and 30 cm. This type of pan can have straight sides (sauté pan) or sloping sides, and either one or two handles. Additionally, the handles on certain models are detachable. A deep skillet can also have a smaller and more rounded bottom for better evaporation during reductions. A lid may be optional.

Sarlat potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and shredded chicken are only a few of the dishes that can be cooked to perfection in a deep skillet.