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Oct 3, 2011 05:26 PM

Le Creuset Sauté Pan?

I'm thinking about getting a sauté pan and while I was thinking stainless steel, I thought I'd find out what people think of the Le Creuset pans. I like the volume (almost 4 qts.) Any shared thoughts would be appreciated.

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  1. I have one with a non-stick coating. Hate it. Use good stainless steel or copper (which is the best for high-heat cooking).

    1. Are you talking about LC stainless?

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      1. re: Jay F

        Actually, enameled cast iron. I didnt realize they had a stainless line!

        1. re: nofunlatte

          As much as I love Le Creuset for their French ovens, I would choose a stainless or copper saute pan.

          Here's Le Creuset's stainless line (made in China, btw):

          I'm no expert at stainless steel. All I have are a few pieces of All-Clad, and as expensive as it was, I wish I'd started with something cheaper, like this American Kitchen Tri-Ply:

          You might like one of their saute pans, or their everyday pan. I've never used it, so I'm not recommending it, but it's much less expensive than All Clad, and is also made in the USA.

          Kaleo often recommends a line of copper cookware made in Brooklyn. If I were shopping for a saute pan today, and had the bucks, I'd probably buy their 10" saute pan. Here's an article in the NYT:

          And their website:

          Hope this helps.

          1. re: Jay F

            A similar shape is the braiser which I would recommend. I'd use it for different purposes though than a saute pan.

            I've got two all clad saute pans and two copper saute pans (although one has two short hands and is called a braiser by the manufacturer). This wide shallow shape is my favorite. The AC is lighter than the copper and somewhat easier to care for. I've got a 6 qt and it's perfect for one pot meals. Hope that helps some!

            1. re: Jay F

              That does help. I'd never heard of Regal Ware, but I might look into that (sadly, the copper line, though beautiful, is out of my price range for now).

        2. Cast iron based cookware (enameled or not) should be your first or second choice for a saute pan.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            "Cast iron based cookware (enameled or not) should be your first or second choice for a saute pan."

            Oppss...typo. Itr should read:

            Cast iron based cookware (enameled or not) should *NOT* be your first or second choice for a saute pan."

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I was wondering if that's what you meant to say :-). I agree. There's no benefit to using cast iron as a saute pan and because of the weight, it will be difficult if not impossible to toss food in it. Stay with stainless or copper for this use.

              1. re: blondelle

                Agree, agree. :)

                I understand why I have typo because I am very careless and don't reread my statements. What I don't understand is why I always miss the important words like "Not" or "No"...etc, which completely reverse my meaning. :D

                Tossing food in a heavy cast iron pan probably is not a good idea for the waist in the long run -- even if one thinks he/she can do it.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  CK: "Tossing food in a heavy cast iron pan probably is not a good idea for the waist"

                  I'm going to guess you meant "wrist" rather than "waist."


                  the Typo Police

                  1. re: Jay F

                    It actually might be good for your waist - all that calorie burning exercise!

                    1. re: Jay F

                      Well, I have very thin waist, ya know? So wrist for you, and waist for me.

                      P.S.: Yes, thanks. I did really mean wrist.

            2. I love my 5 quart and 3 1/2 quart Le Creuset buffet pans. I use them for most things you'd use a sauté pan for. The 5 quart gets much more use here than the 3 1/2 though. I don't even currently own a sauté pan. I use All-Clad D5 frying pans though along with bare cast iron ones. If I was buying a stainless sauté pan I'd get the All-Clad D5 6 quart deep sauté with the fry basket.

              1. My go-to saute pan is an 8" copper pan with a stainless interior imported from France. All-Clad makes a good copper line, too.

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                1. re: catdoc46

                  "All-Clad makes a good copper line, too."

                  All Clad has two copper lines. One better than the other.....