Can I Deep-Fry in a Sauté Pan?

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Q: I just bought a 4-quart sauté pan from the All-Clad stainless collection. My question is: Can I deep-fry in this pan even though it says “sauté”?

Sent by Cathy

Editor: You can deep-fry in almost any pan — it’s just a matter of shape and size! This sauté pan you mention would be fine for frying in small batches, and I would stick to foods that aren’t very large and would fry well in about an inch of oil.

However, since the sides of this pan aren’t especially tall (compared to say, a Dutch oven), I would be very careful not to put too much oil in the pan so that it doesn’t bubble over when you add your food.

Readers, have you deep-fried in a sauté pan before?