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Saucier vs. Saucepan: What's the Difference?

What's the difference between a saucepan and a saucier? Learn more with our comprehensive guide.

George Steckel|Aug 17, 2021
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Sauce makes everything better, especially when you make it from scratch in your kitchen. You can conquer anything in the kitchen with the right tools and technique, whether you're mastering the

5 French mother sauces

or making a simple pan sauce. Two of the best pans for making delicate sauces are a

saucier

and a

saucepan

. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about the difference between these two pans and all the different things you can make in them. 

What is the Difference Between a Saucier and a Saucepan?

The main difference between a

saucier

and a

saucepan

is the base of the pan. A saucier has a curved bottom that keeps ingredients from getting stuck in the corner of the pan. A saucepan’s bottom will be completely flat and have straight sides. 

A saucier is also shorter in height than a saucepan and won’t have as much volume capacity as a saucepan. These pots also come in different material sets, like

stainless clad cookware

sets, for example. 

What Can I Make with a Saucier?

A saucier was one of the most highly-requested products from our chefs. So naturally, we knew that home chefs would love it and find it extremely valuable in their kitchens.

A saucier is perfect for whisking and stirring ingredients because of its curved bottom. It also has more cooking surface area to reduce sauces, broths, and stocks efficiently. Two dishes benefit exceptionally well from being made in a saucier.

The first one is risotto. Grains have a habit of getting stuck in corners, so a saucier makes it perfect for ensuring that the rice will be evenly cooked. Risotto also benefits from being stirred often over even heat, so you’re able to easily do this with the curved nature of the bottom of the pan.

Another way to benefit from a saucier is finishing pasta in your sauce. This is the trick to

restaurant-quality pasta

. With a saucier, you can toss the pasta in the air, which evenly incorporates all the ingredients and evenly distributes the sauce throughout your noodles. The curved base allows for a take-off point for the ingredients.

What Can I Make with a Saucepan?

A saucepan is another extremely important and popular cookware item when it comes to

essential pots and pans

to have.

What is a saucepan used for?

It’s perfect for cooking tasks like cooking grains, making creamy sauces, and even excels as a saute pan for vegetables. 

Saucepans are most commonly in the 2-4 quart size, so they’re not as ideal as a stock pot for making large batches of stocks or stew. However, they do excel at

cooking beans

, making pasta, or making caramelized onions over high heat. You can also reheat soups, chili, or stews in your saucepan.

Can a Saucier Pan Replace a Saucepan?

This question is similar to the square rectangle question. In a pinch, a saucier can serve the purpose of a saucepan, and a saucepan can serve the purpose of a saucier. However, these two pieces of cookware have their own purposes and should not be used interchangeably. Use a saucier when whisking and stirring is the main task at hand. Use a saucepan when you’re cooking grains, reheating stocks or soups, or making sauces.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, if you want to cook the perfect sauce, you must reach for either a saucier or saucepan. Both of these distinctly different pans will elevate your cooking experience – so much so that you can quite literally taste the difference.

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