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Is There A Difference Between Sautéing And Frying?
The term "frying" can refer to many different cooking methods, but the technical definition means to cook or immerse an ingredient in hot fat or oil, typically over medium heat.
Sautéing is a cooking method that may also be called "lightly frying" or just "frying," but it really means cooking over high heat with just enough oil to lubricate the pan.
It’d be difficult to confuse deep frying with sautéing, but shallow frying, which uses much less oil than deep frying does, seems a lot more similar to sautéing.
The main difference is that shallow frying involves oil covering half the food and cooking on medium heat, while sautéing involves just coating the pan and cooking on high heat.