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Sauté is Screaming Hot

Sauté means to cook quickly over high heat in a shallow pan using minimal fat/oil. Most people don't do it that way. That's why most people don't make food at home that tastes as good as restaurant fare.

Have you seen video on the cable food channels of cooks tossing food about in a fry pan with sparks or flames shooting up from the sides?

That's what sautéing looks like. It's hotter than frying. Really.

This is not sautéing and there's more than one thing wrong with this picture--the pan is too crowded.

If you want to know more, the folks over at The Spruce Eats have a good tutorial: What is Sautéing