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NYT Mini Crossword puzzle, empty and with a highlight on 1D.
Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

Pan fry Mini Crossword clue hints

I can think of many delicious things you can fry on a pan, but they won't help you solve today's Mini Crossword.

Chefs and cooking fans got an easy one in today’s NYT Mini Crossword with “pan fry.” But if you’ve never cooked an egg, I’m here to help. I can’t make the food for you, but I can help you find the answer to this clue.

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Solving the easier clues 6A and 8A first is a great starting point for finding the right answer to 1D. It should help you narrow down if it’s about a cooking technique or a specific kind of food you fry using a pan. Here are some extra hints to help you.

Hints and answer to “Pan fry” NYT Mini Crossword clue

A partially filled NYT Mini Crossword puzzle showing "BACON" on 1D and a red X next to it, indicating a wrong answer.
Bacon isn’t an answer, unfortunately. Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

“Pan fry” isn’t about any food you fry using a pan.

The process of frying ingredients in a little oil or fat using a pan.

You may use this process to cook garlic, onion, grains, and similar ingredients while preparing a dish.

The answer to “pan fry” is “SAUTE“. It’s actually written sauté, but writing “é” would ruin the puzzle and crossing answers.

How to play past and new Mini Crosswords

You can play past NYT Mini Crossword puzzles by checking the NYT puzzle archive (if you subscribe). Try the Minis on the LA Times and the Washington Post for a free alternative.

I also recommend adding Spelling Bee and Strands to your daily word puzzles. Spelling Bee tests your vocabulary, while Strands is a twist on classic word search games. Both are fun, challenging, and scratch the same itch as the Mini.

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Bhernardo Viana
Bhernardo is senior guides writer and strategist at Dot Esports. He's been working in the gaming industry for over 9 years, with works published on Destructoid, Prima Games, ESPN, and more. A fan of Pokémon since 6 years old and an avid Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch player. Now writing strategy and quests guides for several mobile and PC titles.