How Big is 5 Quart Pan & How Much Food Can it Cook?

Are you looking forward to getting a small pan of 5 quarts, but not sure how much food it can cook?

This blog post is for you.

Let’s break it down simply.

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How Big is a 5 Quart Pan?

A 5-quart pan is approximately 10-12 inches wide and 3.5 to 4 inches deep, with holding capacity of about 4.75 quarts of liquid.

For example, the T-fal Specialty Nonstick Saute Pan, measuring 12 x 3.5 inches (excluding the handle), has a capacity of 4.73 liters.

So, a 5-quart pan can cook about: 

16 cups of liquid or 8 pounds of cooked dense food 
3 large and 5 average size chicken breasts
A whole-cut chicken
5 lb of ground beef
2 cups of uncooked rice or pasta
4-5 quart stew
1 box of cooked pasta with sauce.


  • How much your 5 quart pan can hold depends on food density. Therefore, a 5 quart pan can allow you to cook about half the capacity to sauté or fry ingredients for voluminous foods like vegetables freely.
  • It would be best not to overload the pan to ensure efficient heat distribution, ensuring that your food cooks evenly. Its ample capacity also means you can prepare meals for a small gathering without worrying about running out of space.

Simply Put

For everyday cooking, having a 5-quart pan in your kitchen arsenal is a practical choice for a small to medium family. It provides you with the flexibility to cook various dishes, from sauces and soups to pasta and stir-fries, all conveniently and hassle-free.

Cashmere M
Cashmere M

Cashmere M is a passionate culinary explorer and food writer with 25 years of home kitchen experience. This blog is a treasure trove of her insights into worldwide cuisine, cooking techniques, and expert knowledge of kitchen tools and gadgets. What's more... she's always seeking the healthiness of ingredients before putting them on her plate because she believes what you eat creates your internal environment: either healthy or unhealthy. So, to her, food isn't just a passion; it's a lifelong journey to taste and healthiness that you're welcome to join.

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