Sauté is one cooking method that needs a small amount of oil in a pan over a relatively high heat.
Sautéed food is cooked quickly, by doing this, we need to move the food around the pan quickly using your spatula. This is different from pan-frying.
On the other hand, pan-frying is a cooking method that needs minimal oil in a pan but over a moderate heat. Food cooked in this method needs to be flipped over to be able to cook both sides of the dish, like cooking a bacon.