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12 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

These easy, fast recipes all come together in one pan!

By: Amy Jackson, Editor,
12 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

The cast iron skillet is one of the best cooking tools out there. Whenever you're at a restaurant and your waiter heads toward your table with a steaming skillet of hot food straight off the stovetop, you know you're in for a treat. Fortunately, you can have that same effect at your own dinner table. It feels great to hear your meal sizzling away, filling the kitchen with great smells. And naturally, it also feels fantastic when the kitchen remains unscathed, with only one pan to clean up!

This collection of 12 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes contains ideas for great skillet recipes to try this week. Did you realize that you can make a whole meal out of food made in cast iron skillets? That's right--there are cast iron skillet recipes for entree, sides, and dessert. So keep a glass of ice water close at hand for burned tongues, because you won't want to wait to dig into these simple cast iron skillet recipes.

Easy Skillet Entrees

Ramen Noodle and Beef Skillet

These easy skillet entrees required minimal fuss and clean-up, all while delivering bold and memorable flavors. These recipes will definitely help you make the best use of that shiny cast iron skillet of yours--and if it's not shiny, no worries. The scorch marks add flavor!

This Ramen Noodle and Beef Skillet is a great example of a cast iron skillet's versatility. Noodles might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think "skillet," but that's what makes this recipe so fun. Cheap, fast, and filled with veggies, this ramen noodle skillet is a great addition to your weeknight meal plan.

  • Kimchi Fried Rice

    This kimchi fried rice can be vegetarian or full of meat. No matter which way you prefer, this easy recipe is made in a cast iron skillet.

  • Quick Glazed Pork & Rice Skillet

    This lightning-fast skillet one requires five ingredients. This Quick Glazed Pork & Rice Skillet simmers together in a delectable sweet and sour sauce. This may be one of the fastest pork chop recipes you'll ever try.

  • Italian-Style Ground Beef Skillet

    In this Italian-Style Ground Beef Skillet recipe, ground beef, pasta, and classic Caprese ingredients (mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil) meld together into one Italian-inspired dinner. The lack of clean-up means you can spend more time enjoying dinner and less time worrying about washing pots and pans.

Easy Skillet Sides

Addictive Mashed Potato Skillet

Side dishes aren't left out of all of this skillet fun. In fact, some of the best skillet recipes you'll discover are side dishes. The skillet is perfect for them, since you don't want to spend all of your cooking time worrying about your sides--they should be quick, easy, clean, and flavorful. These recipes all deliver.

One creative take on a skillet side is this recipe for an Addictive Mashed Potato Skillet. This cooking style adds smokiness into the mashed potatoes, which pairs beautifully with the bacon, should you choose to add it. This skillet side will steal the show!

  • Southwest Skillet Cornbread

    This sweet and spicy cornbread can be made right on the stovetop in your favorite cast iron skillet. This is a warm, comforting side!

  • Loaded Skillet Potatoes

    Potatoes loaded with cheese and bacon are always good, but this recipe is special. This Loaded Skillet Potatoes recipe only uses 4 main ingredients. The potatoes are fried on the stovetop into chips. Once the cheese melts, you have a delicious side that everyone will adore.

  • Bacon Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

    You'll love this 30-minute skillet Brussels sprouts recipe. This trendy side is a healthy addition to any meal.

Cast Iron Skillet Desserts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

No, we're not kidding: even some utterly fantastic cast iron skillet desserts can be made on the stovetop! Perfect for hot, gooey desserts, your skillet will become your new best friend for when you have a sweet tooth.

We know you've been eyeing the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie in that collage up there. Well, wait no longer! This recipe is truly exemplary among cast iron skillet desserts. By nature of the cast iron pan, the sides and bottom get crunchy and crispy, while the inside remains melty and warm. And of course, can any of us resist slathering this dessert with a massive amount of peanut butter? We don't think so. You should definitely serve this with a nice, big scoop of vanilla or butter pecan ice cream. Delicious!

  • 30-Minute Cinnamon Roll Skillet Cake

    This 30-Minute Cinnamon Roll Skillet Cake recipe really takes a mere 30 minutes, and it looks and tastes exactly like fresh cinnamon rolls from a bakery. This cinnamon roll cake is made in a skillet, which gives the cake its shape. Best of all, it only requires four ingredients. Score!

  • Peach Melba Mini Skillet Pies

    These adorable Peach Melba Mini Skillet Pies have a flaky crust and a great crumble topping. These mini skillet pies may be small, but they pack big flavor.

  • Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    If you're a fan of deliciously tropical flavors, try out this Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake. For this classic dessert, you do all of the cooking on the stove-top! Give your oven a rest and try this inventive recipe.

Do you have a favorite skillet recipe? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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