25 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes


25 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

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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 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.

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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.

Cast Iron Skillet Texas Hash Recipe

When potatoes hit the cast iron skillet, and start to sizzle and smell amazing, you'll know you made the right choice with this Texas hash. It will have the whole family stampeding to the table!

Crispy Chicken Thighs

Chicken crisps up to golden perfection in a cast iron skillet. It's one of our favorite things to cook on a busy weeknight (or any night!).

Deep Dish Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

"Wow" the crowd with this showstopping entree! It's easier than you think to make an irresistible deep dish pizza at home. No trip to Chicago required.

Oven Baked Pork Tenderloin With Crispy Brussels Sprouts

One of our favorite things about cast iron skillet cooking is that you can easily transfer recipes from the stovetop to the oven. This results in perfectly cooked, crispy food with minimal cleanup. That's a win in our book!

Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie

When you've got a hankering for some homestyle comfort food, this cast iron dinner is exactly what you need. Chicken pot pie has never tasted so good!

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.

Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits

Biscuits are one of the best side dishes around, and baking them in a cast iron skillet makes them even better.

Cast Iron Skillet Buttermilk Cornbread

Few sides are as impressive as a piping hot batch of buttermilk cornbread, fresh from the oven. Add in a cast iron skillet, and you've got a jaw-dropping dish that everyone will admire (and devour!).

No-Knead Cast Iron Focaccia

We just had to include one more scrumptious cast iron bread recipe on this list! This yummy focaccia is brimming with fresh herb and olive oil flavor, and the fluffy texture is absolute heaven.

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.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cast Iron Crisp

Cast iron desserts are perfect for any season, including spring and summer! This mouthwatering strawberry rhubarb crisp is bursting with fresh fruit flavor and an irresistible chewy caramelized topping.

Double Chocolate Walnut Skillet Brownie

Brownies are always delicious, but baking them up in a cast iron skillet takes things to the next level. This skillet brownie recipe doubles up on chocolate, which in our opinion means it doubles up on delicious!

Bbq Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Lemon and blueberry is a flavor match made in heaven, and we're thrilled to see it baked into a fabulous cast iron skillet cake! Bring this dessert to any family gathering and watch it disappear.

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This list definitely deserves one more skillet cookie recipe. After all, this genius dessert is basically a peanut butter cup in cookie form. You'll want to bookmark this one so you can make it again and again!

Plum Crisp

Fruit crisp is like the easygoing cousin of pie. It might look a little casual, but it's every bit as good! This delicious plum fruit crisp is made in a cast iron skillet and is ready for the oven in just 20 minutes.

Bonus! How to Use a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Use a Cast Iron Skillet

If you're a new cast iron skillet owner, you might be wondering about some of the ins and outs of caring for this piece of cookware. We're here to help! You can print and save this infographic for quick reference, and then read all the details on how to use a cast iron skillet over at FaveSouthernRecipes.com.

Download the free PDF infographic!

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

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