18 Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes

Clever Ways to use Your Cast-Iron Pan

Spicy Middle Eastern Potatoes

Anita Schecter

The cast-iron skillet is an essential workhorse in your kitchen. Care for it properly, and you can use a single, high-quality cast-iron pan for searing and roasting meats, frying or scrambling eggs, stir-frying vegetables, making restaurant-worthy steaks and hamburgers, and even baking fruit cobblers and cookies. Get the most out of this chef's favorite cooking pan, with our collection of the best cast-iron skillet recipes every home cook needs to know.

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    Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

    Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

    The Spruce Eats

    If your favorite thing about eating chicken is the crispy skin, this is the weeknight chicken recipe you've been waiting for. All you need is inexpensive chicken thighs, salt, pepper, and cooking oil, to make this yummy stove top recipe that is tasty enough to serve guests, and easy enough to make on busy weeknights.

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    Spinach Frittata With Bacon and Cheddar

    Spinach Frittata With Bacon and Cheddar

    The Spruce Eats

    A frittata is a savory, baked, deep-dish omelet, typically served at brunch or lunchtime. This tasty version includes spinach, bacon, cheddar cheese, and onion, and is cooked in a cast-iron pan, so it can start on your stove top, and finish baking in the oven.

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    Perfect Pork Chops

    Perfect Pork Chops

    The Spruce Eats

    A very hot cast-iron skillet is the secret to making perfectly juicy, crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside pork chops. Start by searing them on your stovetop and finish them in the oven for a perfect cook. Choose one-inch thick, bone-in pork chops, for best results.

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    Seared Sea Scallop Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

    Seared Sea Scallop Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

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    Meaty, succulent sea scallops are seared to perfection in a cast iron pan on your stove top, and then perched atop a bed of mixed greens and chopped fresh vegetables, in this dinner-party-worthy salad that is dressed with a sweet, citrusy honey-lime vinaigrette.

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    The Perfect Restaurant Steak

    The Perfect Restaurant Steak

    Leah Maroney

    Impress family and friends, and save big bucks you might have dropped at the steakhouse, when you cook up a perfect restaurant steak at home. Learn all of the essential steps to pulling off this tasty feat, which requires a cast-iron skillet, a good-quality steak, a pair of long-handled tongs, and a few, simple pantry ingredients.

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    Dutch Baby Pancake for One

    Dutch Baby Pancake for One

    Diana Rattray

    Dutch baby pancakes, sometimes called German pancakes, are oven-baked popovers made with egg, milk, and flour. This single-serving recipe produces a nicely puffed, browned, vanilla-scented pancake that tastes wonderful topped with fruit preserves, fresh fruit, or maple syrup.

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    Skillet Pear Pandowdy

    Skillet Pear Pandowdy

    Diana Rattray

    Your family and friends will gobble up this warm, scrumptious pear pandowdy dessert that makes the most of the seasonal fruit. The luscious, spiced pear filling is topped with squares of cut-up pie crust, making it easier to put together than a traditional pie, but just as yummy.

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    Pan-Seared Saganaki (Fried Greek Cheese)

    Pan-Seared Saganaki (Fried Greek Cheese)

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    Saganaki is the popular fried cheese dish that makes people yell out "opa" at Greek restaurants. Now you can make this party favorite warm cheese appetizer at home, with this easy recipe that uses your trusty cast-iron skillet.

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    Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

    Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

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    Sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks are cooked medium-rare, in this recipe inspired by Asian haute cuisine. The seasoned fish is coated with a spicy, crunchy peppercorn crust, to create a fantastic textural complement to the buttery meat inside.

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    Classic Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

    Classic Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

    The Spruce Eats

    Serve up wedges of buttermilk cornbread as a tasty side dish for roast turkey, pork, or baked ham at your holiday meals. Buttermilk is a popular ingredient in Southern cooking, and adds a tangy taste to this easy skillet cornbread.

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    Farmers Breakfast Skillet with Bacon and Eggs

    Farmers Breakfast Skillet with Bacon and Eggs

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    Farmer's breakfast is a one-dish wonder that combines favorite breakfast ingredients in a tasty hash. This recipe uses a cast-iron skillet to cook up a tasty morning dish for four people, including bacon, eggs, onion, and cheese.

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    Slow Roasted Pork Butt

    Slow Roasted Pork Butt

    The Spruce Eats

    Cook up a big mess of pulled pork for barbecue sandwiches and tacos with this awesome recipe that uses a cast-iron pan to quickly sear, and then slow roast, a large quantity of pork butt (actually a pork shoulder cut) inside your oven.

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    Skillet Chicken With Creamed Spinach, Mushrooms and Bacon

    Skillet Chicken With Creamed Spinach, Mushrooms and Bacon

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    When you need a budget-friendly, one-dish main course to serve your family, or last-minute guests, this fabulous recipe is ideal. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are cooked in a cast-iron pan, with bacon, mushrooms, onion, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and heavy cream. Serve with crusty bread, or on top of cooked rice, for soaking up all that yummy sauce.

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    Spicy Middle Eastern Potatoes

    Spicy Middle Eastern Potatoes

    Anita Schecter

    Wake up your dinner plate with this easy, flavorful side dish of spicy, pan-fried potatoes, inspired by a popular Middle Eastern recipe. Potatoes are parboiled first until tender, then fried up in a hot skillet with some olive oil, garlic, salt, chili paste, and chopped fresh cilantro.

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    Skillet Blackberry Cobbler

    Skillet Blackberry Cobbler

    Diana Rattray

    A cast iron skillet comes in handy for making this homespun, fruity dessert that starts on your stove top, and finishes baking in your oven. Feel free to add or substitute raspberries, if they look good at the market, and serve the dessert warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.

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    The Most Amazing Burgers

    The Most Amazing Burgers

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    Have you ever wondered what goes into making the most crave-worthy hamburgers at home? We share the five must-know secrets in this home cook's guide to making the most amazing burgers—and we bet you can guess which cooking vessel is suggested!

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    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    The Spruce Eats

    Whole roasted chicken is ready for your dinner table in only an hour, with this essential roast chicken recipe that uses spices you probably have in your pantry already, and a cast-iron pan as the roasting dish.

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    Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie

    Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie

    Diana Rattray

    Kids will get a kick out of helping you make this big, cinnamon-sugar coated snickerdoodle cookie. Using a cast iron skillet creates a giant, round cookie that you can slice into wedges, so everyone gets a bigger portion. What's not to love about that?