These Cast Iron Skillet Recipes Will Give You New Respect for Your Pan (2024)

That classic kitchen tool can cook practically anything!

By Christopher Michel
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Whether you're looking for healthy cast iron skillet recipes, an old-fashioned recipe, or something for beginners, for a pan you just had passed down we've got you covered. (Thinking of buying a pan? We've got recommendations!)

In fact, we'd say there's just no better tool for your stove or oven than a cast iron pan. Whether you're cooking chicken, steak, breakfast, or even dessert, practically anything you want to eat, you can make with a cast-iron skillet. And though you do want to avoid putting 'em in the dishwasher, they're easier to keep clean than their reputation would suggest. (And if you did send it through, and it's looking a little rusty, they're not difficult to re-season.) So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

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Roast Chicken with Tarragon-Braised Fennel

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You'll need to assemble the marinade in the morning (or up to a day ahead) but this flavorful chicken recipe is well worth the prep.

Get the recipe for Roast Chicken with Tarragon-Braised Fennel.

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Tamale Pie

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If you're looking for a way to use ground beef in a spicy, simple dinner that'll make the whole family happy, then you've just found your recipe for tonight!

Get the recipe for Tamale Pie.

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Easy Weeknight Salisbury Steak

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Salisbury steak is one of those classic recipes that is just so darned easy and good, once you make it you'll wonder why you haven't been serving it more often.

Get the recipe for Salisbury Steak.

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Cast-Iron Apple-Blackberry Crumble with Sour Cream Whip

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Your family will love digging into this fruit-filled dessert.

Get the recipe for Apple-Blackberry Crumble.

5

Pork Chops with Roasted Maple-Bacon Radishes

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Bonus: Not only does this pork chop taste amazing, but the pan sauce makes cleaning your skillet afterwards a breeze!

Get the recipe for Pork Chops with Radishes.

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Ground Chicken Pad Thai

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This super fast skillet dinner takes less time to make than delivery!

Get the recipe for Ground Chicken Pad Thai.

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Sausage and Cheese Lasagna

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Ooey gooey lasagna in one skillet, amazing!

Get the recipe for Sausage and Cheese Lasagna .

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Salmon Patties

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This is a great way to use canned salmon! And nothing gets that crisp sear, without overcooking, like a cast iron pan.

Get the recipe for Salmon Patties.

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Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Maple Rhubarb and Strawberries

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It's no surprise that cast iron pans make for great breakfast pancakes — and breakfast food makes a delightfully fun (and easy) dinner!

Get the recipe for Ricotta Pancakes.

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Teriyaki Salmon

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A soy-ginger marinade makes this pan-seared fish plate-licking tasty.

Get the recipe for Teriyaki Salmon.

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Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam

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Here's a vegetarian dinner that is easy, filling, and tastes so good you won't feel like you're missing out. Try it if you're aiming to eat a little healthier, or doing a #MeatlessMonday.

Get the recipe for Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam.

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Steak with Creamy Mushrooms and Spinach

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Tired and hungry? This half-hour homestyle steakhouse meal has you covered both ways.

Get the recipe for Steak with Creamy Mushrooms and Spinach.

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Best Ever Crab Cakes

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Give your next dinner a touch of Southern coastal flair.

Get the recipe for Best Ever Crab Cakes.

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Lemony Chicken Thighs

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These bright, baked thighs get particularly crispy skins because they're cooked in a cast iron skillet, which holds heat much better than a sheet pan.

Get the recipe for Lemony Chicken Thighs.

15

Migas with Chorizo

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Take a few of the tortillas you didn't use for last night's tacos, and mix them with a bit of the leftover chorizo. Scramble in some eggs, and top them with whatever toppings you still have on hand.

What you end up with is a meal that's so much more than the sum of its parts.

Get the recipe for Migas with Chorizo.

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Classic Chicken Pot Pie

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Topped with a golden, flaky crust and oozing creamy chicken and veggies, a scoop of this this pot pie on a cold day is pure heaven.

Get the recipe for Classic Chicken Pot Pie.

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Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes

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These fancy looking spuds are easier to prepare than you might think, and if you like crispy, crunchy roasted potatoes, they're a dream come true.

Get the recipe for Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes.

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Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Parmesan-Roasted Squash

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Instead of boiling gnocchi like pasta, a quick turn in a hot skillet gives them a slight char and a delightful crunchy-chewy texture.

Get the recipe for Pan-Seared Gnocchi.

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Flower Focaccia

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Skillet breads like focaccia are easy to make and will instantly elevate even the simplest meal. We love using fresh veggies to create flower patterns, making it even more festive.

Get the recipe for Flower Focaccia.

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Roasted Potato and Pepper Hash

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And if you're already considering breakfast for dinner, fill out that plate with a big ol' pile of eggs and hash!

Get the recipe for Roasted Potato and Pepper Hash.

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