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Recipes That Will Convince You to Get a Cast Iron Skillet

The cast-iron skillet is one of our favorite kitchen staples for a reason. You can make anything from a perfectly seared steak to a cookie all in the same dish. This versatile heavy-duty pan is practically indestructible and not as difficult to clean as you might have heard.
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The cast-iron skillet can easily become a family heirloom, a precious possession you might need to fight for. Seasoned with years of cooking and loving care, or a new pre-seasoned one can be your best friend in the kitchen.

The more you use it the better it gets. If you’re lucky enough to inherit one from your grandmother it is most likely one of the most used tools in your kitchen.

It does require a bit of special attention, but there are only a handful of rules you need to follow. You can find lengthy articles with more details, but these three rules are the basics to keep your cast iron skillet safe.

How to clean, season and store cast iron skillet:


  1. Wash while it’s still warm. Use a small amount of mild dish soap. Use a non-abrasive scrub pad. Wipe it dry straight away, and season with a bit of oil to finish.

  2. Store cast iron skillet with a paper towel covering the cooking surface in a dry place.

  3. Use vegetable oil to season or reseason your cast iron skillet. The best choice to season cast iron skillet is flaxseed oil or grapeseed oil.


Now let’s get to our favorite part - cast iron skillet recipes for any and every occasion. We have tried and loved every single recipe on this list and hope you will too!

Hearty Cast Iron skillet Breakfasts

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Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet

SideChef

This breakfast skillet checks all the requirements even for the pickiest of us. It’s hearty, low-carb, easy and you only need one skillet and 20 minutes of your time. Healthy cauliflower replaces the traditional potato in this dish, but it only makes it better.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Breakfast Skillet for Two

The Devilish Kitchen

This is an easy way to start your Saturday or Sunday right. Minimum effort and maximum flavor. This breakfast for two will give you the perfect flavorful balance of proteins and carbs, plus the extra time you need to finish your coffee before all the relaxing you’ve planned for the weekend.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions (AKA Hangover Potatoes)

Pups with Chopsticks

You don’t really need to be hungover to make these potatoes for breakfast or as a side, but if you are, they’ll fix you right up!

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Gravy Casserole

Lady and Pups

We know… it doesn’t look like you can throw this sausage biscuit gravy casserole together real quick. But if you find the time to cook it once, you will set time aside to make it over and over again. It’s simply heavenly, combining the best flavors you imagine when you think of Southern food: sweet, savory, flakey, buttery, saucy… you will love it!

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Finnish Pancake

Noshing with the Nolands

Feeling like pancakes but don’t want to spend forever standing over the griddle forever flipping them? Here’s an easy delicious alternative. This oven-baked skillet pancake puffs up and collapses making it perfect to fill with your favorite fruit. We go for berries every time, but sky is the limit.

Cast Iron Skillet Dinner Picks

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Easy Cast Iron Dump Mac and Cheese

Cooking with Tovia

Quick and easy mac and cheese in one skillet. Just combine all the ingredients and bake it to brown cheesy perfection!

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Cast Iron Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie

Meiko and The Dish

This Southern style chicken pot pie is to die for! A taste of home in every bite, the most comforting dinner you ever had. And making it in a skillet is easier and faster than you thought.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Skillet Beef Short Rib Pot Roast

Vodka & Biscuits

So tender you’ll give up on your tongs. The juices from the beef, the stock, herbs, pepper, and sweetness of the carrots create a MOUTH FULL of flavor. This is the only pot roast you will ever want to make. Save this recipe now!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

One-Skillet Curry Steak

Climbing Grier Mountain

This one is perfect for when you’re short on time or simply tired. You will have a satisfying hearty and healthy dinner in as little as 20 minutes. Magic! You can serve it with a yogurt sauce to bring out some extra flavor.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Cast Iron Pizza

Cooking with Jack

Pizza for dinner? Yes, please! If you saved this easy peasy dough recipe and froze an extra one for the next time, make your pizza dinner in a skillet! You can have it ready in 20 minutes and it’s a nice twist on the oven-baked version.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Cheesy Jalapeño Skillet Dip

How to BBQ Right

If you own an iron skillet and have not made a dip using it yet, this is the one to start with. And if you have, then make this one anyway. Perfect for gatherings and game nights.

Cast Iron Skillet Desserts That Will Change Your Life

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Cast Iron Skillet Salted Brownie

Olive and Artisan

You will only need one skillet, one measuring cup, one mixing bowl, one spoon and you most probably will finish this skillet brownie in one sitting. Chocolatey gooey goodness on a weeknight.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Maple Chai Buttermilk Rolls

Ful-Filled

When it gets a bit colder outside we start craving those comfort foods with flavors and spices to warm us on the inside. And nothing quite compares to these cast iron maple chai cinnamon rolls.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Sweet Potato Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

Buy This Cook That

We have to think of some healthy options. Make this low-carb sweet potato pie with sweet potato crust for Thanksgiving this year. It’s creamy sweet and delicious.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble

SideChef

You can make perfect dessert crumbles in a skillet. This mixed berry crumble comes together in under an hour! It’s sweet and tangy, best made with fresh berries, so hurry while you can still get them.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Giant Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

LideyLikes

A giant chocolate chunk cookie you say? This should be on your iron cast skillet bucket list! Make this instead of a boring cake or pie to wow your family and friends. Serve with your ice cream of choice and enjoy getting addicted!

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