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    The 40 BEST Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

    Perhaps nothing in your kitchen is as trusty as your ol’ cast iron. I mean, unlike some of these fancy new non-stick things, you really can’t hurt it. Sink it to the bottom of the ocean for 100 years and with a little elbow grease it’s back in prime condition. That’s why we have decided to give honor to that indestructible kitchen friend with our collection of the best Cast Iron Skillet Recipes.

    Yes, some people are kind of touchy about their cast iron. You have to treat it just so. Don’t use soap or it will explode. Don’t use hot water or it will vanish into thin air.

    The truth is a good, well seasoned, piece of cast iron can take just about any abuse you can give it. And if worse comes to worse and you accidentally dip it in molten lava, it can always be re-seasoned.

    So without further ado, let’s show some appreciation to our most reliable kitchen friend with this list of 40 amazing recipes that only cast iron can achieve!

    Best cast iron skillet recipes.


    1. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

    Biscuits and Gravy Casserole.

    There just may be no more satisfying and hearty start to your day than biscuits and sausage gravy, right? But, wait… Put it all in casserole form and you have a one dish breakfast that just may carry you through the whole day!

    Get the Recipe @ casserolecrissy

    2. Shakshuka


    This classic Middle Eastern egg dish is starting to grow in popularity in the west. Imagine eggs poached in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce and then topped with feta cheese. Add a big chunk of crusty bread and this can also serve as a great meatless lunch or dinner!

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlwiththeironcast

    3. Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet

    Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet.

    Hash browns, bacon, peppers, eggs, cheese… I really don’t have to say much more, do I?

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    4. Frittata


    Frittatas are a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can seem a little intimidating, but this great post will make sure you get them right every time!

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate


    5. Skillet Nachos

    Skillet Nachos.

    Seriously, is there anything that screams party appetizer more than a gigantic pile of heavily loaded nachos? In this case, just load up your biggest cast and watch your guests chow down!

    Get the Recipe @ thetravelpalate

    6. Creamy Shrimp Scampi Dip

    Shrimp scampi dip.

    Creamy shrimp scampi dip… creamy shrimp scampi dip… creamy shrimp scampi dip… YES! You read right! Is that not the most decadent sounding appetizer you’ve ever heard of???

    Get the Recipe @ lemonblossoms

    7. Cheesy Taco Skillet

    Cheesy taco skillet.

    It’s meaty, it’s cheesy, and it’s oh-so-easy! This taco skillet is a low carb bomb of an appetizer that goes great with just about anything you can think to dip in it!

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    8. Cast Iron Ham And Swiss Sliders

    Cast Iron Ham And Swiss Sliders.

    If you want an app that’s super easy to make and super easy to eat, check out these simple skillet sliders. All you have to do is assemble them and bake them in your skillet, all your guests have to do is pick them up and eat them!

    Get the Recipe @ thissillygirlskitchen


    9. Skillet Steak

    Skillet steak.

    Psst. Little secret. The best steaks are not made on the grill, but in cast iron. That’s how the fancy, super expensive, restaurants do them. Try it on your own in cast and you’ll learn…

    Get the Recipe @ playwellwithbutter

    10. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

    Garlic butter steak bites.

    And then there’s this option. If you want to add a ton TON of flavor to your steak, try steak bites. These tender, delectable little nuggets are absolutely drenched in a garlicky butter sauce.

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    11. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet.

    Weeknight dinner idea alert! This creamy chicken skillet takes about a half hour to whip up and is loaded with lean protein and veggies. Have it with a side of bread or pasta, or keep it low carb with zoodles or cauliflower rice.

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    12. Flank Steak Fajitas

    Flank Steak Fajitas.

    Enjoy a great night of Mexican flavors with these quick and easy flank steak fajitas. In under 30 minutes you’ll be ready to load up those tortillas and chow down!

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    13. Skillet Lasagna

    Skillet lasagna.

    Really… is there anything better than lasagna? That perfect combination of meat, cheese, sauce and pasta… Well, now it’s even easier! This recipe uses the magic of cast iron to make that ultimate Italian casserole into a one pot dish!

    Get the Recipe @ saltandbaker

    14. Garlic Butter Shrimp

    Garlic butter shrimp.

    Garlic, butter, shrimp. Just those three things are an amazing combination. Have them with crusty bread, pasta, or just by themselves, you are in for a decadent delight!

    Get the Recipe @ primaverakitchen

    15. Thai Chicken Thighs and Noodles

    Thai Chicken Thighs and Noodles.

    Looking for a new one pan dinner? Try these Thai chicken thighs with noodles for an exotic twist to your easy weeknight dinners.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    16. Johnny Marzetti

    Johnny Marzetti.

    Johnny Marzetti? I know, many of you were scrolling along an came to a halt at that name. Well, this casserole goes by many names, including American Goulash and American Chop Suey. It’s a classic comfort food consisting of a meaty tomato sauce, noodles and cheese. Why, that sounds just like what grandma used to make!

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    17. Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Casserole.

    Pot pie without the pie? Yes, if you are like me craving those comfy, cozy flavors without the extra work. This one is for those lazy days.

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    18. Smothered Pork Chops

    Smothered pork chops.

    These smothered pork chops just may be Southern food at it’s finest. I mean, just look at the picture. If that doesn’t say “comfort food” I don’t know what does.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    19. Cast Iron Pizza

    Cast iron pizza.

    Yes, you can make pizza in your cast iron! Check out this recipe and you’ll be making deep dish like the best Chicago restaurants.

    Get the Recipe @ acouplecooks

    20. Bistec Encebollado

    Bistec encebollado.

    Bistec Encebollado, simply meaning steak and onions in Spanish. If you don’t know Bistec Encebollado… well, it’s about time you learn this Latin flavor bomb!

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    21. Blackened Salmon

    Blackened salmon.

    Simple, fast, flavorful. Don’t those three words go beautifully together? This super tasty blackened salmon only take 20 minutes to whip up.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    22. Creamy Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

    Creamy Parmesan Chicken Meatballs.

    If a dish starts with the word “creamy” it has to be good, right? These super easy chicken meatballs are no exception. They’re packed with flavor and are super versatile!

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    23. Salisbury Steak Meatballs

    Salisbury steak meatballs.

    Here’s a little twist on an old classic… Salisbury steak in meatball form! Those simple, yet nostalgic, flavors have never been so easy.

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    24. Stuffed Zucchini Rolls

    Stuffed zucchini rolls.

    Here’s one of those ones you do for guests. You know, the ones that look super hard but are actually really easy. These stuffed zucchini rolls are a great appetizer or keto friendly main.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlwiththeironcast

    25. Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce

    Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce

    Scallops are such a delicacy that sometimes it’s hard to find something new to do with them. I recommend this great lemon caper sauce, the flavors blend perfectly.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    26. Jambalaya Skillet


    Some dishes seem intimidating. Jambalaya is one of them. But this recipe only takes about 15 minutes of hands on time, then let it simmer happily in your cast iron skillet.

    Get the Recipe @ grandbabycakes

    27. Shepherd’s Pie

    Shepherd's pie.

    Super duper comfort foody, this British classic features ground meat and veggies in a rich gravy and covered with mashed potatoes.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    28. Sundried Tomato Cheesy Meatballs

    Sundried Tomato Cheesy Meatbals.

    These sundried tomato cheesy meatballs are so packed with flavor that you my never make another meatball. They can make a great keto option on their own, but also go so great with bread or pasta.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    29. New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

    New Orleans BBQ Shrimp.

    If you love shrimp and tons of flavor, here’s your new favorite. These New Orleans BBQ Shrimp style have just the right amount of punch.

    Get the Recipe @ girlcarnivore

    30. One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

    One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.

    Aren’t one pot meals great? This chicken and mushroom orzo is one the whole family will want to scarf down.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    31. Beef and Broccoli

    Beef and broccoli.

    Who said stir frys are only for woks? This quick and easy beef and broccoli will show you just how versatile your cast iron skillet is!

    Get the Recipe @ garnishandglaze


    32. Skillet No Knead Bread

    Skillet no knead bread.

    Have you heard about no knead bread? It’s the new and super easy way to make nice crusty bread. This recipe shows you how to make it in your cast iron!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    33. Skillet Mac and Cheese

    Skillet mac and cheese.

    Mac and cheese may be the ultimate side dish. Now make it in your cast iron skillet. This recipe features five cheeses and a nice crispy toppling.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandoliveoil

    34. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    Cherry tomato gratin.

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your party spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty. You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!

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    35. Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes with Kale and Gruyere

    Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes with Kale and Gruyere.

    As fancy as it looks, you’ll be surprised how simple these au gratin potatoes are. Perfect side for any grilled or roasted meats.

    Get the Recipe @ inquiringchef

    36. Skillet Buttermilk Biscuits

    Skillet buttermilk biscuits.

    Biscuits are something that go with just about anything. Embrace that southern classic with this simple cast iron recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    37. Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

    Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Cornbread.

    It’s cast iron cornbread with a little bit more… a lot more, actually. Bacon, Jalapeño, Cheddar. Try it, you’ll never go back to your Jiffy mix!

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    38. Blueberry Cobbler

    Blueberry cobbler.

    This gorgeous Blueberry Cobbler only takes about 15 minutes of hands on time, then plop it in the oven. It goes great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    Get the Recipe @ bakerbynature

    39. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Chocolate chip cookie.

    Now this is one serious cookie! Your favorite classic chocolate chip in deep dish cast iron form!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    40. Apple Crisp

    Apple crisp.

    Wrapping up our collection of great cast iron skillet recipes, this super easy apple crisp is an amazingly delicious dessert. This is another one that loves some vanilla ice cream.

    Get the Recipe @ aubreyskitchen

    We hope you’ve enjoyed this tasty collection of Cast Iron Skillet Recipes as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Now grab that favorite skillet and get cooking. Which one will you try first?

    Be sure to bookmark or pin this post, so you can always come back for more ideas. Enjoy…

    Cast iron skillet recipes.

    The 40 BEST Cast Iron Skillet Recipe

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    This great collection of Cast Iron Skillet Recipes includes everything from breakfast to dessert and everything in between! For an easy start, try this yummy taco skillet:


    • 1.5 lbs ground beef
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 zucchini, chopped
    • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 jalapeño, finely chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1.5 Tbsp chili powder
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp cumin powder
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1.5 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • Salt to taste


      1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms and sauté 3-4 minutes.
      2. Add in garlic, jalapeño, ground beef and salt and combine well, breaking the meat as you go along. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
      3. Add tomatoes and taco seasoning ingredients. Stir well and cook 2 minutes.
      4. Mix in tomato paste and cook 8-10 minutes.
      5. Spread cheese on top of mixture. Cover and cook until cheese is melted.


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