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!
1. 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!
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!
3. Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet
Hash browns, bacon, peppers, eggs, cheese… I really don’t have to say much more, do I?
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!
5. 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!
6. Creamy 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???
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. 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…
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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!
13. 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!
14. 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!
15. 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.
16. 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!
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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!
21. 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.
22. 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!
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
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.
27. Shepherd’s Pie
Super duper comfort foody, this British classic features ground meat and veggies in a rich gravy and covered with mashed potatoes.
28. Sundried Tomato Cheesy Meatballs
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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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!
32. 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!
33. 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.
34. 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!
35. 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.
36. Skillet Buttermilk Biscuits
Biscuits are something that go with just about anything. Embrace that southern classic with this simple cast iron recipe.
37. 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!
38. 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.
39. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
Now this is one serious cookie! Your favorite classic chocolate chip in deep dish cast iron form!
40. 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.
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?
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- 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
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms and sauté 3-4 minutes.
- 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.
- Add tomatoes and taco seasoning ingredients. Stir well and cook 2 minutes.
- Mix in tomato paste and cook 8-10 minutes.
- Spread cheese on top of mixture. Cover and cook until cheese is melted.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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