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65+ Best Cast Iron Skillet Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

We've got you covered with these easy, delicious weeknight meals.

Cast Iron Skillet Recipes
Brian Woodcock

Whether you've just gotten your first-ever cast iron skillet or are lucky enough to have one passed down from your grandmother, one thing's for sure: It's likely to be among the more valuable, versatile, and useful tools in your kitchen. Though cast iron requires a bit of special attention (if you need a refresher, here's how to clean a cast iron pan), a well-seasoned pan will last for generations. That's far longer than the five or six years you can expect to get from a nonstick pan, and yet a well-seasoned cast iron pan is relatively nonstick! (And if the seasoning does wear out, here's how to reseason a cast iron skillet.)

In fact, when it comes to certain tasks, such as searing practically any type of steak or making cornbread, cast iron has no equal. That's because the iron itself is fantastic at holding heat, meaning it can create the kind of char you want on the surface of a piece of meat, while the seasoning helps food "release" from the surface when it's cooked, so you aren't scraping everything out of the pan. All that, and it can move from the stove top to the oven with ease, taking temperatures that would warp or bend other pans. But best of all? Well-made cast iron is really inexpensive! You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to end up with a pan you can love and use for years. In fact, one of our favorite pans is often just $25.

To help you make the most of this kitchen workhorse, we're sharing our very best cast iron skillet recipes. Here you'll find a batch of seared sausage with cabbage and Pink Lady apples, as well as a skillet cornbread finished with freshly-ground black pepper and creamy butter. Or try one of our favorites, a decadent skillet chicken with Brussels sprouts and apples. For dessert, make our cast iron apple-blackberry crumble with sour cream whip. You'll be amazed at just how quickly your family devours it!

cheesy fritatta with spring greens and shallots
Linda Pugliese
1 of 67
Cheesy Frittata with Spring Greens and Shallots

This beauty starts on the stove and then finishes in the oven for a golden, crusty top.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

pork chops with bourbon molasses glaze
Brian Woodcock
2 of 67
Pork Chops With Bourbon-Molasses Glaze

Brined to ensure juiciness and flavor, and then dressed in a fantastic glaze, a cast iron pan will ensure these get the perfect sear, completing the taste trifecta.

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SHOP CAST IRON PANS

strip steak lemon mashed potatoes recipe
BRIAN WOODCOCK
3 of 67
Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes

When searing steak in a skillet, use a high-heat oil, like canola or vegetable, give the pan plenty of time to absorb the heat on the burner, and give the steak a few minutes undisturbed, so it develops a nice crust.

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roasted mushroom dutch baby in pan
BRIAN WOODCOCK
4 of 67
Roasted Mushroom and Bacon Dutch Baby

This savory German-style pancake makes an impressive presentation served right in the pan. Pair it with a salad for a full dinner.

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5 of 67
Grilled Hot Dogs with Cast-Iron Beans

One of the real pleasures of cast iron is using it on a grill. Here, both the hot dogs and the beans benefit from the smoky flavors of a wood fire.

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SHOP WOOD FIRE GRILLS

skillet spinach artichoke dip
Brian Woodcock
6 of 67
Skillet Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Fire-Roasted Bread

Classic spinach dip gets a big upgrade from some smoky flavoring.

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SHOP WOOD FIRE GRILLS

cast iron skillet recipes sausage
Brian Woodcock
7 of 67
Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples

Make this hearty supper with farm fresh apple cider.

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SHOP OVAL BAKING DISH

cast iron skillet recipes erin cornbread
Brian Woodcock
8 of 67
Erin Napier's Skillet Cornbread

The HGTV star finishes her easy recipe with freshly ground black pepper and melted butter.

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spinach artichoke deep dish pizza
Becky Luigart-Stayner
9 of 67
Spinach-Artichoke Deep-Dish Pizza

The heat absorbed by the pan when cooking the spinach helps give this deep dish white pizza a nice crispy crust, when it goes into the oven.

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jalapeño green chile spoonbread cast iron skillet
Johnny Miller
10 of 67
Jalapeño-Green Chile Spoonbread

Move over, cornbread! Spoonbread is an easy alternative, and this one—which is as cheesy and spicy as it is delicious—is a great option for your first attempt.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

cast iron skillet recipes cornbread
Brian Woodcock
11 of 67
Scallion Cornbread

Use a corncob-shaped cast iron skillet to make this cheesy recipe.

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cast iron skillet recipes crumble
Brian Woodcock
12 of 67
Cast-Iron Apple-Blackberry Crumble with Sour Cream Whip

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

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

cast iron skillet recipes smores
Buff Strickland
13 of 67
Mini Skillet S'mores

These sweet treats look extra special in their own tiny skillets!

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SHOP MINI SKILLETS

skillet chicken with brussels sprouts and apples
Brian Woodcock
14 of 67
Skillet Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Brown sugar and apples bring sweetness to this chicken and brussels sprouts skillet dish.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

chicken thigh recipe 
Becky Luigart-Stayner
15 of 67
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smoky Chickpeas

Warm up and wind down with this simple yet hearty weeknight meal.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

crispy chicken thighs
Romulo Yanes
16 of 67
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pepper and Salsa Verde

Spice up your weeknight dinner with this quick and easy chicken recipe.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

sweet potato kale frittata
Romulo Yanes
17 of 67
Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

The whole family will gobble up this delicious and easy frittata that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

herb-garlic crusted flank steak
ROMULO YANES
18 of 67
Herb-Garlic Crusted Flank Steak with Pan-Roasted Grapes

This quick and easy flank steak recipe gets an added burst of sweetness from cooked grapes.

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seared grouper
Romulo Yanes
19 of 67
Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Saute

This fish makes for a light and refreshing dinner that's perfect for a late summer or early fall evening.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

skillet shrimp tacos
Emily Kate Roemer
20 of 67
Skillet Shrimp Tacos

Your taco night will be even more fun when you cook your shrimp with cilantro and lime zest in one of these do-it-all pans.

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skillet mushroom and spinach lasagna
Brian Woodcock
21 of 67
Skillet Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

This Italian classic, which is packed with mushrooms, spinach, and bell peppers just might become a new family favorite.

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22 of 67
Skillet Chicken, Potatoes, and Peppers

A hearty chicken dinner doesn't have to be prepared in the oven, and this delicious dish is proof of that.

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skillet shrimp sausage and rice
Steve Giralt
23 of 67
Skillet Shrimp, Sausage, and Rice

Featuring fresh veggies like tomatoes and sweet bell peppers, this filling shrimp and sausage dinner will be a real winner.

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rosemary skillet pork chops
Steve Giralt
24 of 67
Rosemary Skillet Pork Chops with Quick Braised Cabbage

Easily cook flavorful pork chops in your skillet for a fast, no-fuss meal.

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honey-garlic chicken dinner
Courtesy of Delish
25 of 67
Honey-Garlic Chicken Skillet

Add a some unique, tangy flavor to your chicken dinner with this Asian-inspired recipe.

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beef and stout skillet pie
Iain Bagwell
26 of 67
Cornbread & Beef Skillet Pie

When you're short on time for dinner, try this savory pie with lean ground beef, beans, and canned corn. The best part—it comes topped with a layer of crumbly cornbread.

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beef and stout skillet pie
Iain Bagwell
27 of 67
Beef and Stout Skillet Pie

Use a store-bought crust to speed up the process of cooking this mouth-watering beef pie.

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flank steak fajitas
Kate Mathis
28 of 67
Flank Steak Fajitas

A cast-iron skillet helps the steaks and vegetables achieve the perfect "doneness" in these delicious fajitas.

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skillet green beans
Christopher Testani
29 of 67
Skillet Green Beans

Sesame oil and soy sauce lend these veggies Asian flair.

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30 of 67
Potato Cake with Tart Apples and Jarlsberg

Serve this tasty potato cake—layered with tart apples and Jarlsberg—alongside a simple green salad and Pinot Gris.

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