Cast-iron pans are such a great kitchen tool. If treated with care and regularly seasoned, they can last for years and years, even becoming family heirlooms. You can use them at home, on the stove top, in the oven, and even over a campfire. Cast iron lends itself well to so many kinds of cooking — from baking to deep frying and one pan meals that come together in a flash.
We reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see which recipes they love to cook in cast iron. Pulled pork hash and Dutch baby pancakes, skillet cookies and buttermilk biscuits, there are so many great, versatile recipes you can make in your cast-iron skillet. We selected 12 recipes guaranteed to put your cast iron to good use!
This hash from Savory Experiments can be ready in just 25 minutes, making it a great, easy single-skillet dish to make for brunch!
Apple pie for breakfast!? This recipe from Viva la Food has all the flavors of a traditional apple pie in a tasty Dutch baby pancake! Dutch babies are always showstoppers, as they come out of the oven all puffed up and golden brown in a cast-iron pan, and this one is no exception.
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this enormous deep-dish, double chocolate skillet cookie from Eva Bakes. With crispy edges and a soft, chewy middle, this cookie has something that any cookie lover will enjoy.
Use your cast iron to make a delicious seafood stew! This cioppino recipe from Girls Can Grill is filled with delicious things that are full of flavor like shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, clam juice, chicken stock, and white wine, not to mention clams, scallops, and shrimp. Divine!
Dirty rice is a delicious, traditional Cajun and Creole dish that is full of flavor and can be made in one skillet. This recipe from My Suburban Kitchen omits the traditional ingredients of chicken liver and giblets in favor of smoked sausage, so even fussy eaters will dig in with delight.
This one-pan recipe from Soufflé Bombay is delicious, healthy, and beautiful to boot! Beans are a great source of vitamins and fiber, with protein-packed chicken and bright tomatoes for a nice pop of flavor and color.
Poach eggs in a spicy tomato sauce to produce this Middle Eastern-style dish. This recipe from Jackie Newgent is full of fresh (rather than canned) tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables, resulting in a healthy meal that’s perfect for brunch!
Baking in cast-iron skillets yields pretty results that make for a lovely presentation. Make this skillet apple pie by Sweet and Spicy Monkey — it is packed full of apples and topped with a crispy crumb topping. Paired with ice cream or whipped cream, this is a wonderful, classic dessert.
Steak and stout pie is a British classic. This recipe from Mission Food makes everything for the filling in one cast-iron skillet, which is then topped with pastry and cooked. Delicious and perfect for a weekend dinner, but equally appropriate for a weekday due to its single-panned nature!
Another wonderful British dish is toad in the hole. At is simplest, this dish is made from sausages, which are cooked and then surrounded by Yorkshire pudding batter. The Yorkshire pudding puffs up dramatically around the sausages and the whole thing pairs wonderfully with good gravy! This recipe from Cherry on My Sundae adds mashed potato for an even heartier plate of food.