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A lot of people are using their cast-iron pan wrong or only break it out to cook the occasional burger recipe. But there is so much more the tool can be used for. Once well-seasoned, a cast-iron pan can cook just about anything, from pancakes to fried chicken. It can go from stovetop to oven with ease, it’s nearly indestructible and it holds its heat like a dream. Here are 20 things we bet you didn’t know you could cook in your cast-iron pan.
This is not your normal cornbread. It’s filled with jalapeños, green onions, corn and buttermilk. Don’t have buttermilk? Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of regular milk — that’s one of the great recipe swaps you need to know.
You may think you need a grill to cook a steak perfectly every time, but a cast-iron pan is the real ticket for a great sear. This simple butter-basted rosemary steak dish is one of the best ways to cook your steak.
This zucchini frittata can be swapped with squash or any other leftover vegetables you have on hand. But make sure to not replace the feta or sun-dried tomatoes. These particular ingredients give the dish an essential saltiness.
If you’re looking to get dinner on the table in less than one hour, this cast-iron beef and vegetable stir fry is going to be your best friend. You may think you need a wok for this type of dish, but a cast-iron skillet gets just as hot.
This Tuscan chicken and vegetables dish is inspired by flavors from the Mediterranean and is packed with oregano, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon and earthy seasonings. It’s one of the best chicken recipes for busy weeknights considering it takes only about 20 minutes to throw together.
This chicken frittata with Kalamata olives can be eaten for breakfast or dinner. This recipe combines chicken with vegetables, herbs, cheese and eggs, one of the foods you should eat every day.
Love heat? Then eggs in purgatory, which uses chorizo and pepper jack cheese just might be the cast-iron recipe for you. If you want some extra fire in your meal, add red pepper flakes or some of the world’s hottest hot sauces.
This vegetable and cheese frittata is just as delicious as it is versatile. It is very easy to make and once you have the basic recipe down, you can add many types of ingredients to make it your own.
Sizzling steak fajitas are one of the best Mexican-inspired recipes you can make at home. Just chop your steaks into strips and cook them with peppers and onions.
Who doesn’t love recipes that use a lot of eggs? You can start your day with this apple chicken breakfast skillet, and you can make it all in a cast-iron pan. It’s packed with shredded potatoes and ground chicken, and it’s perfect for when the sun rises. If you are in love with eggs, here are 101 ways to cook eggs.
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