From searing and braising to baking bread, cookies, and even pizza, the sky’s the limit when it comes to cooking in a cast-iron pan. If you don’t already own a cast-iron pan, go out and buy one immediately — you won’t regret it! When well cared for, washed carefully, and seasoned regularly, cast iron can last a life time.
We gathered 24 great recipes that can all be made in a cast-iron pan, so if you are looking for some inspiration, look no further! Get your cast-iron pan on the stove and get cooking!
Mix al dente pasta with a rich and creamy cheese sauce in a cast-iron skillet before throwing it in the oven to develop a wonderful crust. You can’t go wrong with cheese!
These cast iron cookie bars are full of chopped chocolate, coconut, and apricots. Cooking these cookies in a cast iron pan results in delicious caramelization along the bottom. Chewy and full of flavor, these are sure to be a hit.
It doesn’t get any easier than roasting an entire meal in one cast-iron pan. All the ingredients cook together in the same pan, resulting in a wonderful roast dinner with none of the usual effort.
Teff is a tiny grain that has been used in Ethiopian cooking for thousands of years. This recipe uses teff along with rainbow chard, sweet potatoes, and watercress, seasoned with cayenne pepper, with a smattering of crunchy walnuts and topped with creamy ricotta. This frittata is nutritious and delicious!
Here’s an easy chicken dinner for any night of the week.
Searing meat in a cast-iron pan results in wonderful color, caramelization, and flavor. This one-pan recipe pairs feta and stewed tomatoes with perfectly cooked chicken for an easy dinner that can be whipped up in no time.
Cornbread looks wonderful coming out of the oven in a rustic cast iron pan! This recipe will make your kitchen smell absolutely wonderful, with hints of maple syrup mixed in among the buttery cornbread aroma.
A giant cookie is a great dessert to satisfy a crowd. Rather than fussing around with cookie trays and measuring spoons, simply make one enormous cookie that will be soft in the middle with lovely crispy edges.
There’s something so comforting about cornmeal pancakes sizzling in a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. Serve these with syrup for breakfast or as an alternative to cornbread with lunch or dinner.
This easy breakfast will make good use of a cast-iron pan, ensuring delicious crispy bits on the bottom.
Start this dish on the stovetop and finish it in the oven. Crispy skin, caramelized onions, and a tasty pan sauce that basically makes itself — dinner doesn’t get much easier than this.
Cook the steak and vegetables and then serve them straight from the pan for a more rustic approach to dinner.
You don’t need a million different sized roasting tins — all you need in your kitchen are a few different sized cast-iron pans. If your pan is large enough (or your chicken is small enough), you can roast it perfectly in cast iron.
This version of biscuits and gravy is creamy and incredibly indulgent, perfect for a stormy day when you need a bit of decadence.
Red potatoes, smoked sausage, and onion slices are seasoned with cider vinegar, sugar, and caraway seed — a one-pan dish with unusual flavors that’s easy to make.
A well-seasoned pan is put to good use when cooking eggs. This scramble is a quick and easy breakfast that you can fill with your favorite seasonal vegetables.
Make everything in one pan before placing it in the oven to develop a delectable, crispy cheese crust.
Did you know you could make pizza in a skillet? Here is the perfect way to enjoy a slice of homemade pizza without buying a pizza stone for your oven!
Cook the vegetables until they are almost burning to get a great charred flavor. Pair the cooked vegetables with feta cheese and whole wheat tortillas for a great, wholesome meal.
Here is a simple lasagna recipe that you can make any day of the week.
Make this hearty brunch or breakfast dish in cast iron and enjoy the fantastic crispy textures that it delivers.
For a speedy lunch or light dinner, cook your favorite grilled cheese sandwich recipe in a cast-iron pan to get the wonderful crust and marvelously melty center.