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28 Delicious Cast Iron Skillet Recipes for Easy One-Pan Meals

A classic piece of cookware, one of the best things about a cast iron skillet is that you can whip up practically any recipe in it — from lasagnas, tortilla pies, and pizzas to cookies, desserts, and pancakes.

So, whether you wish to cook and eat like a Michelin-star chef or simply want to put this heavy-duty, versatile pan to good use, these delicious cast iron skillet recipes will have you covered for every occasion. Just make sure your cast iron skillet is well-prepped and seasoned to handle all these delicious recipes.

#1. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

A nostalgic and comforting meal, this yummy cast-iron skillet recipe is a fantastic one-pan breakfast that’s filling enough to carry you through a busy day. You can also save time by preparing a batch of sausage gravy beforehand and refrigerating it in an airtight container.

#2. Easy Cheesy Taco Skillet

This meaty, cheesy, and oh-so-easy recipe is a low-carb meal that comes together in minutes. Tons of veggies beautifully melt with gooey cheese in an explosion of Mexican flavors. This versatile low-effort scrumptious dish can be served with rice or fried eggs.

#3. Shakshuka

Beautifully poached eggs smothered in flavorful tomato sauce combine beautifully with onions and sautéed bell peppers in this classic Middle Eastern egg dish that’s slowly gaining popularity in the west. Serve with a crusty chunk of bread and top it with grated feta cheese to enjoy.

#4. Cast Iron Nachos

Whether it’s a quiet evening snack with your loved ones or a quick weeknight meal, this cast iron nachos recipe can be a definite mood lifter. You can prepare this fun dish featuring a massive pile of heavily loaded nachos using pantry-staple ingredients in just half an hour!

#5. American Goulash

Made with tangy tomato sauce, soft noodles, and melty cheese, this easy American Goulash recipe is incredibly hearty and flavorful — just the right recipe to warm you up on a cold winter evening. Serve it with some homemade biscuits or toasted cornbread to soak up the flavorful sauce.

#6. Thai Chicken Thighs and Noodles

Give an exotic twist to your easy weeknight dinners with these Thai chicken thighs and noodles. A 30-minute recipe made with juicy chicken thighs smothered in delicious Thai-based marinade and served with flavorful Thai-style rice noodles, this is a much healthier and tastier alternative to getting takeout.

#7. Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet

Infused with the goodness of bacon, peppers, eggs, crispy hash browns, and melted cheese, this delicious one-pan recipe makes for a great gluten-free brunch, breakfast, or dinner option. Not a fan of onions and bell peppers? Substitute it with flavorful sun-dried tomatoes or crunchy broccoli.

#8. Crustless Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

This is a hearty meal for those cold winter nights when you’re in the mood for warm, comforting flavors. This one-pot meal with sauteed veggies and rotisserie chicken in a creamy sauce is so flavorful and easy to prepare, it’s bound to become a weekly staple at your dinner table.

#9. Cast Iron Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

If you’re looking for a recipe that’s super easy to prepare, serve, and eat, take a look at these baked ham and swiss sliders. Perfect as a party appetizer, this crunchy, sweet, and spicy dish is easy to put together and ideal for both large and small crowds.

#10. Garlic Butter Shrimp

An easy meal that looks, smells, and tastes fancy, this recipe serves a decadent combination of garlic, butter, and shrimp. To make this perfectly seasoned garlic butter shrimp more filling, serve it with pasta, asparagus, quinoa, fried rice, or salad.

#11. Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce

While scallops are wonderful delicacies in themselves, in this recipe, they are paired with a lemon caper sauce to create a mouthwatering upscale meal that’s a perfect pick-me-up on a midweek slump. Serve with a bowl of sautéed zucchini noodles on a bed of fresh spinach and add some lemon wedges for that extra bit of zing.

#12. Sun-Dried Tomato Cheesy Meatballs

Juicy sundried tomato and cheese meatballs smothered in a simple tomato sauce, this delicious recipe would be fantastic as a low-key weeknight dinner option or even a party appetizer. Top it with some chopped parsley and serve with pasta, bread, or low-carb zoodles.

#13. Skillet Lasagna

Few things are as exciting, fulfilling, and delicious as lasagna, and this recipe cooks all the delicious ingredients together in one skillet to make the ultimate Italian casserole. A perfect combination of moist sausages, creamy herbed ricotta fillings, juicy meat, and gooey cheese, this hassle-free meal is bursting with flavor!

#14. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

This comforting casserole is the epitome of comfort food. This recipe features meat and fresh veggies cooked in a rich gravy and topped with a mountain of creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes. Bake until it turns a perfect golden-brown, and top it up with chopped parsley.

#15. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

Made with simple ingredients, this Greek chicken and rice recipe offers clean flavors that are satisfyingly delicious. As a finishing touch, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top and garnish with chopped parsley, feta, and olives. This meal looks, tastes, and smells sensational!

#16. Skillet Chicken Tortilla Pie

This fragrant and flavorful chicken tortilla pie recipe is made with corn tortillas, chicken, and shredded cheese cooked in a beautifully rich, velvety tomato sauce. This easy cheesy recipe will come together in minutes to satisfy your take-out cravings!

#17. Greek Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Farro

This one-skillet healthy recipe is a Greek-inspired dinner dish featuring chicken simmered in a mixture of garlic, fresh oregano, lemon, and paprika. It’s then pan-fried with olives, farro, and sun-dried tomatoes to create a delicious meal, best topped with toasted pine nuts, dill, and feta cheese.

#18. Smothered Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

An easy recipe, these pork chops smothered in delicious mushroom gravy are Southern food at its finest. Tender, satisfying, and super savory, it’s perfect for a weekday family meal. The mushroom gravy is ridiculously simple yet stunningly delicious! This meal also pairs beautifully with corn and mashed potatoes.

#19. Blackened Salmon

Fast, flavorful, and simple, this delicious blackened salmon dish features soft fillets of salmon glazed in a blend of spices and pan-fried to flaky perfection. For a tangy finish, squeeze some lemon juice over your final creation. Pair it with some lemon rice or salad to complement these bold spices.

#20. Cast Iron Pizza

A perfect treat for all your senses, this cast iron pizza has a beautifully golden and puffed crust with cheese-filled toppings and garlicky tomato sauce that seeps to the edges and the base. Your favorite pizzeria will have nothing on this divine creation.

#21. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Appetizing flavors and delectable fragrance, this super versatile recipe screams comfort food. Bite-sized chicken meatballs are dunked in creamy tomato sauce in this easy recipe. Top it up with mozzarella and bake until the cheese gets bubbly and gooey. It pairs well with pasta, noodles, or spaghetti squash.

#22. Stuffed Zucchini Rolls

Want to impress your guests with a dish that appears fancy but is super easy to make? An aromatic blend of spices, hot Italian sausages, and three types of cheeses — parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta — wrapped in delicious zucchini, this recipe is just what you want!

#23. Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Full of vibrant, nostalgic flavors, this Salisbury steak meatball recipe features golden brown and tender steak meatballs immersed in a delicious caramelized onion and mushroom gravy complete with a little bit of ketchup for some added flavor and moisture. Serve with fluffy rice, buttered egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.

#24. Steak with Glazed Carrots & Turnips

This recipe transforms a plain beef and vegetable recipe into a brilliant party-worthy meal. The brown sugar and red wine vinegar glaze over the carrots and turnips is what truly sets this meal apart. Add a dash of rosemary over the steak after searing it in a hot skillet to make the meal all the more appealing.

#25. Smashed Swiss Burger

This simple recipe loaded with mushrooms, black pepper, Swiss cheese, and onions will have you thinking twice before ordering take-out. The skillet offers the perfect sear to the meat and ensures it retains all the juiciness. The result? You get an unbelievably tender and moist burger that’s hard to resist!

#26. Skillet Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Bake

What do you get when you combine layers of shredded chicken with black beans, fresh corn, crispy tortillas, and loads of cheese? A winning skillet chipotle chicken enchilada bake recipe! This meal is perfect as a cold winter evening snack or a busy work night dinner.

#27. Chicken Burrito Bowl Skillet

Simple and insanely delicious, these burrito bowls are easy cleanup meals, perfect for family dinners. Just take your regular burrito fillings like black beans and rice mixed with taco-spiced chicken and cook them together in the skillet. Top it up with avocado slices and some sour cream.

#28. Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes, and Red Onion

If you have an hour with you, this bright and beautiful dinner recipe can be a mood changer on a drab weeknight. It’s a protein-rich recipe that features tomatoes, red onion, seared peaches, and skillet roast chicken blending beautifully to create an easy, scrumptious one-pan meal.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.