Quick and Easy Skillet Recipes

In a hurry? Rather than calling for delivery, whip up one of these easy skillet recipes for dinner tonight. One-dish meals, such as these stir-fries, frittatas, and seared meats, make cleanup a breeze and get dinner on the table quicker than takeout can arrive at your door.

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    Steak with Spicy Balsamic Glaze

    Light on ingredients, fat, and cleanup (but not flavor!), this steak dinner is easy enough for a Tuesday family dinner and fancy enough for a dinner party.

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    Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

    This easy pizza skillet casserole is made with Italian turkey sausage, lots of cheese, and Italian bread cubes. Try it with your favorite pizza toppings! 

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    Chicken Marsala Skillet

    Re-create an Italian restaurant favorite at home with this low-fuss skillet dinner. Marsala wine and mushrooms combine to make one magical sauce for the lightly breaded pan-fried chicken.

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    Tomato-Basil Cavatelli Skillet

    Why didn’t we think of this years ago? To make a complete pasta dinner in one pan, cook dry noodles in a simple homemade tomato sauce, then top with cheese and allow the piping-hot pasta to melt the mozz.

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    Skillet Taco Pie

    This yummy Mexican-inspired taco pie is what your next taco night needs. Use your choice of ground turkey or ground beef and sprinkle with taco shells, tomatoes, cheese, and your favorite salsa.

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    Tortellini with Broccolini

    Boil the pasta and Broccolini in a deep skillet, drain, and saute the al dente tortellini and veggies with tomatoes, basil, and a light balsamic dressing. This simple pasta skillet is like a caprese salad in entree form.

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    Chicken Dijonnaise

    A sophisticated sauce of whipping cream, white wine, and mustard tops delicious golden breaded chicken in this recipe with fewer than 300 calories. A sprinkle of fresh thyme adds an elegant finish.

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    Chile-Lime Tilapia with Corn Saute

    Here’s one Tex-Mex meal you won’t feel an ounce of guilt about eating. This single-skillet tilapia and corn salsa dinner offers all the heat you crave without piles of excess cheese, chips, rice—and calories.

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    Hot Chicken Salad Skillet Casserole

    A comfort food dinner is rarely this easy to clean up after. Cream of chicken soup, cheese, and plain yogurt start the casserole base, while crushed cornflakes and toasted almonds top things off for the perfect creamy-crunchy combo.

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    Gluten-Free Skillet Pork with Butter Beans, Peas, and Green Onions

    Bust out your cast-iron skillet for this stove-top, oven-based pork chop recipe. After the meat finishes roasting, you can saute the vegetable side dish right in the same pan.

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    Zesty Skillet Turkey

    A sweet-and-spicy sauce made with salsa, honey, and raisins gives this quick turkey skillet its zesty flavor. Serve it with fluffy couscous for a 30-minute meal that tastes like it took hours.

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    Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

    Beef seasoned with smoked paprika offers rich, savory flavors that are offset by roasted sweet peppers and fresh parsley.

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    Southwest Scrambled Egg Wrap

    On busy nights, scramble up your routine and serve breakfast for dinner. With eggs, bacon, and veggies, this quick and easy skillet recipe is a meal that’s as delicious served on a plate as it is wrapped up in a tortilla and devoured on the go.

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    Paleo Pork-Rhubarb Skillet

    Paleo, gluten-free, low-calorie… This 30-minute pork skillet will please a crowd of diners who follow nearly any diet. Rhubarb, apple, and sage infuse each bite of lean pork and cauliflower couscous with sweet and earthy notes.

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    Skillet Sausage and Potatoes

    While we call for thyme and cumin, feel free to season this low-fuss turkey sausage skillet with any of your favorite herbs and spices. This slice-and-stir-fry dish is a blank canvas for your flavor experiments.

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    Quick Skillet Steaks with Mushrooms

    With just 30 minutes and one skillet, you can have a restaurant-quality meal on the table! The secret to making this dinner taste like you're dining at a steakhouse? A rich and savory pan sauce of mushrooms, onions, red wine, and beef broth.

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    Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp

    Shrimp is a perfect choice for busy weeknights because it requires mere minutes of cooking. Here, delicate shrimp partners with chicken, full-flavor Spanish rice, and diced tomatoes for a protein-packed meal.

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    Frittata with Tomatoes

    Artichoke hearts and prosciutto fill this speedy frittata, and a sprinkle of tomatoes and basil play nicely atop its Parmesan crust. The best part? It's ready in 25 minutes.

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    Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

    You'll get simple flavor and perfect browning when you dredge chicken in flour, season with lemon pepper, and add to a skillet of hot butter. Bright citrus flavor from a squeeze of lemon perks up the pan sauce drizzled on top.

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    Skillet Lasagna

    We've reinvented your favorite comfort food dish for the weeknight. Cooked in a single skillet and loaded with cheese, it's sure to be a family favorite. After cooking, freeze batches to enjoy later.

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    Quick Paprika Steaks with Tomato Gravy

    Give steak a quick dredge in spiced flour before browning in your skillet. Whisk pan juices with tomatoes and seasonings, then simmer into a garlicky gravy—perfect for drizzling atop the steaks on a bed of arugula.

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    Curried Pork and Rice

    This 30-minute meal is packed with pork tenderloin and wild rice, and it has a surprise ingredient: apples. After cooking, sprinkle each bowl with fresh cilantro.

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    Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

    Chicken breasts are simply seasoned with dried basil, pepper, and salt before pan-frying them to a golden brown. Served with a side of dill-spiked orzo and zucchini, this flavorful chicken skillet is ready to eat in just 20 minutes.

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    Rice and Bean Frittata

    This frittata has it all: veggies, rice, beans, and cheese suspended in a scrumptious egg mixture. Top it off with halved cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley for a beautiful presentation.

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    Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

    A tangy layer of goat cheese topped with mushrooms, garlic, onion, and crisp-tender carrots makes an unbeatable meatless sandwich.

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    Sweet Potato Hash

    This colorful dish gets great Southern flavor from a combination of corn, beans, peppers, and chipotle salsa. Top with cooling avocado and sour cream for a perfect light lunch or dinner.

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    Easy Chicken Jambalaya

    Cajun-spiced chicken and link sausage give this speedy, pepper-packed jambalaya spiciness and protein. Adjust this chicken stew's heat level by using either hot or mild link sausage.

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    Mediterranean Lentil Skillet with Pita Chips

    Put those crisper-drawer leftovers like carrots, celery, onion, kale, and tomatoes to good use in this one-pan vegetarian dinner recipe. It's delicious eaten with a fork, but even better when each bite is scooped up with a warm pita chip.

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    BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

    Blow the minds of barbecued pork fans with this look-alike (and taste-alike) skillet-cooked sandwich filling that starts with canned jackfruit. The resemblance to meat is uncanny!

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    Ginger Shrimp and Rice

    This shrimp dinner is infused with delicious flavors of soy sauce, green onion, ginger, and mango chutney for a well-rounded dish cooked all in one pan.

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    Garlic Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

    This delightful pork recipe is balanced with sweet and salty flavors. It takes only 30 minutes from start to finish—perfect for when you're in a rush and want a home-cooked meal.

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    Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry

    Stir-fry recipes are among the speediest suppers around. Start with a skillet, toss in the ingredients, and heat to complete the meal. Start with store-bought meatballs and leftover rice from last night, and you can have this easy Asian dinner on the table in 15 minutes!

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    Pork Loin with Parsnips and Pears

    Knock out three food groups at once with this succulent pork loin recipe. Pork pairs impeccably with skillet-seared parsnips and pears, while a nectar-based sauce adds a sweet finish.

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    Chicken with Apple-Vegetable Slaw Stir-Fry

    We’re bending the rules a bit with this one because you need a bowl to stir together the sauce, but otherwise this complete dinner (loaded with chicken, vegetables, apples, and more) comes together in a single wok or skillet.

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    Paleo Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

    Also known as shakshuka, poached eggs in marinara is a quick skillet recipe that feeds a hungry dinner appetite. Allow for two to three eggs per person, and serve with a side of pita or flatbread (if you're not strictly Paleo).

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    Creamy Tuna-Noodle Toss

    This alternative to a tuna casserole is not only easier to make, but practically guilt-free. Lemon juice, onion, and garlic give this creamy dish loads of flavor.

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