Quick and Easy Skillet Recipes You Can Make in a Flash
Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Spicy, saucy, and far better than drive-through, these chicken burgers only require a single skillet. Have your favorite toppings prepped for when this easy chicken skillet recipe is ready, and everyone can create their own burger. With a buffalo-sauce coating and blue cheese topping, each sandwich features everything you love most about hot wings—no bones about it!
Steak and Potato Toasts
The classic pairing of meat and potatoes meets the 21st-century trend of fully loaded toast in this fast and filling easy skillet recipe. While the sirloin rests (to allow the juices to redistribute for the moistest meat ever), pan-fry slices of russet potatoes in the same skillet you used for the steak. When it's all done, layer everything on top of toasted rye bread with a spread of crème fraîche for a quick and satisfying dinner.
Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
This easy pizza skillet casserole recipe is made with lean ground beef, Italian turkey sausage, lots of cheese, and Italian bread cubes. (Translation: It tastes just like a supreme slice from your favorite pizza parlor.) Since you don't have to wait for any dough to cook, pizza becomes a super quick skillet recipe. Try it with your favorite pizza toppings!
Pork and Red Cabbage Skillet
Pound pork cutlets nice and thin, then stick with skillet cooking, and they can be ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. Take a bit more time to stir together the wilted cabbage and pickled onion side and dinner is done in less time than it takes to watch a sitcom. That makes this easy skillet cabbage recipe a tough one to beat!
Sprouts and Cherry Toasties
Bacon drippings are the ideal flavor-boosting fat for skillet-cooked Brussels sprouts. Layer the sprouts and bacon atop ricotta- and cherry jam-slathered bread, and you have a sweet-savory-salty dish that can (and will) be enjoyed any hour of the day. To satisfy rumbling stomachs, multitask while you're making this quick skillet recipe and toast the bread while the bacon and Brussels sprouts cook.
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. Plus, since it calls for skillet cooking rather than grilling, you can serve this juicy steak dinner any day of the year. Serve your skillet-cooked steak with an easy balsamic glaze poured on top, and it'll look like it was plated at a restaurant.
Skillet Taco Pie
This yummy Mexican skillet recipe is what your next taco night needs. Use your choice of ground turkey or ground beef and sprinkle with broken taco shells, tomatoes, cheese, and store-bought or homemade salsa. Extra-hot if you please!
Tortellini with Broccolini
Boil the pasta and Broccolini in a deep skillet, drain, and sauté the al dente tortellini and veggies with tomatoes, basil, and a light balsamic dressing. This simple pasta skillet tastes like a caprese salad in entrée form.
Test Kitchen Tip: Done in just 25 minutes, this quick skillet recipe is also a brilliant make-ahead: Toss together after dinner and pack up for lunches the next day.
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 healthy one-skillet meal that’s as delicious served on a plate as it is wrapped up in a tortilla and devoured on the go. Once you've made the scrambled eggs and bacon for this skillet dinner, everyone can dress up their wrap with any extra toppings they want.
Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans
Skillet cooking goes spicy! This steak stir-fry recipe is spiked with Asian chili paste. Here's how to cut down on cleanup: Sauté the beans in a wok or skillet; once they blister, reserve them on the side. Then sear the steak in the same pan for a super easy skillet dinner with hardly any dishes to clean.
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. It's like a simpler twist on a skillet lasagna recipe—no layering involved.
Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
With just 255 calories per serving and zero gluten, this is one of the lightest meat-and-potatoes meals you can cook in one pan. To keep things simple, use the same seasoning elements (garlic, thyme, lemon) to flavor the potatoes and the chicken. You can't ask for much more from a chicken skillet dinner than quick, easy, and tasty!
Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce
Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp
Shrimp is a perfect choice for busy weeknight dinners because it requires mere minutes of cooking. Here, delicate shrimp partners with chicken, full-flavor Spanish rice, and diced tomatoes for a protein-packed quick and easy skillet recipe. Adding chicken to your skillet brings extra protein and flavor but not extra cooking time when it's cubed into smaller pieces.
A sophisticated sauce of whipping cream, white wine, and mustard tops golden breaded chicken in this recipe with fewer than 300 calories. A sprinkle of fresh thyme adds an elegant finish to this chicken skillet dinner. To satisfy heartier appetites, serve over rice, pasta, roasted potatoes, or mashed spuds.
Frittata with Tomatoes
Artichoke hearts and prosciutto fill this speedy frittata, and a sprinkle of tomatoes and basil play nicely atop its Parmesan crust. Ready for the kicker? This easy cast-iron skillet recipe is ready in 25 minutes, so you should be able to squeeze it in on even your busiest nights.
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples
We've reinvented your favorite comfort food dish for the weeknight by way of this skillet lasagna recipe. Cooked in a single pan and loaded with cheese, this Italian-seasoned supper is sure to be a family favorite. After cooking, freeze single servings to reheat and enjoy later when you don't have the time to spare for another pasta recipe.
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 of this chicken dinner. While this easy chicken recipe cooks, toss together a simple salad to serve on the side.
Quick Skillet Steaks with Mushrooms
Curried Pork and Rice
This 30-minute meal features pork tenderloin and wild rice, and it has a surprise ingredient: apples. They're not a common curry ingredient, but they add a slight sweet-tartness to each bite (just think of how tasty apple-glazed pork chops are if you're unsure). After cooking the quick skillet recipe, sprinkle each bowl with fresh cilantro.
Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini
Chicken breasts are simply seasoned with dried basil, pepper, and salt before being pan-fried to a golden brown. Served with a side of dill-spiked orzo and zucchini, this flavorful chicken skillet dinner is ready to eat in just 20 minutes. For extra zest and freshness, serve with a squirt of lemon juice and additional dill.
Rice and Bean Frittata
This frittata has tons of our favorite Mexican ingredients: veggies, rice, beans, and cheese, all suspended in a fluffy egg mixture. Top the Mexican skillet recipe with halved cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley, or some pico de gallo, for a beautiful presentation.
Quick Paprika Steaks with Tomato Gravy
Give steak a 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. A melted slice of cheese on top gives the final indulgent touch.
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. To make this a one-pan plan, crisp up the bread in the toaster rather than under the broiler, then spread with cheese. It's the perfect recipe to save for a meatless Monday meal!
Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry
Stir-fry recipes are among the speediest suppers around. Start with one pan, toss in the ingredients, and heat until warm. Begin with store-bought meatballs and leftover rice from last night, and you can have this easy, healthy skillet dinner on the table in 15 minutes!
Sweet Potato Hash
This colorful dish gets great south of the border flavor from a combination of corn, beans, peppers, and chipotle salsa. Top the finished Mexican skillet recipe with cooling avocado and sour cream for a light lunch or dinner. You could even turn this easy skillet recipe into a quick breakfast by adding an egg on top.
Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches
Blow the minds of barbecued pork fans with this look-alike (and taste-alike) skillet-cooked sandwich filling that starts with packaged jackfruit. After it's pulled into shreds and coated in barbecue sauce, the resemblance to meat is uncanny! Add any toppings you like, and watch both vegetarians and meat-lovers fall in love with this simple skillet dinner.
Easy Chicken Jambalaya
Garlic Pork and Sweet Potato Hash
This filling pork hash balances sweet and salty flavors. Its complex flavors might trick you into thinking it's complicated, but really, you only need eight ingredients. Plus, this quick skillet dinner takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish—ideal for when you're in a rush and want a home-cooked meal.
Paleo Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Also known as shakshuka, poached eggs in marinara is a quick and easy skillet recipe that can satisfy a big appetite, whether you're following a Paleo diet plan or not. Allow for two or three eggs per person, and serve with pita or flatbread if you're not strictly Paleo.