Quick and Easy Skillet Recipes

Ginger Shrimp & Rice
In a hurry? Skillet cooking is about to become your supper savior. 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.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Spicy, saucy, and far-better-than-drive-thru, these chicken burgers cook in a single skillet. 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 most moist meat ever), pan fry slices of russet potatoes in the same skillet you used for the steak.

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 parlor.) 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.

Sprouts and Cherry Toasties

Bacon drippings are the ideal flavor-boosting fat for skillet cooking Brussels sprouts. Layer both 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans

Skillet cooking goes spicy! This steak stir-fry is spiked with Asian chili paste. Here's how to cut down on clean-up: Saute the beans in a wok or skillet, and once blistered, reserve them on the side. Then sear the steak in the same pan.

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.

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. The best news about this easy skillet recipe besides the tasty results? You only need six ingredients to get it on the table.

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 quick and easy skillet recipe.

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 to this chicken skillet dinner. To please 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 cast iron skillet meal is ready in 25 minutes. 

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

You're not limited to white meat with chicken skillet dinners. This five-ingredient fix starts with chicken thighs for a moist and hearty (yet still healthy) protein option. The maple-thyme topping makes each bite irresistible.

Skillet Lasagna

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.

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 skillet dinner.

Quick Skillet Steaks with Mushrooms

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

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 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.

Rice and Bean Frittata

This frittata has it all: veggies, rice, beans, and cheese suspended in a scrumptious egg mixture. Top the Mexican skillet recipe off with halved cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley 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.

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.

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 one-skillet meal 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 perfect light lunch or dinner.

Barbecue 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. After being pulled into shreds and coated in barbecue sauce, the resemblance to meat is uncanny!

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 sausage.

Garlic Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

This delightful pork hash is balanced with sweet and salty flavors. It takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish—perfect 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 hungry dinner appetite. Allow for two to three eggs per person, and serve with pita or flatbread if you're not strictly Paleo.

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. For more energizing carbs, serve with a basket of rolls—which can do double duty as sauce soaker-uppers!

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.

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, while al dente green peas offer a pleasant amount of crunch.

Ginger Shrimp and Rice

This shrimp dinner is infused with Asian influence courtesy of soy sauce, green onion, ginger, and mango chutney. All that makes for a well-rounded—and easy—skillet recipe.

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