You'll Want to Make These Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes Immediately

Green Chile Fried Chicken
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Cast-iron skillets are a must in any kitchen. The versatile heavyweight can do it all—fry, sear, sauté, and even bake. Plus, a cast-iron skillet can go straight from the stove top to the oven, making it the perfect tool for simplified, one-pan cooking. Wait until you try our cast iron dessert recipes! Put the kitchen workhorse to the test with these recipes for a cast iron skillet.

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Cast Iron Calzone

Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone
Karla Conrad

When you think of a classic Italian calzone, most likely a cast-iron skillet isn't in the picture. This hearty cast-iron skillet recipe is ready to change that, thanks to the veggies, meat, and cheese filling in this family-style casserole. Once it's done, it can satisfy six hungry dinner guests—minus the work of forming six individual calzones.

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Cast Iron Brownies

Cast-Iron Brownies
Kritsada Panichgul

Death by chocolate doesn't seem that bad when we're talking about warm and gooey brownies topped with hot fudge sauce and rocky road ice cream. Use individual-size cast-iron skillets to present each dinner guest with their own dish of pure indulgence. Then everyone can load up this cast iron dessert recipe with as much extra chocolate and topping as they need to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip

Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip
Andy Lyons

Warm and gooey spinach-artichoke dip is one of those always-delicious recipes that never goes out of style. And thanks to the use of a cast-iron skillet, you can bake the entire thing in one pan—then take it right over to the table to serve. With the fluffy dinner rolls on top for dipping, we'd definitely declare this one of our best cast-iron skillet recipes.

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Flank Steak Tagliata with Arugula and Parmesan

Flank Steak Tagliata with Arugula and Parmesan
Carson Downing

That's right, you can absolutely make cast iron skillet steak recipes. This one uses flank steak for an affordable beef option. Simply marinate the meat in a lemon and rosemary mixture, then add the steak to a piping hot skillet in the oven for just 7 to 9 minutes. While the steak cooks, stir together an arugula salad and dinner is complete.

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Pork Chops with Fennel Salad

Pork Chops with Fennel Salad
Andy Lyons

Apple cider and ground cinnamon both help flavor the juicy pork chops in this cast-iron skillet dinner, filling each bite with fall-inspired flavors. But rather than traditional apple slices, we put a twist on the usual pork chop pairings by using pears and fennel instead. All combined, these cast-iron skillet pork chops are a comforting blend of familiar flavors with a slight twist.

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Green Chile Fried Chicken

Green Chile Fried Chicken
Jason Donnelly

If you love fried chicken, you'll fall for our version seasoned with sour cream, chile peppers, and hot sauce. Pro tip: Marinate overnight and fry the chicken in your cast-iron skillet the next day. More time marinating means more flavor in every bite of this cast-iron skillet chicken recipe.

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Skillet Cornbread

corn bread
Blaine Moats

Learn how to make corn bread in your skillet four different ways. We offer variations for cheesy chipotle bread, sweet corn and herb bread, bacon-green onion bread, and cranberry-tangerine bread. Each one is just as yummy as the last, so choose whichever cast-iron recipe will best complement your dinner.

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Eggs and Bacon Bucatini

Eggs and Bacon Buccatini in cast iron skillet
Blaine Moats

Cheesy pasta, eggs, and bacon? Count us in! While your pasta is cooking, use your cast-iron skillet to start crisping the bacon. Then, once the components are ready, you can finish this yummy cast-iron skillet dinner in the oven to bake the eggs in a nest of bucatini and bacon.

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Skillet Chicken Wings

Skillet Chicken Wings
Carson Downing

Yep, your cast-iron skillet can handle appetizers like chicken wings, too. Because we know appetizers should be easy, we kept this one super simple—all you need besides the wings is vegetable oil and your favorite sauce. Our picks for this cast-iron chicken recipe? Zingy Asian Ginger and Soy Sauce or slightly sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce.

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Cast Iron Plum Polenta Cake

Cast-Iron Plum-Polenta Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

Sweet, juicy plums find a home alongside cornmeal polenta in our fluffy cast-iron skillet dessert. The truly impressive part of this recipe is that it cooks on your grill, giving it a touch of smoky flavor. Homemade whipped cream adds even more indulgence to every serving.

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Jason Donnelly

You can never go wrong serving warm and hearty chicken pot pie for dinner, and our cast-iron skillet recipe is no exception. Bell peppers, onion, celery, peas, and carrots find a home alongside the chicken in this delicious family-friendly dinner. Every step of this recipe takes place in your skillet, meaning this one-pan dinner will save you on cleanup, too.

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Skillet Baked Eggs and Ham

Skillet-Baked Eggs Ham
Jason Donnelly

Dinner (or breakfast) can be on the table in just 15 minutes when you make this cast-iron skillet recipe. One of the things we like most about the combo of eggs, ham, leeks, and cheese is that it can fit pretty much any meal of the day. Send everyone out the door with a quick and hearty breakfast or enjoy a speedy breakfast-for-dinner dish—it's delicious any time of day.

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Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

Buttermilk Skillet Corn Bread
Jason Donnelly

You can never have too many good cornbread recipes, this one is made especially moist with the addition of buttermilk and crisp edges from the cast iron skillet. Top it with whipped honey butter for a touch of sweetness or hot pepper jelly if you are looking to bring the heat. Either way you can't go wrong with this cast iron skillet recipe.

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Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake

Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake
Carson Downing

This cast iron dessert recipe is the upside down cake you never knew you needed until now. It looks impressive but is quite easy to make. Top with bourbon sauce to really highlight the roasted pears, and vanilla ice cream, of course.

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Pull Apart Pretzel Skillet

Pretzel Skillet
Hannah Bigot

This delicious cast iron skillet recipe is almost impossible to resist. Beer cheese dip surrounded by pull-apart pretzels makes the perfect party appetizer. This is one of those cast-iron skillet recipes that all your friends will want.

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