Creating a kitchen that is filled with cooking products is an easy task. Creating a kitchen that is filled with helpful, useful cooking products that you will use every day, is not so easy! We see advertisements for new cooking products every other day, but so many of them are poor quality or just a fad in the cooking world. A cast iron skillet is actually a kitchen product that has stood the test of time for hundreds of years as a useful kitchen product that can basically create just about any dish you’d like. Check out our list of our favorite cast iron skillet recipes.

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1. Southern Skillet Cornbread

There’s nothing like some cooking from down south where soul food truly comes alive. Cornbread is a staple for these meals and there’s really nothing like it.

Making bread may seem a little intimidating, but when it’s done in a cast iron skillet, it really is quite simple!

2. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm is one of those dishes that you cannot make enough times when it comes to those cheesy cravings!

Making this classic dish in a cast iron skillet makes for an easy clean up after, as well as the perfect crispy taste around the edges of your meal.

3. Roast Beef

Does making a roast beef dinner sound daunting to you? This straightforward recipe can help you out, and you don’t even need a roasting pan!

Make your next family meal in a skillet and everyone will be asking where your roasting pan went!

4. Pizza

Just when you thought pizza couldn’t get any more delicious, it suddenly did! Skillets have a way of cooking up flavors in a whole new way that makes everything a little more flavorful.

This pizza is made from scratch, and it is completely worth the effort because the quality of pizza you will be eating will be nothing like you’ve tasted before.

5. Giant Cinnamon Bun

If you’re on a diet, it’s time to look away. Actually, pretty much all of these recipes are a write off for you unless you need some cheat day inspiration.

Next time you have friends over for brunch, try making one massive cinnamon roll that you can cut like a cake. Not only will it taste incredible, but it will retain that ooey gooey texture from the inside out.


6. Skillet Deep Dish Pizza

If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you know that one of the most important dishes to try is deep dish pizza! While we’ve already listed pizza as a great skillet meal, deep dish pizza is a skillet dish that is simply one of a kind.

Fill your pizza with tons of your favorite veggies and add in a variety of cheese. Extra bonus points if you make homemade tomato sauce!

7. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This may look like a mumbo-jumbo of random things you can find in your kitchen, but it’s much more than that!

This carefully crafted skillet meal is perfect to eat all on its own because of the fantastic seasoning, but you can also use it to fill a wrap or top some pasta.

8. Steak Fajitas

Who doesn’t love a good fajita after a long day of work? They’re packed with protein and grilled veggies, how could you say no?

Get some serious iron in your life by making this steak fajita recipe in the cast iron skillet. Not only will you be getting iron from the red meat, but also from the skillet!

9. Hot S’Mores Dip

If you’re having your friends over for a bonfire or just for some snacks and drinks, you can make this amazing skillet over a fire or on your stove.

Pack your skillet full of chocolate and marshmallows, and use some graham crackers to scoop up this sugary mess of a dessert!


10. Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon

Salmon is a food you should definitely try to incorporate into your diet at least once a week. The omega-3 fatty acids are so beneficial for your body, you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to dig into some salmon!

While cooking fish can seem a little intimidating, the cast iron skillet makes it really easy to create and brings out the flavors of all the spices and sauces you use with the salmon.

11. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Similarly to the cinnamon roll, more is always better, right? Instead of baking a whole batch of cookies, make one big cookie pie!

The best part about this is that you can also serve this up as a birthday cake. Add some ice cream while it’s still hot for added flavor.

12. Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Garlic, and Olives

If you need a good old home cooked supper to eat tonight, look no further. This chicken thigh recipe will be ready in no time and it won’t disappoint.

Serve this dish up with mashed potatoes and a salad on the side to get a filling, memorable supper.

13. Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

Need a quick dessert for your dinner guests that is a little more unique than the traditional dessert foods? This blueberry cobbler is perfect.

Whether you use fresh blueberries or frozen, this dish will not only be a sweet treat, but it will also fill your body with tons of antioxidants, which is never a bad thing.


14. Maple Cinnamon Scones

Whenever there is a big, royal event happening that is broadcasted on television, people put on their fascinators and make some tea.

Along with the tea, these maple cinnamon scones compliment your tea party perfectly while adding a Canadian twist with the maple.

15. Pork Chop and Veggie Dinner

Forkly has been a huge fan of skillet meals for a long time, which is why we created this fantastic pork chop meal that is perfect for a date night at home.

The best part about this is that the root veggies are cooked at the same time as the pork chops so everything will be ready and piping hot at the same time.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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