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Weeknight Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

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These easy skillet recipes are here to help you win dinner! Easy meals your family will love, and all cooked in your favorite cast iron skillet!

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What is best cooked in a cast iron skillet?

Basically, almost everything. You can make everything from fried chicken to dutch baby pancakes, to pizza, to Swedish meatballs, you can cook almost anything in a cast iron skillet! Cast iron skillets are an essential tool you need in your kitchen!

What I love about cast iron skillet recipes is how simple they usually are – you don’t need a whole bunch of different dishes going on – you have everything you need for a meal in one place. PLUS it means making less dishes!

Top 5 reasons why you should be using cast iron skillets

  1. Cast Iron is SO sturdy!  They can take some serious abuse. They won’t break, they won’t scratch, and even if you break every cardinal rule in how to take care of them, you can almost always bring them back to their beautiful, shiny, glory!
  2. Cast Iron has even heat distribution! When you are cooking on the stovetop, having the heat evenly distributed across your pan is super important. No one likes a pork chop that’s burnt on the right and raw on the left.
  3. Cast Iron can take the heat! Not only can you use them on the stovetop, but they are also fantastic in the oven, on the grill, or in a campfire. Try that with your Teflon. Or…don’t…
  4. Cast Iron are non-stick! When seasoned properly, you can cook pretty much anything on these, and it won’t stick!
  5. Cast Iron are super versatile! You can cook pretty much anything in cast iron – you can beautifully sear a steak, fry some chicken, or bake cinnamon rolls. There isn’t much it can’t do.


If Cast Iron seems super intimidating to you, I highly recommend you check out my post “Cast Iron 101 – How to Care for & Maintain Cast Iron ” – It will seriously tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about caring for your cast iron!

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Chicken Fajita Pasta Skillet
This Chicken Fajita Pasta Skillet is an easy Tex-Mex inspired meal that is super quick, and the fajita veggies and creamy and flavorful sauce are pretty much lovely. And – the kiddos love it, too!
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South Asian Spiced Shakshuka
Filled with Indian flavors, sliced bell pepper, fresh plum tomatoes, healthy spinach and sunny little eggs, this South Asian Spiced Shakshuka is the perfect vegetarian option for a lovely brunch!
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Greek Meatballs with Lemon Orzo Skillet
This easy greek meatball skillet with lemon orzo is a great family friendly weeknight meal. Greek spiced beef meatballs are cooked with orzo, diced zucchini and tomatoes and sprinkled with fresh dill and fresh lemon juice. This 30 minute meal is flavorful and easy!
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Whole Roasted Mexican Chicken
Tender and juicy, whole roasted Mexican chicken with peppers, onions and carrots is loaded with flavor and is good enough for Sunday dinner but easy enough for weeknights.
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Skillet Mac and Cheese
Comfort food at its finest, this skillet mac & cheese is so easy! Just the skillet and a pasta pot, the and a quick broil, and this is ready FAST!
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Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
These easy weeknight Thai meatballs are kid friendly and healthy! With a creamy red curry and coconut milk based sauce, these tender and flavorful Turkey Zucchini Meatballs are ready in about 30 minutes!
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Thai Chicken Casserole
Thai Chicken and Quinoa Casserole
This easy Thai Chicken Casserole with Quinoa is a perfect weeknight meal packed with family friendly flavors. Leftovers reheat well, too!
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Skillet Tuscan Chicken
This one skillet Tuscan chicken is just SO good and satisfying. Plus, it comes together quickly, perfect for those busy weeknights.
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Chimichurri Ground Beef and Rice
Try this Chimichurri Ground Beef and Rice Recipe for an easy dinner that is sure to become a family favorite meal. Made with ground beef and rice, this skillet recipe is served with a tasty chimichurri sauce. This easy dinner recipe for families is sure to be a big hit!
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Thai Stir Fry with Pork and Broccolini
This easy Thai Stir Fry with Pork and Broccolini is a great weeknight meal your family will love! With tender, bite sized pieces of pork, packed with veggies like broccolini, sweet peppers and mushrooms, and with a slightly sweet and flavorful Thai inspired sauce, this 30 minute dinner is sure to become a family favorite recipe!
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Creamy Apple Cider Chicken Skillet
This Creamy Apple Cider Chicken Skillet is an easy, delicious Fall dinner with sweet and savory flavors. We loved this served with mashed red potatoes with the easy pan sauce spooned over the top.
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Gallo Pinto Breakfast Bowls
Gallo Pinto is an easy and delicious breakfast from Costa Rica with loads of flavor! This easy 30 minute skillet meal is a great Costa Rican Rice and Beans Recipe that uses a combination of leftovers and fresh produce to make a lovely meatless meal for any time of the day!
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Pesto Chicken and Veggies
Chicken Pesto and Veggie Skillet
This skillet pesto chicken recipe comes together in less then 30 minutes! It’s fresh, healthy, and so delicious! Perfect for busy families!
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Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese
This 30 minute skillet meal is the perfect fall comfort food – filled with pasta, cheese sauce, and so many great flavors, its something the whole family will love!
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Sweet and Sour Kielbasa
This easy Sweet and Sour Skillet Kielbasa is a family friendly weeknight recipe perfect for busy nights. With real ingredients and a homemade sweet and sour sauce, this quick kielbasa recipe is sure to become a favorite in your meal plan.
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  1. My favorite thing to make is tortillas. We actually only bought a cast iron skillet because we heard it was better for making tortillas.

  2. Monica Cateron says:

    I’m crossing my fingers!!!!! Would be a lovely wedding gift to myself !!!

  3. I love to cook meat in my CI and cornbread.

  4. Deb crowley says:

    Haven’t had a cast iron skillet for years! Great for pancakes!

  5. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats says:

    Skillet cornbread!

  6. Rachel Verzani says:

    I have never had a cast iron skillet! But all of these recipes look yummy

  7. Kristin Mallett says:

    My favorite has to be all sorts of eggs, mainly because that’s the only thing I’ve cooked in a cast iron skillet. But I would love to do more!!

  8. I only have one cast iron skillet, so I think I need more, right?! I love making Indian food in it!

  9. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids says:

    I love using my skillet for browning meats and then finishing them off in the oven.

  10. I have never tried a cast iron skillet! That probably means I need one, right?

  11. Cast iron is the best!

  12. Sara Zielinski says:

    We like to use the skillet for browing meat.

  13. I’ve never used nor have a cast iron skillet. Maybe it’s time to try?

  14. carol clark says:

    i like making cornbread in mine

  15. kelly tupick says:

    I love to use it to sear of my steaks and then finish them off in oven.

  16. Christine Labelle says:

    I love using it for a big breakfast. Home fries, ham, and eggs.

  17. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    My favorite thing to make is lobster mac and cheese.

  18. Nancy Loring says:

    We love cooking fried potatoes and bacon and eggs in our cast iron skillet that we use at camp. It makes a regular breakfast taste so much better.

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