Cast iron skillet dinner recipes are perfect for every kitchen-savvy homesteader. Cook up any of these savory and simple-to-prepare cast iron skillet dinner recipes using your homegrown produce and your trusty skillet!
Cast Iron Skillet Dinner Recipes: Quick And Easy Meals
Whatever would my homegrown veggies and produce be for if I can’t prepare them myself? Good thing I can depend on my cast iron skillet to help me cook healthy and clean-eating cast iron skillet dinner recipes for my bunch. It’s an investment that with proper care, can withstand almost anything, and can even last generations. I’ve had my cast iron skillet for years and have prepared numerous scrumptious dishes with it. If you’re running out of ideas, try these cast iron skillet dinner recipes.
1. Baked Polenta And Vegetables With Tahini Glaze
Some veggies in a Ratatouille, polenta, and tahini make this vegan recipe you can mash up in a cast iron skillet. Take care when doing your polenta as it can burn pretty quickly.
2. Skillet Chicken With Bacon And White Wine Sauce
Imagine meaty chicken thighs drowning in wine sauce with bacon bits and caramelized shallots, all in one pan. Well, don’t stop there, but cook this skillet recipe now.
3. 30-Minute Cheesy Avocado Skillet Pizza Bread
Make this 30-minute pizza bread in a skillet for your dinner tonight. You’ll be surprised how cheese and avocado makes an amazing combo.
4. Shepherd’s Pie With Ground Beef
Even the classic shepherd’s pie cooks well and good in a skillet. It also makes good use of your leftover mashed potatoes.
5. Perfect Pan-Seared Steak
Want to know how to make the perfect homemade pan-seared steak? First, get yourself a high-grade cut of beef, then, cook it in a cast iron skillet.
6. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Make yourself or your family the beloved classic, baked mac n’ cheese, in a cast iron skillet. I love a good baked mac that’s ever-so-slightly crusty on top but creamy and rich underneath.
7. The Simplest and Best Shrimp Dish
Shrimp, as most kinds of fresh seafood are, is delicious by itself. Just add a few earthy herbs and spices to complement the flavors of the sea in this shrimp skillet recipe.
8. Cast Iron Skillet Burgers
The secret to a mouth-watering burger is in the patties. You can freeze the patties first so you can have that brown crust and juicy inside you crave
9. Pesto PLT Skillet Pizza
Cooking pizza in a cast iron skillet gives you a pie crust that’s brown and crisp at the edges. It’s a perfect canvas for toppings of veggies, cheese, meat, and spices.
10. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Serve this chicken pot pie for dinner, especially on cold and freezing evenings. It sure warms not just the tummies but the heart as well.
11. Easy Skillet Lasagna
With just a few ingredients and steps, you can make this delicious and easy skillet lasagna. What’s best is, you also have only one pot to clean.
12. One Pot 30-Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
A complete meal can be had in pasta recipes like this pasta bake dish, and with the added bonus of cooking it all of one pan. Truly life is easy!
13. Loaded Smashed Potato Skillet
Make your favorite dinner side in a skillet for a full meal. Give this loaded smashed potato a try and add a new trick to your list of mashed potato recipes. You can pop it in the oven or just put it on top of a hot grill.
14. Crispy Skin Oven Roast Chicken In Skillet
Did you know you can cook a whole chicken in your cast iron skillet? Give it a shot with this roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet.
15. Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken With Asparagus
Have an elegant dinner with your family by serving this prosciutto-wrapped chicken. With fresh asparagus, an ordinary evening can be special.
16. Skillet Potato Bake With Tomatoes
A super easy dinner recipe you can try tonight, this potato skillet is perfect for any main dish. You can use whole baby potatoes or slice the potatoes into halves.
17. Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage And Tomatoes
Here’s a 5-ingredient dinner recipe you’ll love to make and eat. This will be a great way to prepare and enjoy your fresh harvest in a heartbeat.
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18. Skillet Chicken Fajitas
If you’re into Tex-Mex food, you’ll go gaga over this recipe in a skillet. Chicken and veggies sliced into strips then seared in a skillet and served with warm tortillas. That’s a wrap!
19. Skillet Baked Stuffed Rigatoni
I love rigatoni simply for how each little tube gets a small filling of pasta sauce and in this recipe, it’s a rich tomato one. Cook it in a cast iron skillet and serve this for a filling dinner.
20. Leftover Steak And Spinach Quesadilla With Provolone
My mother always tells me, “Better have food prepared in excess than to have a shortage”. Turns out she’s right when you can make more out of leftovers like this leftover steak and spinach quesadilla with provolone.
21. Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Zesty Dry Rub
Roast pork can be tricky to prepare, but try this roast pork recipe in a skillet and you’ll find yourself enjoying some roast pork weekly. The secret? Herbs and lime adding juicy flavors and zest.
22. Simple Sesame Chicken
If you’re looking to add a little Asian flair to your recipes, try out this deliciously easy recipe. It should be an oriental dish meet your good ol’ American skillet.
23. Steak With Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe
Steak is not only good for the grill, it can also be cooked to perfection in a skillet. And if that’s not enough convincing, here’s three words for you: cheese and butter. Yum.
24. Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet Dinner
Gourmet chefs might call this a “deconstructed” version of stuffed cabbage. But, this unstuffed cabbage skillet dinner doesn’t need any fancy title to convince you to cook it for your family.
25. Easy Chili And Cornbread Skillet
On a weeknight after a very busy day, prepare this quick and easy Mexican delight for your friends or family. What’s great about this recipe aside from it’s tasty is the easy clean up after plus who doesn’t love a classic?.
26. Butternut Squash And Black Bean Enchilada
Looking to add a little spice to your cast iron skillet cooking? Look no further! This slightly spicy enchilada recipe is sure to please any crowd.
27. Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet
Cheese, chicken, rice, and a little spice in this chorizo sweet potato skillet and dinner is served! Now, you don’t have to prepare different dishes to make a meal. It’s now in one dish that’s easy to prepare and eat.
28. Skillet Zucchini
This skillet zucchini is a delicious healthy recipe option that works great as a side dish recipe. Can you imagine how amazing this would be with your whole roast chicken in a skillet?
29. Creamy Chicken Broccoli And Rice Skillet Recipe
Here’s a one pan recipe for those of you who want some home cooking without the extra fuss. You’ve got rice, chicken, and broccoli all in one dish to fill you up.
30. Healthy And Easy Skillet Lasagna
Sometimes, I feel lasagna is a prima donna recipe–too complicated to cook when you don’t have the luxury of time and energy. Well, this lasagna in a skillet sure isn’t. Just give it a try!
31. Skillet Shrimp With Orzo, Feta, And Asparagus
Get your Mediterranean on with this healthy seafood recipe. I didn’t use to think so, but shrimp and feta complement each other well in this recipe. I can have this anywhere, any day with my iron skillet.
32. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Use this easy broccoli casserole recipe in a skillet to create the perfect side dish for your entree. Or, let it stand alone as a Paleo cheesy meal in itself.
33. Taco Quinoa Turkey Skillet Dinner
Get a double dose of protein with this turkey and quinoa recipe in a cast iron skillet. This should also be a great way to make good use of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season.
34. Skillet Salmon With Quinoa, Feta, And Arugula
Here’s another healthy recipe for the health-conscious crowd. Sear salmon in skillet and serve with cooked quinoa, arugula, and feta.
35. One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta
Create a one-pot wonder with this cast iron skillet recipe for Mexican pasta. Chicken, veggies, and pasta make up this simple yet delicious well-rounded recipe.
36. Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa Casserole
Get a taste of New Orleans with this easy cajun shrimp dinner. But don’t worry–not only is it authentic, it’s a healthier, lighter version, too!
37. One Pan Skillet Stuffed Bell Peppers
A longtime favorite of the American household, this stuffed bell pepper recipe is sure to please even picky eaters. To make it easier and simpler, we just mix up ingredients along with diced bell peppers in a skillet.
38. Sriracha Lime Chicken Skillet
Add a little zing and zest to your cast iron skillet chicken recipe with this fun and easy Sriracha lime sauce. Let the chicken sit and absorb all the flavors of the sauce in a skillet.
39. Quick Lemony Skillet Pork Chops
This pork chop recipe is a hearty and healthy way to end your day with some fresh-tasting, belly-filling goodness. With quinoa and fresh green beans for sidings, it couldn’t be any healthier and heartier.
40. Pan-Seared Scallops With Lemon Butter Recipe
Searing scallops can be tricky and timing is important, but follow this scallops in a skillet recipe to the letter to get it. Trust me, you can have restaurant-quality melt-in-your-mouth goodness from your own skillet.
41. Baked Spaghetti And Meatballs
To see meatballs simmering in a bubbly creamy sauce in my skillet is indeed a joy to behold. And yes, you can cook your spaghetti and meatballs in a cast iron skillet.
42. Smothered Skillet Chicken With Thyme Butter Mushrooms
This one is a classic chicken in a skillet recipe. Chicken deboned, (or at least take the backbone out) smothered in gravy and mushroom should be a warm welcome home dinner for a friend or family.
43. Honey Butter Creamy Skillet Corn
If you’ve no time to peel and cut up veggies for a side dish recipe, just get your fresh corn kernels stored in the fridge and get cooking in a skillet. No side dish recipe will be as fast and easy especially when cooked in your skillet.
44. Cast Iron Chicken Skillet
We can never have enough of chicken recipes in a skillet. Make room for this healthy caramelized chicken recipe with lots of veggies.
45. Cheezy Meatball Skillet
Of all the cast iron skillet dinner recipes here, this one I love the best simply because I love meatballs! Dirty up your skillet with cheese crust on the sides, I’d be the first to admit I love picking at and crunching on that burnt crust!
You can also try this healthy breakfast skillet recipe in this video from The Protein Chef:
There you have it, homesteading foodies, savory cast iron skillet dinner recipes from which your next favorite dish will hail. Now, you’ll love your cast iron skillet all the more with these incredible and delectable cast iron skillet dinner recipes!
What do you think of these cast iron skillet dinner recipes? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.