A classic in kitchens for centuries, a cast iron skillet adds a tasty cooking option to your collection of pots and pans.  This round-up of cast iron recipes will help you learn how to use this handy skillet.

By Hayley Sugg
December 27, 2019
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Whether you found it under the Christmas tree or snagged it during a big kitchen store sale, a cast iron skillet is sure to be a welcome addition to your collection of pots and pans. You may be saying, "But I already know how to use a regular skillet!" The truth is, there are no regular skillets that compare to the cooking power of the cast iron version. You'll need an introduction.

But first — once you've unwrapped your new cast iron skillet, it's important you season the skillet properly. This important step protects the skillet, and over time, it helps the skillet build up an incredible non-stick surface that makes cooking a breeze. If you properly season and clean your cast iron skillet, your skillet should last you a lifetime. In fact, many cast iron skillets are hand-me-down family heirlooms.

When you're ready to cook, our collection of introductory cast iron skillet recipes will show you how its even heating perfectly crisps crusts, browns meats, and sears steaks. In fact, the cast iron skillet can be one of the most versatile items in your kitchen collection.


Skillet Apple Brownie

By preheating your cast iron skillet in the oven, you can impart a crispy crust on many baked goods, from brownies to cornbread. The batter in most recipes, like this Skillet Apple Brownie, will start cooking as soon as it hits the pan. This provides a crunchy exterior while the interior remains fluffy and moist.

Tennessee Cook

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak

Cast iron skillets are known for heating evenly, meaning you won't have to contend with one part of your steak cooking more quickly than the other. This Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak recipe sears the outsides of the steaks in the pan before they conveniently finish cooking in the oven.

Chef John

Cast Iron Cornbread

Once you own a cast iron skillet, making cornbread is a requirement. This Cast Iron Cornbread from Chef John has the skillet preheated with butter inside, making for that golden brown exterior that proclaims perfectly cooked cornbread. Cornbread covered casseroles, with bases like chili or sloppy joes, are popular too because you can sauté the filling in the skillet before pouring in the batter and finishing the dish in the oven.


Dutch Babies

If you're looking for an impressive breakfast that's actually easy to make, then try Chef John's Dutch Babies. A buttery batter that's made mostly with pantry staples, Dutch babies are an incredibly puffy and sweet treat. By pouring the batter into a preheated skillet, the pastry puffs up, giving the dish its signature look.


Deep-Dish Cast Iron Pizza

Forget takeout; you'll be able to make Chicago's famous pizza at home now. Deep-Dish Cast Iron Pizza utilizes the skillet's deep sides and even heating to make a chewy and rich crust that will hold all your favorite pizza toppings.

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