Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

Looking for recipes that use a cast iron skillet? Allrecipes has more than 60 trusted cast iron skillet recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Cast Iron Skillet Buttermilk Cornbread

Rating: Unrated
This recipe is for those people that do not like sweet cornbread. For me, this is my comfort food and what I grew up on.

Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Rating: Unrated
This three-layer apple pie is a Southern favorite!

Spotted Dog Irish Bread

Rating: Unrated
This is my family's traditional St. Patrick's Day bread. My grandmother has had this recipe for longer than I've been alive. I was SHOCKED to find out this wasn't real Irish Soda Bread, but instead more commonly known as Spotted Dog. Whatever you call it, it is unbeatable topped with a bit of butter.

Hangtown Fry with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs

Rating: Unrated
My variation on the traditional Hangtown Fry contains cheese and fresh herbs and is finished under the broiler where the egg/oyster mixture puffs up like a cross between a frittata and a souffle. I get the best results using a cast iron skillet. It's important that the oven be hot before you place the skillet under the broiler.

Cast Iron Buttermilk Biscuits

Rating: Unrated
Experimentation and a need for more biscuits per batch led me to what we think are the best biscuits anywhere! For optimum flavor, these must be baked in hot, buttered cast iron skillets. They are great for breakfast with gravy or jellies. Also excellent with beef stew for dinner. My husband likes the leftover biscuits even better. He breaks them open on a plate and smothers them with molasses.

Pork Tenderloin alla Napoli

Rating: Unrated
If you like the robust flavor of olives, tomatoes, and rosemary, this is the dish for you. I find it works best using a cast iron skillet.

Corn Tortillas

Rating: Unrated
This is the real thing! A simple mixture of masa harina and water results in the most wonderful corn tortillas you ever tasted. The secret is to use a cast iron pan! You can buy masa harina at Mexican grocery stores or in the ethnic food aisle of large supermarkets.

Cast-Iron Skillet Prime Rib Roast and Gravy

Rating: Unrated
Juicy, tender prime rib roast and delicious gravy.

Deep-Dish Cast Iron Pizza

Rating: Unrated
A buttery, thick, and chewy pizza dough that is baked in a cast iron skillet. Pizza never tasted so good! Toppings are substantial but not overwhelming where the dough won't cook. If you cook the sausage while the dough is proofing you'll be ready to assemble the pizza that much faster.

Loaded Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Rating: Unrated
Loaded with chocolate chips, oats, and pecans, this delicious cookie (with a touch of cinnamon!) is baked in a cast-iron skillet. As long as your skillet is well seasoned, the whole cookie will pop right out on a serving platter making it perfect for serving as a birthday cookie "cake." Slice in pie-shaped pieces and eat as-is, or serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Cast Iron Cornbread

Rating: Unrated
When it comes to deciding what to bring to a cookout, this super easy cast iron cornbread is the clear winner. You don't even need a cast iron pan! Ribs or brisket are great, though not cheap, while a bag of chips is just weak sauce. On the other hand, this cornbread is very inexpensive to make, but that'll be the last thing anyone will be thinking about as they eat. In fact, you'll probably be asked to bring it to the next gathering!


Rating: Unrated
Aebleskiver - a Danish dessert, like doughnut holes, but sweeter and much better traditionally served with glogg during the Advent. Cooked in a cast iron pan that resembles an egg poacher. Serve hot with syrup, jam or powdered sugar.

Inspiration and Ideas

Skillet Strawberry Pancake

"Amazingly versatile recipe! Thank you for all of the ideas and variations. This has become one of our favorite breakfasts." – Thinksno

How To Re-Season a Cast Iron Pan

While cast iron pans can get a little scrungy looking, they are dead simple to bring back to life. Learn how to do it.

Perfect Crispy Fried Chicken

Rating: Unrated

After searching high and low for a recipe that is tasty but very crispy, this was created from taking various recipe finds and merging them. The secret is in the cornmeal/flour mixture, as well as the cast-iron skillet.