Recipes Made for Cast-Iron Cooking
A cast iron skillet is a prized possession among Southern cooks. Seasoned with years of cooking and loving care, heirloom cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens are as valued (and fought over) as Grandma’s china and sterling silver. A new pre-seasoned skillet also makes the perfect gift for a young cook. Browse our collection of delicious recipes utilizing cast iron. We all know how great fried chicken tastes hot out of the skillet, and we love how easy cast iron goes from oven to table with weeknight favorites including Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole and King Ranch Mac and Cheese. These cherished skillets are also great for party appetizers, like Cast Iron Salsa, and for impressive desserts, such as Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake. Great cooks know the more they use their cast iron, the better it gets. Keep your prized skillet on the stovetop and reach for it often.
Pimiento Pepper Jelly BLT
Recipe: Pimiento Pepper Jelly BLT
Crispy bacon fried in a cast iron skillet makes this Pimiento Pepper Jelly BLT something to rave about.
Smashed Fried Okra
Recipe: Smashed Fried Okra
This fried okra recipe is nothing less than crispy-brown perfection thanks to a meat mallet. We suggest frying it in a cast iron skillet for an extra Southern flair.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
We know what you're thinking: this recipe isn't technically made in a cast iron skillet. Hear us out. We suggest frying bits of cornmeal in a cast iron skillet for a delicious, homemade crouton topping.
Coconut Bourbon Spritz
Use a cast iron skillet to toast coconut flakes and create a delicious and festive rimmed glass.
Cast Iron Skillet Recipe Challenge
There's Nothing Better Than a Meal Cooked in Cast Iron
Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
Recipe: Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
Enjoy a restaurant-style steak from the comfort of your own home. Easy and delicious, this skillet dinner recipe doesn’t disappoint.
Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza
Recipe: Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza
This one-dish wonder is the perfect meal for a causal movie night. Similar to a pizza stone, the skillet holds heat well, creating an excellent base for all your favorite toppings.
Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Recipe: Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Give this leek-and-mushroom grits frittata a try next time you’re serving breakfast for a crowd. It has a little something for everyone.
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Recipe: Easy Skillet Apple Pie
Apple pie is a quintessentially Southern treat, and a trusty cast-iron skillet takes the timeless dessert to the next level.
Rosemary Chicken Thighs and Vegetables
This hearty skillet recipe is packed with fresh vegetables and savory rosemary chicken for an excellent dinnertime meal.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to make this sinfully sweet dessert. This pecan pie recipe deserves a spot on the table all year long.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Perfect for kids, the foundation of this quick and easy cast-iron recipe starts with pre-made ravioli to keep things simple.
Skillet Caramel Apple Pie
Recipe: Skillet Caramel Apple Pie
Just as delicious as it is beautiful, this beloved apple pie recipe is sure to impress all of your dinner party guests.
Skillet S'mores Dip
Recipe: Skillet S'mores Dip
Turn a classic campfire dessert into a decadent cast-iron skillet dip with this simple recipe.
Recipe: Ginger-Plum Slump
There’s something about warm, flavorful fruit in a cast-iron skillet that makes Southerners jump for joy. This ginger-plum slump recipe puts a modern twist on a classic cobbler.
Recipe: Potato-Bacon Hash
Every Southern cook knows a good hash recipe or two, and you’ll be adding this one with russet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and thick-cut bacon to your list. We suggest you top it off with a fried egg.
The Big Cinnamon Roll
Recipe: The Big Cinnamon Roll
With this big (and we mean massive) cinnamon roll, you can serve a warm, homemade breakfast right from the oven.
Classic Grilled Cheese
Recipe: Classic Grilled Cheese
Sometimes you just have to stick with the classics, and this golden brown grilled cheese with American and sharp cheddar cheeses will never go out of style.
Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread
Make this comforting beef stew on chilly fall and winter nights. Our favorite way to get the buttery garlic bread crispy is using our cast-iron skillet instead of the oven.
Lighter Pan-Fried Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
This delicious dinner recipe proves that you don’t need a deep-fryer to get crispy, golden goodness.
Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler
Recipe: Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler
Put down your peeler: This brilliant dish is our easiest peach cobbler ever.
Texas Skillet Cake
Recipe: Texas Skillet Cake
If you love classic Texas sheet cake, you’ll be obsessed with this thicker, richer Texas skillet cake.
Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Recipe: Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
This is the most restaurant-worthy 30-minute recipe you’ll ever serve. A tip from the test kitchen: Pork chops that aren’t too thick or thin are best in this recipe. Look for chops that are one inch thick—they will be meaty and filling without taking a ton of time to cook.
Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Cakes
This recipe blends the delicate flavor of sweet potatoes and green onions with the spicy zest of chopped red jalapeño peppers.
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
The best part of this chicken piccata is it only requires one dish to make, and we recommend a cast-iron skillet. It will heat more evenly than a nonstick pan, yielding a delicious cutlet that’s tender with crisp skin.
Recipe: Cast-Iron Salsa
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
Recipe: Cornbread Focaccia
The inspiration for Cornbread Focaccia is Italian, but the taste is pure Southern comfort.
Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Recipe: Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Equally at home on your stove or over a campfire, this fragrant skillet breakfast pulls double duty for dinner with a green salad. Try substituting sweet potatoes for russets and your favorite tart apple for Granny Smith. Other smoked fish like bluefish or whitefish also work well here. If using thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into pieces and drape over hash just before serving.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Brighten a wintry day with this combination of roasted root vegetables, mache, and a citrus-and-ginger-packed vinaigrette.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
This rustic meal, a company's-coming riff on the old-school chicken-and-rice number, is held together by a tangy gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve this dish to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.
Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
The "top-shelf" in this recipe speaks to the crispy skin, superior flavor, and juiciness of the bird.
Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Straight from the oven, this puffy, airy pancake will elicit major oohs and aahs from your crowd. Be sure to use low-fat or fat-free milk--the pancake will puff higher. Like a soufflé, it will begin to deflate as soon as it leaves the oven, though that won't affect the flavor.
Sour Cream Cornbread
Recipe: Sour Cream Cornbread
Low-fat kitchen staples keep this Cheddar-topped cornbread moist and delicious. Enjoy it as a side to any meal, or use this recipe as an ingredient in our fabulous Farmhouse Eggs Benedict.
Charred Peppers with Feta Dipping Sauce
Look for a colorful assortment of baby sweet peppers in the produce section of your local grocer. Hold them by the stems while dipping.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
The brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
Fried Green Tomatoes With Bread-and-Butter Pickle Rémoulade
Fried Green Tomatoes are crusty and salty outside; warm, juicy, and lemony inside.
Sunny Skillet Breakfast
Recipe: Sunny Skillet Breakfast
Sunny-side-up eggs top off this skillet full of shredded potatoes, bell peppers, and onions.
Parmesan-Pecan Fried Catfish with Pickled Okra Salsa
This sensational main dish combines two Southern favorites, fried catfish and pickled okra, with a new twist.