These cast iron skillet recipes are the essential foods to make in this versatile pan! Try everything from a scramble to pizza to dessert.
Who’s obsessed with their cast iron skillet? (All hands raise.) Yes, this heavy duty pan is one of the most versatile items in the kitchen. Cast iron can sear a fish to perfection, or make a pizza that rivals your local pizzeria. It makes the crispiest hash browns you’ve tasted, and a cozy apple cobbler to delight the whole family.
Here are all the essential cast iron skillet recipes to try! There’s something for every eater and occasion in this list. Because as you probably already know…you could eat out of this skillet for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you wanted!
And now…the top cast iron skillet recipes to try!
What size skillet to buy
When you’re looking for a cast iron skillet: what’s the best size to buy? Most of the recipes above we made using a 10-inch cast iron skillet. This is the size needed for the cast iron skillet pizza below, and it works for just about any other recipe. We also have a small size of cast iron skillet, but it’s less versatile than the 10-inch.
What else can you make in a cast iron skillet?
So many things! Here are a few more of our recipes that work in this versatile type of skillet:
- Best Bibimbap Cast iron is crucial for that crispy rice crust (in the “dolsot” version)
- Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Double this recipe for a 10-inch skillet
- Sweet Potato Dinner Skillet Shredded sweet potatoes and eggs is a fabulous combo
- Skillet Eggplant Marinara This tasty eggplant dinner is great in cast iron
- Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española) This classic Spanish dish demands a good skillet
Here’s how to make the incredible cast iron pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better.
For the pan pizza dough
- 188 grams (1 1/2 cups) Tipo 00 or all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 118 grams (1/2 cup) warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
For the topping
- 4 baby bella mushrooms or one portabella mushroom
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 bell pepper (or 1/4 green and 1/4 red)
- 1 handful thinly sliced red onion
- 1/2 cup Easy Pizza Sauce
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Dried oregano
- Make the dough (15 minutes): Combine the flour, yeast, salt, oregano and garlic powder in a bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir to combine. Add the water and olive oil and stir until a raggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
- Knead the dough by pushing with the base of your palm, then reforming it into a ball. Continue kneading for 8 minutes until the dough feels pillowy and has a smooth, stretchy exterior. If the dough is very sticky, add a small amount of flour while kneading. Alternatively: attach the dough hook to a stand mixer and start the mixer on medium-low speed, then allow the mixer to knead for 8 minutes.
- Proof the dough (45 minutes to 1 hour): Generously the oil bottom and sides of a 10” cast iron skillet with olive oil. When the kneading is finished, use floured hands to gently shape the dough into a boule (ball shape) by folding the dough under itself. Set the dough in the center of the skillet and dab the dough with a bit of olive oil to keep it moist. Cover with a damp towel and allow them to rise until doubled in size and spread out, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Press and proof again (45 minutes): Remove the towel and drizzle with a tad of olive oil. Use your fingers to press the dough out into a circle to the edges of the pan. Cover and rest for 45 minutes.
- Preheat: When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 475F.
- Prep the toppings: Slice the baby bella mushrooms. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Saute the mushrooms and fennel seeds for about 3 to 5 minutes, until they become golden brown and start to release moisture. Add 2 pinches of kosher salt and cook another minute, then remove from the heat.
- Finely dice the green pepper. Thinly slice the red pepper. Thinly slice the red onion.
- Top and bake the pizza (20 minutes): When the dough is ready, spread the pizza sauce over the dough using the back of a spoon to create a thin layer all the way to the edges of the dough. Add the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Top with the mushrooms, peppers, and red onion. Sprinkle with dried oregano and a few pinches of kosher salt. Top with another light sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.
- Place the skillet on a stovetop burner on high heat for two minutes. Then transfer to the oven and bake 13 to 17 minutes until the cheese is browned. Run a butter knife around the edge of the pan so that the cheese doesn’t stick, then cool it to cool slightly. After a minute or so, remove the pizza to a cutting board and slice it into pieces. Serve immediately.
- Category: Main dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian American
Keywords: Cast iron skillet recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.