Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

If you are new to the world of cooking in cast iron, check out these recipes that are perfect for the skillet.
By Trish Santoro

Want to make your food more delicious by cooking it properly?

Cook in a cast iron skillet. The more you use it, the more flavorful the pan (and your food!) become. I’ve made so-so recipes before that turn into outstanding go-to favorites when I try them again in a cast iron.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Braised Short Ribs

This, in my opinion, is the ultimate cast iron skillet dish. Any braised meat will taste 5,000% better if it started with a nice hard sear in a cast iron. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Moroccan Spiced Halibut, Shiitake and Onions, Butternut Puree

That beautiful crispy sear isn’t just for meat! Here’s an amazing piece of halibut that got way tastier with some love from the cast iron. Any spice the fish leftover, those veggies picked it right up. Find the recipe here.

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Seared Cobia, Tomatoes, Kumquats, and Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

See? Fish. Cast Iron. It’s a wonderful thing. Plus, where do you think that curry was made? Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Mushroom Herb Pot Pie

Vegetarian recipes, like this one-skillet-wonder, are also perfect for cast iron. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Seared Scallops, Pea Puree, Orange, Pancetta

Sea scallops cooked in pork fat are not only delicious, but that fat is great for seasoning your skillet. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Croque Madame French Toast

Sunday brunch perfection can easily be made in your skillet. No non-stick pans needed! Hand me a mimosa, we’re all set. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Maple-Chipotle Breaded Chicken, Beer and Buttermilk Biscuits, Sage Gravy

The dish packs a huge punch. There’s nothing delicate or subtle about it. Part of that is because of the unapologetic intensity of ingredients….the other part? That sauce was born in a cast iron. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Quick Weeknight Salad: Spinach, Warm Beans, Chicken Sausage

This is one of those “I didn’t use it, but I wish I would have” dishes. Next time, this recipe is gonna be all about that cast iron, the beans are perfect made in a skillet. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Apple Bourbon, Butternut, Ham and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Put everything in the cast iron and then in the oven. Simple and lovely. Find the recipe here.

Ten Delicious Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Bacon Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

I’ll repeat. Bacon. Chocolate Chunk. Pancakes. Plus, with a little help from butter or oil, they won’t stick to the pan. Find the recipe here.

Trish Santoro

Trish Santoro is the woman behind wellwornfork.com - a site that teaches cooking techniques to improve your confidence in the kitchen. A Culinary Institute of America grad and adventurous eater, her food know-how is impressive, but her passion will always keep her learning more.

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  1. Luuuvvv your recipes. Here’s another one for you, and it’s dead easy. I use a 10″ cast iron skillet.

    Place 4 boneless thighs with skin on in the skillet.
    Sprinkle liberally with salt (this helps keep the juices in. You won’t be eating the skins).
    Turn on the broiler.
    Place the skillet on the middle rack in the oven.
    Broil for 10 minutes.
    Without removing the skillet from the oven, turn the oven to “Bake” and set the temperature at 250F.
    Cook for 20 minutes.
    Remove from the oven.

    I remove the thighs to a warm plate and saute chard in the chicken juices. A truly one dish gourmet meal!

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