Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

How to cook with cast-iron pans – Old fashion way to cook fat-free 

You can use a cast-iron skillet for just about any cooking task:

Bake a cake, sear a filet, roast or fry a chicken, fry potatoes, stir-fry vegetables, etc.  One skillet is all you need, but because cast-iron cooking is lot of fun and makes the food you cook taste great.  You will probably want more than one cast-iron pan.

Important tips to remember: 

Always preheat your cast-iron pan before adding the food you want to cook.

With a cast iron pan, you can begin your recipe on the stove top, and then move it to the oven to finish.

Do not use a cast-iron pan in your microwave.  If you do, you will ruin your pan and also your microwave oven.  The fireworks display that will result will not be worth the cleanup and replacement cost.

The first most common mistake of why people do not like cast iron is that they say everything sticks.  If food sticks to your cast-iron pan, your pan is NOT seasoned right and you need to re-season it.  Cast iron is a natural non-stick surface and if your pan is seasoned correctly it WILL NOT stick!

Check out my web page on restoring and seasoning Cast-Iron Pots and Pans.

Remember – Every time you cook in your cast-iron pan, you are actually seasoning it again by filling in the microscopic pores and valleys that are part of the cast-iron surface.  The more you cook, the smoother the surface becomes!

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Before anyone ever thought of a crock pot, there was the cast-iron Dutch oven.  Dutch ovens have been used for hundreds of years.  Nothing will hold a good, even temperature better than the heavy metal of this monster pot, and it can go from stove top to oven to campfire without missing a beat.

Check out this very interesting and informative article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking.

Cast-Iron Griddle

Iron Griddles

Want to make the greatest pancakes you’ve ever eaten?  Want your French toast to have that crispy edge so prized at breakfast time?  You need to get a cast-iron griddle pan and get it good and hot on the stove top.

They work fine on electric or gas ranges, or over a campfire if you are so inclined.

Cast Iron Skillets

Cast-Iron Pans and Skillets

Choose the size most comfortable for you.  I recommend the 10-inch cast iron frying pan as it is the best trade off of size and weight.

Personally, I own 10- and 12-inch models because on occasion, I am called on to feed large groups of people.

Recipes Using Cast-Iron Skillets, Pans, and Dutch Ovens:


4th of July Bursting Blueberry Pie

Apple Bake

Burst Vanilla Apples

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Upside-Down Cake

Cherry Clafouti

Dutch Oven Baked Caramel Apples

Honeycomb Toffee – Sponge Candy

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Soups, Stews and Gumbo:

Beef Stew

Beef Stew with Parsley Dumplings

Bell Pepper Soup with Sour Cream and Dill


Chicken Booyah

Brazilian Black Bean Soup

Georgia Brunswick Stew

Goulash Soup

New Mexican Spicy Beef Stew

Seafood Gumbo – New Orleans Style

Shrimp Jambalaya

Cottage Vegetable Soup and Golden Cornbread


Linda’s Chili Con Carne

Not so Homemade Chili and Cornbread;

Arnold’s “Old Leatherthroat” Chili Con Carne

Pedernales River Chili

Chili H. Allen Smith

Tolbert’s Original Bowl of Red

Beef and Wild Game:

Cabernet-Cherry Filet Mignon

Cabernet Filet Mignon

Chicken-Fried Steak

Cooking the Perfect Steak

Country-Fried Venison Steak

Country-Fried Steak

Dutch Oven Swiss Steak

Breakfast or Brunch:

Apple Pancake

Dutch Oven Scrambled Eggs & Biscuits

French Toast

German Pancakes – Dutch Baby Pancakes


Lace Hoe Cake Cornbread

Sourdough Pancakes

Yam Hash Browns with Baked Eggs


Seared Lamb Chops with Cracked Pepper and Rosemary

Main Dishes:

Dutch Oven Baked Pizza

Linda’s Macaroni and Cheese

Tomato Spanish Rice

Skillet-Baked Tomato Cobbler


Dutch Oven Beer n’ Sausage

Pork Carnitas


Grilled Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Sandwich

Fish & Seafood:

Northwest Fried Razor Clams

Pan-Fried Catfish

Pan Fried Oysters


Roast Salmon with Lime Salsa

Roast Salmon Steaks with Pinot Noir Syrup


Madiera Tuna

Pan-Seared Moroccan-Style Tuna

Pan-Seared Orange Tuna with White Beans

Pan-Seared Tuna with Lime Pepper Crust

Pecan Crusted Fish
(Pescados Cortezudos de la Pacana)

Seared Ahi Tuna with Lavender-Pepper Crust

Seared Tuna with Gingered Plum Ragout


Roasted Whole Chicken and Vegetables

Boneless Chicken Breast with Crushed Peanut Crust

Outdoor Turkey Pit Cooking Recipe – Turkey In the Hole
This style of pit cooking is also know as “Bean Hold Cooking.”  If you have the time and place to cook your holiday turkey in an outdoor pit, wouldn’t this make a great Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner.  A pit barbecue is an exercise in turning a hole in the ground into an oven with hot coals provide the heat.

Vegetables and Nuts:

Sarah’s Rosemary Potatoes

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pin Cakes

Skillet-Baked Tomato Cobbler


Cast-Iron Cooking Recipes    Cast-Iron Pans   

Comments and Reviews

2 Responses to “Cast Iron Skillet Recipes”

  1. Cletus Falasco

    Very well written post. It will be helpful to anybody who employess it, including me. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  2. charlie

    i learned a lot today. i didn’t know that i could without oil. thank you


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