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Weeknight Dinners Made in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron is known for its excellent heat retention and is a kitchen superstar whether you’re using the stovetop or oven or both in the same recipe. But it’s easy to fall into the routine with this hefty, durable pan and only use it for a few specific jobs—think frying up bacon or the occasional cornbread. We love that stuff! But cast iron can really do it all.

Here are five weeknight recipes that stand out in a cast iron skillet

Detroit-Style Pizza
Detroit-Style Pizza

Look no further for a new family chicken dinner than this jerk-flavored one-pan meal. Nothing blackens chicken like cast iron. It can take the high heat on the stovetop and then goes in the  oven to finish roasting the chicken and peppers all together.

Blackened Chicken
Blackened Chicken

Why wait for St. Patrick’s Day to have this as a breakfast-for-dinner option. The hot cast iron skillet will give you nice crispy potatoes. To save time and still get tasty results, our friends in the Test Kitchen suggest asking your deli counter for one 8 oz. (250 g) piece of corned beef and then chopping it yourself at home.

Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash

Inspired by pretty much everyone’s favorite childhood comfort food—mac & cheese—this recipe takes it to a whole new level with fresh ingredients. Cast iron really shines in this recipe for browning the andouille sausage and heating the delicious homemade cheese sauce. Then it goes under the broiler to brown the panko crumbs for a crunchy topping.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese
Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Local Motor City lore says the first Detroit deep-dish pizzas were baked in heavy-duty utility pans from an automotive factory. Since most of us don’t have industrial equipment around the kitchen, a cast-iron skillet is your best option for making this style of pizza. If pizza burnout exists (doubtful), then this recipe will give your pizza night some new life.

Detroit-Style Pizza
Detroit-Style Pizza

Free-Style Fajitas

Try this no-recipe recipe. If you have some leftover chicken from your Blackened Chicken recipe or any chicken dinner, turn it into easy chicken fajitas.

Heat a little oil in your cast iron skillet over medium-high for 3–4 minutes to get that restaurant sizzle. Add chicken cut into strips, sprinkle with taco seasoning or our Tex-Mex Rub, and cook 4–5 minutes, then remove. Add a little more oil, then sliced bell peppers and onions; cook 3–5 minutes. Add the chicken back to warm it all up.

Enjoy with tortillas or make fajita bowls over rice. Top your fajitas any way you like!

Free-Style Fajitas
Free-Style Fajitas

Got a great recipe that you love to make in cast iron? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments below.

5 Responses to Weeknight Dinners Made in a Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Mindy Neuenschwander Ramey October 12, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Corned Beef Hash

  2. Bonnie Nelson October 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    Fagitas

  3. PamperfriendladyS November 2, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

    Nice for brownies Krazy shapes and ice cream with caramel and chocolate syrup add pecans for individual turtles on a weekend for the holidays Brownies can also be mixed in Cash iron pan bravo for my pampered chef weekend

  4. Heather N November 21, 2020 at 9:48 am #

    I do a cubed potato for an alternative to french fries. I potato, peeled and cubed. Place cubes in a zipper-seal bag with 1 or 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt and 1 T canola oil. Seal the bag and shake to mix everything thoroughly. Saute in a cast iron pan (i use/have the 12″ size). 6-10 minutes and voila. I do this for breakfast and a side for lunches and suppers.

  5. Kay Boykin April 25, 2022 at 11:54 am #

    Chicken Pot Pie it is simply delicious!

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