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Easy Skillet Recipes

Easy Skillet Recipes

Three cheers for skillet dinners! These one-pan meals get the job done, and done fast. From cheesy pasta skillets to skillet chicken dinners (and a few desserts!), we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you out on busy weeknights.

Recent Skillet Recipes & Ideas

  • Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Jessica Gavin

    Tuscan Chicken Pasta Skillet

    This quick and easy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Skillet is a one-pot noodle dish made with simple, yet flavorful ingredients. Marinated chicken breast is tossed with tender spaghetti, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and herbs. It’s the perfect easy weekday meal!

  • Aaron Hutcherson

    Steak on the Stovetop

    Get a restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own kitchen by making steak on your stovetop. The secret to success is a hot skillet, a good exhaust fan, and a butter and herb baste at the end.

  • Sally Vargas

    Turmeric Fried Rice with Eggs and Kale

    30 min

    Healthy, Vegetarian

    This quick and easy dinner is Chinese fried rice with an Indian spin. Make it with ginger, cumin, and turmeric, toss in some kale and tomatoes, then top it with a fried egg and you have dinner served in 30 minutes.

  • Sally Vargas

    Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Garlic Shrimp

    30 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb

    Cauliflower rice bowls are a filling, low-carb, vegetable-and protein-packed weeknight dinner for two. The cauliflower is mild, so it doesn’t compete with the garlicky shrimp in this dish.

  • Aaron Hutcherson

    Pork Chops with Cherry Pan Sauce

    These are the best pan fried pork chops! Simply seasoned bone-in chops are treated with an extra special thyme and cherry pan sauce to make weeknight dinner seem like a weekend affair! On the table start to finish in 45 minutes.

  • Sara Bir

    Charred Skillet Broccoli

    15 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Got broccoli? This is the perfect veggie side dish for every occasion! Use it as a layer in veggie bowls or serve it with nearly any meat or seafood main.

  • Coco Morante

    Green Cauliflower Rice

    25 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Cauliflower rice with spinach and fresh herbs is a healthy, quick, and easy weeknight side or main meal. Add some extra heft to this recipe by topping it with a fried egg, adding some tofu, or using it as the foundation for a burrito bowl.

  • Sally Vargas

    Skillet Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Carrots, and Greens

    1 hr

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Paleo

    Crispy skillet chicken is cooked in a flavorful lemon broth and served on a bed of Swiss chard, potatoes, and carrots. This bistro-style oven braised chicken with vegetables has everything you love about cozy comfort food.

  • Nick Evans

    Quick and Easy Corned Beef Omelet

    Eggs and corned beef hash come together for the perfect, hearty and delicious breakfast omelet. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover corned beef from St. Patrick's Day.

  • Sally Vargas

    Butternut Squash and Black Bean Skillet Dinner

    40 min

    Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

    Looking for dinner that’s healthy in a hurry? The whole family will love this vegetarian skillet dinner! It’s loaded with the sweet and earthy flavors of roasted butternut squash, black beans, and quinoa, seasoned with cumin and chili powder. The best part? It’s ready, start to finish, in about 45 minutes.

  • Nick Evans

    Skillet Chicken and Rice

    45 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy

    This Skillet Chicken and Rice is a classic one-pot meal, perfect for a weeknight and totally kid-friendly. Serve it on its own or with a salad, and dinner is done!

  • Nick Evans

    Sweet Corn Gnocchi Skillet

    It's sweet corn season! Make the most of it with this sweet and creamy Sweet Corn Gnocchi Skillet. Fast, filling, and kid-friendly—it's a win for everyone!

  • Nick Evans

    Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

    It's all in the seasoning for these skillet shrimp fajitas! Toss shrimp in some chili powder and red pepper flakes, and then quickly cook them in a skillet with some veggies. Better-than-restaurant quality fajitas are yours in no time!

  • Sally Vargas

    Rhubarb Almond Skillet Cake

    This rhubarb skillet cake—scented with orange zest and crowned with ruby pink, tart rhubarb—is a keeper! It's made in the food processor, cooked in a skillet, and beautiful, too!

  • Nick Evans

    Skillet Chicken Parmesan

    Good old-fashioned chicken Parmesan gets the skillet treatment in this one-pot dish. Serve with rice or spaghetti for comfort food at its finest—and fastest!

  • Jessica Gavin

    Tuscan Chicken Pasta Skillet

    This quick and easy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Skillet is a one-pot noodle dish made with simple, yet flavorful ingredients. It’s the perfect easy weekday meal!

  • Kalisa Marie Martin

    Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

    35 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegetarian

    Whether you’re looking for new ways to use the abundance of summer tomatoes or simply want a quick side dish, these vegetarian stuffed tomatoes filled with mozzarella, parmesan, and fresh herbs are simple and delicious.

  • Sheryl Julian

    Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

    30 min

    Gluten-Free, Healthy, Paleo

    This Skillet Chicken Puttanesca comes together so quickly, you'll hardly believe how good it tastes. Made with chicken breasts, canned tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, fresh oregano, and plenty of olive oil. Ready in 30 minutes.

  • Elise Bauer

    Skillet Lemon Rosemary Chicken

    1 hr, 35 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo

    Easy! Lemon Rosemary Chicken ~ Chicken thighs rubbed and marinated with lemon, rosemary, garlic, then seared in skillet and finished in oven.

  • Sheryl Julian

    Skillet Pork Chops with Cabbage

    Pork chops cooked low and slow become so tender and juicy—and so do the cabbage and apples that cook with them. Serve with a cold beer and imagine yourself at a biergarten in Germany.

  • Elise Bauer

    Skillet Tortilla Pizza

    Super easy individual pizzas made with flour tortillas, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and basil, in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop.

"This is one of my family's all-time hits. My kids love the lemon-caper sauce. It gets raves whenever I share it with friends."

"I followed the recipe exactly, but knew it might not be saucy enough without some extra liquid, so I added a can of diced tomatoes. After 55 minutes of cooking on low, the Sloppy Joes were done and tasty!"


“I love cast iron for pizza because the pan gets super-hot and holds heat so well — it really mimics a pizza stone,” says Katie Workman, the blogger behind The Mom 100 and author of "Dinner Solved: 100 Ingenious Recipes that Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You". Workman’s secret trick is to preheat the pan in a 450°F oven then add the dough without any sauce or toppings and let it cook for a few minutes to puff and firm up for a chewy, springy pizza. Next, add your favorite sauce and toppings and finish baking the pizza. It’s that easy.

90 Incredibly Easy Skillet Chicken Dinners

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You'll want to pour the sauce over everything.

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Parmesan makes everything better.

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You'll be eating straight out of the pan.

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The peanut sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

This pasta tastes like spring!

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Basically a crustless chicken pot pie.

A festive holiday dinner idea.

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This sweet, tangy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

Everything is crisp in the fall&mdashchicken included.

Bonus: Way cheaper than a trip to Italy.

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Deluxe Cornbread Stuffing

If you are a fan of the crusty, browned bits on the edges of your stuffing, then you'll love baking it in a cast-iron skillet. A mix of both white bread cubes and cornbread give this stuffing the flavor of cornbread but the structure of a sturdier bread. Apples, pork sausage and sage are a classic combo of additions. (Walk on the wild side with these Unexpected Stuffing Recipes to Shake Up Thanksgiving Dinner.)

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Baking recipes perfect for your skillet

Whether or not you are cooking over a campfire, or baking up breakfast and brunch favourites, these skillet recipes make for stunning baking.

Basic cornbread

Baking in forged iron is a part of the key to cornbread, says Matthew Evans. And anybody who’s loved a slice of cornbread heat from the oven will know what he means when he says this straightforward skillet fast bread is finest served sizzling and eaten whereas heat.

Sticky chocolate skillet buns

These buns are fabricated from a chocolate dough, full of butter, sugar, cinnamon and choc chip filling. Then, to complete them off, they’re topped with vanilla and cream cheese icing – pile onto heat buns if you happen to just like the icing melting into the buns! “That bun is tremendous chocolatey. It’s gooey and gooey and the surface is sweet and crisp. Take a look in any respect that icing dripping down, and seeping into the buns. That is laborious to beat,” says Vanessa Gianfrancesco, when she makes a pan of those wealthy buns in Let’s Brunch.

Sticky chocolate skillet buns

Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)

This conventional yeasted flatbread, scored in an ornamental wheel sample, has a singular sweet-savoury flavour, the sweetness being balanced by heady cardamom.

Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)

Breakfast sausage cornbread

One other brunch recipe from Vanessa Gianfrancesco: Breakfast sausages with fluffy cornbread multi functional skillet. “Nothing says southern consolation meals like cornbread. And you’ll serve it for lunch or dinner and even for brunch particularly if you’re baking breakfast sausages proper into it,” she says. The key to an awesome cornbread, she says, is to let the combination sit for a bit throughout mixing, so the cornmeal absorbs the buttermilk. This recipe provides sausages cooked proper contained in the cornbread. “If you lower into the cornbread, everyone seems to be gonna have a really beneficiant portion of sausage … And I like this. It’s a one-pot surprise. You possibly can convey it straight to the desk and eat it out of the skillet.”

Peanut butter choc-chip skookie

When a large American choc-chip cookie meets a skillet, you might have a ‘skookie’!

Umbrian flatbreads (torta al testo)

These simple flatbreads, which embody slightly grated pecorino, are cooking in a frying pan, then full of sausage, radicchio, fontina cheese and parsley.

Umbrian flatbreads (torta al testo)

And lots of different flatbreads, too

So many flatbreads and from world wide are cooked in a skillet, frypan or grill-pan. Dive into our flatbread recipe assortment for extra, from buttery malawach to spiced Pakistani flatbreads.

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Blueberry skillet scones with lemon glaze

“Skillet scones are a campsite tackle Irish soda farls, the normal quick-cooking breads made on a griddle. They’re crisp and dry on the surface however mushy and dense within the centre, and are scrumptious with a smear of jam or butter served alongside espresso or tea,” says Linda Ly of those campfire favourites. (The recipe has a variation for savoury scones too.)

Poblano, bacon and cheddar skillet cornbread

“That is a kind of issues that you could make and eat proper out of the oven, heat, however then because it cools it’s scrumptious after which the subsequent day for breakfast, even chilly, it is scrumptious too,” says Pati Jinich, of this Tex-Mex cornbread she shared in Pati’s Mexican Desk.

Poblano bacon cheddar skillet cornbread

No oven? No downside. Home made pizza can nonetheless be had with a skillet, on the stovetop or utilizing a tenting range.

Farinata with roasted grapes and ricotta

This straightforward Italian pancake bread is produced from chickpea (gram) flour, water and oil and. Cooked in a skillet, it’s crispy on the surface with a heat and mushy centre. Serve it plain with any meal, or gown it up with roasted grapes and ricotta, to function a starter.

Farinata with roasted grapes

Frying pan Neapolitan pizza

Although it is laborious to imitate a real Neapolitan pizza, baking your pizza in a super-hot forged iron pan will give a gorgeous, golden base and crust, says Silvia Colloca of this tackle the Italian basic.

Upside-down peach tart (tarte aux pêches)

This candy tart is ideal in summer time when the peaches are ripe and scrumptious. With so few components on this dessert, it’s necessary you utilize the highest quality peaches and pastry you’ll find, says Gabriel Gaté.

The wrong way up peach tart (tarte aux pêches)

Banana tarte tatin with rum & raisin ice-cream

The nice pairing of banana and caramel star on this skillet tart from Philip Johnson. Right here, the basic French upside-down tart is simplified with store-bought puff pastry.

Seafood Skillet Recipes

Head on under the sea for some seafood skillet delights you'll be makin' time and time again. If you're running low on dishes, never fear because our Seafood One Pot (page 25) doesn't require much cleanup. With so many different kinds of seafood, including white fish, mussels, and clams, this one pot recipe is a true nautical cornucopia. If you're just trying to ease your way into seafood skillets, we think our Macaroni Tuna Skillet (page 26) is the best way to get started. By using the tuna to complement the mac 'n' cheese favorite, we bet even the kids will wanna scarf this one down. And if you're looking for a bit more festivity in your family dinner, check out our stovetop recipe for Skillet Mardi Gras Pasta (page 28). With a touch of a few spices, you too can take a culinary trip down to the Big Easy!

40 Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes

Make it in the skillet, serve it in the skillet. Easy as that. But make sure to get your hand in there fast—it&aposs so good it&aposll be gone before you know it!

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Chicken Skillet Noodles

Make your whole dinner in one skillet! Start by browning the chicken, add in the noodles and liquids, and end with the cheesy topping. Quick and easy.

Skillet-Fried Chicken

FYI: You don&apost need a deep-fryer to make fried chicken. A skillet will do just fine! In fact, based on this recipe, it&aposll do far better than just fine.

Seared Rib Eye with Wilted Bok Choy

Photography by Kate Mathis

Cook this one-pan dinner in only 25 minutes from start to finish. It almost seems too good to be true.

Chicken Skillet Ratatouille

Make Ratatouille easy the easy way. This one can be made all in one pan, and even adds chicken to the traditional French dish for extra protein.

Grilled Creamed Corn

This corn dish only takes under twenty minutes to make, and is a great side for any summer meal.

Chicken Sofrito Skillet

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

From stove to oven, this chicken stays put in the skillet—making your job nice and easy.

Chicken Paillard "Pizzette" with Smoked Mozzarella & Pepperoni

Photography by Joseph De Leo

This healthier, leaner take on a pizza is high in protein, super tasty, and only takes 30 minutes to make.

Skillet Shrimp and Sausage

This is a great one-skillet meal that you can freeze and make over and over again. (Heck yes, meal prep!)

PB&C Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

We can&apost get enough of this sweet skillet cookie. Make it for dessert and have the leftovers for breakfast!

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Weeknight Skillet Paella

It isn&rsquot officially summertime until you&rsquove eaten paella (served with a glass of white wine, of course). But this hearty Spanish rice dish wouldn&rsquot usually be simple to whip up at home on any given Wednesday&hellipuntil now. Presenting our recipe for weeknight skillet paella. All you need is one pan and an oven.

The Valencian specialty gets its name from the wide, shallow pan it&rsquos cooked in (&ldquopaella&rdquo translates to frying pan), but you can make this version in any large, oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven&mdashideally, one with low, sloping sides to encourage the rice to cook evenly. If you can find the traditional Bomba rice, kudos. Otherwise, use another short-grain risotto rice, like Carnaroli or Arborio.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1½ cups chopped roasted red peppers, diced

2 links Spanish chorizo, sliced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1½ cups Bomba, Carnaroli or Arborio rice

3 cups chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 pound littleneck clams, washed

1¼ cups frozen peas, thawed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. In a large, flat, oven-safe skillet or pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

3. Stir in the peppers and chorizo. Cook until the chorizo browns slightly, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir the tomato paste into the pan and cook until it turns a deep brick red color, about 1 minute. Add the rice and stir well to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.

4. Pour in the wine and broth, then add the saffron, bay leaf and lemon juice. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Nestle the shrimp and clams into the pan.

5. Bake the paella, uncovered, until the clams open, 22 to 25 minutes. Gently stir in the peas. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with parsley.