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24 Hearty Dinners You Need to Make in a Cast-Iron Pan

24 Hearty Dinners You Need to Make in a Cast-Iron Pan

A cast-iron pan is a great tool in the kitchen; put yours to good use with these great recipes

A cast-iron pan is the one tool (aside from a good chef’s knife) that everyone should have in their kitchen. From stovetop to oven, you can cook so many things in a good old-fashioned cast-iron pan. From the wonderful non-stick qualities of a well-seasoned surface to the ability to withstand high temperatures, there’s not much a cast-iron pan can’t do.

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From searing and braising to baking bread, cookies, and even pizza, the sky’s the limit when it comes to cooking in a cast-iron pan. If you don’t already own a cast-iron pan, go out and buy one immediately — you won’t regret it! When well cared for, washed carefully, and seasoned regularly, cast iron can last a life time.

We gathered 24 great recipes that can all be made in a cast-iron pan, so if you are looking for some inspiration, look no further! Get your cast-iron pan on the stove and get cooking!


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.


When it comes to cooking dinner, is there a greater feeling of relief than knowing there won't be a pile of dirty dishes waiting for you after the meal? We don't think so. That's why we rave about one-pot recipes that bring a whole new meaning to quick and easy weeknight dinners.

But a great one-dish recipe doesn't get there on its own whether it's by way of baking sheet, skillet, or casserole, there's a hard-working piece of cookware (not to mention the cook!) behind its success. This collection includes lots of recipe ideas for sure, but its main purpose is to highlight the actual equipment that serves as the vessel for so many of our one-dish dinners.

For those new to the world of one-pan recipes, it can be hard to imagine much more than soups and casseroles being possible. While those categories are great, when you're armed with the right equipment (and a delicious recipe), a one-dish dinner can be anything from a cozy skillet of Baked Salmon with Creamy Orzo to fiery Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, shown here. You'll never need to decide between feeding a crowd or making a one-dish meal when you cook with a Dutch oven or stockpot, you'll be able to fit in everything from a One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon to a Classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

If you're not sure you're ready to dive in and outfit your kitchen for the full one-dish experience, then start with these three essentials: a good skillet, a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, and a Dutch oven or stockpot. Once you are convinced that this style of cooking is worth the investment, consider tricking out your kitchen with the other great options for one-dish cookware that can be found ahead.