Three Crave-Worthy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

Wondering what's cooking when it comes to cast iron? The answer is "a lot!" Professional and home chefs alike know that cast iron skillets offer countless benefits -- both when it comes to health, ease and taste. Let's take...

Wondering what's cooking when it comes to cast iron? The answer is "a lot!" Professional and home chefs alike know that cast iron skillets offer countless benefits -- both when it comes to health, ease and taste. Let's take a look at some of the appetizing advantages of cooking with cast iron, along with three Grade A recipes to get you started.

Cast iron skillet
Breakfast can be amazing within the friendly confines of a cast iron skillet.

 

Why Cook With Cast Iron?

If you're looking for an alternative to stainless steel, coated non-stick, and aluminum cookware, look no further than cast iron. Conducive to cooking a variety of delicious foods, cast iron is naturally non-stick when preheated, and super-easy to clean. It is also inexpensive, durable, and can be popped into the oven at any temperature for the ultimate in convenient cooking.

One little known advantage of cast iron? Foods cooked in this centuries old heavy metal can actually help you boost your intake of iron. And who doesn't want to raise their energy levels and enjoy a stronger immune system?

And then there's the food itself. When you're cooking with cast iron, it's even possible to cook restaurant-quality meals -- including the oft-illusive "golden brown" finish -- with minimal effort.

Cast iron skillet
Breakfast can be amazing within the friendly confines of a cast iron skillet.

 

Three Cast Iron Recipes to Get You Started

Thinking of buying a cast iron skillet but don't know where to begin when it comes to recipes? Lucky for you, the internet is full of delicious, easy-to-make options so you can click your way to nutritious and nosh-worthy cast iron meals. Here are three of our favorites to get you started:

1. The All-In-One Breakfast

Want to get your day off to a great start? We can think of no more scrumptious and satisfying meal than The Wicked Noodle's Bacon, Egg & Crispy Potato Breakfast Skillet. This breakfast bonanza involves layers and layers of flavors all cooked up in a single pan. Bacon absolutely meets it match in cast iron, so get ready for a crispy, colorful and oh-so-hearty morning meal.

2. A Sea-Worthy Selection

While seared steak may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cooking with cast iron, this heavy-duty skillet is a terrific tool for plenty of other proteins, including fish. Don't miss Real Simple's easy yet extraordinary Seared Scallops with Leek Ribbons. Just three main ingredients and some spot-on seasoning add up to a light, luscious and lemony dinner -- perfect for a quiet dinner at home or entertaining others. Even better? Total cooking time is less than 30 minutes meaning it's also a perfect weeknight meal.

3. Just Desserts

While the words "cast iron" and "dessert" may not seem all that congruent, it may be time to rethink your attitude. From fruit crumbles to "skillet cakes," dessert has never been more interesting or easy than when cooked up in cast iron. Need more convincing? Don't miss The Food Network's Ree Drummond's ridiculously indulgent Skillet Cookie Sundae recipe. The rich, chocolatey, gooey goodness is a crowd-pleaser for the young and old alike. Simply whip up the batter, spread in the skillet, and pop into the oven.

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of cooking with cast iron, what are you waiting for? Make sure to check out our comprehensive collection of cast iron skillets and more to take your cooking to new sweet and savory levels.