The Best Foods to Cook In Your Cast Iron Skillet

Published: November 27, 2014

This list demonstrates the non-stick power of the cast iron. When seasoned properly, a cast iron skillet will keep for generations. Some foods are better made in a cast iron, the flavors are opened and the non-stick properties make for easy flipping and easy cleanup.

 

  1. The Perfect Egg

    No matter what the egg, sunny side up, over medium, scrambled, omelette. The Cast Iron is the perfect choice. 

    Crack an egg into a heated cast iron

    salt and pepper it

    place lid over the skillet

    cook until desired consistency 

    The egg slides off with ease! And with the added flavors from the seasoned skillet, you can TASTE the cast iron difference!

  2. The Dutch Baby

    Who knew? That with a few eggs, a little flour and milk and a dash of vanilla blended until smooth, followed by a roast in the cast iron would become a heavenly cloud of wonder in your mouth?

    This, my friends, is called a 'Dutch Baby.' It is everything you could ever want in a pastry and the best part is..it takes 30 minutes to make!!

    Perhaps the easiest (and tastiest) thing you can do with a cast iron

    3 room temperature eggs (crack into blender)

    2/3 c. room temperature milk (pour into blender)

    A dash of Vanilla Extract

    A pinch of Salt

    1/2 c. flour

     

    Blend until smooth.

     

    Meanwhile, heat your skillet until very hot. Pour about 3 tbls of melted butter (clarified butter would be preffered to prevent splattering!!)

    Immediatly after pouring in butter, add the batter, pouring into the middle of the skillet. 

    Pop the skillet into a preheated oven (425 degrees F) for 30 minutes

    It's worth the wait...trust me

     

  3. Meat Sauce

    Meat Sauce is wonderful. It's so versatile and it's REALLY fun to make especially on cold nights. It's cozy to eat with spaghetti or just plain french bread! Feel free to subsitute ingrediants for vegetarian options if you prefer.

     

    1 lb ground beef

    1 lb mild italian sausage

    Baby brown muchrooms sliced

    1 yellow onion

    2 jars of marinara sauce

     2 c. Chicken Stock (or water)

    Brown the onion and the meats until fully cooked. Add sliced mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes. Add marinara sauce and chicken stock and let cook over low heat for 2 hours.

     

     

  4. Zucchini Parmesan Fries

    This recipe is AMAZING and totally easy to make. It's a wonderful alternative to french fries and theres way less guilt when eating them.

    I first tried Zucchini Fries at a restaurant. They were slightly limp and lukewarm. I recognized each and every one of the tastes in the dish and decided that I could make my own. 

    So that I did.

    3 Zucchinis (cut in half length wise, then cut in half again)

    3 eggs and a splash of milk, mixed

    1/2 c. flour

    1 tbls. pepper

    1 tbls. salt

    1 tbls. paprika

    1 tbls. garlic powder

    Panko Bread Crumbs on a seperate plate.

    Canola Oil

    Parmesan Cheese, grated

     

    Combine all the dry ingrediants on a plate.

    Soak one zucchini fry in the egg mixture

    mix zucchini fry into flour mixture

    Dip fry into egg mixture again

    Roll fry into Panko Bread Crumbs.

     

    Heat  your cast iron with about 1/2 inch of canola oil

    Fry the zucchini fries, a few at a time. Turn about every minute or so.

    Keep frying until you've reached your prefererred consistency.

    Dry on some paper towels and top with some Parmesan cheese

     

  5. Steak

    Have you made a steak in a cast iron skillet? No? Then you're missing out on the easiest and best steak you will ever eat!

    Don't believe me? Do me a favor and buy yourself a good New York Strip and make yourself a steak on your cast iron.

    1 New York Steak

    Equal Parts Salt, Pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika

     

    Rub your steak with the blend of spices listed above and let steak sit out for an hour. 

    Heat up that cast iron. Hot. 

    Sear on one side for 3 minutes (more or less depending on your meat type)

    turn steak and sear for another 3 minutes (give or take for taste)

    Check your meat temperature, I usually like to get it to 145 degrees F before taking it off the skillet.

    Cover steak with foil and let it sit for 10 minutes. NO TOUCHING!!!

    Enjoy your amazing and easy to make steak. 

  6. Basic Cooked Veggies

    I figured out the secret to this recipe when I was camping in Yosemite. I had pre-chopped veggies in a bag and we only had the cast iron to cook in for the trip. 

    Can you guess what the secret was? 

    The cast iron but of course!

    The cast iron difference was that it created a little bit of charred ends to the veggies while retaining crunch factor and a nice glaze.

    I simply cut of veggies, gave them a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

    After heating the cast iron over the fire, we simply dumped the veggies into the skillet and covered it.

    It was amazing.

     

  7. Bread??

    You heard it here folks, you can make bread in a cast iron skillet! Or dutch oven if you prefer. This masterpiece was discovered while I was in Yosemite. It's very basic and can be changed in many ways to fit other needs.

     

    We had a basic dough which unfortunatly I don't have the recipe on hand, 

    wait until that cast iron is hot, then dump that dough in!

    **Bonus points if you lay your dough down on some leftover pulled pork which is exactly what we did**

    Cover the dough and wait for this

  8. Bacon

    This is very very basic and should be self explanatory but..

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR BACON IN THE CAST IRON!!

    Please.

    This simple dish is amazing and it also seasons your cast iron!

    Serve with eggs, made in your cast iron of course, and enjoy!

     

  9. Pancakes

    Pancakes are yummy, sweet, and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Using a cast iron skillet is perfect for easy flipping and adds just a hint of flavor. It's easy to make from a box or any preferred homemade recipe. 

    HELPFUL TIP: Make your pancakes on already cooked bacon!!

  10. Toast Bread

    Just when you thought you had to buy another toaster, you remembered that old cast iron.

    Don't panic! You can toast bread on a cast iron. The toast turns out wonderfully crisp and it's easy to check the progress of toasting. 

    It doesn't take nearly as long as it would take to broil in an oven.

    HELPFUL TIP: Near the end of toasting, slab some butter on the toast to melt!

Weather you are an expert at the cast irons, or just begining. These recipes will surely motivate any cook-to-be and ease any worries surrounding cast irons.

A well seasoned cast iron will stay loyal and cook terrific foods. These recipes will inspire anyone to break out that rusty cast iron and get to seasoning!