by: Yuri Elkaim

17 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes for Busy People

If you’re like most people, you probably have pretty long to-do list going most of the time.

Between work, family, and keeping up with the long list of responsibilities, getting dinner on the table can sometimes turn into a real challenge.

Plus, finding dishes that are fast, simple, and actually good for you can seem like just another thing to put on your list.

That’s why I came up with this list of easy cast iron skillet dinner recipes that you can incorporate into your weekly rotation. They’re easy to prepare and many of them just use one pan – your trusty cast iron skillet.

From brownies to breakfast skillets, there’s a little something for everyone.

17 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Recipes

1. Kitchen Sink Breakfast Skillet

Kitchen Sink Breakfast Skillet via Simply Taylor

Looking for a delicious and nutritious way to use up those extra veggies sitting in your fridge at the end of the week? This simple cast iron skillet recipe gets the job done.

This recipe not only tastes great, but it takes less than half an hour from start to finish. Just throw in your favorite veggies, add a few eggs, and get ready to enjoy.

Find the recipe here: Simply Taylor

2. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon

If you thought that cooking a juicy filet mignon would require a lot of time, effort, and equipment, think again.

You don’t need a grill to make these tasty steaks, just a cast iron skillet and you’re all set. Sear your filets, transfer to the oven, and coat it with a savory garlic and herb butter for a simple but super delicious meal.

Find the recipe here: Kitchen Swagger

3. Hearty Vegetarian Skillet with Kale and Garbanzo Beans

Hearty Vegetarian Skillet with Kale and Garbanzo Beans via Posh Journal

Looking for a fast and nutritious meal that can be ready to serve in just 15 minutes? Here’s a good one.

Thanks to the addition of garbanzo beans, kale, bell peppers, and crushed tomatoes, this dish is filled with plenty of protein, fiber, and nutrients. I recommend cutting out the corn to keep it GMO-free and anti-inflammatory.

Find the recipe here: Posh Journal

4. Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

This recipe takes just a few steps, but has a big payoff when it comes to both taste and nutrition.

Sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, and onions create complex flavors in this dish, while adding vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Paired with some juicy grilled chicken breast, you can have a complete meal ready in no time.

Find the recipe here: Kendall Jackson

5. Keto Skillet Brownies

Keto Skillet Brownies via Tasteaholics

If you love sweets but don’t love all the carbs and calories that come along with them, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe.

Thanks to the addition of erythritol, a sugar alcohol that has fewer calories and carbs than sugar, a single serving of these brownies contains just 3 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of protein.

Top it off with a peanut butter drizzle for an added dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and a boost of flavor.

Find the recipe here: Tasteaholics

6. Sausage Tomato Basil Frittata

Whether you serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this yummy frittata makes a delicious paleo-friendly meal.

The core ingredients are pork sausage, spinach, fresh basil, tomatoes, and eggs. With a dash of crushed red pepper and onion powder sprinkled in the mix, this dish doesn’t only taste good, but also contains plenty of fiber.

Find the recipe here: Paleo Running Momma

7. Cast Iron Skillet-Seared Salmon

Cast Iron Skillet-Seared Salmon via Foodness Gracious

This cast iron skillet recipe is healthy, quick, easy to make, and delicious.

Salmon takes center stage in this recipe, bringing a hefty dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids along with it.

This simple but classic dish can go from the kitchen to the dinner table in just 17 minutes. And with just six ingredients, it won’t make a big dent in your busy schedule.

Find the recipe here: Foodness Gracious

8. Honey Mustard Rosemary Chicken

Whip up this simple one-pan dish for your next dinner party and your guests are sure to be impressed.

Roasted potato slices are topped with chicken breasts and a decadent honey mustard sauce, bringing a depth of flavor to this dish. Garnished with a few sprigs of rosemary, this simple cast iron skillet dish really does taste as good as it looks.

Find the recipe here: Matters of the Belly

9. One-Pot Lemon Chicken and Asparagus

One-Pot Lemon Chicken and Asparagus via Sweet Cs Designs

Here’s the perfect example of what a one-pot meal should be: toss in all your ingredients, cook, and bam! A main course and side dish all in one, ready to be devoured.

This meal uses just six basic ingredients and requires only three minutes of prep time. Simply brown the chicken, add a few spices, and cook it in the oven with the asparagus.

Find the recipe here: Sweet C’s Designs

10. Tuscan White Bean Skillet

This skillet meal is fast, easy, and tastes amazing, making it a great option for your next meatless Monday dinner.

Best of all, this recipe uses mostly ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, like canned beans, diced tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Add some mushrooms, onion, and garlic and you have a well-rounded, nutritious meal in just half an hour.

Find the recipe here: The Wanderlust Kitchen

11. Fudgy Paleo Skillet Brownie

Fudgy Paleo Skillet Brownie via Running to the Kitchen

Because I love chocolate so much, brownies needed another appearance…

And this chocolatey, sweet, and indulgent paleo brownie is sure to make your tastebuds happy.

Coconut oil and mashed banana give it a creamy, smooth texture while dark chocolate chips and vanilla extract bring just the right amount of sweetness. If you’re looking for the chocolate-filled way to polish off your dinner, you really can’t go wrong with this cast iron skillet dessert.

Find the recipe here: Running to the Kitchen

12. One Skillet Vegetarian Fried Forbidden Rice

Vibrant and packed with veggies, this rice dish is ready in less than 20 minutes.

Carrots, snap peas, scallions, and spinach bring the color (and health benefits) to this tasty dish. Meanwhile, the addition of eggs, liquid aminos, and hemp seeds give it just enough protein to add a heartiness that will keep you feeling full.

Find the recipe here: Rachl Mansfield

13. Cast Iron Skillet Brussel Sprouts

Cast Iron Skillet Brussel Sprouts via Lights Camera Catwalk

Thick bacon, prosciutto, and Brussel sprouts – yes, please!

This dish is packed with protein and fiber, making for an amazing side dish or even a main course. I recommend taking out the cheese to keep it dairy-free and anti-inflammatory.

Find the recipe here: Lights Camera Catwalk

14. Skillet Honey Lime Chicken

This baked chicken entree takes only 15 minutes and is loaded with flavor.

The honey lime glaze is what makes this recipe a star when it comes to taste. Swap the soy sauce for tamari to keep it healthy and soy-free.

Find the recipe here: The Recipe Critic

15. Red Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Red Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce via Naturally Ella

Flavorful, healthy, and super satisfying, this plant-based meal deserves a place as a staple in your weekly dinner rotation.

High-fiber, protein-rich lentils give this vegetarian dish a nutritious upgrade while ginger, garlic, and cumin seeds bring their own inflammation-busting benefits. Serve over your choice of grains (or cauliflower rice) for a filling dinner that takes just 15 minutes of prep time.

Find the recipe here: Naturally Ella

16. Grain-Free Mixed Berry Crisp

Vegan, gluten-free, and guilt-free, this berry crisp is equal parts healthy and delicious.

Fresh berries provide vitamins and minerals while maple syrup adds sweetness and antioxidants. Finish it off with a high-fiber crumble topping using walnuts, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds. You’ll definitely want seconds.

Find the recipe here: Free People

17. Cast Iron Skillet Crispy Potato Wedges

Cast Iron Skillet Crispy Potato Wedges via Eat the Gains

Here’s a side dish we can all agree on: crunchy potato wedges baked to crispy perfection.

This recipe uses a mix of baked sweet potatoes and red potatoes to add a bit of variety. Sprinkle on a bit of avocado oil for some healthy fats and you have a nutritious side dish that you can actually feel good about eating.

Find the recipe here: Eat the Gains

One Pan, No Problem

When life gets hectic, these easy cast iron skillet recipes can take the stress and time commitment out of cooking, allowing you to enjoy a healthy home-cooked meal without sacrificing the rest of your schedule.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.